Friday, January 20, 2006

Brief encounters

Five Famous People I Have Met
(and I define "met" as "briefly spoken with")

  • Fran Tarkenton - He spoke at a conference in my hometown when I was in middle school, and I chatted with him. I was a fan of the t.v. show That's Incredible, not of the Vikings.
  • Tracy Chapman - I was in charge of backstage security when she played at my college. She was very shy but very sweet.


  • Billy Corgan - I had a backstage pass to a Smashing Pumpkins concert in Chicago. He's tall. 6'5" I believe. He joked with my friend Erin that Grinnell College should be called "Grim-Hell."

  • Dennis Rodman - He came into the store where I worked in Chicago and I helped him. He was very nice, and he was with a transgendered woman.
  • Tim Roth - He came into the club where I worked in Chicago. Everyone was telling him how much they liked Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, so I told him how much I liked Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.


25 Comments:

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Tom posited...

thats impressive. ive never met anyone famous.

 
At 7:25 PM, Blogger Manda posited...

I lovelovelove Tracy Chapman.

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Carson posited...

I met Kristi Yamaguchi. She was shopping at Schaefer's grocery in Nisswa. I was stocking Coke products. I helped her put some twelve packs of root beer in her cart. She owns a cabin with her husband somewhere around there. And she seemed really nice.

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

Yeah, they used to come in Zorbaz sometimes, but I never spoke with her. I did meet her husband Brett Hedican . They have a place on Gull. I have also met Kevin McHale at Zorbaz a few times.

 
At 11:06 PM, Blogger aa posited...

my mom got hit on by some guy from cheers at the bar that is by jc pennys. not sure how i remembered that. weird.

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger Tom posited...

whatever, i think we've all used the old "you know, i was in Cheers..." on ladies at the bar... its the oldest one in the book. youre mom has been had.

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger aa posited...

nnnnooooo seriously. he was in brainerd one weekend a couple of years ago. no joke. it was in the paper (him being in brainerd) but whatevs. but the sad thing is is that i can't remember his name. meh. now that bugs me. but whatevs. it's not that big of a deal anyways.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Kid C posited...

Ted Danson. (sp?)

wv: im ldy g

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

It was John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff Clavin.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger Kid C posited...

BTW, Was Rodman actually with a transgendered woman when you met him or was that a joke?

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

He probably was.

I don't think I've ever met anyone famous... sad.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger CoachDub posited...

He really was. My boss knew her and chatted with her. She was kind of famous on the Chicago club scene, which Rodman frequented. She was quite attractive (not at all mannish) and had boobs and everything (implants, of course.) Guys were always hitting on her, but were surprised to learn that she was "pre-op," which means she still had her "man parts" tucked away down there. I remember reading an interview with Rodman the next month and the reporter asked if he was bisexual, and he said that he did not think that he was was, but he mentioned his friend in Chicago with whom he had made out a few times.

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger Christie posited...

John, I can't believe you forgot our touching encounter with Harry Caray.

 
At 8:59 PM, Blogger Carson posited...

Oh crap. I almost forgot about when I interviewed Geraldo Rivera for the Warrior Update back in 2000. He was filming a segment for his show dealing with teenage binge drinking. So I guess he just HAD to film and interview someone at BHS.

I was surprised at how nice he was. His producer told me that I probably wouldn't get any face time with him, and said he definitely would not be available until after the segment was filmed. When he arrived at the school, he immediatly gave me (and someone from the Fifth Street Journal) as much time as I needed.

Too bad he is such a douche bag on tv.

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Houley posited...

Most famous person I've met was probably the Governor :( But I like him so it's not bad.

On the other hand, I came in pretty close proximity to both Andy Roddick and Pope John Paul II. So that's not bad either.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger pkizzle posited...

Last summer I played tennis with Norm Coleman. He was pretty good, about as good as Johnny V, but I still aint voting for him.

 
At 11:46 PM, Blogger chris posited...

good job paul.

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger Tom posited...

id vote for johnny v, even though he is a ravin liberal...

 
At 1:48 AM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

Someday boys... You will know when. My name will be on the balot.

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger *Nicole Elizabeth* posited...

I met Govener Ventura and our family took a picture with him. He's huge! My mom sold Kriti Yamaguchi all the light fixtures for their cabin on Gull and once when we were in Florida my dad gave out a bunch of autographs to be funny cuz a group of Japanese tourists thought he was Steven Speilburg! lol

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger *Nicole Elizabeth* posited...

I'll vote for you Johnny if you give me free stuff like ramen noodles and poptarts... what else does a college student need?

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Johnny V posited...

Nothing.

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger Kid C posited...

He had my vote until he spelled "ballot" wrong.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Mom posited...

I would count Evan Bayh if I were you!

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Graham posited...

Would you count "asked a question to" as "met"? If so, then I've got Jesse Ventura and Paul Wellstone while working for the Fifth Street Journal in high school. I've also interviewed WInona LaDuke for the Hamline Oracle.

Also, I'm famous in my own way. Does that count?

 

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