Harrison Ford does not know me, but let me tell you how we met. One night I got the surprise of my life when I spotted him coming from a secluded building at a local theme park. He had on a hat exactly like the one worn by Indian Jones. Other than that, there was no disguise. So, naturally I spoke to him.
Before I had time to explain what was on my mind, he had already figured it out. Mr. Ford, being the perfect gentleman he is, located a bench to the side of the walkway. I could see it in his eyes. He was thinking, ‘Here goes the spill. So, I just as well get comfortable.’
When he sat down, I began to explain how my character, Dr. Andrew Rogers, would set the stage for a perfect meeting with Indian Jones. Andy is a well-known archeologist who travels the world, searching out and proving or disproving the authenticity of ancient artifacts. The only problem: during those searches, he awakens a host of demons. If that is not enough, he has gangsters trailing after him, attempting to take his discoveries from him.
When I mentioned the two of our characters meeting in a sequel, Mr. Ford looked up, made eye contact, and smiled. He was about to speak. But guess what? We were interrupted. “Hey, Spiel,” he said while waving at a gentleman pushing a stroller. It was none other than Steven Spielberg.
With my heart pounding, I explained my idea to Mr. Spielberg. After all, Mr. Ford had introduced us. Pointing to his friend, Mr. Spielberg quickly replied, “That fellow’s character deserves his own billing.”
Then, I said, “You are right. I’ll just create a story for Indian Jones, a sequel.” Now that had gotten Mr. Harrison’s attention. He looked up from underneath the brim of his hat and said, “You write it, send it to me, and I’ll read it.”
I was ecstatic. With that being said, he rose to walk away to follow after Mr. Spielberg. It took a moment for this to sink in. When it did, I realized I had overlooked something. Mr. Ford had not told me where to send the manuscript.
And, then, I awakened from my dream. Before you come to a conclusion about this chance meeting in my slumber, you need to know that my dreams quite often come true. Today I received a magazine with Harrison Ford’s picture on the cover. That is why I’m telling this story. For you guys out there who are wondering . . . Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg are the nicest people you will ever meet – if only in my dreams.
Dr. Andrew Rogers’ Adventure Series