Kevin's plan came to him one day when he was waiting to meet Katherine Hepburn. He had grown tired and hungry while waiting for the play she was in to let out and went into a burger joint to get an order of fries and a large coke.
He was wondering why he never managed to see Ms. Hepburn as she left the theater each night and he was feeling disheartened. He knew the only way he'd get to meet her was by actually seeing the play, but he'd spent the rest of his money on the flowers.
While he was munching on his fries, he noticed an old woman sleeping in the booth next to him. Sticking out of her bag was a ticket to a play! Kevin was a nice and considerate boy and he was thinking the poor woman was probably more tired than he was and to spare her the agony of sitting through a long play, he took the ticket from her bag and ran back to the theater on the corner.
Kevin enjoyed the play immensely, although he was shocked to see that as the years had passed, Katherine Hepburn had started to look a lot like Robert Conrad. After the play ended, he ran to the stage door with his flowers and as the door opened he cried out "Ms. Hepburn! Ms. Hepburn! My name is Kevin Fowler and I'm your number one fan!" and he threw at her, the bouquet of flowers he'd brought with him earlier in the day.
After security had calmed Mr. Conrad and Kevin explained everything, he was told that he was at the wrong theater and since he wasn't a paying customer, he'd have to move away from the door.
Kevin was crushed and realized that this would never have happened if only it didn't cost so much to stand at the stage door. He swore that if he was ever in a position to do anything about that, he would.
Little did he know that 25 short years later, he would be an award winning actor with the clout and money to solve this problem.
When Kevin became an actor and had achieved a great deal of success, he was offered the chance to star on Broadway. Kevin realized this was the perfect time to put his secret plan in to place. By buying into the show as a producer, he could control the price of the sidewalk tickets!
For a small price, a fan could purchase a spot on the sidewalk near the stage door. The closer you wanted to be, the more the tickets cost, but for about $50, you could watch Kevin sign autographs and for about $100 you were given the prime spot next to the dumpster at the stage door!
Kevin also made arrangements for people to have seats *inside* the theater where there was a play being performed. This was especially nice during the hot Summer months.
There was one small bit of controversy when arrangements were made for students to have cheap tickets. Due to a bureaucratic mix-up, the students weren't allowed to stand near the stage door. There was talk of a possible lawsuit by students who felt cheated out of autographs, but they were placated when Kevin allowed them to sit inside the theater during the performances.
This wasn't much, but for $25, why complain? At least they weren't outside in the rain.
Every night for months, Kevin and his fans would meet near his car and he would sign autographs and have his picture taken. He always remembered the old days of waiting for Katherine Hepburn.
One night, he decided to write to her to tell her how much his admiration of her had changed both his life and the face of autograph hunting forever. He poured out his heart to her. He told her of his years of struggling to get into the shoe business and how he went to New York and changed his name and all about how he'd made his family proud. Sixteen long months later, he received a card in the mail.
It said simply "Kevin, good for you."
Driving Mr. Spacey!: The positively untrue life and times of Kevin Spacey, with a few real facts thrown in for fun. All collages and photo enhancements were done by me using Microsoft® Picture It!® 99
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