Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.
The very night that I returned home from my first Teen Idols Tour concert, featuring my teen heartthrob, Bobby Sherman, I turned on my computer and searched for another concert in New England that I could go to. As I mentioned in part 1, all the way home, I had this idea to thank Bobby for all the wonderful memories I had of being a fan during my childhood. So, the first step was to see if the Teen Idols Tour, again featuring Bobby Sherman, Davy Jones and Peter No one would be close to where I lived.
I was ecstatic to see that it was coming to the Warwick Musical Theater in Warwick, Rhode Island. This was even closer than the concert I had just gone to, and I was just as excited to find yet another concert I could go to. I immediately purchased a ticket online and set about thinking of the perfect gift to give to him. I knew it wouldn't be flowers because that seemed like such a waste of money. I was quite sure that he would not be able to bring armloads full of flowers with him on a plane back to California. And they would probably die in transit anyway. I went to bed that night trying to decide what would have meaning for him.
Bobby Sherman Now
In the course of the next few weeks, I started to do some research on what Bobby Sherman had been doing in the last few decades. Although he had been a guest star on, " The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," and "Murder She Wrote," he had also played a character on a short-lived 1980s sitcom called,"Sanchez of Bel Air." But the most important thing he had been doing, which I learned was near and dear to his heart, was working with the Los Angeles Police Department. He works as a reserve officer and wears a police uniform, but as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), not an actual police officer. Part of his job is to train new EMTs. Also, he started The Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT Foundation. Because there is a shortage of EMT's assigned to cover all the many events that happen in Los Angeles, this Foundation maintains a roster of qualified EMTs who are willing to donate their time and services. When a non-profit Los Angeles event requests them, foundation staff searches individual EMT availability and dispatches EMTs with emergency equipment and gear. The Bobby Sherman EMT Foundation provides free services to the public at these events and also gives EMTs a chance to stay active and well trained. Because it was a non-profit organization, funding comes from Bobby Sherman himself, fund raisers and public donations to purchase needed medical equipment and supplies. So, in reading about this non-profit foundation Bobby Sherman had started, I found my answer to the gift he would probably most appreciate.
The Second Concert Experience
But I digress...back to my meeting Bobby Sherman. I headed to the concert early and had ninety minutes to kill before the concert started. When I arrived in the parking lot, I saw a group of people clustered around the gate to the dressing room area. I decided to go over there and see what was up. I am not usually a "groupie, 3" but since I had already seen the concert once, I was a bit more relaxed this time and thought I would try to see Bobby a bit closer up.
I headed to the gate where I saw six women standing. Some of them had old Bobby Sherman album covers they wanted him to sign. One woman even had a Bobby Sherman lunchbox. As a little girl, I had always wanted one of these lunchboxes. I see now that they are going for approximately $200 on eBay! It was a trip down memory lane to see the lunchbox and the album covers the women had brought. Another woman had just gotten a "Bobby" tattoo with a heart under his name that she was showing off to everyone. She had bought tickets to go to eight of the Teen Idol Tour concerts that summer. She and a friend had on black t-shirts with the names, "Herman, Sherman and Jones" imprinted on them, the three stars of the Teen Idols Tour. I thought that was very creative. It was quite fun talking with everyone before the concert because we were all about the same age, and had fun reminiscing about our childhood crushes on Bobby Sherman. After about one hour of hanging around and talking, I began to feel a little silly and definitely like a groupie, except that: Peter No one drove up in his own rental car. I was quite impressed that he just drove up on his own like that. Everyone around me was rushing the car and trying to get his autograph. Not me because I was definitely a Bobby Sherman fan at heart.
He stopped for a minute to say hello to everyone but couldn't stay long because he was onstage first. I was getting nervous that the show was starting and I wanted to find my seat, so I turned in my ticket and went into the tent to sit down. But as soon as I sat down, I couldn't sit still knowing Bobby had not shown up yet.
