I ate dinner with Larry Page once.
In a group setting. Not, like, on a date.
I ate dinner with Larry Page once.
In a group setting. Not, like, on a date.
I gotta assume that he footed the bill.
Nah, he took a bunch of mayonnaise packets and stuffed them in his pocket.
My album on Facebook of all the famous people I've met through my job.
Are you telling me you've met TOM GREEN. O. M. G.
Seriously though, thanks for putting yourself out there and sharing. Best I can offer is Thomas Haden Church. Or Chip Kidd, although most of you probably don't know/care about him anyway...
holy shit you met Tom Green?! That man is definitely a hero of mine.
Pauly Shore + Vanilla Ice = Epic 90's WIN
Pauly Shore and Tom Green definitely were the weirdest of the people I met. Vanilla Ice was something else. The man took shots of Jager and chased it with Corona. Dude partied and partied that night. Then got behind the bar and started serving people while rapping every lyric to every song that was played.
Then he took like 6 girls back to his hotel room. Props to you Robert Van Winkle.
at the Grand Hyatt resort on Kauai; he was accompanied by a young lady with embedded flotation devices.
Damn you got to meet John Lajoie (taco) that is pretty awesome.
As said below in the "family thread" I guarded LeBron James in the 2002 State Semis... However, I met Michael Jordan, so anyone else that I've met really doesn't matter in my mind...
I used to manage a place called Skye Bar. I've bartended at a host of places, such as Frog Bar, Lucky's Grille, Charlie Bear, and Old Bag of Nails. I started an event bartending service last year, which is why I'll be at that OSU athletics event. It is the first business I have owned myself, and I hope to parlay it into a venue at some point in the near future. That is, if I don't get skinned at this OSU event first...
Nice, I used to frequent Skye Bar from time to time. I wish you luck in your own business and at the OSU event. If/when you get your own venue, be sure to let us Wolverines in Columbus know. Go Blue!
Jordan lives in a condo right across the street from my office building. Same floor and everything. Its funny because he blacked-out all of his windows and put a security fence around his skylight on the roof. Good stuff.
Braylon walking alone late at night on High street. One can only hope he was wishing he could suit up one more time to kick Ohio's ass one more time.
Met Francis Ford Coppola (sp?) once in college. I was walking on campus (Hofstra University...he is an alumn) and he asked for directions. My friends an I were too self absorbed and rather rudely ignored his small talk. After several attempts to engage us in small talk, this strange older man reached out to shake my hand and said "Hi, I'm Francis. Francis Coppola." We ended up talking to him for about 15 minutes. Finally he looked around the campus, reminiscing as he looked around his old stomping grounds silently, awkwardly for a minute. Then, the silence was broken as he seemed to come back to earth; looked at us and said "God, I was an asshole." With that, he walked away. Perfect.
I got chewed out by Gary Moeller in front of Bo and Llyod at football camp for losing my chin strap, later Mike Gittleson made me throw-up all over the stationary bike after finding "absolute zero".
I've run into a bunch of the Red Wings on multiple occasions at Starbucks in Plymouth, Novi, and Northville. Apparently they really like to drink coffee before games.
One of the times, Lidstrom sat down right behind me and read the WSJ (assuming he was checking on his millions). No one knew who he was. Greatest defensemen ever and able to live in relative peace. Fascinating.
that you've misremembered any goings on that night.
I caddied for Fred Funk in a benifit. It was great because everyone was in carts except us, so when everyone was getting their shots it was just me and Funk.
I met a bunch of Wings in Royal Oak after we won the Cup. It was pretty funny actually,everybody was ignoring Lilja and he had to come up to introduce himself to people. My favorite was meeting D-Mac at a signing once.
D-Mac lives in Clawson now and hangs out with a bunch of my buddies (I've hung out a few times with him but I live out of state). He is a riot and a real nice guy.
I used to belong to the same club as Don Adams and spoke to him occasionally, a very funny guy but a terrible bridge player. Also met Telly Savalas at a restaurant. He came by my table and talked for awhile. very nice of him.
Miss it by that much....
My best friend's older brother walked on as a fullback under Bo after serving in the Army. He told me that he went to the weight room and asked about how to walk on. Someone took him back to Bo's office. Bo talked to him for a bit, then got up and smacked him all over his body like he was a piece of meat. Bo, liked what he saw/felt and he ended up playing fullback behind Leroy Hoard for, I believe, 2 years. As a little kid I ended up meeting Bo briefly after the spring game as Bo walked around from table to table shaking hands at a players' family meeting that I got to atttend since I was so close with his family.
First half of your story is weird. I wonder if Bo asked before he smacked him around. Haha.
