The invitation came through the multiple listing service; there would be a broker's open house at the Ridge Club in Sandwich and Bobby Orr would be in attendance. Clear the schedule. I'm there.
For anyone who lived under a rock for the second half of the 20th century, Bobby Orr was the Boston Bruin heartthrob who lead his team to the National Hockey League Stanley Cub Championship in 1970 and again in 1972. He was Sport's Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year in '72 and inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979 as the youngest player ever to be so honored. Orr is arguably one of the greatest pro athletes of all time.
I was in my early teens when Bobby Orr fever swept New England, and I got the fever again tonight. Orr is one of a dozen owners of the beautiful Ridge Club of Sandwich, a gated golf community in interior Cape Cod where Realtors gathered over cocktails tonight to learn more about the homes for sale there.
Tonight Orr sat at a table with a stack of glory days photos he graciously autographed as he posed for pictures with star-struck Realtors like myself. He could not have been more of a gentleman. Nor could he have been more hot. After I instagrammed a photo, some followers weighed in. "He's still soooo handsome", wrote one. "He looks great!" said another.
When I asked him how many 50-something year old women tell him they had a crush on him in the early 70's, he paused and said actually that was kind of young. And the image of a bunch of grannies telling him he's cute made us laugh. You can see that in the photos. He was a really good sport.
Thanks to Realtor Wendy Beaulieu of William Raveis Real Estate, who took the photos with my iphone after her own photo op with Orr was finished.
And thanks to Bobby Orr himself, for inscribing his photo to my three boys, and for an unforgettable evening with my teen idol. There is nothing like finally meeting someone who made you aware of a heartbeat more than 40 years ago. My life is almost complete.
Carlton Fisk, are you going to be on the Cape any time soon?