I went back outside in the summer air and saw a different group of women standing near a fenced off area. I joined them, and just after I arrived, a man left in a car to "go get Bobby at the hotel where he was staying." When he said this, everyone around me started squealing!
I didn't want to miss Peter Noon's performance because he is a great entertainer, so I went back and forth between where he was performing and the dressing room. Then all of a sudden the car pulled up, and Bobby Sherman got out and waved to everyone. 'The crowd went wild as they say" and women around me were all screaming his name.
The group I was talking to originally was still at the other gate because their friend had not shown up with tickets yet. Bobby apparently knew them from some of the other concerts, so he went over there to talk to them. I saw the woman with the tattoo showing it off to him. The women around me saw him getting his picture taken with the fans on the other side of the gate, and they started yelling at him, saying, "Bobby, over here. Come see us." Now I was quite embarrassed standing there in this group of women who had obviously reverted back to the days when Bobby was their teen heartthrob. There was a very nice woman next to me who felt the same way and said, 'Oh brother, can't they just wait their turn?" and I agreed with her.
I thought of leaving that area because I didn't want to be with a group of women who seemed so greedy. After all, I was there to give him a gift to thank him, and I didn't want anything from him. But because at that moment, he started heading over in our direction, I stayed where I was. And I must admit, I noticed my heart did start pounding a bit!
A Perfect Experience
In my hand, I had a small wrapped package which included a book of EMT stories for him to read on the plane, a small check as a donation to his EMT Foundation, a card with a note of thanks for all the great memories he had given me as a child through his music, and 2 pictures, which my three-year-old twins had colored for him! ( My girls had been listening to his music in the car on the CD player ever since I went to the first concert and wanted to give him something too! To hear my 3-year-old Michaela singing along to the songs "Julie Do You Love Me" and "Marching to the Music" totally off key, and loud made me happy every time I heard it! )
As he got nearer to us, the shouts of, "Bobby, Bobby" got louder. He started at one end of the gated off area. As he went down the line, women were sticking things out for him to sign. These items included album covers, programs, pictures, souvenirs from the Teen Idols Tour concert, etc. It grew quite quiet once he was actually with our group. I think his presence stunned everyone into silence. Now, remember, I hadn't brought anything for him because I wanted to give back to him, not take anything more from him. When he got to me, I held out the small package and just said, 'This is for you." He looked at me, took the package, and my hand and said, 'Oh, bless you" ...and kissed me on the cheek!
Silence was all around me, and then all of a sudden at least 20 screams could be heard piercing the night air. What a sweetheart this guy turned out to be. I had waited all my life, well okay, at that point it had been 29 years of my life, to meet him, and he made that meeting perfect! After he kissed me, he continued down the line. I was really stunned that he had done that and looked at the nice woman next to me and asked if that just happened and she assured me it had. I was floating on air, not just because of the kiss, but because it was such a sweet gesture when I was just trying to do something nice for him. I went back to my seat to watch him and the rest of the concert.
Fulfilling A Dream
Okay, so by now you may be thinking that I had totally flipped my lid for getting this excited about the concert and meeting Bobby Sherman as a grown woman. After all, at that point, he was not even famous anymore, except for his loyal fans from the late sixties/early seventies.
But it was more than just seeing him in concert, or getting a kiss from him. Part of it was about fulfilling personal, lifelong dreams. Meeting Bobby Sherman was a dream I had had since childhood, but never thought would really happen. I strongly feel that life is too short to have regrets, and if I had let the first concert go by without attending, or the second one, that I went to "give something back," I would always have regretted it. And once I went, I had no regrets and realized by going and fulfilling the dream of meeting Bobby Sherman; I had the power to make my dreams come true. That's a powerful realization!
That night it was even okay that I probably would never see him again. The important thing was that I saw him, cried a little ( okay, I admit it, I cried at both concerts because that little girl inside me was just so finally happy to see him!) and I was able to thank him for all the joy he had given me through his music and acting over all the years, and in the present day as well. I felt so happy about it that over the next few months I lost 20 pounds and looked and felt happy and at peace with myself.