Bo got up and said something to the effect of "now, lets see what we have here..." He slapped/grabbed his biceps, back, etc....(To clarify....nothing overtly sexual. Just checking out his muscles). He told me he felt like a piece of meat being inspected. Bo must have been impressed as he did not, as I recall, have to try out, he was given a shot right then and there. A different era for sure.
I post on the same message board as a guy whose brother was on Jerry Springer. Not joking either.
Petway and other members of the hoops team at parties
Mike Hart and some football players the same
I've had a few conversations with JMFJ at various bars, he's a real cool down-to-earth guy
Sat right behind Jake Long at Yost once, I was too scared to say hi. He was terrifying in person.
Met Lloyd at a speaking event. He was taller than I expected, and very nice and gracious.
for a post like this, I happened to run into a celebrity last weekend and know the mgocommunity will enjoy this:
I was in NJ over the weekend visiting my girlfriend and was waiting in the lobby of my hotel for her. All of a sudden, I notice Eddie George walking towards the elevator. A few people in the lobby were giving him high-fives and calling his name. Being a Michigan fan, I wasn't going to sucumb to the the rest of the crowd and cheer him on. As he was getting into the elevator, I called his name and he looked back at me after which I proceed to give him a big “GO BLUE”. He was caught so off-guard by it that he had no reaction. Of course, now that I look back at the incident, I should've made a snarky remark re. Ohio's current situation.
Whenever any Michigan fan has a story about running into a Buckeye player or ex-Buckeye player, the only thing anyone can think to say is "Go blue."
As Michigan fans, we really need to step up the creativity.
It conveys a sense of "I believe your hated rival to be superior," but doesn't get into the "I don't like OSU, and you should come kick my ass" territory.
It also doesn't help that Michigan hasn't beaten OSU since the late Carter Administration.
i almost ran over james carville as he was crossing the street to go jogging at Audubon. dude needs to know traffic rules.
I've tailgated with Brian Cook a few times.
Grand Rapids, and ran into Jerry Sienfeld one random summer afternoon. He was in town for a show that evening, and was walking around the grounds of the Gerarld Ford museum with his bodygaurd. I was with my wife, sister and brother-in law (who is a bit of a clown). After we had our picture taken with him, my bother-in-law shouted "Another point for Milosh!!!" at the top of his lungs. Jerry smiled, but was likely not amused.
I've met a few celebs, but my favorite encounter was walking in on Kimbo Slice and his entourage doing some *stuff* in the bathroom at Caesar's Palace in Vegas. The bouncer, my bro, and I were the only non-entourage people in there, so it was watching him fight one of his buddies in the bathroom.
I mean, did Caesar really really live there? I didn't think so.
I fly for a living but Ive met Lloyd Carr, Jerome Bettis, Guy Fierro form "Minute to Win it" and a sleu of others. We get a lot of former athletes and smaller movie stars. Hard to believe but some people out there still rely on airlines
Met Ben Wallace at FYE in Great Lakes Crossing. He was buying no less than 30 CDs.
...Mehmet Okur at Costco. He was wearing an all-jeans outft.
...Darko Milicic at a graduation party in high school. He was skeezing on younger girls the entire time he was with the Pistons.
...Michael Curry's son (Deon) was on my basketball team in middle school. Same goes for George Irvine.
...Tayshaun Prince at a gas station. He had a nice ride and filled up with premium.
...Zeljko Rebraca at Lakeside mall. He said "what's up dude" to ME. Tall recognizes tall, I guess.
...Rasheed Wallace at PF Chang's. He bought my sister a drink.
...Rick Mahorn, Bill Laimbeer, Swin Cash, Cheryl Ford, and other Shock players at TGIF's. I was at the table next to theirs and we took a picture together.
Pretty much I've seen most of the Pistons around.
My dad's buddy is really good friends with Craig Frost, the keyboardist for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. My whole family went to Cleveland to see them play back in May and I met Alto Sax (the saxophone player) and got my picture taken with him.
Met Uncle Ted Nugent when I was 12 at his "Kamp for Kids" in Caseville, MI. They had a contest where he put a dollar on a target and groups of kids got to shoot with him to see who could hit closest to the nose on George Washington. I was standing right next to uncle Ted when I shot my bow and I won. I also sat right at his feet as he was rocking out to various songs of his on his guitar in front of us...it was awesome.
I work in car rental so I've met Mike Hart (he's tiny in person and pretty shy). Brendan Shanahan walked into my store one day to get his receipt and him being one of my boyhood idols I was just flabberghasted and couldn't say anything to him.
Met Lloyd Carr - went to Michigan Hall of fame camp in Riverview when I was like 12 or 13...he spoke to us on the last day...that was cool.
Brandon Graham was just through my store a couple days ago but alas I was not around when he came in...that would have been cool.
Sam Sword used to come through here a lot...awesome guy always happy to stop and chat with me about whatever.
