The Contessa Moment
By Lyria Wollich
During most of the con it was impossible to escape the
sheer wonderful presence of Lizzy's friend The Contessa.
She was always a pleasure to talk to and had a ready smile
for everyone. One of the great moments of the con was when I ran into the
Contessa as she was standing by the elevators waiting to go down from the
dealers area to the ground floor. In her hands she had a heavy cardboard
cylinder. As I always did when we crossed paths I greeted her in
Italian and asked how things were going. She usually would smile and say
with a very happy tone. "Wonderful!"
But his time, a wicked smile crossed her face and she
opened the cylinder and proceeded to show me that inside of that tube was
a very beautiful katana. "I have a sword this time." she pronounced
to me and the other lady that had walked in to the area. I turned around
instantly and with a big grin on my face I said "I'm outta
here!" Turning back to her I said, "There's nothing worse than a
mad Italian woman with a sword!" We both had a good laugh at that
one. I can see why Lizzy adores this lovely lady. She is truly a
Look for more info on Liz and the Contessa at Elizabeth's
web site at www. elizabethgracen.org
To find out more about Stan visit his website at www.stankirsch.com.