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17 January 2015

Saturday Morning Question from The Book of Questions
posted by amro 17 January | 08:05
"Who’s the most famous person you have ever met? What famous person would you most like to meet?"
posted by amro 17 January | 08:07
Ever met: Taylor Swift
Would like to meet: the current President, whoever it is at the time. Preferably he/she will be giving me an award :D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 17 January | 08:12
How did you meet Taylor Swift? What was she like?
posted by amro 17 January | 08:26
I'm not sure I've ever met anyone famous! Trying to wrack my terrible memory.

I'd love to meet Obama. Also George Takei.
posted by amro 17 January | 08:28
I once had a long chat at a party with the writer Paule Marshall. I used to work for the first pilot shot down in the Vietnam War. And I used to go to a lot of figure skating competitions, so I've met a lot of famous/half famous skaters.

I would like to meet Carol Burnett, but the closest I ever got was doing a production of Mame starring Toni Kaye, who was a dancer on her show for years.
posted by JanetLand 17 January | 09:08
Haven't met too many famous types. Dr. Howard Dean is the biggest one that I can think of. Got to shake his hand at a fund raiser for a local congressional candidate whose campaign I was working on.

I met a bunch of old famous hippy types when I was a kid hanging out with my aunt and uncle: Ram Dass, Wavy Gravy, Krishna Das, Larry Brilliant, Daniel Goleman but they were all just grownups and I didn't pay much attention to them.

I run into Dan Rooney, the owner of the Steelers fairly often since he lives two blocks away and I've gotten to say hi to Franco Harris a few times since he lives at least part-time in the neighborhood too.

I obviously would love to meet Obama but I can't really think of anyone else. Maybe Steven Soderberg, just because I'd love to geek out on old movies with him.
posted by octothorpe 17 January | 12:45
I've met two Oscar-winning actors and several music and sports mega-stars, but because of where we've met, I can't say who they are.

But I worked in the music press in the late 70s and met a lot of people then. I suppose the most (in)famous was Sid Vicious. I also met Keith Moon, who was a sweetheart.

I'd love to meet Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the most intelligent, charismatic men alive.
posted by Senyar 17 January | 14:35
Most famous would be Ozzy Osbourne, I guess, I wouldn't mind meeting the President or Bob Dylan.
posted by jonmc 17 January | 17:34
Most famous: Anne Rice
Would love to meet President Obama and/or Tom Hiddleston.
posted by govtdrone 17 January | 19:30
I have met Bruce Dickinson (the Iron Maiden singer).

I wish I'd been able to meet Martin Gardner (and there's a longer list of authors I wish I'd been able to meet and thank for their work). After thinking about it for a while, I might like to meet Bill Watterson. Or any of the guys from Rush. But then again in a way I'm kind of happy just imagining it; most likely it wouldn't be so great to actually meet without a good reason to do so.

Ah, you know who it would be after all? It would be Gerard 't Hooft. Yes.
posted by Wolfdog 17 January | 19:44
Ever met - I've met a fair number of well-known people through work, but I have promised myself not to be a name-dropper. Lots of writers, who tend to be very nice, down-home people, except for the rockstars who can be divas. Film director here and there, fashion designer here and there, NPR personalities, artists, musicians, especially classical, jazz, and folkies. The people I meet through work, though sometimes famous, are not usually the people highest on my own "want to meet" list.

Want to meet: Bruce Springsteen! I feel like everyone I know has had a chance to meet him except me. Though I wish I could actually sit down and shoot the shit with him, which won't happen. If I'm ever lucky enough to connect with him, I will be one of the gazillions of "thanks, man, love your work" people that he's encountered, I'm afraid.
posted by Miko 17 January | 21:54
I... haven't met anyone famous, at least not that I can remember. When I was two, apparently I met Kris Kristofferson? Does that count?

I would love to meet Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for she is my hero.
posted by gaspode 17 January | 22:54
I partied with Sugar Ray Leonard and Wes Unseld when I was sixteen.

I hung out backstage with Def Leppard and I met and befriended several famous actors and writers through my theater company work. I met Madonna in the sense that I was a kind of gopher for her at an event. I don't think she really met me. I met Rosie Perez, and you know, she is so kind, such a sweetheart.

I met Sandy Weill and Chuck Prince. Actually I worked for their subordinate, a less famous bigshot and Knight Bachelor whose head rolled when the big bank's law-flouting got too much for the Japanese finance ministry to bear.

I would like to meet Thich Nhat Hanh. I would have loved to have met Patrick Leigh Fermor, but alas.
posted by Hugh Janus 17 January | 23:10
When I was two, apparently I met Kris Kristofferson? Does that count?

I want that to count. He would be high on my want-to-meet list, too. I have had a crush on him since I was not that much more than two myself.
posted by Miko 18 January | 00:10
Most famous? Margaret Atwood or Norman Jewison? What famous person would I like to meet? Can't really think of one. If you are famous you likely suck donkey balls.

