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ABOVE: The real Steve Porcaro (left) and the fake Kenny Loggins, Hunter Stair

The Beverly Hills book party for The Film Snob*s Dictionary was a swell gathering to begin with, but what made it an especially Snobworthy event was that it brought about the first meeting between a star and creator of the Channel 101 underground smash Yacht Rock, Hunter “Kenny Loggins” Stair, and an actual, real-life Yacht Rocker, erstwhile Toto keyboardist Steve Porcaro.

Yacht Rock fans will recall that in Episode 4 of the program, “Porcaro” tries to enlist “Loggins” to convince “Michael McDonald” (played by the series’ creative mastermind, J.D. Ryznar) to help him out on Toto’s next single, which turns out to be the smash “Rosanna.”

The real Steve Porcaro was endearingly bewildered by his starring role in Yacht Rock, noting that, while he was indeed the member of the band who dated Rosanna Arquette, he didn’t even write the song. “I like how the show makes me out to be the leader of the band–I was just the baby brother!” he said at the party, alluding to his older sibling, Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro. Porcaro sportingly chatted at length with Stair, who professed his love for Toto’s second album, Hydra. Porcaro seemed not to mind that the Yacht Rock guys used a great big fat guy to play him.

Special thanks to Ted Kamp for dragooning Steve into coming to the party. NOTE: To take this photo, David Kamp actually broke up a conversation between Porcaro and Stair by saying, “Hold the line, Steve!”

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