Fast forward 26 years. My friends Cemmi and Melissa were visiting LA and we were having the most relaxing and enjoyable lunch at La Piazza Ristorante Italiano at the Grove. We were seated on the outdoors patio, soaking up the sun and watching the Hollywood stars that frequent The Grove on any given weekday. Shannon Elizabeth and a few others walked by, but we continued to enjoy our conversation and lunch without any thought to the passing stars. THEN, I spotted Anthony Geary looking through sunglasses at a kiosk on the other side of the short patio fence. If you watch soaps, you know they don’t come any bigger or more famous and adored than Anthony Geary who has played Luke Spencer on General Hospital for over 3 decades. Luke’s marriage to Laura on November 16, 1981 was a cultural event watched by 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history. It’s very strange; when you welcome an actor into your home on a daily basis for all of these years, you feel as if the actor is nothing short of an old-timer friend. SO, I ran out of the restaurant and sneaked upon Anthony. I told him I had been a fan for almost 30 years. He (port) chuckled and looked at me in disbelief. We spoke for a while and he could not have been any more gracious, charming, engaging or attentive. I told him about my two friends who happened to be auditioning for the same role (Sonny’s son, Daunte) on General Hospital and he was genuinely interested in what I had to say. I then asked him my burning question of whether Ethan was in fact his son on the show (paternity test was pending of course, classic soap style) and he admitted yes. “Doesn’t he just seem like he should be my son?” Of course Luke, of course. I told him that in contrast to Ethan, the other son, Lucky, and Luke are nothing alike, and he agreed. And with that, we parted ways. Thank you Anthony for my perfect Friday and the scoop on Ethan!