We all, likely, suck donkey balls but if you have made money off being famous for your sucking of donkey balls then I reserve the right to dislike you despite having never met you.
posted by arse_hat 18 January | 01:10
When I worked at Blockbuster in the mid 90s, our customers includes the members of Boyz 2 Men, Rod Brindamoor (of the Flyers, I may be spelling that wrong), and a member of the cast of Real World though I forget what season. I also met Peter, Paul, and Mary when I was about 10. Armistead Maupin and I talked on the phone for about an hour and a half, but I never met him in person. I think those are all my brushes with fame.
posted by amro 18 January | 09:57
amro, we meet Taylor Swift when we were living on the seminary campus in Chelsea. She was at the cafe at the hotel on campus, and was frolicking with her friends & some bubble guns on the shared lawn when we were on our way back from the playground. Oliver was transfixed by the bubble guns and she was nice enough to offer him a turn with hers, so we chatted for a moment. She totally didn't even have to acknowledge him and I thought it was very nice that she did.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 18 January | 16:26
That was very nice of her!
posted by amro 18 January | 19:25
I'm totally in love with her now. I think that's how she sells so many albums- charming people one at a time.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 18 January | 19:41
The only famous person I've met was Neil Gaiman at a ALA book signing.

Not very many people I have any interest in meeting -- Michelle Obama and Kermit the Frog are the only 2 that come to mind right now.
posted by bluesapphires 18 January | 19:57
I met Ruth Bader Ginsberg and she is even better in person --so warm and vivid.

I still hope to someday meet Barack Obama, one of the people I truly admire in all respects.

And I admire you, amro, for getting this post up. I'm out of town until early February.
posted by bearwife 18 January | 20:01
Like Miko, although probably not to her extent, I have met and known a number of people you have heard of, probably. I guess the most notorious of these people is Charles Bukowski, who got me kicked out of a house once because his GF (and now widow) was living in this house and she rented me the back bedroom. . .Bukowski did not have a very high opinion of me. . .
posted by danf 18 January | 22:52

I 'met' Sean Connery on the set of the Untouchables (I had a buddy who was working sound on the Chicago locations), and I tagged along for lunch one day, had a sandwich from the craft tables halfway in my mouth, and here comes 007 himself, and all I can say is "Mphl wharggl". Humiliating.

I was riding an elevator in a Loop bank one day and it stops, and Mike Tyson and Don King got in. I remember thinking that no human being could have a neck as big as Tyson's. This was circa 1988 or so..

I've had James Randi as a dinner guest in my home once. He's a thoroughly charming fellow, who does magic tricks at the drop of a hat, literally. I used to have a business card he gave me that said, simply: JAMES RANDI, FRAUD. with a Florida phone number.

In Berlin, I lived in the same building as Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Used to see them regularly, and socialized as neighbors do. David introduced me to Freddie Mercury once.

I met the first President Bush long before he was president, at a function at the National Reconnaissance Office at Arlington Hall, VA when he was a Deputy Director of the CIA.

I've also met Peter Coyote's niece :) She's very nice.

Famous people I'd like to meet? It's odd, because I don't think that I think that way. I would have loved to have met Isaac Asimov, simply because of the profound effects his writing had on me.
posted by pjern 18 January | 23:12
I also met Peter, Paul, and Mary when I was about 10.

Me too! First concert! /Boomer parents
posted by Miko 18 January | 23:13
I've not met anyone even slightly notorious.

I'd like to meet Neil DeGrasse Tyson but I'd be too ignorant to even hold a conversation other than to say how amazing he is...
posted by mightshould 19 January | 05:22
In a previous life, I got to meet, and hang-out with, a boatload of old-school (pre-webcomic) cartoonists. I suppose that counts, depending on your definition of "famous."

As for who I would like to meet...I really don't know.

Honesty? If I could have a day with my dad, that would be nice. I never got to know him on an adult-to-adult basis. I lost him just as we started having kids, so I never really had anyone to talk to and help me through all of that "being a father" stuff. Just sit and have a couple of beers and shoot the breeze. That would be nice.
posted by Thorzdad 19 January | 08:27
My parents had some weird connections, and when I was a teenager I met Andy Warhol at a fundraiser. I was mortified when he guessed I was a freshman in high school, and I really was a sophomore. At that time, I wanted to crawl into the ground and die.
One time Steve Wozniak had dinner at our house, I didn't know who he was at the time, but I would love to talk to him now!

As an adult on my own, I lost my shit when I met Adam Yauch, through his Milarepa foundation. I made a complete fool of myself.

There are others, but those are the three that stand out when writing this little entry.

Person I would love to meet? Has to be Michelle Obama. She is so goddamn cool, I want to be her friend.
posted by msali 19 January | 09:01
Almost forgot -- I once had dinner with the poet Robert Bly & his wife. However, the restaurant was so noisy I could barely hear the conversation.
posted by JanetLand 20 January | 11:16
Shook hands with one of the ZZ Top guys once; small, grubby, calloused, muscled (if a hand can be described like that).
Saw John Denver playing racquetball in Wichita, KS in the late 70's/early 80's; then I was in Monterey CA doing Army PT and heard a pbbbbt...pbbbbbt pbbbbbbtttt and then nothing, so that was that.
Jesse Jackson, and Ross Perot when they came to Wichita, KS in the 90's (people of note are interesting no matter how L or R or whatever).

People I'd like to spend time with? The two J.Okeefes. Together.

And as some of the above mentioned; more time with Dad.
posted by buzzman 21 January | 08:40
Lucky pjern! I had a Bowie site van tour last May in Berlin and the door to the courtyard was open...but the man who lives there now made us leave.
posted by brujita 21 January | 10:36
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