I wish for everyone who is reading this the same...the courage to follow your dreams, and then to enjoy them to the fullest!
Here's the first part of my Bobby Sherman experience
- Meeting Bobby Sherman: A Life Changing Experience, Part 1
This is part 1 of my experience meeting Bobby Sherman as an adult during the Teen Idols Tour in 1998. Also included is a You Tube video of Bobby Sherman singing "Julie Do Ya Love Me"
Bobby Sherman Teen Idol Tour Performance of "Easy Come, Easy Go"
© 2012 Karen Hellier
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on November 03, 2019:
Oh my, I am sorry. I didn't know this. I wrote this article a few years ago.
Anonymous on November 03, 2019:
The Bobby Sherman EMT Foundation was unexpectedly closed by Bobby's wife Brigitte Poublon. She took the money and ran, leaving those who ran the foundation trying to meet its commitments without the much needed funds. When Bobby's manager Ward Sylvester died, Ward left his estate to his domestic partner. Brigitte filed court papers to stop probate in an attempt to gain proceeds from that estate. It should also be noted that since Bobby is without a manager upon the death of Ward Sylvester, Brigitte has taken it upon herself to act as Bobby's Manager. She has been very difficult to work with such as organizing a Teen Idol's Tour with The Monkees remaining members Michael Nesmith and Mickey Dolenz. Further discussions with Brigitte Poublon are impossible.
HJeanA on July 22, 2019:
Thanks Karen for your story & the lovely video of Bobby in concert. I've been a fan since the first time I heard him singing, growing up with all of his songs & loved him all of these years.
Linda on July 23, 2018:
I was a little girl in the 60s but as I got older I was listening to him sing, and every day I need to get my Bobby fix. And his music continues to have an impact on my life, I suffer from chronic debilitating migraines, when I need ER care for the pain, the doctors treat me with Ketamine (special K) on the street. Anyway it’s very scary as it begins it’s trip to my head, my husband realized quickly that I was getting agitated so he put my earphones on me and started my play list of his his music and he told me that I immediately calmed down and was able to let the meds work. Everyday I’m grateful for his music
Lurena Hembree on July 22, 2018:
That's a great story, I was a Bobby fan too so I can relate. My big moment was seeing Paul McCartney in Kansas City a few years ago. My retirement gift to myself! I waited 50 years but was so worth every minute!
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on April 18, 2015:
Interesting that you would say that because I DID get a thank you letter from Bobby, but I think I dismissed it because I wasn't sure whether or not it was a form letter or not.
Anna on April 16, 2015:
Really enjoyed reading your hub Karen. I was in my pre teen and early teens when Bobby Sherman was a "hot" commodity....hahaha! He was my first and only teen heartthrob and first love. He's also the only one I actually created a scrapbook for. I had totally forgotten about it until I read your hub.
I enjoyed researching him and finding out what great humanitarian work he has done and created with his life.
I was hoping that there would have been a part 3 to your story, something like a thank you card from Bobby but you already realized your dream and you can't beat that!
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 26, 2012:
I would have agreed with you until I got a comment from a man on Hub Pages that bought Tiger Beat because of the Beach Boys, and he was a big fan. That's pretty neat...hard to admit too but he did! Thanks again for your vote!
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on August 26, 2012:
Great second part and enjoyed reading it, i was never a big fan of Bobby Sherman or any other singers that had been in tiger beat. I think that was more of a girl thing to like these type of singers.
Vote up and more !!!
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 23, 2012:
Thanks for the comment. Those of us who loved Bobby have a special bond. I was so happy to find out he's still a nice guy. I loved seeing him on TV no matter what show he was on. I got the DVD of the Partridge Family show he was on, and I have heard the here Comes The Brides has a season or 2 on DVD now. I need to look it up and order it if possible. That was such a great, wholesome show. Glad to have found another fan!
T4an from Toronto, Ontario on August 23, 2012:
Great hub Karen. Bobby Sherman was my first crush, the first 45 that I ever bought and the first concert I saw when I was eleven years old. I loved his music and Here Comes the Brides. It was such a great show. Voted up!
