So I got to meet George Bush Sr last year at the Texans Lions game. That was my “oh shit” moment. I looked over at my boy and said “You’re Colombian and you have no idea who that dude is being escorted by secret service but we have to go shake his hand!” I asked the gentlemen with him if they would let us and sure enough… YASSSSSS!
@compunaut I’d second that, along with Mikaela Shiffrin. I missed my chance this past winter to see Lindsey. I was on a ski trip to Ischgl, Austria and a couple of the guys in our group (one is a certified instructor) drove up to Garmisch for the day to hang with some of the instructors there. They ran across Lindsey as she was there practicing for the upcoming Olympics.
@cinoclav You lived in Germany then? I worked for for a while for Project Bold (run by DoDDS) which was run out of Hinterbrand Lodge which was up the mountain in Berchtesgaden. We did kayaking and hiking in Austria (well and in Germany too along with rock climbing, glaciers, etc.).
@cinoclav Because for decades there was a large USA military presence there, the bases ran a number of rec trips in Germany and Austria as well as the DoDDs and American Abroad Schools… and so I thought maybe you fell into one of those categories.
@Kidsandliz There’s still a large presence there. The guy who was an instructor on my trip had taught there. One of his friends, another instructor, came down and skied with us in Ischgl for a few days. He mentioned how all the instructors are American because they have a lot of the military as students.
No one anymore. Maybe when I was younger I would have lost it over whatever hot actress I was infatuated with at the time. Even that might have been chalked up to general uneasiness with beautiful women though. Hormones and whatnot.
When ten or so, dad took me to the Auto Show, thinking I would want David Hasselhoff’s autograph since Knight Rider was my favorite show. He was all excited for me, I saw the line and said uh, no, lets just see the car. I like the car. His second wife stood in line for over two hours because she wanted his autograph. Crazy.
So, getting to sit in one of the set cars was cool. I could not believe how small it seemed with all the junk jammed in there. It was one they used for the interior shots. Must have been very uncomfortable for DH.
Anyone from star trek. I met bruce campbell about 20 years ago, gigi edgley 3 years ago, nichelle nichols 2 years ago, and Michael hogan, richard hatch, and aron eisenberg last year. I fan girled hard on gigi and nichelle. It was pretty embarrassing lol. Thank god for comic cons.
@hchavers I would be delighted and honored to have met Jimmy Stewart. John Wayne and Charlton Heston after that. But I also don’t lose it to meet some celebrity/actor/singer/star no matter how famous. So far.
There are several, quite a few actually, who if I bumped into on line in a deli, for example, I wouldn’t mind complimenting on their work, ala “Hey! Cool to meet you! I really enjoyed the way you played (whomever)! Thanks!” but I’d likely never go out of my way to bother someone in most situations.
I did meet NYC Mayor Ed Koch in exactly this way, though the words were more along the lines of “Hey! Hello, sir! Thanks for your service!” And Robin Williams used to buy C64 games from the store I managed on West 57th Street; he was a really nice guy.
@baqui63 Ha ha! I just have a particular interest in old video and computer games. Robin Williams was known to have been a big fan as well. It’s interesting to hear what he might have been interested in. It would have been particularly notable if y’all had sold him The Legend of Zelda, because he was known to be a huge fan of that series in particular.
Apparently there was a version of Zelda for the C64 (see this) but I got out of retail in early 1984, before Zelda existed, though the store lived on for a while and it is possible that Williams got it there.
@JoetatoChip They do in my book.
Jay Baruchel, for one. And the dude from Slivki Show (I assume his name is Slivki?). Morgan Freemab of course, would also settle for the True Facts guy though. Also Nancy Cartwright, AKA Bart Simpson. To name a few.
@JoetatoChip so funny story. About 4- years ago we were traveling to Denver and i look over. I tell my son (who is now 28) hey i think i just saw kristen schaal walk by while you guys were in the bathroom. He flips out and asks if i got am autograph, talked to her, etc. Of course i say no cuz she’s walking through the freaking airport and that’s rude. So we go diem to wait on our ride and who is standing 20 feet from us waiting for her ride? Yep. Kristen Schaal. Brett goes over and gets her to autograph a digital copy of her wikipedia page with the stylus on my phone (NO paper grr) and she says “omg are you a wizard? What is this magic?” And makes a joke about getting a priest or having exorcism or stoning or something. It was hilarious. She was amazing and ended up talking to him for about 15 min while we were waiting. It was 4th of july and she was flying home to visit the rents. Apparently she grew up near there and her parents still live in the area. Brett had to tell her how much i loved watching her on the daily show and louise on bobs burgers.
I was in love with Miranda Cosgrove from iCarly when I was in high school. If I met her I would probably pass out. It would also be super cool to meet Hugh Laurie, but I probably wouldn’t ask him to marry me.
