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Stars from the 1990s to converge at Tampa Con

Bill DeYoung



"Beverly Hills 90210": Jennie Garth, left, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling. Photo: Fox TV.

If last month’s Tampa Bay Comic Convention taught us anything, it’s that nostalgia comes at a price.

Autographs and photos – any sort of in-person encounter – with three Lord of the Rings actors, along with other celebrities, set fans back as much as $100 or more.

The ante has been upped with the announcement of the first-ever ‘90s Con, which like its predecessor will take place at the Tampa Convention Center. The dates are Sept. 15, 16 and 17.

This one is a celeb-palooza, with nearly-complete casts of Boy Meets World, Beverly Hills 90210, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, singers from N’Sync, TLC and the Backstreet Boys and the women who provided the singing voices for the heroines in Disney’s animated classics The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas and others.

Celebrity “encounters” are priced accordingly, but the list is impressive:

Actress Elizabeth Berkley in 1995’s “Showgirls.” Photo: MGM/UA.

Elizabeth Berkley. The Saved By the Bell star who went on to star in the notorious sleazy film Showgirls. The TV show’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mario Lopez are also scheduled to attend;

Danica McKellar. The one, the only Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years;

Melissa Joan Hart from Clarissa Explains it All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch;

Reginald VelJohnson in “Die Hard.” Photo: Columbia Pictures.

Reginald VelJohnson. From TV’s Family Matters. He was also the hero cop who saved Bruce Willis in Die Hard;

Jason Priestly, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green, Jennie Garth and others from Beverly Hills 90210 (Luke Perry passed away in 2019).

Nick Carter and A.J. McLean from the Backstreet Boys, Joey Fatone from N’Sync, T-Boz and Chili from TLC;

Ten Boy Meets World cast members, including Danielle Fishel (Topanga), Rider Strong (Shawn), Betsy Randle (Amy) and 96-year-old William Daniels (Mr. Feeny – be sure to ask him about Knight Rider, if you see him). The actors will participate in a Boy Meets World Q&A panel, one of several special events in the plans);

Other notables: Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream, Grindhouse); Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Blue and others (Full House); Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Disney singers Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Paige O’Hara (Beauty and the Beast), Linda Larkin (Aladdin), Judy Khun (Pocahontas) and Susan Egan (Hercules).

Find the complete list and schedule of celebrity appearances here.

A one-day pass is $40. That’s admission to the event (which features a vendors room and other attractions) only; the individual costs for selfies, “photo ops” and autographs are listed on each celebrity page.

Ten members of the cast of ABC’s “Boy Meets World” are scheduled to be at ‘90s Con in September: Danielle Fishel, Rider Strong, Will Friedle, Lee Norris, William Daniels, Matthew Lawrence, William Russ, Betsy Randle, Bonnie Bartlett and Trina McGee. Publicity photo.














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