Episode 1: Geppi's Entertainment Museum
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a museum dedicated to pop culture! Frank travels to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum to explore how pop culture and history go hand-in-hand.
Greetings and salutations,
I’m a geek. No, seriously, I’m a huge geek. I love comic books. I love television. I love movies. So when I found out that there was a museum dedicated to entertainment right here in Baltimore, I had to go. It seemed almost too good to be true.
Let me tell you, I was shocked.
Okay, wait...let me step back and pull away the production curtain of History at Risk. Whenever possible, I’ll do a short pre-interview. I’ll go to the location, check it out, and chat with the person I’ll be interviewing. (This isn’t always the case...some interviews, like the Carolina ones, just didn’t lend enough time to have that first interview).
Geppi’s was definitely an interview where I got to go visit first. I met Andy Hershberger at the front desk of Geppi’s. We started chatting about all things entertainment, and then he took me on a tour of the museum.
I still feel a bit awful. He led me into the comic book room and for about a minute I didn’t hear a word he said. I stood, transfixed, staring at real life copies of Action Comics #1 (Superman’s first appearance) and Detective Comics #27 (Batman’s first appearance). I never thought I would see original copies of those comics in person.
And the amazement didn’t stop there. I had a huge wave of nostalgia as I saw comics I owned as a child. Or original copies of some of my current favorite comics (which I own as graphic novels, instead of individual issues).
It was incredible.
I could go on and on, but since there are several more episodes on Geppi’s I’ll stop my thoughts here, so you may get something new next time.