The DVD has been played to within an inch of its life, its plastic box clouded and scratched with six years of openings and closings. 

Hundreds of times a year, Aaron Beeghley has run through the disc containing the movie “Tremors.” Whether at the group home where he stays or on the break-room television of the Safeway supermarket where he works, the 1990 horror-comedy featuring actor Kevin Bacon and a burrowing snake monster has been a constant soundtrack to his days.

Beeghley’s words come out haltingly, through the thick accent resulting from the 46-year-old man’s developmental disability. But the words eventually pass through his toothy, constant smile — he is the No. 1 fan of all things Kevin Bacon.

Two grocery co-workers befriended Beeghley and shared his hopes for meeting his film-star hero someday. It seemed a pipe dream until, three weeks ago, it suddenly wasn’t.

That’s when Debra Barron, the Safeway floral department manager, heard that Kevin Bacon would be coming to the Napa Valley Opera House — not as an actor but as a musician, performing with his older brother, Michael.

Barron had to blink before she believed the news.

“You won’t believe it! Kevin Bacon’s coming to town!” she breathlessly told Kimberly Weigant, 50, a cashier at the Trancas Street grocery.

The two women had the same thought at once. They had to get a ticket for their friend Aaron.

Barron and Weigant had become protectors of sorts for him, charmed by his spirit-lifting quips, laughs and practical jokes. They would drive him to work from his group home.

“One day at work when I was really sad about something, Aaron just handed me his ‘Tremors’ video and said, ‘Take this — this will cheer you up,” remembered Barron, who began working at the grocery three years ago.

Having decided to bring their friend to see his idol, the women went whole hog, buying not only concert tickets but passes so that they and Aaron could meet Kevin Bacon at a pre-show reception. The cost was steep — $150 for each pass — but eight co-workers and three tellers at a nearby bank chipped in $10, $20 and $50 bills to pay their way in.

“Shocked. Surprised. I almost cried,” Beeghley said about the day he learned he would meet the actor.

“This is the real thing,” Beeghley exclaimed Wednesday as he entered the Opera House arm-in-arm with Weigant and Barron. In their hands were the well-worn DVD and a page-size publicity photo from the film showing a younger Kevin Bacon.

Two hours before the Bacon brothers’ showtime, the three friends entered a parquet-floored reception room. As two dozen guests made small talk over wine, cheese and prosciutto, Beeghley chatted up a few visitors, regaling them with the names of Bacon’s other appearances — in “Animal House,” “The River Wild,” “Apollo 13” — and lines like Bacon’s “This is your wakeup call” from “Tremors.”

Fifteen minutes later, another man walked through the door, clad in dark jeans and T-shirt and a brush-like haircut.

It was Kevin Bacon, with his brother, Michael, entering just behind.

After a few minutes posing for photos with other visitors, the actor-singer autographed photos for Barron, then Weigant — and finally the night’s most enthusiastic guest.

“So, how many times have you seen ‘Tremors,’ Aaron?” Bacon asked amiably. Beeghley thought hard for several seconds: “I dunno... maybe, um, 200 times?”

“Try 200 times a year!” Weigant cut in with a sudden laugh.

“That’s funny,” Bacon replied with a slight smile. “I’ve only seen it once.”

It was time for a souvenir of the evening. First, the women posed for a photo with the actor, then Beeghley stepped between Kevin and Michael Bacon for one final picture.

“You know we’re decorating the break room with pictures tomorrow,” Barron said with a smile after the Bacons had left the room.

The encounter had lasted only a few minutes, but Beeghley had tokens to remember his big night.

As he and his friends awaited the 8 p.m. curtain in the Opera House lobby, he again held onto his “Tremors” DVD. Only now there were marker-pen scribblings on the cover: “Hey Aaron! Good luck.” 

The authors left their marks just above the snake creature’s mouth on the cover: “KB.” “M. Bacon.”

“This is so exciting, we’re going to frame a picture of this,” said Barron. “This will make his whole — his whole life.”

(17) comments

Native74
Native74

Awesome story. Aaron is always so cheerful when I go to Safeway. How cool that his co-workers/friends got the tickets to meet his idol. I LOVE this story. :)

notanapanative
notanapanative

I have seen Aaron work at Safeway and he always does have a big smile on his face.

Kudo's to Aaron for having such a positive outlook on life and for his work ethic (he always seems to be focussed on his job and hustling).

A big well done to his friends and co workers!

Old Time Napkin
Old Time Napkin

This is an absolutely great story. Kudos to those fine ladies at Safeway that made Aaron's dream come true. I'm sure that Aaron will talk about this for a long time. It was also very interesting that the Safeway employees also see to it that Aaron has a way to get to work and a way to get home.What a fantastic group of employees.Thanks to the NVR for bringing this story to us.

KathyY
KathyY

This is a wonderful, heartwarming story! To think how many people came together to make one man's dream come true! Beautiful. Just beautiful.

I would bet that Kevin will never forget his meeting with Aaron!!!

Powerball
Powerball

I've known Aaron Beeghley for about 15 years now, he's a good friend and athlete for the Napa Valley Special Olympics here in Napa. I bet Aaron will never forget of meeting Kevin Bacon, it will be a memory that Aaron will remember in his heart forever. I bet Kevin Bacon hasn't met a Special Olympic athlete just like Aaron. I'm glad to count Aaron Beeghley as a friend, to everyone who knows Aaron by his smile, personality and he's truly blessed to be on this earth. Way to go Aaron, you reached for your dream to meet Kevin Bacon and you finally did it. Keep up the good work @ Safeway with your co-workers. All the best, Timmy (Aaron Beeghley's close friend of the Napa Valley Special Olympics)

orchid lady
orchid lady

Yay Arron! So happy for you! You have great friends! I am happy that you got to meet you idol! You always brighten my day when I do my shopping at Safeway, and I'm glad someone brightened yours. Cool, very cool.

Mishell
Mishell

Hey check out an interview with the talented Kevin Bacon at:
http://culturecatch.com/vidcast/kevin-bacon

notanapkinanymore
notanapkinanymore

So he's now 1 degree to Bacon. Awesome. Napaliz - what hard times are you referring to? Nobody said life is easy. Life is hard.

mommaof3
mommaof3

Stories like these restore my faith in humanity. Aaron you are fantastic and bless the people that helped to honor you as their friend! Yay... this brought happy tears to my eyes and absolutely made my day :)

Miss T
Miss T

"Congratulations", Aaron. So Awesome of Safeway employees to make it possible. Great Story..

napa local
napa local

great story. How awesome and blessed Aaron is to have such great friends. We need more stories like this in the paper.

Navymom
Navymom

What a great group of friends this young man has. Kevin Bacon making a wish come true. Lovely story.

truly
truly

Way to go girls. May many blessings come to all involved in making this happen. I really like this story. I am so happy for Aaron.

Jenn
Jenn

Thank you to all those that made this possible for Aaron! He is such a wonderful man that always has a smile to share no matter how his day is! Such a wonderful gift for him!

GerryKP
GerryKP

What an awesome story! This is so cool he got to meet Kevin Bacon. It's a great feeling to finally meet someone you admire so much. :-)

Napaliz
Napaliz

What nice people to make someone so happy. It helps in these difficult times to hear positive stories about the kindness of people, there is plenty negative everywhere. Way to go Safeway co-workers...

Kiddo Young
Kiddo Young

Yay Aaron! I know I don't work at your store with you, but I'm so happy for you! Reading this story made my heart smile.

God bless you, Kim and Debra. You two have hearts of gold. This was something the three of you will never forget. It's always so nice to read about good people doing good and thoughtful things for their friends.

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