March 10, 2014
It is much easier to smile than it is to cry when one hears the name Andy Gibb. I am posting a happy and joyous story from an Andy fan that will help all of his fans smile today and every day when thinking of him.
We are all sad about losing Andy Gibb, but any of his fans who ever saw him perform or listened to his voice will smile at the memories. I was lucky enough to see Andy in person when he was in the show “The Pirates of Penzance”. I had been singing his songs for five years, and I can tell anyone who wants to know about Andy that he was truly the definition of “teen idol”. Andy was physically beautiful, and my heart skipped many beats when I actually met him before his performance in LA. I had traveled with my best friends from San Francisco (we were all college freshmen and did the road trip, all excited and full of anticipation). There were four of us, silly crazy, ga-ga in love girls, all definitely his biggest fans. We got to the theater several hours before the show hoping to see Andy, and we actually met him when he arrived at the theater. All of a sudden he was there, walking towards us and smiling. I couldn’t speak; I was in shock. He signed my autograph book, and he said thanks to us for coming. My heart was pounding so hard I though I would die on the spot. I was surprised at how gentle he was, and he was so soft spoken. H was smaller than I thought he would be and very thin. I thought his face looked like an angel’s face, and his hair was shiny and perfect. He was in jeans and a simple white t-shirt, and he smelled like fresh soap, as though he had just had a shower.
The show was wonderful, and he was so brilliant an actor, but I kept thinking of how he had looked me in the eye and smiled, and I thought I had dreamed the whole experience. It’s hard to explain what happens to you when you meet your idol. My memories are such happy ones, and I still relive the moments I was with him. Andy’s fans are fortunate to have had him, and it’s best to smile and be positive when thinking of Andy. Being heartbroken about his loss is a given, but remembering him with joy is what keeps me going. I still love him like I did hen I was a young college girl and will be his fan forever.