Happy Sweet 16 Buffy! March 10, 2013Posted by Alichat in Life, TV.
Tags: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon, PBP, The Bronze
“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”
Sixteen years ago today, Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on the WB network (now The CW.) 16 years!?! I was startled to hear that as well. Mathematically, I know it has been that long, but it’s another thing to say the number out loud. You see, Buffy brought me alot of things. Besides awakening my desire for intelligent television shows that fed my desire to analyze and dissect each nuance, with strong female characters, witty dialogue, and emotional stories, it also connected me to alot of friends. Others to bond with who found themselves relating to members of the Scooby Gang and their high school travails. Friends all across the globe with the same likes and humor as me. We congregated on The Bronze, a chat board named after the club where the characters hung out on the show. Occasionally the writers, actors, and Joss Whedon would pop in to say hello and answer questions. Into the second season, someone had the idea of everyone getting together and meeting in person. So many friendships had sprung up on The Bronze, we were speaking so often on the site, it seemed the logical next step. In February of ’98, the Posting Board Party (PBP) was born. I can’t recall right this moment why we picked the rainiest month in LA to do this, but a group of fans met in person the weekend of Valentine’s Day. Some of the cast and crew came as well. It became an annual event, growing in number and scale each year. Going from a one night event to an entire weekend. We began raising money for the Make-A-Wish foundation. Once Angel ended, the parties ended. But I have fantastic memories of these weekends. Friends I will have a lifetime, and I owe it all to a man named Joss and a little California girl named Buffy.