Met Guy Parent - nhl minor leaguer/etc. he was involved in Maine Hockey for a second and we talked about Jimmy Howard before he had his breakout years.
Met Mike Forcier when Tate was here...he rented a car here...generally pretty nice despite what everyone says about him.
I think that's just about it...
Met Jamie Lynn Seigler(Meadow Soprano) at a burger king in Scranton. She had a few body guards with her and she was pretty nice. I didn't hound her or anything just asked if she was Meadow Soprano and said it was nice to meet her.
For Burger King? For Jamie Lynn Seigler? Overkill. She needed bodyguards to keep her away from Turtle...
Welch was at Eastern, but he hung in Ann Arbor.
Rick Leach is exactly as you expect, and he is The Man. I believe he even knows sign language.
Jack Nicklaus is totally uptight and stuffy in person. Arnold Palmer keeps Rolling Rocks in the mini fridge of his workshop over the garage, and he will offer you one.
I was in the VIP area for the Giants/Ravens Super Bowl, and Jim Plunkett hung with us and bought shots of tequila for our group. "Mothers milk!" was the toast. JIm is a very nice guy.
Stuart Scott is every bit the dick you think he is.
You expect Dhani Jones to be full of himself, but he is not. He is a friendly funny, guy who actually listens when you talk to him.
Our family was celebrating my wife's birthday at a particular dining establishment in West Palm Beach. I'm not much of a drinker but do have one indulgence: an "Arnold Palmer" - half iced tea, half lemonade. The young lady waiting on our table told us that Jack Nicklaus Jr. was seated at the table next to us and had just ordered a "Jack Nicklaus." She said it's half iced tea and half cranberry juice, apparently Jack II is on a crusade to make it as popular as the "Arnold Palmer," and would I be interested? I passed.
I said in a post a while ago, I used to live right down the street from Lidstrom, and our families actually became pretty close. So through that, I've met most of the Red Wings, including Illitch, Bowman, and Babcock.
As a waiter at Olga's during my senior year of high school, Eminem actually came into our restaurant with some really hot girl. I really wanted to serve him, but my manager insisted on taking it, so I just tried to walk by as many times as i could and give him one of those cool guy nods.
Also, I was eating lunch and "studying" in the Union between classes last semester (I was playing Pacman on Addictinggames.com), and Denard came up to me and said that he plays that game and asked if he could play a level. Made my day
Denard is playing games on the computer while at school? Somebody, alert the Free Press!!!
I could absolutely see this somehow being a violation of NCAA rules.
saved him time and energy by getting him to an advanced level, as well as running the risk of him being able to claim a high score he didn't work on originally.
I met Mike Modano's dad at a golf outing, I rode in an elevator with Zdeno Chara (I was scared), met Chris Kunitz and drove Tom Brookens and Cam Maybin from the airport. Talk about diversity there.
I've hung out with Mike Martin multiple times, Taylor Lewan, Jon Merrill...and pplayed beer pong with adrian arrington as my team mate
I met Chris Chelios at Cheli's Chili Bar, earlier this year before a Tigers game. Such a nice guy. I also lived a floor below Denard last year, his freshman year, and played video games with him a couple times. One of the humblest athletes I've ever known.
I have met Willie Shoemaker and Don Adams.
James Belushi, also i have met the whole Real Madrid soccer team and Milan. I have also met some other soccer teams. I probably could have met some other actors and actresses, but im not the kind of guy that goes up to somebody just because they'r famous. I mean this for actors, because i would for sure walk up to Jake Long or Henne or Hart... You get my point.
Was at a software users conference and one of the vendors brought him in to sign autographs. I mentioned I graduated from Michigan and we shared a "Go Blue!" moment. Talked for a few minutes about the NFL lock-out and his upcoming HC job in San Francisco. He was pretty cool and down-to-earth. He stayed way after his scheduled time to make sure everyone got their stuff signed and seemed to genuinely make an effort to engage people.
I'm sitting at a bar in Pittsburgh drinking with some friends when suddenly this huge guy walks up. Gold chains, diamonds, a large posse behind him of also very large guys who are iced out as well. He stares directly at me for a moment and then sits down at the table. The only empty chair is between two girls who are rapidly edging away. Looks dead at me goes:
"Michigan? I graduated from there. You go there?".
The sudden realization I wasn't going to die was amazing. Turns out it was Woodley and he'd seen my Michigan hoodie. He invited all of us back into the VIP section and we met some other Steelers.
I also met George W. Bush since my grandfather is connected to the Republican Party. Cool guy to drink with and I'll leave it at that.
Mike Hart and I saw each other so many times on campus (usually around Angell Hall) that our bro nods turned into "what ups" which turned into the occasional fist bump. I later participated in a wing eating contest against him and some basketball players at Buffalo Wild Wings.
