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How many famous people have you met?
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Poll: How many famous people have you met?
A handful
I am a famous person myself, actually, thank you
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Aug 15 2011, 12:13am

Post #1 of 74 (1090 views)
How many famous people have you met? Can't Post

...and who were they?

I've met Viggo, a few SF authors and assorted classic Star Trek folk. Waved to the Pope once, but I'm not sure that counts!

Feel free to relate your adventures with fame and fortune here!


Aug 15 2011, 12:56am

Post #2 of 74 (717 views)
forgot to mention I met a US Vice President... [In reply to] Can't Post

Ok, so it was Dan Quayle (known mostly for not knowing how to spell potato) --you can see why I forgot to mention him!


Aug 15 2011, 4:10am

Post #3 of 74 (738 views)
I am a famous person myself, actually, thank you <<<<<<WIN!!! That's awesome. Mods up... [In reply to] Can't Post

I suppose that's how you define "famous".Laugh But, anyway...here's my list...

Just gave four of the five bandmembers of Switchfoot a knuckle bump on Thursday night. That was a lot of fun. Epic, if you will.Sly

I've met the O. C. Supertones. I actually have the drummer's phone number and email address.

That's all I can think of right now. So, the famous people I've met have been apart of bands. Lol.Laugh

Jonathan the Elf

Aug 15 2011, 5:32am

Post #4 of 74 (711 views)
Not much [In reply to] Can't Post

I meat a scientist once and I've meat a quiet a few people that did commercials on TV. And the director of BJU university. My dad has meat Peter, (well sort of he told him to get of the stage) And Jack Black when he was an extra in King Kong


Aug 15 2011, 8:25am

Post #5 of 74 (707 views)
Lots of LotR Movie contributors at the ORC festivals [In reply to] Can't Post

...and elsewhere, including most of the cast and contributors including Daniel Reeve, whom I especially liked, and Viggo (at a book signing in 2003). Also a couple of US Senators and Congress members, actor Joseph Cotten (I dated his nephew for a while). Conductor Seiji Ozawa has an apartment in my building in Honolulu, as does the former producer of Days of Our Lives, and I know both.

(This post was edited by Elizabeth on Aug 15 2011, 8:28am)

Niniel Valinor

Aug 15 2011, 9:08am

Post #6 of 74 (713 views)
Depends on who are famous... [In reply to] Can't Post

lol. I've met many "Supernatural" actors like Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. I met Mark Pellegrino (gosh that man is so strange) and Jim Beaver. Among others. Laugh
Also that "Nine million Bicycles" singer... uh... Katie Melua! Sly

But really, not that many heh. Gosh if I could meet Ian McKellen one day... he's a legend XD


Aug 15 2011, 9:08am

Post #7 of 74 (699 views)
And scientists! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks, Jonathan, for reminding me... My ex-husband was an astrophysicist and I used to work in the Astronomy Dept. at UC Berkeley, and I met quite a few prominent astronomers and physicists, including a few Nobel Prize winners.

Kangi Ska

Aug 15 2011, 11:13am

Post #8 of 74 (733 views)
I have met [In reply to] Can't Post

Tony Bennett, Carol King, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Kurt Vonnegut, Coretta Scott King, Mikhail Gorbachev, Bob Dole, George McGovern, Ted Kennedy

Alassëa Eruvande

Aug 15 2011, 3:50pm

Post #9 of 74 (753 views)
There's one degree of separation between me and famous people. [In reply to] Can't Post

A friend of mine wore my Ropers when she met country singer George Strait in the eighties.

The veterinarian I used to work for was the college room mate of TX governor and presidential hopeful Rick Perry.

My hair stylist was sung to on stage in NYC by Michael Bublé. She also met Rick Springfield in a casino in Oklahoma.

Mr. Eruvande played craps in Las Vegas at the same table as Dennis Rodman.

A friend of mine had a beer with Kevin Spacey in a little podunk bar in central Texas when he was doing a film a few years ago.

I also waved at Pope John Paul II when he drove in front of St. Mary's University, where I attended, in his Pope-mobile on the way to the Bishop's house after the giant mass he said in San Antonio.

