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11. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting -reece-

Quoting GregW

My own star-struck moment... I saw Ruben Studdard (winner of American Idol # 8,275) in the Delta lounge in San Francisco. He's a very large man.

Well seeings as im not sad enough to watch American Idol i wouldnt have a clue who that is.And i would hardly call manufactured nobodies who wouldnt have a clue what talent was even if it hit them in a face with a shovel a celebrity.

Apparently the sarcasm I intended by calling Ruben Studdard a "star" was lost in the toneless world of internet typing.

12. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Don't knock it! Greg could have told you about the incredible time he met the guy from the Canadian Tire commercials.

Wow, not the Canadian Tire guy!?! Oh my God, Oh my God.....

13. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Quoting Q_Zhang

Wow, not the Canadian Tire guy!?! Oh my God, Oh my God.....

I wish I'd had my camera. Actually the following week or the week before (can't remember the exact timeline now) I saw David Suzuki as well, so it was quite a couple of weeks for me.

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Meeting James Burke (Connections, Connections2, The Day the Universe Changed and After the Warming) at the Raleigh/Durham airport in N. Carolina was a great thrill for us. Not a Hollywood name, but definitely someone you could have a very insightful discussion with, that's for sure. Celebrity (like beauty) is in the eye of the beholder.

Isa is so jealous of Greg meeting the Canadian tire guy!!!!!

15. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

I wish I'd had my camera. Actually the following week or the week before (can't remember the exact timeline now) I saw David Suzuki as well, so it was quite a couple of weeks for me.

What was Suzuki like? The only other person I know who has met him was one of my teachers, and she wasn't too impressed with him because he kind of diss'ed her when she asked to quote him in her book.

16. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Ok, I'm not sure I really want to admit this.. but Cliff Richard and at the same function the Archbishop of Canterbury (George Carey)

17. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Isa - James Burke. Really? That's actually about the coolest thing I have heard. I LOVED all his shows. I am being totally serious (it's hard to tell on the internet sometimes). Did you actually have an insightful discussion with him? Did you ask him to make connections between two really weird things, like solar power and twinkies?

I didn't say one word to Suzuki, actually - I was on my way up the stairs and he was on his way down, looking quite like he didn't want to be disturbed. I suppose that's in a way a dis...

18. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I met Hulk Hogan and Rickard Marx while working at a hotel. Neither gave me a tip for staying late to press their laundry!! How rude.

19. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Isa - James Burke. Really? That's actually about the coolest thing I have heard. I LOVED all his shows. I am being totally serious (it's hard to tell on the internet sometimes). Did you actually have an insightful discussion with him? Did you ask him to make connections between two really weird things, like solar power and twinkies?

Actually, Greg, we didn't want to bug him (imagine how anyone would feel...."Hey, aren't you that guy on TV that I hate???" So, we just kind of thanked him for putting on great shows and backed away, bowing as we left. Then he got swamped by people, mostly Americans, who asked deep questions like "Aren't you that British guy???" I felt kind of bad exposing him to that. The feeling passed.

On the vein of the thread, I used to know Broderick Crawford (bad B-movies, mostly) and John Gary (bad lounge singer). Went swimming at a hotel in Las Vegas as a kid with, I found out later, Donovan. He was playing with all the kids in the pool. I lived next door to Fess Parker (TV's Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett)...went to middle school with his son, who now runs a mediocre winery in California.

Ah, the price of fame....

20. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Isa - James Burke. Really? That's actually about the coolest thing I have heard. I LOVED all his shows. I am being totally serious (it's hard to tell on the internet sometimes). Did you actually have an insightful discussion with him? Did you ask him to make connections between two really weird things, like solar power and twinkies?

Yup - that James Burke!!! We have all the old Connections and Connections2 on tape - recorded at the time of actual showing. No insightful discussions as we didn't want to really bother him - other than saying hello. When Kris told him we had all of his series on tape, he replied, "You really are gluttons for punishment!" He had just finished "After the Warming" and told us a bit about it. We said good bye so he could continue reading his newspaper (we were all waiting for a connecting flight to Orlando). After we sat down, another man asked if that was really Burke. We should have said no because then several people gathered around him. But, he got to sit in first class and we all had to pile into steerage. If we had been in first class - we would have asked more questions about solar power and twinkies. ;)

Recently, we pulled out some of the old tapes. We even played a couple of episodes for Phil when he was here. He loved them.

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