My list is far more pathetic. I was at a restaurant and Weird Al walked in. We saw him and he talked to us for about 5 minutes. Seemed like a really nice guy. I have also talked to my local Congressman Peter Defazio on a couple of occasions. He used to come into my mom's office. Nice guy but seemed busy like he just drank a quad shot mocha.
Marge I am just trying to get into heaven not run for Jesus.
The list of people I interviewed while I was editor of my college newspaper includes: John Kerry, John Edwards, Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Jeb Bush and Ralph Nader (does he count?)...it wasn't until this very second that I realized they were all Democrats save for Jeb. All were in one-on-one settings except for Kerry, and Nader was via the phone.
Outside of politics the list includes Antwaan Fisher, Jon Gruden, Steve Spurrier, Rick Pitino and Chucky Atkins (who?).
Excluding meetings I used my press credentials for...Stan Musial.
Couple of football players, Roy Williams, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson, La'Roi Glover, Antonio Bryant, and Derek Ross, all former Cowboys. Also met Honky Tonk Man at an Indy show back in the late 90s...his costume and gimmick is so awesome in person.
EDIT: Had almost forgotten, I've met current New Mexico Governor/former US Representative/UN Ambassador Bill Richardson. The guy is huge in person, and came by the county government building during his bid for governor. had some pictures taken of him somewhere, but not sure where they are.
The only I can think of is pretty far down the list. When I worked at a Burger King in high school, we had Bill Schroeder, WR for the (at the time) Green Bay Packers come in. He ordered a double Whopper combo. And we were really busy so it took a long time. We were all too nervous to say anything to him though (plus, like I said, it was really busy).
Sadly, that's the best I can do.
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Didn't recognize her at the time, but Maura Tierney came into Boston Market when I worked there. In the sparkling new job, Rico Brogna, Joe Andruzzi, and (via phone) Emmett McCarthy of Project Runway fame.
I came in the store to buy a copy of ESPN NHL 2K4 (or was it 2K5?), and I didn't see any. So I asked an employee about it, and the guy goes, "Yeah, we have them all stored in the back. Darren McCarty is coming in to sign them a little later."
So I returned a few hours later, bought my game, shook Darren's hand, and got his signature on the game's instruction guide.
Of course, this was during the NHL lockout, and I had no idea that by the time hockey was on again, he wouldn't be a Red Wing.
I met David Draiman, the lead singer of Disturbed when I attened Ozzfest 2003. Back then I was seriously into heavy metal and it was awesome. We really didn't talk, as it was more so a meet and greet but that is the extent of my list.
When I was a little kid I met John Travolta when he was doing Welcome Back Kotter at a autograph signing session at my local mall.
I met actor Robert Vaughn and comedian Sinbad at my college.
And I met comedian George Carlin in the streets of Pittsburgh after his limo knocked me down when I was on my way to my car after I had just seen his performance.......True story.
A couple of times I got to meet then-Steeler Rod Woodson at his resturaunt that he used to own in Pittsburgh. One of my buddies was the kitchen manager there, so I always was allowed to sit up in the VIP box. People eating in the resturaunt were always staring at me while trying to figure out which Steeler player I was.
My most recent celebrity run in was a couple years ago when I let Mario Lemieux and his family cut in front of me at the line for the bar during intermission for the Broadway show "Mama Mia" in Pittsburgh. He and his wife thanked me, and then he bought my drink for me.
During that same year I let Pirates owner Kevin MClatchey cut in front of me so that he could put mustard on his hotdog. I was a little impressed that he actually goes and gets in line to get his food like everyone else does instead of having it brought to him by some attendant.
(edited by Kevintripod on 19.4.06 0118) "Oh it's on like Donkey Kong." - Stifler, American Wedding
I met Isiah Thomas once at my Blockbuster in Indy, and saw Larry Bird in the flesh at Smee's Restaurant behind that Blockbuster. Actually spoke to Isiah, asked him if he was finding everything OK. He said yeah. Seemed kinda shy, actually.
I happened to be headed to the restroom at the same time Larry Bird was headed out of the restroom (I swear it was a coincidence!), so I said "Hey, how ya doin'?" to him. He didn't reply audibly, he just nodded.
Jared from Subway used to come into my Blockbuster store in Indy every once in awhile, as he lives in Indianapolis and graduated from the same high school as I did. (Though he's a bit older than me and we weren't in high school at the same time, probably).
Other former regular customers of mine were Jonathan Bender (at Blockbuster) and Derrick McKey (at Marsh). Bender always seemed to have an entourage with him, so we didn't really talk all that much. Seemed whenever I saw McKey, he had a knee brace on, so once I told him I hoped he'd feel better soon, and he was grateful for the support.
I met Dale Davis when he came to our middle school once. The rumor going around was that he was dating our vice principal, though I don't know if that's true or not.
That's all I can think of right now, and as you may have noticed, I met all of these people while I was still living in Indy. Virginia Beach seems to have a relative lack of people I'd consider famous.
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Dr. Spock (the baby doctor). Various senators and Reps. Former Interior Secretary Gayle Norton. Dan Glickman. Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves. Mitch Webster (former Baseball player) John Cale of Velvet Underground Fame. Nobody really famous except maybe to me.
I met President Reagan in 1987 when he came to Purdue and our High School band provided the music for part of the event. Among the other politicians I've met are Dick Lugar, Evan Bayh (I threw up on his shoes at an event), Jeanne Kirkpatrick lectured in my International Relations class when I was in college, Nixon's Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz was a member of my church, and I met most of Indiana's Congressional delegation doing research for a paper on lobbyists and lobbying.
When we lived in Bloomington, we used to see John Mellencamp regularly at the Kroger a block from our apartment where he once ran me over and was incredibly gracious. We'd also frequently see him at the Ryan's just down the road. When I was working as a DJ, I got to meet a lot of musicians but my favorites were probably Warren Zevon, Melissa Etheridge, and the Dead Milkmen.
I'm sure there are others, like Robert Heinlein, but that's all I can remember right now.
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