Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Question Of The Day


Never. Not even close. My brother, on the other hand, once spotted George Clooney at a restaurant he was having lunch at with a business associate. Well, being the extroverted extrovert that my big brother is, he walked over to the table where the Hollywood star was sitting, apologized for disturbing him and his company, told George Clooney that he was a fan and that he enjoyed his movies, shook hands with the man and returned to his company. It was a little surreal, he said, to see someone you see on the big screen in person. He also said that Clooney was very gracious about the encounter and very friendly.

How about you? Have you ever met a famous person?

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  1. I did meet and talk with Cathy Jones from '22 Minutes' fame here in Canada. She was walking her doodle at the park when we crossed paths and talked about dogs.
    Have seen a few Hollywood stars from a distance but never met them.

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    1. Walking your dog is a great way to meet people! I bet that was a fun encounter.

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  2. I have met James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor was signing CD's in a bookstore in Santa Monica. It was surreal to talk to him. I've been a lifelong fan of his. I met Gordon Lightfoot after a concert. One of the best things was first row seats to Jackson Browne. I didn't meet him but had always wanted to sit in the first section of a concert.

    The picture of the little boy with the hose is just like my son. When he was that age he was mesmerized by the hose and water coming out of it.

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  3. I don't think I have. I talked to Madonna on the phone once but never met her.

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    1. Seriously? I am so curious now! You must share this story.

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    2. It's not too exciting but when we were kids, a relative of my current boyfriend had her number because he worked for the phone company. We were kids, I called and she was mean.

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    3. I wonder if she's typically like that. She doesn't strike me as a warm person.

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  4. I once saw Donald Trump in the park....no wait that was dog poop. I always get them mixed up

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  5. Years ago in San Diego I saw OJ Simpson once (this was in the early 1980s). Saw Michael Landon (again years ago) at one of the wild animal parks in the San Diego area. But actually never met a famous person or talked to them :)

    betty

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    1. That is pretty awesome, Betty! And you saw OJ Simpson before all the trial stuff.

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  6. Yes quite a few. I ran Bobby Vee's fan club for many years and because of that I meant quite a few famous people. Also my partner ran a TV company here in the UK a few years back so we got quite pally with some celebs. When Tony Blair was Prime Minister I once when to a dinner party with him and his wife. My partner has met the Queen several times now.

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  7. I haven't but that idea of so many degrees of separation - ...so I can say I came close - my dad was a latent fingerprint expert (that was his title) for Los Angeles Police Dept. I was a teenager at the time when Neil Diamond had hubcaps stolen off his very expensive vehicle. My dad was on the case (haha, only a celebrity gets that kind of attention for hubcaps) and dad met Neil and in their conversation he said he had two daughters who loved his music - so Neil gave my dad a new album that was just released (wow I can't remember which one now) to give to us. I have a few more stories involving Charles Manson and fingerprints and a few others but I'll take them to the grave! ha.

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    1. OHMYGOSH, Sandy! I am floored. What a cool job your dad had. And that was really nice of Neil Diamond. I bet you were thrilled. And, of course, you've got me so curious about the story behind Charles Manson!

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  8. Does Elizabeth May count? I actually sat down and chatted with her for about 15 minutes at a farmers market.

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    1. Of course it does! That is really neat. She seems very nice.

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  9. I went to a lecture by photographer Art Wolfe once. It was a thrill to shake his hand!

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  10. Do politicians count? I shook hands with Brian Mulroney just before he became PM, at my place of employment at the time. My boss was a party supporter and was happy to show Mr M around the place and introduced him to everyone. I was very pregnant at the time so I always tell our son he met the former PM too :)

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    1. Of course they count! Especially when they're so well known. That is a cool story.

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  11. I taught a couple of people, that went on to star in some big tv series (Doogie Houser, Dallas). I went to school with a couple of famous hockey players (played for Boston and Toronto hockey teams) and a Canadian football player (played for Montreal Alouettes). Do sport celebrities count as being famous??? depends on who eyes you are seeing them through I guess.

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    1. Oh yes, sports celebrities definitely count! Very cool about the teaching and going to school stuff. I may be the only person that hasn't met anyone famous!

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  12. When I worked as a newspaper reporter, I met Sen. Mark Warner and Terry McAuliffe before he was Virginia's governor. And I went to a poetry reading of Mary Oliver and got to shake her hand afterwards. But no celebrities.

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  13. I have met a few famous people: Some of the Debarge family from back in the day, Herbie Hancock, Owen Wilson, Vin Diesel from what I can remember. However, I have seen and been in the proximity of a ton: Cindy Crawford crossing the street, Cameron Diaz at Whole Foods, Ewan McGregor smoking a cig at a movie premiere, Natalie Portman and Clive Owen at that same movie premiere (Closer), Morris Chestnut crossing the street, Tori Spelling at the movies, Mariah Carey at Universal Studios, Cillian Murphy, Melissa McCarthy and husband at a premier, Keanu Reeves and Marc Jacobs at a party at the Chateau Marmont, Tyra Banks at a restaurant, Brandy at a rehearsal studio and touched Chris Martin's hand at a Coldplay concert, lol. Honestly, when you live in LA, it happens all the time and it's not as glamorous as it may seem on TV. After all, they're just people and unless I am officially introduced to them, it doesn't really mean anything. I felt so pretentious typing that up but hey, you asked. xoxo

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    1. I did ask! You are right. And I enjoyed your comment, so I regret nothing :) But you are right. If you see this often, it probably doesn't mean a thing.