It's always nice to learn that these larger than life athletes are just down to Earth kids.
was going to walk up and talk to him but realized it wouldn't. be. prudent.
He's actually really chill in person. Very approachable guy, laid back and the like. I'd imagine if you'd caught his eye he'd have said motioned you over and security would have been cool. One of the Secret Service guys told me he was much more laid back about security than many previous Presidents. He was always ordering them to pass people through so he could shake their hand and yelling at the SS if they tried to pat people down. The agent was complaining how it drove them nuts.
Bo Schembechler and Nick Lachey* came into the Big House once to do a promo about The Victors with the MMB's Fanfare Band. I wasn't in the Fanfare Band, but I was asked to tag along to provide photos of the occasion. It turned out that not being a part of the Fanfare Band was the best way to go, because I got to hang around with Bo and Nick for a little, and got Nick to sign The Victors sheet music (horn part). It should still be hanging around Revelli Hall somewhere...
*You know, back when he was with that Simpson girl
When I was in the Marines I was stationed in Twentynine Palms, CA., which is about 15 minutes away from Joshua Tree. A couple of buddies and I were going to an Applebee's outside of town and out of the Starbuck's next door walks the hottest girl I'd ever seen in my life. Turns out it was Jessica Simpson (in her prime). She was really sweet and let us take pictures with her. Still to this day the hottest girl I have ever met in person, damn.
I've also met Chuck Norris, Braylon, Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Gooden, and Kid Rock.
I have a hard time picturing Bo and Nick Lachey* together. Talk about an odd couple. (And isn't he a USC fan or something?).
* not that he's hurting now...
Chief Justice John Roberts came to our school in '08 to address the class. It was mostly an excuse for him to attend the next day's Michigan/ND game (Roberts is a big ND fan). He came up and chatted with my small group, and somehow it came out that I was a Michigan grad/fan. He mocked me.
Actually Richard Posner laughed at me this week, too. I'm apparently very amusing to people in the federal judiciary.
Where'd you run into Posner?
I argued a case in front of him, Wood, and Rovner. It was an unwinable case (which is probably why they felt comfortable assigning it to a law student), and I'm sure I didn't win, but Posner got a kick out of our theories.
once had lunch with the King of Sweden... of course it was a luncheon thing so she never actually met him... also she went to Louisiana Tech at the same time as Karl Malone.
Too many hockey players to count. I will say this though, I'm guessing most people on this board hate Sidney Crosby. Honestly, he's a pretty great dude in a social setting. No arrogance at all, cracks jokes, and acts like one of the boys. For a guy who makes 10 million a year and has done what he's done, that's saying a lot.
"call-in name" to the Rome show?
Or, if you don't feel like saying as much, that is totally ok too...
Professional wrestlers... I seem to run into them all the time.
I rode in an elevator with Arn Anderson and Rick Orndorff. Turns out they had the hotel rooms across the hall from me.
Was enjoying dinner at Max & Ermas when some jerk bumped into my chair really hard. Turned out to be Lex Luger with his friend Sting. They were very nice. We were he only ones aside from the waitress they spoke to. They signed autographs for kids but otherwise played cards (hearts) and pretty much kept to themselves.
Met the (Reich)Steiner brothers in an airport and had a great conversation with them.
Sat across the aisle from Cheryl Ladd on a plane. Tried to talk to her but was all tongue tied and ended up deciding the better part of valor was to drink myself into submission as an excuse for embarassing myself.
Have met several professional baseball players and found most to be pretty cool guys - Chipper Jones was perhaps my favorite.
Best claim to fame was meeting and having the opportunity to speak with Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Joe Paterno all within about a two week period. I met Bo a handful of times after that and despite each encounter being brief, he always remembered me or at least let on he did. The most special time was with my young son in Schembechler Hall - we were just "sight seeing" and he shook our hands and made a big deal over my son.
...and met several celebs, including Brian Urlacher, A.J. Foyt, Yancey Thigpen, Kenny Norman (helluva nice guy and one funny dude), former IU Hoops coach Mike Davis, Darren Daulton (was completely wasted, imagine that), Emmanuel Lewis (I thought a 10 y/o kid was walking through the casino, freaked me out at first), Greg Biffle, Antonio Tarver, Jason Priestley, and Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (aka Ron Jeremy, and I refused to shake his hand).
EDIT: I also sat next to Jason Avant on a flight from Chicago to Philly. We talked Michigan Football for about 10 minutes of the 1:45 minute flight. I found him to be a very humble and genuine guy, more interested in learning about my background than talking about his own.
-I grew up around Ben Roethlisberger, he punched me in the stomach on a school bus when I was 6 (true story).
-I live in Dayton, and see Dave Chappelle frequently, in the gym and around town. He's getting ripped!
