Have You Ever Met Your Favorite Celebrity?

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well i could have met my favorite celeb but i chose not to and i went on a shopping spree in cabelas i was the first and so far the only kid to go there for there make-a-wish and it enede up i spent like 2,000 so i think that is worth more than meeting a celeb.
 

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Hey, this is a great thread, and deserves a

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BTW, on October 1st, 1995,

I actually met astronaut Jim Lovell
at the (beautiful) Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois.​


He spoke for an hour, answered questions for 15 min, then signed autographs.

Cost me the princely sum of $15.50 to purchase my ticket.
( which i still have ! )


I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet this man,
having always been a "student" of History.


This was right after his Apollo 13 movie, with Tom Hanks.



Oh yes, in 1976, i shook hands with Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan.

He was the last person to ever walk on the Moon.

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BTW, on October 1st, 1995,

I actually met astronaut Jim Lovell
at the (beautiful) Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois.​


Oh yes, in 1976, i shook hands with Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan.

He was the last person to ever walk on the Moon.

_

Wow! :bow:

I just remembered, I also met Mitch Albom (ESPN Sportswriters, Tuesdays with Morrie) at a book signing. I also met the late Mike Douglas at another book signing. Both gentlemen struck me as nice down to earth guys.
 

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In my 55 years, I have had chance encounters with a few famous people --

like Omar Bradley -- while flying home from US Marine Corps boot camp in 1977.
Chuck Mangione, while on the airplane flying to my dad's funeral.
Louis B. Wilson as we passed on the street at Cherry Point in the late '70's.
James Doohan at one of the conventions.
Denis Wick at a low brass symposium.
I count Don Lucas as one of my best friends.

I've emailed a few without ever actually meeting them in person, and most are exceedingly friendly --
JJ Johnson
Doug Yeo

I called John Stapp on the phone once, just to tell him what a hero he was to me. He was living in Alamogordo, NM at the time -- just a couple of hundred miles away. I should have made an appointment to go and visit with him, but he passed away before I could do so. This guy was BRAVE! :huh:

But I don't really chase celebrities, meetings just sort of happen when they happen. And that's OK.

Oh, BTW, I got to play in the back-up band for Frankie Valli once! That was the most incredible experience!
 

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A few years I met Larry the cable guy in a local country bar, in Lincoln, NE on the night of his bachelor party. He is the nicest, most easy going guy ive ever met. We sat and talked for maybe 10 mins, he said we looked like brothers and then he signed my shirt. Larry (real name Dan) grew up about 60 miles south of Lincoln, NE where I was born and raised. He has a house in his hometown and is frequently seen at Walmart, lol go figure.
 

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I had a drink with Tiger Woods and you wouldn't believe what happened later that evening...j/k. :nana:

Not a favorite celebrity but in college the band Alabama came to our school and I was the student representative who showed them around campus and acted as liaison if they needed something. Got to go on the tour bus and was tipped $100!!!!! Yowsa, that was a lot of cheap beer back then.
 
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When I was a boy of about 9, I met Chuck Connors. What a thrill to meet the Rifleman himself!

And just last month had the great pleasure of meeting Morena Baccarin, Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk, all of Joss Whedon's Firefly/Serenity. Left me stunned - as though I had looked into the face of all my LED's all at once.
 

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I ate breakfast a table away from Lou Gossett Jr. at a nice Hotel in Dallas this past spring. There were only about 5 other people in the dining room. I thought it was him, but wasn't sure until we passed each other getting food and did the 'hi, good morning" thing. Once I heard the voice I was sure. He's a big tall guy, I'm 6' even, he's probably 6'4" or so easy. I didn't bug him, it was 6:30am, everyone there let the man have his breakfast in peace.
 

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Yesterday I met and shot video for work of Melissa Gilbert from Little House on the Prairie. She is in town performing the musical version and she and several members of the cast and crew were at a Habitat for Humanity duplex that was being presented to the families.
 

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No. (The one wearing black.) She is a Japanese actress that I've enjoyed watching in various shows. If the opportunity arose, a snap shot photo with her. I like her smile at 52's...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKkZhRtQkOA

Have come across others stateside at Comicon, Sci-Fi, sports card and other conventions.

Interesting subject...I'll have to think about it. :)
 

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Best known celebrity I ever met was Ed McMahon... this Bud's for you!
 

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I don't pay much attention to pop culture, so by nature I'm not particularly impressed by so called celebrities. However, I am a sociable person and like genuine good people.

John Denver: I met him when he was broke and hungry and performing for peanuts at a campus bar. We became friends.

Bob Segar: He was preforming with The Silver Bullet Band at an off campus bar when a friend of mine tried hitting on his girlfriend. Segar and his drummer came off stage and were going to gang up on my friend, so I got involved to even out the odds. The bar manager, who knew both me and Segar, came to our rescue and set us all down together and bought us drinks. We ended up laughing and enjoying ourselves.

Martha Raye: A great actress and performer, also a great American patriot, had a fondness for young men. She was in town performing with the John Kenley Players and staying at a hotel that also had a fantastic patio bar with swimming pool.
We drank and danced until my girlfriend arrived. Despite the 20 years difference in our ages I really liked Martha as a person.