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  14. Tom Selleck. Those dimples go on forEVER, and I learned the real meaning of 'animal magnetism.' :)

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  15. I've met (now former) Senator Bob Dole twice. Although he was known as the hatchet man for the Republican party, he was so nice. I spoke briefly with Olympic ice skaters Brian Boitano and Paul Wylie. Several years ago my son took me to hear author Pat Conroy speak. Afterwards, he signed books. When it was my turn to have my books signed and chat with him, he was so kind and gracious.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sounds great, Janie! I would love to meet some authors in person. That would be fun for me.

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  16. In 2008, I was an extra on 30Rock and sat right next to Alec Baldwin, but I couldn't talk to him because as a lowly extra you are not allowed. I have taken photos of my hubby with Leonard Nimoy and the original Scotty from Star Trek too. My dream though is to meet Nicolas Cage. Good to know that Clooney was nice.

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    1. Wow, that is wild! Being an extra must have been fun. And a personal photo with Leonard Nimoy is super cool!

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  17. I spent an afternoon with a low level MP in the 60's. I received my teaching certificate from a guy who later became premier. I drank beer all afternoon with another MP. But I never met anybody who was really famops.

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    1. Well, at least you met some of the politicians. I haven't even done that!

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  18. Can't say that I have. Good for your brother I wouldn't have much to say to George Clooney!

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    1. I wouldn't have approached him. I'm too introverted for that. But my brother is very social and I'm not surprised he went over to say hi!

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  19. Famous on what level? Local or international?

    I've gotten autographs from Aussie music stars, football stars, actors, tv personalities etc but not in the last ten years or so.

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    1. Famous means different things to different people, so I guess everyone will translate it as they please.

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  20. The only one was Steven Sabados of the "Steven and Chris" show here in Canada (designer guy). I met him at a trade show years ago. My husband shook his hand and said, "You should have a tv show! I'd watch that!!" Ironically, my husband has NEVER watched the Steven and Chris show (when it was on). -Jenn

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    1. I know him! I used to watch the Steven and Chris show regularly. I'd play it when I used my treadmill. They were both such great guys. The tragic death of Chris was so heartbreaking.

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  21. Wow, I wouldn't have minded meeting George Clooney !!!

    All the best Jan

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  22. Neat topic, and I enjoyed reading the other comments.
    As you know, I met most of the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates, including President Trump and VP Pence. In 2012, I met candidates Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum. I also met Mark Shields of the PBS Newshour. The most famous chess player I've met is Susan Polgar, but I've met other masters who are generally lesser-known but somewhat famous within the chess community.

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    1. You had a pretty amazing 2016! And it was fun reading about all your encounters. Very cool stuff.

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  23. i met a few, robin williams twice once with his daughter zelda, dave chapelle and i talk for awhile before i realized who he was (one of those WHERE DO I KNOW HIM FROM IT CANT BE HE IS TOO NORMAL ...?!), jonathan ive, and two nba people--one in an airport (he is now the coach of my local fave team) and one at a fan-meet (he is now in dallas tx) mexican singer ely guerra, mexican boxer jackie nava, i saw michael cain outside our window at a restaurant maybe waiting for a cab, oh and tony hawk, he is very slim! =] wow i didnt know how many i guess some are not very known outside the bay area xo

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    1. Robin Williams! Oh, that is wonderful. I would have loved to have met him. I was heartbroken when he died. Such a loss to the world.

      My gosh, you have met so many people!

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  24. My sister before her marriage acted in some t.v plays n my mother never allowed her to go alone she went with her most of the times n sometimes sent me so I many time saw famous people of showbiz from near while shootings but never tried to take autographs as never felt excited about it

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  25. George colony is wonderful person

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    1. From what I've read, he is a nice person in real life.

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  26. Ages ago, I shook hands with Bill Clinton or rather, he shook my hand, which was one of many in a crowd that had been invited to hear him speak as he handed over a more or less derelict church, that used to be part of the American base in a German city, to the citizens of that city (who since then have to finance the upkeep of that church). We had to wait for ages as he was held up negotiating something to do with peace in former Yugoslavia, while we listened to a small jazz combo (US marines) and ate (not enough) peanuts.
    He was much much shorter than I imagined him to be and he had a reddish nose. But he was very jolly and stayed on for longer than his security people wanted.

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    1. That is so interesting, Sabine! Thanks for sharing your story and for visiting and leaving a comment!

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