-I talked to Tommy Davidson (of In Living Color fame) at a bar a couple years ago. I told him Booty Call was the best movie I've ever seen. He believed me.
When I was around 11, I met Jack Nicholson at a Pistons game while he was filming the movie Hoffa. I got his autograph he was a nice guy.
Dinner with Joan Cusack on a Chicago lakeshore cruise. I know her husband. Very down to earth, just regular folks.
I met Charles Woodson at a restaurant. Very nice guy.
Muhammad Ali and a few others that don't compare to him.
Chucky Cheese and later, the Phillie Phanatic.
Neither one would speak to me, though, and it scarred me for life.
celeb I've met was Dave Rozema. He is friends with my uncle. One night when I was little, we got tickets to the Tigers Den at Tiger Stadium from Kirk Gibson's office (also friends with my uncle). Rozey was calling the game on PASS Sports that night and when he saw us sit down, he came down from the announce booth and gave me a baseball.
I've also met Cecil Fielder and Alan Trammell. Trammell was awesome and asked me questions about myself. Cecil was really really shy though.
Well, when I was in school, I snagged a summer job valeting cars in downtown Detroit. It was to this day, the most fun job I've ever had... Met tons of folks and got to really get to know downtown.
Some of the highlights:
There's more, but these are all my favorites.
that Shaun Rogers is a really nice guy. As nice as he is off the field, as a player, he is really lazy and unmotivated for most of the part which is a shame because he is one of the most talented DT in the league when motivated.
When I was in 4th grade I met Bo at some blood donating event for a former player who needed blood. My dad used to play so he took me up and he was in a room chatting with a few other people, I could tell my dad loved the man by the way he greeted him and respected him. At the time I didn't know the importance of who I was meeting, but I am happy I didn't because I would have made him uncomfterable with a bombardment of questions.
I used to go to school with Martin and Merrill. I met Shane Battier at a basketball camp, Barry Sanders at a golfing range, and played pond hockey with Holmstrom over the winter.
i wore the shirt from that camp yesterday hahaha
and now train w/a few UFC figthers.
Most recently met Mike Posner and Big Sean. Both pretty laid back guys. Mike Martin ive talked to a few times. Cam Fowler-i used to play street basketball and hockey with. Nick Lidstrom's son went to my school and he was at a few hockey games; same with Babcock. I met Mitch Album at the Apple Store a few weeks ago, im not sure if thats considered meeting a celeb or not but i recognized him. Long story short i was back stage at the last wings parade and met basically the entire team. Its amazing how much security relaxes when you faint in the crowd. thats all i can think of right now
Michael Jordan (at a bar in Chicago)
Leslie Nielsen (eating dinner at a hotel in Grand Cayman, I was 6 and got his autograph)
Chris Farley (Outside a Century City hotel in LA, he knocked over my cousin)
Christian Bale (walking down the street during the filming of The Dark Knight)
Jeremy Shockey (spent a night out with him and Page McConnell from Phish down in South Beach)
Johnny Depp (filming Public Enemy in Lincoln Park, Chicago)
Tim Meadows (his kid hit me with a bag of candy during Halloween time, he was doing a play in Chicago and was living in the neighborhood for the season, he actually apologized for his kid's behavior)
Mike Singletary (at a Lone Star Steakhouse)
The Fridge (at a men's big and tall store in Woodfield mall)
Dan Hampton, Keith Van Horn, and other 85 Bears
Star Jones (at the Atlantis in the Bahamas)
Mr. Perfect (at one of those sad old wrestler autographing events)
Oscar Robertson (at a Sportmart in Schaumburg)
Michigan related : Bo, Gary Moeller, Rich Rodriguez, Jim Harbaugh, and quite a few players from the early 70s that were on the team with my Dad (who roomed with Les Miles).
I know there is more, but I can't think
I'm not sure if you guys remember the Hockey Falls guys that were in commercials on ESPN in the early 2000s but I met them at the 2003 NHL All-Star game. It was awesome.
Muhammad Ali, Jason Richardson, Gray Maynard
I live in Tampa and used to work at a decent restaurant. I met Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, Vinnie Lecavalier, and Marty St. Louis. I served all of them which was pretty cool. But when I was in Michigan I met:
Did he offer any opinion with regards to your age vs. wearing of the jersey? :)
He was very classy and didn't seem to care about age. He just saw that I was a big fan and he actually invited me over to talk to him and get a picture. So...
