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'Love Boat' captain to appear at Great Vacations Travel EXPO in Columbus, Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The captain of “The Love Boat” will be cruising into the Great Vacations Travel EXPO on Jan. 25 and Jan. 25 at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Gavin MacLeod, who starred as Captain Merrill Stubing on “The Love Boat” will make two appearances at the EXPO.

Presented by AAA, the EXPO is a great place to gather information and plan future trips. Visitors can talk one-on-one with travel experts, enjoy fun and interactive activities for the whole family and fun and find vacation packages to fit every budget and interest.

The EXPO will open Friday, Jan. 24, from noon to 7 p.m. and continue Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door. AAA members receive 50 percent off admission. Children 16 and under are admitted free.

MacLeod will talk to the audience about his new book "This is Your Captain Speaking," and about his days as captain of "The Love Boat." The popular 1970s and 80s sitcom featured the romantic and comic tales of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship Pacific Princess. Following each appearance, MacLeod will sign autographs, including copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the EXPO.

Presented by Princess Cruises, MacLeod will take the AAA Travel Stage at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 and again at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Since his Love Boat days, MacLeod has remained an enthusiastic cruising supporter and has served as spokesman for Princess Cruises since 1986.

Although he is best ken own for his role as Captain Stubing on one of the longest running television shows in history - “The Love Boat” cruised through 10 seasons, from 1977 to 1986 and is still in syndication in 92 countries worldwide – MacLeod also has had an impressive career in other roles.

Remember him as acid-tongued news writer Murray Slaughter on the award-winning TV series “The Mary Tyler Moore Show"?

How about the character of Happy on McHale’s Navy” and Big Chicken on “Hawaii Five-O?” MacLeod also appeared in “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Big Valley,” “Ironside,” “To Catch a Thief,” “Run for Your Life,” “Hotel” and “Murder She Wrote.”

MacLeod’s film debut was in 1958 when he played alongside Susan Hayward in the Oscar-winning production “I Want to Live.” His 35 subsequent film credits include “Compulsion” with Orson Welles, “Operation Petticoat” with Cary Grant, “High Time” with Bing Crosby, “The Party” with Peter Sellers, “The Sand Pebbles” with Steve McQueen and “Kelly’s Heroes” with Clint Eastwood.

Today, MacLeod is a frequent fixture in regional theater. He and his wife, Patti, also appear on Trinity Broadcasting Network in their series, “Back on Course,” a five-time Religion in Media award winner.

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