It was Integrity Toy's first time hosting Gene fans, or 16" doll buyers, for that matter, and since Marsha Hunt was a friend of Mel Odom and one of the inspirations for the Gene character and clothing, she was invited to appear. Ms. Hunt gave a nice presentation, did a question and answer session, and shook hands and made conversation with all the attendees who wanted to meet her. She could not have been nicer or more affable.
That is still a fond memory, even if I did miss the Chihouly exhibit due to the horrible traffic! I finally saw the Chihuly exhibit at Sandra Stillwell's first Nashville Convention, and then again, in 2016 or 17, at the NY Botanical Gardens. Everything comes around eventually.