Then I saw Peter Mayhew, walking with Chewbacca's limp, about to pass me in the hallway. He was huge! Over seven feet tall!
I always liked the character of Chewbacca in the _Star Wars_ movies. He just seemed lovable and cuddly. So I was excited to hear that Peter Mayhew, the actor who portrays Chewbacca, was going to be in town at the comic-book convention.
It was my first year at the convention, and I was overwhelmed, in awe, of how many celebrities were there! I saw Jason Mewes and Joss Whedon, who were both great with their fans. I saw Lou Ferrigno playfully flirting with a fan. Everyone was happy to give autographs.
Then I saw Peter Mayhew, walking with Chewbacca's limp, about to pass me in the hallway. He was huge! Over seven feet tall! I walked up and asked, "Excuse me, could I please have your..." And before I could even get the word _autograph_ past my lips, he yelled, _"No!"_ down at me and my barely five-foot-tall frame.
Maybe he was having a bad day, but Chewbacca is no longer one of my favorite characters. If you go to a comic-book convention, booked as a celebrity there to give autographs, why yell at a little girl asking for one?