My ex-boss took me to lunch @ Sherwood CC (Los Angeles) when I was out at HQ for some meetings. We walk up on the patio and there is Wayne Gretzky with a buddy just sitting down for lunch after 18 holes. My boss has played mutiple times with WG, so WG invites us to join them for lunch and we had an awesome time. One day later I'm at Gladstone's for dinner and the waitress comes to our table and asks us to sign a "waiver" because a celebrity will be seated next to us and they don't want to be disturbed. Guess who the celebrity was - Wayne & Janet. He laughed when he saw me and the guard came down and we had a great night with those guys, stayed after for a couple bumps at the beach bar with them. He is class all the way. . . . .
Worked out with Billy Baldwin at my gym, found out we're related about 400 years back (I, too, am a Baldwin). Said hi to Billy Dee Williams on the treadmill, Mindy Cohn (Natalie from The Facts of Life) while being stretched by my trainer, then saw Aaron Eckhart in the steam room.
Busy day at the Century City Equinox back in 2008.
Used to occasionally see Rachel Hunter while walking the dog (we lived down the street in Hermosa Beach), and we see Jason Acuna (Wee Man of Jackass fame) and Kevin Nealon semi-regularly. Kevin Nealon likes ice cream. I've never seen him anywhere other than in front of the Manhattan Beach Creamery (other than at the Comedy & Magic Club).
I made love to Joan Rivers behind the cord aisle at Circuit City.
-I've met Chauncey Billups a couple times, back when he was with the Pistons. Along with him, I met the rest of the Pistons back in '06, except Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince. Although I had already met Prince before that.
-I've met tons of Milwaukee Bucks players over the years, except for Andrew Bogut. He's supposedly an asshole.
-I met Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza this past season. Both are pretty nice.
-I took a shot with Ryan Braun last summer. He's actually pretty cool and really nice too, he talked to me about school and what I was planning to do, etc.
-Bob Davie used to be my friend's neighbor
-Charlie Weis used to live in my neighborhood
-Met Brady Quinn, he's pretty nice too (Haven't met Jimmy Clausen, but I have friends who have and they all say he's a HUGE dbag. He tried to get one of my friends to sleep with him by pretty much saying "I'm the Notre Dame quarterback, that's why you should sleep with me"
-Sat next to Dayne Crist's parents at a ND game
-Family friends with Prince Shembo (ND linebacker)
-Met Chris Thomas and Chris Quinn (ND basketball)
-This hasn't taken place yet, but later this summer I'm having dinner with Charles Woodson.
He used to be a huge douchebag in freshman and sophomore year. By the time he's a Junior, he grew up and was a lot nicer than the first two years. This is hearsay from a couple of people I know who went to ND.
VP Al Gore
i meet professional athletes all the time, primarily baseball players through my work with MLB broadacsting rights. Of all of my encounters, Ichiro Suzuki is by far the biggest asshole. i sat next to kelly clarkson in a suite last year at the world series in texas. i had no idea it was her until someone mentioned it to me - she was wearing a rangers jersey and yelling and screaming throughout the whole game, playing with her nephew that she brought along to the game and never giving off the slightest air of celebrity. i was really quite surprised when i found out who she was, given how down-to-earth her demeanor was.
I'm from Dallas, and my sister is a waitress at a restaurant about a half mile from Cowboys Stadium. During the Super Bowl last year, she waited on Lamarr Woodley. Of course, she didn't realize who he was until some of the guys that work with her told her. She also didn't realize he went to Michigan, or she said she would have talked about me. But apparently he was really nice and joked around with her and tipped her $100.
I didn't meet these people because I didn't want to bother them while they were eating with their friends, but... In the same diner in Hollywood I saw Miley Cyrus and the Indian guy from Super Troopers. I thought Miley Cyrus would have bodyguards, but she just came in and sat with her friends in the booth next to ours. And surprisingly nobody came up to her or bothered her for pictures. It could be that it was about 2AM and that it would be past the bedtime of anyone who cared.
I ran into Jim (Chicago Bears QB) and his family at an airport in Phoenix, he asked me to hand him the Sports page after I read it, we talked for a minute, seemed like a fairly normal guy. Borque (if you don't know Ray Borque, then go Borque yourself!), I met at a bar in Marquette Michigan, where I went to college (NMU). His son was playing in a hockey tournament and he bought a few of us sitting near him a round, he was a nice guy. I used to work for a US Congressman and have met several big name politicians, but I don't think that counts!
I met Woody Harrelson at a restaurant when he was filming Money Train in NYC, invited him to play hoops in my Tuesday night game..bragged to all my friends that I had invited him to play...he wasn't there when we started the first game and I got a ton of sh*t from my friends...two minutes later guess who showed up??? Woody came and played with us for a month of Tuesdays and brought Wesley Snipes with him once as well (we killed them both).
Ivanka Trump invests in a number of my funds, so I see her every once in a while. (through work I've also met George Soros, Carl Ichan, Bill and Melinda Gates, and others).
Was friends with Rumeal Robinson at UM and got into Sports Illustrated with him in the '89-'90 Basketball preview issue.
