Originally posted by sweetrollI've got some strange ones, but they're actually pretty typical from living in Florida.
The Rock: We actually have common friends. I ended up at his house for like four hours once. Super nice guy.
Dave Wannstedt: I used to live near the Dolphins' training complex. I was jogging westbound, he was jogging eastbound. I screamed at him about ruining the Bears. He gave me the finger, and told me to go F myself.
Dennis "Mideon" Knight: Lived upstairs from me in Tampa. Weird guy. Didn't drive a car, so he had his wife/girlfriend/whatever drive him around.
Macho Man: We worked out at the same Gold's in Tampa (Pinellas Park, actually). Actually does the lame "Oh, yeah!" gimmick in real life.
Will Smith: Doesn't like when you exclaim, "Hey, it's the guy who did 'Parents Just Don't Understand'!!!"
Ricky Williams: Asked me if I knew what time it was. I didn't. He asked me to guess. I did. He thanked me profusely.
Some chick from the Real World - Chicago: I didn't watch the show, so I don't know much about her, other than that I made out with her for like 10 minutes at Mardi Gras 2002.
Most of your list completely blows my mind for one reason or another. If your Real World girl was Tanya, I envy you. If it was anyone else, I laugh at you. Impressive list, nonetheless.
These-don't-count-wrestling-autograph-session-appearances: Undertaker, Nash, Goldberg, Bischoff, Heenan, Okerlund, Flair, Jericho, Elizabeth (the last two were together since Luger no-showed...no one complained)
As far as people I've actually met and talked to outside of an official function...Schwarzenegger is probably the most notable (pre-governor run). I was covering an appearance he was making at a public school in Detroit for the radio station I was at, and talked to him briefly after. Sadly, I didn't have the guts to ask him to "please record my outgoing voicemail message." I met a boatload of other people while at that station, but most were just politicians or local celebrities so they aren't worth mentioning. I did see Britney Spears (when she was still fairly attractive) going up the stairs as I was going down at that station as well, as there was a top 40 station one floor above the news station I was at. That was limited to an exchange of hello/how are yous, so I barely count it.
I've come across Hanson so many times I'm pretty much loose friends with Zac at this point. He's actually pretty cool for a guy that should be warped beyond repair after the childhood he had. I know my Hanson street cred will win me some big points around here.
My choices were dictated entirely by the quality of the universities' student-run newspapers and the political/social activity on the campus. My choices were the University of Florida, South Florida, Georgia or Missouri.