Well, we all have stories about the one that got away, right?
When I was traveling between LA and KC – running Stanford‘s and producing sports films – I met this killer, blue-eyed, 20 year-old blonde, Gina Ninci. My brother, Jack, brought her to my office. She was centerfold material, and seemed to be a very nice person.
So I invited her to go back to LA with me and she said, cool. She told me her name and said she had a new phone number and for me to call information and get it. And that she’d leave the next day with me for LA. So I called information but no Gina Mince.
A year later I learned it was Ninci, not Mince. But by then she was engaged, having a baby and so on. Damn! A year later she was single again. We dated, but too much water had traveled under the bridge. Besides she was a KU student living on campus. She was doing sports reporting for KU in hopes landing of a film or TV gig. She visited me in LA several times, then moved there in 1999 or 2000.
We’re still pals, and see each other once or twice or so a year in LA or Vegas or KC. Now she lives in San Diego.
But now I’m so proud of her. After years of doing mostly commercials this year she hit some good ones and has landed a part in Clint Eastwood’s movie Hoover, staring Leo DiCaprio. And last week Gina played a reporter in the TV movie, "Who Killed Chandra Levy?"
Gina also just did a pilot with Brian Austin(married to Megan Fox) and was on 90210. She landed a part on "The Wedding Band" with "Meet The Parents" star Terri Polo. She’s also in "Man Up" and the new Wonder Woman TV show.
So things are looking up for this KC gal.
She’s coming back home in June for a wedding – no, not mine. Ha. And she’s looking very good.
Another KC guy doing well all of a sudden is Will C. His real name is Will Clifton. Will was a comic at Stanford’s for about 10 years. And last year Will had a small part on "Family Jewels" with Kiss star Gene Simmons. This summer he will be a co lead in a new reality show called, "Rouge Society" dealing with people who rip us off on things like used cars. Should be funny.
Will will perform again at the club again this summer.
Hey, the guy had the guts to out and try for the big stuff without knowing anyone. Just like Gina. It’s tough work, so my hat’s off to them both.