I met the Grateful Dead backstage in AA in April '89.
Played a round of golf with Arnie Palmer in '94.
My friend's parents are Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, so I see them once in a while (oh...and his wife is Rachel Nichols from ESPN).
Played a round of golf with Dan Marino and Don Shula in Miami in '91
Most interesting person in the world!! What kind of beer do you drink?
but when I do, it's usually baby seal blood ;-)
Met Luc Robitaille at the palladium back when he was with the wings
Met Tate and his dad at my work, talked to Tate for probably 10-15 minutes, really cool guy. Asked me for my address, and a couple weeks later I got this envelope from CA with 5 autographed photos of Tate from different 2009 games, pretty sweet!
Met and talked to Peyton and Eli Manning, Peyton is a really cool dude, asked me where I was from, said michigan, then asked him if he knew Charles Woodson (burn) He laughed. Then I was making fun of him for NFL Fever back on the original xbox, where he had some really cheesy commercials for it. Eli Manning was pretty shy and really didn't talk much.
Met Spike Lee, who is my all time most hated celeb after meeting him, total douchebag asshole. First, I told him that I liked his Jordans, and hes like "These aren't Jordans, these are Spiz'ikes." in an arrogant fashion. Then when going to shake his hand, he starts talking to someone else and totally ignores me.
Met Condeleeza Rice, who was actually really nice, and surprisingly answered all my questions, some political, in a totally honest manner.
Met Chris Chelios and Dominik Hasek at a Tigers game, both really nice guys, My sister goes to school with chelios' daughter.
Hung around after a show and met Raekwon, which was pretty awesome, although I am extremely jealous of the guy that posted about meeting the entire Wu-Tang clan, that would have been incredible
Gene Simmons from KISS. I was backstage at a show and shook his hand and talked about the performance. Ace Frehley had accidentally hit one of the lighting trusses with his guitar pyrotechnics and Mr. Simmons... er, Gene just rolled his eyes and shook his head.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Met him, his wife and 2 daughters. We were having lunch at the same place and his 2 daughters were quite young and were running around being noisy and Mr. Duggan... I mean, Hacksaw just started counting to three in a stern voice and the 2 girls stopped. He never once said, "HOOOO!"
I've also met The Great Daryl Nathan. That might be a bit of a stretch if we're talking about celebrities though.
I skyped with Anthony Weiner several times. Talk about OMG Shirtless!
There were a number of football players in my friend's frat, but those are typical college experiences. Bumped into Webber and Rose when they were freshmen.
Living on campus I've told the stories of being Hall/Floor/Building mates with Derek Jeter and Tom Brady. And over the years of fandom have met and been introduced to a lot of Michigan players and coaches. Tip: Go to the Bowl game, and stay in the team hotel. One bowl trip one of the people I know was friends with Angelique Chengelis, and had dinner with them, then met Wojo, Mike Tirico and Herbtstreit at a bar in San Antonio. Shared a plane with Michelle Tafoya heading out to the Rose Bowl.
When I worked out at the Palace, I met a lot of players coaches, and musical performers out at Pine Knob and Meadowbrook. Some past their prime, some still in it.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some. But never really treated it as just other people. Maybe a nod if causal. Or just regular talk if hanging out. Paid Tirico back for the drinks he bought, because I figure he gets hit up all the time by people assuming just because he's rolling in the bucks that he should buy everything. Guess I've never met that screen icon who's work I love so much that I might be nervous, or someone I thought was such a total hottie that I'd get tongue-tied. (Sigh...never met Lucy Liu when we were on campus together....)
I got to meet and quickly talk to Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger at a speaking event he was doing right after the war in Iraq had started.
I missed an invite to party with AC Milan in their hotel after that friendly game they played against Panathinaikos last year at the Silverdome when a couple of my group who were headed off in a different car had a friend who met one of the players who encouraged him to bring his group to hang out with them. Alas, we did not find out til we were already home.
I met Dick Vitale once, and saw Marcus vick at the mall when I was a student at VT.
The richest person I've ever met was David Brandon, thrice. My girlfriend at the time was in the Honor Council and organized an ethics event that Brandon was a panel speaker of. I first spoke to him before I had attached a face to his name, and cotDAMN does the man have presence.
My buddy and i were stumbling into the MGM Grand in Vegas at about 6am and Coolio was walking out with a red-haired lady who, let's just say, seemed like he paid for... My buddy says, "Hey, it's Coolio!" And i said, "NO, it's Coolio with a hooker!!" Needless to say we were wasted.
