I live on Long Island, New York, a place that is no stranger to the world of Jaws. Frank Mundus, the shark hunter who inspired the character of Quint from the film, was from the area as was Peter Benchley, who wrote the book, which was set on the east end. Both Roy Scheider, the film's star, and Steven Spielberg became fixtures on Long Island after the filming of the movie. So it was only natural that Long Island be the site of the first big screen showing of Jaws since its premiere, on August 24th, 2006, in East Hampton, NY. I was there. As was Steven Spielberg, Roy Scheider, and David Koepp, screenwriter of several of Spielberg's films.
As if seeing Jaws up on the big screen with an audience of fellow lovers of the film wasn't cool enough, Spielberg, Scheider, and Koepp held a Q&A afterwards. The Guild Hall, where the event was being held, got way into the event, baking up shark shaped cookies and serving up bottles of Jaws water, a bottle of which I still proudly display on my shelf to this day.
I don't have much of a story to tell about the event other than that it was an incredibly special night, shared with my dad, that I will never forget and that I am so glad I was able to experience.
Unfortunately, less than two years later, Roy Scheider lost his long battle with cancer. That same year, Frank Mundus passed away at the age of 82. Several months before his passing, Mundus was signing autographs at an aquarium not far from my house. It was on my birthday and Jen took me there, though neither of us had any idea he was going to be there. Quite a nice little added bonus and i'm happy to say I got the opportunity to shake the man's hand.
This wasn't the most exciting read, I suppose, but it's something i've been meaning to share and now seemed like the perfect time. Viva la Sharkathalon!