Wouldn’t “lose my shit” (plus somehow I got old) but… Rob Lowe, it’s always been Rob Lowe, ever since West Wing. Other contenders Richard Dean Anderson, Jason Momoa (hey @oldcatlady ), David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, Paul Gross from the TV Show “Due South”…
@llangley You aren’t that old if you consider “it’s always been Rob Lowe” means dating back to West Wing. I think of West Wing as his “new stuff”. “Always” would mean The Outsiders or Class. I guess we both are a little skewed since West Wing is almost exactly the mid-point between those movies and current day.
@llangley@qwerty82 A few years back I discovered they’d continued to make the show for Canada after it was gone from the U.S. I found a few episodes, but they replaced his Chicago partner (Vecchio? The guy on the right) with someone else not as interesting.
I don’t remember if they replaced Diefenbaker or not.
@DrWorm@llangley Really. I remember Jane Pauley hitting on him (Rob Lowe) on The Today show many moons ago and catching hell from Gumbel the next day for it. And she was like… oh hell… it’s fine for a guy to ogle a chick that’s 19, that’s all prime time but let an older woman do that with a young guy and you wanna string me up. lol. He was fairly young at the time. It was the first time I had ever seen him and I thought… damn… he’s a good lookin’ kid.
Anthony Bourdain. He wouldn’t actually describe the taste of brains, but would reflect on the shift in cultural diversity of New Orleans following hurricane Katrina, and discuss Delta Blues. Also he’d gobble up them brains because he’d be a zombie.
As for living celebrities, pick one, I would quote something they did 25 years ago and they would look confused because they moved on and I didn’t.
“Honey, that’s great coffee!”
@emt305 Bruce Willis is from the area where I work. Apparently his sister worked quite a long time at the hospital I work in and he used to stop in here. People still say they see him in the area once in a while. He’s supposedly a super nice guy.
I probably wouldn’t recognize any of them in public. And if I did, I’d probably try to ignore them. The only alternative would be something like, “Hello, let’s have a superficial exchange that is meaningless to me and, at best, too much of a good thing to you.”
Hello, Mrs. Famous-Face. I have seen you represent personas on products and I think that has something to do with who you are.
Sure thing. Boy, harrassed-by-strangers-time sure does take a lot of hours. Kisses.
@craigthom I have been on the receiving end of lots of compliments from people who aren’t equipped to judge the validity of the compliments. It doesn’t mean that much. Especially after the hundredth time.
A professional actor, say, is going to see their own work through a critical eye that doesn’t have anything to do with a fan’s smalltalk way of saying “I like the movie poster version of you that I have constructed in my head.”
When I worked for the airlines, I met a lot of famous people. My ex-wife was in the music industry, so we met a lot of entertainment people. I’ve lost my shit a number of times. Couldn’t think of anything to say…
I am so in to Keanu Reeves that if we where to spit and then dye then I would dye happy…and hopefully purple because purple is my favorite color. But ya he my fav actor in my fav movie cough John Wick cough
One thing about going to science fiction conventions is that you get to meet or at least share a room with a lot of really famous people. At Comic-Con San Diego I’ve been in the room with hundreds of famous actors including Robert Downey jr., The Rock, Jet Li, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Momoa, Adrien Brody, the major cast of Firefly, the major cast of Lost, the major cast of Twilight, etc etc. If I had anything worthwhile to say I could have gotten up to the mic and spoken to any of them. My friends and I volunteered at a Star Trek convention and met most of the cast members including William Shatner, Walter Koenig and James Doohan. At regular science fiction conventions I’ve met all manner of well-known authors including George RR Martin, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Jack Chalker, etc etc. Also many artists that are mostly well known in science fiction circles, including Michael Whelan, David Cherry, Donatello, Alan Clark, Kelly Freas, etc etc. I physically ran full on into Lou Ferrigno at one con (like hitting a brick wall). At another I stumbled on some stairs and caught the shoulder of the burly guy in front of me for balance and it turned out to be Adam Baldwin, who was very kind about it. I rode on an elevator with Alice Cooper, and I was the volunteer assigned to Edgar Winter for a weekend, which is the most time I’ve spent with a famous person.
@moondrake So many entertainers are. Sometimes that’s how they got so good. So many were introverts and/or shy and pretty much buried themselves in their instrument (or whatever). I know a few like that. I think I actually saw Johnny more than Edgar tho.
Blech. Not a one of them. I’ve met and mingled with several so I know I wouldn’t lose anything over any of them but these days there might be 2 that might get my blood pumping a little faster. The Rock DJ and/or Ryan Reynolds. (Maybe a few others if I were to sit and think about it a while)