I had my shoes shined next to Brian Billick at the airport in Cleveland. I introduced myself and we started talking. Somehow I ended up telling him that i had Miami in a game the previous season against his Ravens and got burned. He said "Why?" To which i responded that i thought they had the better run game matchups, but obviously i was wrong. He proceded to tell me all about that game and the matchups and why they won in the trenches. I told him that info would've come in handy before the game, but thanks anyways - he laughed. It was a pretty cool experience.
I worked at County Stadium during high school and my job was to stock (and keep stocked) the concession stands in the bleachers. Needless to say this involved basically constantly pushing carts full of beer kegs from the cooler to the concession stands and keeping all the tappers flowing. After the game my job was to clean up the bleacher concession stands and get them ready for the next game. By the time i was done it was pretty late and i'd have a long tired walk back underneath the stadium to punch out and go home. Uecker parked his suburban somewhere so that when he was leaving he would drive right by my concession stands. One time i was finishing up and starting the walk in as he was driving by - he waved, then stopped, rolled down the window, and offered me a ride. I walked up to the window and said "Mr Eucker, i'd love a ride, but my uniform is disgusting and there's no way i can get in your nice suburban like this." He responsed, in epic Uecker fashion "Oh, believe me kid, you stink pretty bad too, and there's no way i'd have you riding in here - but if you hop on the bumper and hold on to the rack i'll take you as far as i can" - From that day on i busted my ass to get my stands done and hope i could catch another ride with Uecker. About once or twice a homestand i'd be lucky enough and after a while if he saw me he'd just stop and expect me to jump on the back of the burban. Those are times i'll never forget with Mr. Baseball.
He'd let you in the front row, did you?
once, during his daughter's graduation from Emory.
(B-52) Fred Schneider gave me a ride home from a mutual friend's apartment on W. Peachtree (Atlanta) in his yellow compact back in July 1977.
Coretta Scott King, in 1984, in a small organizational meeting.
Richie Havens held court in the lobby of the Omni-Shoreham for several hours after a performance for a volunteer org. I was with; many stories about Greenwich village/Bob Dylan/Joni Mitchell, none of whom I have ever met, and more.
Reps. Elliot Levitas and Pat Swindall (GA-4), 1984; Rep. Albert Wynn (MD-4) 1992; constituent meetings. Volunteered for later-senator Max Cleland, back when he was running for Lt. Guv/GA in 1973.
I saw George Stephanopolous going into a delicatessen in the Columbia area of DC in 1992; I didn't accost him.
In my student years, I have encountered classical musicians; it's a much smaller world. For what it's worth:
VC: Leonard Rose (after a concert, once), Antonio Janigro, André Navarra, David Soyer (Guarneri Quartet), Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma (penned some comments into a student paper I had written for a graduate Library Research class, 1990).
Other classical musicians: rest of Guarneri Quartet (Michael Tree, Arnold Steinhardt, John Daly), Jaap Schröder.
Have played in orchestras under/on same stage with others, but no one-on-one encounters.
Played against Reggie Williams and Nate burleson in high school too. We beat both their teams
Barry Sanders still owns a house in my subdivision. When I was a kid he'd jog by my bus stop daily, and he'd always wave and say good morning. He and my mom got on a first name basis, somehow, even though she always thought he was our quarterback.
All of the fan 5 in Hawaii.
Went to high school with kasey kahne. Know him fairly well.
Played basketball with Michael Dickerson.
President Obama, Charles Woodson, Coach Carr, Dick Vitale, Kirk Herbstriet(spelling?).
At the Century Tower Hotel in LA when I was out for the 1989 Rose Bowl.
Met quite a few UVA athletes during my time there, naturally, including a few pros:
- urban planning class with Roger Mason
- Heath Miller partied at our house once or twice, because one of my housemates was on the team
- played intramural softball against Matt Schaub once, and he did nothing but launch rockets over the center field fence, every time. We tied 'em, though, because his supporting cast sucked.
Also, when I was in high school I met then-Senator Spencer Abraham, which was cool. A family friend invited me to a fundraiser during his (unsuccessful) reelection campaign. Not much for a recently-graduated high school senior to do at a thing like that but it was fun shaking hands with the senator.
And I have a picture with General Petraeus. This only counts for half, really. At the Naval War College I worked in one of the secure facilities there, and it so happened that while the general was on his visit, he had one of his scheduled talks with Obama and the rest of the decision-making crew re: Afghanistan, so he used the video equipment in our office. Our boss finagled a photo op, and so we all set up in position with a spot for the general, who came up the stairs, stepped in, smiled, shook hands with our boss, and left. Meet him? Nope. Picture? Yup. Our IT got a Petraeus coin for his efforts, which got him really excited because it was huge.
I met Jason Segel in the Arena on campus about a month ago. He has been in Ann Arbor filming a movie. He was a really nice guy and sat at our table and talked to us for a while. It was also like 1:30am and he was pretty drunk at the time which might have helped.