And my friends and I were 2 rows behind members of R.E.M. (minus Michael Stipe) at a Randy Travis (of all people!) concert back in the eighties. They said they like his voice.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Aug 15 2011, 5:40pm

Post #10 of 74 (716 views)
Of course I am way too famous [In reply to] Can't Post

to even mention that Wink

I have met a couple of LOTR folks at RingCon. As well as some of the actors of Harry Potter (I walked back to the hotel with Kingsley Shacklebolt, because he didn't know where to go) and had dinner two tables away from a couple of Twilight actors. Oh, and had a short moment talking with Daniel Falconer, such a nice guy.
Uhm, I have been at the performance of Beecake, Billy Boyd and his band (Elijah Wood was at the same concert). And Howard Shore and Doug Adams signed by programme for FotR and Doug's book.
And here in Holland, I was at the same concert as the Queen (doesn't really count, but still) and at that same concert I bumped into Huub Stapel, a rather famous Dutch actor (sorry for that Huub, didn't mean to hit you).

Oh, and I totally forgot, I'm Facebook buddies 4ever with Shane Rangi (at least, that is what he wrote on the picture he signed Wink)

(This post was edited by Rosie-with-the-ribbons on Aug 15 2011, 5:41pm)


Aug 15 2011, 6:00pm

Post #11 of 74 (653 views)
Depends on how you qualify "famous." [In reply to] Can't Post

I've spoken to/gotten autographs from a variety of professional athletes. And I'm sure I've nodded/spoken to an occasional celebrity back when I used to go to Star Trek conventions.

But that's pretty much the limit of my brushes with fame.

Tol Eressea

Aug 15 2011, 8:24pm

Post #12 of 74 (627 views)
One or two [In reply to] Can't Post

The most famous was Dr. Louis Leakey. Also met Governor-General Vanier, and shook hands with Harry Belafonte.

Aunt Dora Baggins

Aug 15 2011, 11:18pm

Post #13 of 74 (692 views)
Paul Erdos and Terry Pratchett are the only ones that come to mind right now. [In reply to] Can't Post

I guess it depends on what you mean by "famous". I've met Judy Shepard, and Gary Hart, and a few local congress people, including the infamous Marilyn Muskrat--I mean Musgrave. I ran into former governor Dick Lamm at a crafts fair once. And John Hickenlooper, our current governor, marched with our group briefly in the pride parade a few years back, when he was mayor of Denver. And then there's that one-degree of separation thing: as mentioned here before, Erich Stroheim (grandson of his more famous grandfather) is a long-time friend. And then there are famous people I've heard speak in person, though I couldn't claim to have met them. People like Eugene McCarthy and Al Gore and Jesse Jackson and Barak Obama.

(This post was edited by Aunt Dora Baggins on Aug 15 2011, 11:19pm)

Aunt Dora Baggins

Aug 15 2011, 11:23pm

Post #14 of 74 (617 views)
Oh, and Altaira and BG. They're famous around here, anyway :-D // [In reply to] Can't Post


Kangi Ska

Aug 15 2011, 11:32pm

Post #15 of 74 (650 views)
I forgot to include Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman [In reply to] Can't Post

 And Harlan Ellison.

Gollum the Great

Aug 16 2011, 1:29am

Post #16 of 74 (689 views)
I was on a Bible Quizzing team [In reply to] Can't Post

with Michelle Bachmann's daughters. I don't know Mrs. Bachmann personally, but her daughters are very sweet girls, and a lot of fun (they didn't really get into dressing like pirates, which was our team theme, but I still love them! Smile )

(This post was edited by Gollum the Great on Aug 16 2011, 1:37am)

Gollum the Great

Aug 16 2011, 1:36am

Post #17 of 74 (611 views)
My cousin has a photo w/ Sean Astin [In reply to] Can't Post

at the Mall of America. In one of those depressing twists of fate, my cousin's not even a fan. Why couldn't it have been me? Mad Still, I got to see the picture and sigh over it Wink

My writing teacher was once at a conference (I believe it was in the UK) and walked into the wrong meeting - it turned out to be Paul McCartney's meeting! (she quickly ducked out and didn't stop to chat :)

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Aug 16 2011, 2:30am

Post #18 of 74 (656 views)
Now this was a geeky moment: [In reply to] Can't Post

A couple years back, I had just signed in at Mythcon and was talking with a.s., when into the lobby came Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull wearing Pauline Baynes T-shirts, and we started chatting with them...

Really: if you want to rub elbows with some of the genre "greats", attend a Mythcon! There were lots of great workshops led by excellent Tolkien and fantasy scholars (including "local" ones, like visualweasel!). And artists: Ted Nasmith gave a slide show of some of his earlier works.

