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Fan’s 50-year mission to meet ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ fulfilled at Indiana Comic Con



Indianapolis, Indiana – This weekend’s Indiana Comic Con is drawing thousands of comic book enthusiasts to the Indiana Convention Center. The event has a stellar line-up of famous attendees.

Celebrities including Lou Ferrigno, Anthony Daniels, Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, and more will be present to meet and greet fans, pose for photos, and sign autographs.

Watching fans interact with their heroes is Dan Farr’s favorite aspect of being a producer at Indiana Comic Con.

”I love witnessing those experiences when someone meets a celeb or someone they have looked up to,” Farr said. “Sometimes they’re even brought to tears.”

For decades, one man in particular has been waiting for that precise moment.

”I’m here to fulfill a 50-year dream of meeting Lee Majors, The Six Million Dollar Man,” said Pete Loerke. He and his daughter traveled from Wisconsin for the meet and greet.

Pete was just 7 years old the first time he got to meet Majors. Majors attended the Milwaukee Toys-R-Us grand opening. That was in 1974, right at the start of his rise to fame as The Six Million Dollar Man.

”I begged my dad to take me,” Pete said. “And by he time we got there, the line was out of the store and wrapped around the entire building three times.”

Pete and his father didn’t think they had much of a chance to see the well-known actor because they knew Majors would only be there for a few hours. That is, until one of Pete’s dad’s friends suggested that Pete join them in the queue.

”She said, ‘Come on, let Pete come in with me and I’ll drop him off afterward,’” Pete said. “And that sounded like a great idea to me, but my dad decided to teach me a lesson about honesty and he said, ‘No, you can’t do that. That would be cutting in line.”

Pete and his father so departed the mall that day without having the opportunity to meet Lee Majors.

”I filed it away in my little kid brain that one day, somehow, I was going to meet The Six Million Dollar Man,” Pete said. Finally, Friday had arrived. ”It’s gonna finally happen so I’m happy, I’m excited,” Pete said.

To prove it, he even has the shirt. “This is a major deal! I’ve waited fifty years to see Lee Majors, The Six Million Dollar Man. i waited outside Toys-R-Us when I was 7,” Pete’s daughter Melissa said, reading off the words on her dad’s custom-made shirt.

Pete said, “My daughter came up with the idea and made this shirt.” “I don’t want to look silly at first, but then I remembered that I’m going to a comic convention, so it’s okay to look silly.”
Pete’s daughter comes to finish the task with him now that his father has left.

”I have been so emotional about this,” Melissa said. “Watching him tell his story, I could just cry about it.”

That’s how Pete first got to know Lee Majors, his lifetime hero. in a designated green room meeting between a superhero and a fan. At last, Pete got to meet the Six Million Dollar Man.

After a brief conversation, the two took some photos, and Majors even signed Pete’s shirt.

“I’m happier than I would have been 50 years ago,” Pete said to us after the meetup.

He informed Majors that he would not inadvertently put the shirt in the washing machine and that he intended to frame it.

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