Luke Perry of “Beverly Hills, 90210” – and more importantly – “8 Seconds” fame, succumbed on Monday after suffering a devastating stroke.
Of course he appeared in other TV shows and movies, but his role in the above are forever etched in my mind – especially his role as Lane Frost in “8 Seconds.” Frost was the 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion and died from an injury while riding in 1989.
They filmed some of the scenes at the Rakowitz place. This must have been in 1992-93 or so since the movie came out in 1994. Our then news editor, Christelle Troell, was going to interview and get some photos so a few of us from the office tagged along. Chris’ daughter Diana and Cathy Meadows and her daughter Arminda and I all trekked over to Verdi where they were filming the scene where young Lane is mutton busting and I think they were celebrating a birthday.
Though Perry was not in those scenes, he was on site.
When we drove up, he was pitching horseshoes/ washers and was shirtless. Thanks to Diana Troell-Jordan for remembering those details! Christelle shared her memory. “It was a fun day. He really was very nice. He was playing horseshoes or something like it when we walked up. It was an absolutely beautiful spring day.”
He was the nicest person, posing with the teenaged girls and signing autographs. I snagged one for my then toddler daughter, Allison. He wrote “Allison – Love Always, Luke Perry”. It has been in her baby book ever since. Sigh.
My “Mama Group” friends were saddened by this news, too. Commenting that he was their favorite star and sending gifs and memes of him after we all found out of his untimely death.
The way I see it, each time we lose an iconic star – especially one who has left this world too soon – I think a bit of us goes with them. Rest in Peace, Luke Perry. Maybe Lane is thanking you for bringing his life to the big screen.
SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at email@example.com.