Nick Nolte: Waiting for downtown traffic to clear, I took my regular seat at the Marriott's cocktail lounge. The guy seated next to me spoke after the bartender greeted me by name and brought my drink without asking. We ended up in a wide ranging discussion covering everything. Deep into our conversation Nick mentioned that he was in town making a movie. I asked questions about movies and movie making and why my town had been selected. I was shocked when he introduced himself. (The movie, I think was called Principals, was filmed in a vacant high school.)

My favorite celebrity is by the ladies choice anonymous. She was once an exotic dancer in a local club that I frequented.
We became close friends, platonic friends sadly. At age 26 she left her husband, moved to LA and became a porn star. We still correspond.

I used to travel constantly. On one occasion, years ago, I arrived home at 2:00 AM because of late flights and missed connections to find a message on my answering machine that I had to cover for a sick co-worker and catch an early flight to Chicago. First class tickets were waiting at the airport and I snuggled into my window seat and was soon sound asleep. Then, a beautiful young lady (who I recognized from a popular television show) shook me awake to ask if I wanted breakfast. I no longer remember her name, but I still smile at the thought of her waking me up for breakfast.

I prefer genuine good people, so I won't say much at all about politicians. Generally after meeting with and shaking hands with them I have a strong urge to use hand sanitizer.
 

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I saw several membes of the Trans-Siberian orchestra up close while working backstage on one of their recent tour stops. I chatted with a couple of their crew members for a bit. Nice folks.

Also took note of their LED fixtures. Some of their yellow PAR fixtures in particular were just blindingly bright!
 

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I could drop quite a few names, but the two I was truly humbled by were Nelson Mandela and The Dalai Lama.
 

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Yes and no... I don't have that many "heros" in the typical sense though. They certainly aren't mainstream celebrities either!

Mike Kinrade: I watched him in mountain biking (freeride) videos when I was a newbie to the sport and I've followed his career and video segments ever since. A couple summers ago he was my tour guide for a riding vacation I went on. He was really friendly and laid-back. I also got to do a end of the day trail with him that went from way up a mountain down to the local lake; we descended at least a few thousand feet in about 20 minutes. I don't know if I've ever ridden as fast as I did that day trying to keep him in sight!

Wade Simmons: Regarded by many as the "Godfather" of freeride. He is a local guy and has been a key rider in the North Shore scene, and the worldwide freeride scene, since the beginning. I've met him once and got his autograph but that was a while ago; since then I've seen him on the trails and around but I haven't gotten to chat with him. By all accounts, he is a man who loves what he does and enjoys sharing his passion for biking with others.

Steve Peat: He is an absolute legend in the downhill mountain biking scene. Even with all the young riders, he holds his own and is at the top of the game like he has been since the 90s. I would love the chance to ride with him, but I would have to move to Britain to make that more likely. I follow him in magazines, movies, and on the internet... he leaves the unshakeable impression of being a very down to earth British bloke. Not down to earth in the sense you might think of, but like he is an everyday guy who is just really fast on a bike. Little clips from the movies show this: one clip shows him racing with a busted knuckle and has a voiceover of him telling how he broke it defending himself in a bar; another clip has him explaining how he stopped drinking one year to try and get faster... "I stopped drinking, got fit, but it wasn't right up here [gestures to his head]... so this year I went back to drinking" he says with a great toothy grin.

That got a bit long, but those are three riders who have really left an impression and have provided me with a lot of inspiration. I aim to ride my bike like them. They are all very consistent and hard-working riders with great attitudes towards biking and life.
 

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Mostly Belgian and Dutch celebrities: back then, the band Zap Mama and Technotronic, J-P Gaultier. The Dutch Crown Prince Alexander while going out, and some others, more local Belgian "celebrities".
I would ab-so-lu-te-ly die to meet the empress of pop: Lady GAGA once, in person. (so, should Gaga be a flashaholic and read this, PM me :))
She never ceases to amaze me, so much talent in one person.

Kind regards,
Joris
 
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Yes and no... I don't have that many "heros" in the typical sense though. They certainly aren't mainstream celebrities either!

+1, and you said it much better and with more tact than I would have.

I've always been very uncomfortable approaching people who are famous just because they are celebrities; I just feel odd walking up to someone and introducing myself when they have no idea who I am. I feel like they meet hundreds of people per day and will forget who I am in hours or even minutes so what's the point? Classic example of this, I was at Pointfest 6 (local alternative music festival in STL). I'm eating lunch in the VIP tent when 311 sit down a couple seats away from me. I knew their music and knew who they were, but I didn't say a single thing to them the entire time. My buddies were so pissed at me when I told them what happened (they were elsewhere). I just can't help but feel that celebrities appreciate the moments when people actually leave them alone for a change.

Celebrity I WOULD like to meet and would introduce myself to if I ever saw in public: Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs). Mike seems like a standup guy with true integrity. He's also pretty damn funny.

Hero I've already met: my wife
 
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