Guaranteed to spike your geek-o-meter! Laugh

Kangi Ska

Aug 16 2011, 2:48am

Post #19 of 74 (651 views)
I had an unusual encounter with Wayne Hammond [In reply to] Can't Post

at the 50TH Anniversary of the publishing of “The Lord of the Rings” conference at Marquette University in Milwaukee WI. in 2004. I went up to the rare books area (where the manuscript of Lord of the Rings is stored) in the university library to take a look at what they had on public display. I was greeted by this in a black suit, white shirt and tie who I took for a docent. He gave me a tour of the public displays (which included the manuscript of On The Road By Jack K.) Very nice guy and quite informative in regards to the Tolkien archives. Later that evening at the University art center I met the same gentleman again. This time I was introduced.

The conference was fabulous. Tom Shippy was the most fun.

Wraith Buster

Aug 16 2011, 2:55am

Post #20 of 74 (619 views)
Pretty much [In reply to] Can't Post

What GB said.

My mom has met way more famous people than I even know (she was a travel agent). She met Harrison Ford, talked with Reba Mcentire, and dated Gerry Spence's investigator for a couple years and some other people I don't remember right now.Crazy A girl my dad knew when he was in his 20's won a million dollars from the lottery too.
Obviously my parents have had way more run-in's with popularity and wealth than I have. Smile

Wraith Buster

Aug 16 2011, 3:13am

Post #21 of 74 (634 views)
It wouldn't let me edit... [In reply to] Can't Post

But I was going to say too.
A guy I know played bass guitar for Heart for a while when they were on tour. He worked with Elvis' backup singers (there are more bands he played for but I that's all I can think of off the top of my head). He started out with pyrotechnics and lighting stuff.

Right now my dad works with a guy that was invited to play guitar with Aerosmith but turned it down for personal reasons. (I can't say I know him but I have met him though).

Tol Eressea

Aug 16 2011, 5:37am

Post #22 of 74 (672 views)
I said lots..... [In reply to] Can't Post

most are athletes though. I work in sports tv so, I get to see folks who I guess could be 'famous' every night. Although the hosts of the various shows would only be 'known' here in Canada. As for the more internationally famous athletes....ummmm....Bobby Hull, Jean Beliveau, Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark, Tiger Williams, Darryl Sittler, Bobby Baun, Bobby Clarke, Cam Neely......and a bunch more....from the music biz I've been lucky enough to run into some of the Tragically Hip, all of 54-40, Tom Cochrane...the Stellas....Geddy Lee (RUSH), that's all I can think of from the music world for the moment.....from movies I've met Billy Dee Williams (and yes he signed a Lando card for me!)....and Yvon Barrette (he played the goaltender Denis Lemieux in the movie Slapshot)......can't think of anyone else?? And last but not least from the world of poker, Daniel Negreneau......

Jonathan the Elf

Aug 16 2011, 5:54am

Post #23 of 74 (632 views)
The coolist thing is [In reply to] Can't Post

Of all the people that people have meat. The thing that thrills me is that Christoper Lee meat J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Shire

Aug 16 2011, 6:04pm

Post #24 of 74 (597 views)
Bands mostly [In reply to] Can't Post

I've met lots of bands/ singers. Jeremy Camp, Leeland, Jars of Clay.... And the most exciting for me: MercyMe!
Oh also, my dad and sister we're at a Dodger's baseball game. They were sitting close to Harrison Ford.


Aug 16 2011, 6:15pm

Post #25 of 74 (640 views)
Hmmm... [In reply to] Can't Post


Vincent Price, Vincent Bugliosi, Buckminster Fuller, William Shockley, Salman Rushdie, Lech Walesa, Benazir Bhutto, Dan Quayle, Newt Gingrich, Ben Stein, Bob Dole, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Bowling For Soup, Carl Barks, Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins, James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Michael Uslan, Wes Craven, Colin Powell, William Ruckelshaus, William Colby, Christine Todd Whitman, Lisa P. Jackson, Eldon Sund, Stan Lee, Soledad O’Brien, Diane Rehm, Helen Thomas, Imelda Marcos, Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith, Michael Irvin, Muhammed Ali, Mosab Hassan Yousef, Abba Eban, Derrick Ashong, Harlan Ellison, James Baldwin, Max Lerner, Rabbi Chaim Potok, Alex Haley, John Gardner, John Houseman, Billy Graham, Michael E. Thornton, Rusty McDonald, Fred Sherman, Bob Walker, Arvilla Taylor, and a few scifi authors whose names I can't remember so I guess they couldn't have been too famous..

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