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 22, 2012:
Thanks teaches12345, except I was actually 38 when I met him...it took me 29 years to get to see him! Elvis huh? My aunt has always loved him!
Dianna Mendez on August 22, 2012:
I remember Bobby, he was really popular back then. I can relate to your getting to see him at 29, I felt the same when I saw Elvis.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 22, 2012:
So glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. As Bobby would say, "Peace!"
galaxy1000 from Spokane, WA on August 21, 2012:
I really enjoyed your article because as a 12 year old, I was also a big Bobby Sherman fan. I can relate to what you felt and it also is tied into our youth etc.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 21, 2012:
Right back at ya Hawaiian Odysseus! I am surprised you didn't know about Tiger Beat on Ebay. I think of you as 'The Great One of Ebay!" Ha ha! Of course I only know about it because after I went to the Bobby Sherman concert the first time, I looked up how much his memorabilia was selling for. There were lots of Tiger Beat magazines on there for sale. I have always wanted that lunch box but can't afford it. ...sigh...I keep hoping I will find one at an estate sale hiding in the rafters of an old house or garage!
Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on August 21, 2012:
No, I didn't know about Tiger Beat selling on eBay. I wish I'd had the foresight to ask my mom to save all my Beatles LP's, comic books, and teen magazines for me. They're probably all part of a huge landfill somewhere in Hawai'i. Man, I coulda made a killin'! Ha-ha!
Have a good day, Karen! It's always a pleasure to read your great writing and to hear from you.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 21, 2012:
What a wonderful and thoughtful comment. Thank you so much. I am glad you understand my fondness for Mr. Sherman. I had to laugh about you buying Tiger Beat magazine. For a couple of years, I am pretty sure I never missed purchasing an issue! Did you know people sell them on Ebay now? Of course I am sure you know that. Do you still have any of your old ones, or have they already all been sold???Thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful comment.
Hawaiian Odysseus from Southeast Washington state on August 21, 2012:
I enjoyed this Hub of yours because you so honestly shared a very significant and emotionally intimate happening in your life with us. Yes, you were a grown woman when this magical event occurred, but having the opportunity of a lifetime to engage in conversation with a past teen idol, present him with a beautiful and thoughtful gift, and receive a surprise kiss on the cheek is a timeless memory-treasure. Someday, when you're 80 or 90 years old, that moment will be as real and memorable for you as it was when it happened.
For me, it was informative as well as interesting, but for a different reason. As a teenager, I was really into Herman's Hermits, and I even (okay, I'm a 60-year-old guy, so I'm a little embarrassed about admitting this) bought a few Tiger Beat magazines that had articles about the rock stars collectively known as The British Invasion (Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, to name a few). Also, when the Monkees were formed and then had their own television show, I naturally was able to follow their antics. As a freshman in high school, I had my first experience as a lead singer in a band, and one of the songs I did was "I Wanna Be Free," a Davy Jones classic. Unfortunately, our monitor wasn't working, and without hearing the intro notes to the song, and even though I had a decent voice, I started singing in the wrong key. And the worst thing is that no one told me until the song was over! Hoo, boy!
Anyway, although I had heard a couple of Bobby Sherman songs on the radio, his talent was overshadowed--at least in the island market--by the predominant bias in favor of the British groups. The one American band that really stirred the emotions and pocketbooks in Hawai'i at that time was The Beachboys.
Anyway, it was good to learn more about Bobby Sherman today through the reading of your Hub. I especially enjoyed discovering that he's giving so much of himself and his resources to the community. In my heart, that makes him tower above the rest.
Karen, I truly get your fondness for Bobby Sherman. He's more than just a pretty face. He's an American gentleman who enjoyed an exciting and lucrative season as a talented singer and sitcom actor. Most importantly, his light didn't stop shining once he exited from the music scene. Rather, it only began to burn brighter.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful two-part Hub with us.
"Easy come, easy go..."