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particular who was especially nice to him, was Dennis C Stewart, who played the leader of the T-Birds' rival gang The Scorpions, Leo Balmudo. A role he also reprised in Grease 2. Eddie remembers that upon learning that he took the bus to work every day, Dennis said, “No more,” and became Eddie's daily ride to the set of Grease from then on. Lorenzo Lamas played jock Tom Chisum in the movie Grease. He fondly recalls how star struck he was in the presence of Olivia Newton-John. Didi Conn, who played second-in-command Pink Lady Frenchy, recalls that there were many on-set hook ups in those trailers. Fellow cast member Susan Buckner who played cheerleader Patty Simcox has confirmed this, by adding that she acted upon the crush she had on fellow cast mate Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie. Jeff's part kept getting reduced, due to John Travolta's status in Hollywood at that time. Since Greased Lightning is Kenickie's car, it's Kenickie who originally sings the song. But John Travolta loved it, and asked to sing it. John once recalled, “I really wanted to do the number, and I knew that I could get it, because I was the boy of the moment.” Jeff Conaway passed away in 2010, but has previously recalled, “God bless John, he did a great job on Greased Lightning.” Upon remembering how character Danny also drives Kenickie's car in the drag race, Jeff commented that in the film version of Grease, “If Danny could have gone to the bathroom for Kenickie, he would have.” I had the distinct pleasure of meeting some of the amazing cast members of Grease during their appearance at Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, NJ back in April, 2018. Upon those appearing, was Dinah Manoff, who played Pink Lady Marty. She had not yet seen the recent 40th anniversary restoration, and was physically taken aback when I revealed to her that those diamond-framed glasses actually shimmered when you watch the movie projected on a theater screen. The other cast members that I met and had the most pleasurable experiences with were Didi Conn (Frenchy); Barry Pearl (Doody); Eddie Deezen (Euguene); Edd Byrnes (Vince Vintaine); Jamie Donelley (Jan); and Susan Buckner (Patty Simcox). I was also in the presence of one of the actual T-Birds jackets worn in the movie. It belonged to Barry Pearl, who brings it to all such appearances that he does. I know not to overstep bounds, but man, how I wanted to ask if I could actually slip that on for just two seconds! Director Randal Kleiser was also present at Chiller Theatre. He was quite the gentleman. Very humble, and conversational, and was very considerate of my criticism regarding the 1998 remix. Said criticism followed my sincere heartfelt gratitude for the recent full restoration, which also includes Grease's original Paramount logo, complete with the original Grease-exclusive fanfare music. When my friend Brenda, who accompanied me to Chiller, told Susan Buckner that I can do John Travolta's Greased Lightning routine incredibly well, she didn't believe it. So, Susan pulled it up on her Spotify list in her laptop, and dragged me out into the middle of the room to perform the dance in front of director Randal Kleiser, who recorded it on his cell phone. I'm still waiting to hear if he ever showed that video to John Travolta, as I had suggested [wink]. For what started as an incredibly gritty stage play penned by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey – based partially on people in Jim Jacobs' high school that he was actually scared of – that went on to be

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