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Old 12-05-06, 09:02 AM
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Meeting someone famous

Have any of you gotten to meet someone famous before. If so what was it for and how did you react??

Here is the thing. My boyfriends father owns a mountain bike race here in Colorado (Leadville). Well Lance Armstrong is coming to do their 100 mile mountain bike race in August 2007. This was a total surprise to us all, Chris Carmichael did the race this year and did pretty darn good, so we are thinking Chris Carmichael had something to do with Lance wanting to come. Its going to be a huge event here, they already have reporters calling etc.

Well Lance Armstrong is my IDOL!!! Yes, I love the guy. He was the reason for me to start roadbiking. I asked my boyfriend lastnight if we are going to be able to meet Lance and he believes that we will, I even said to him hey if we can't meet him then ask your dad to at least get me his autograph. Well I can't spill out all the details here cause well its the internet and there is already going to be a ton of publicity, but its going to be a great event for this small mountain town.

I'm just wondering how people have acted around other famous people. Did you keep your cool??
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that's cool! id love to be you!
our business is a popular stop for political parties so I met Al gore, he signed a newspaper article about me running the boston marathon, that was kind of neat.
I met Kerry last year, we have pictures framed in the hallway of our business with Gore and I and Kerry and I, kind of neat..
I catered for Joey Mcentire ( not sure how to spell that) new kids on the block, that was a bit boring.
I catered for April levine ( uneventful too)
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I've met and had my picture taken with Eric Vanderaerden. Also met Greg "PRIMADONA" LeMond and have a 7-11 Team muset autographed (Thank you Manard Hershon) by Davis Phinney, Dag-Otto Lauritzen and the entire 7-11 team from the 1990 Tour de Trump
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I just about knocked Jean Claude Van Damme over once. I didn't know what to say - he turned around and looked kinda annoyed. I just said "excuse me" and walked away.

I've run (not literally like "J.C." as everyone was calling him) into several other famous people unexpectedly and my reaction was always the same. You think its someone you know but just can't place where. I usually wave and say "hey" and then about 20 steps past figure it out. I actually had a brief conversation with the guy that played Oswald on the Drew Carey show (also the redneck neighbor in office space). The entire time I was going "where do I know this guy from"...

Most surreal encounter was on a cold night in Dallas around 9:30pm or so I decide to go for a walk in my neighborhood. I lived in a kind of trendy part of town with coffee shops, retail shops, restaurants, ect... It was kind of quiet at that hour. Anyway I see the familiar looking black guy walking by himself towards me. I did the "hey" and wave thing as we passed each other. He just smiled and nodded back. Half a block later I figured out it was Forrest Whitaker... Doh.
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I know most of the US don't like him but Robbie McEwan originates from my old City in Australia. I've seen him ride and training around the city often. Last year I asked for a pic with him (because my friends here in Japan don't believe me). Regardless what most say about his character he's always treated the locals back home very well.
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I don't mean to make your stories sound trivial, but I met Ben AND Jerry.
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I'm in Austin, btw. Several of my buddies and teammates have run into Lance. They all said he was very approachable, nice, and personable which suprised me a little given his rep in the pro peloton....
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Originally Posted by snowy
Well Lance Armstrong is coming to do their 100 mile mountain bike race in August 2007. This was a total surprise to us all, Chris Carmichael did the race this year and did pretty darn good, so we are thinking Chris Carmichael had something to do with Lance wanting to come. Its going to be a huge event here, they already have reporters calling etc.
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Old 12-05-06, 09:33 AM
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I don't know that this really counts because he wasn't famous at the time. Anyway, I was the head photographer for my high school newspaper and yearbook. The newspaper's sports editor was doing a story on athletes from my school who had gone on to professional careers. There weren't many, but one baseball pitcher was available to have his picture taken. He still lived in the area during the offseason and worked out at the high school track and weight room when he wasn't with his minor league club.

I was supposed to meet him that afternoon at the high school track. I showed up and there was a big, barrel-chested guy in grey sweat pants, a University of Texas sweatshirt, and a Red Sox cap (he was in their farm system). I hung out with him for an hour or so, ran the track a couple of times with him, and got some photos in the weight room. I didn't see the guy again until a year later when I was a college freshman and there he was starting a Saturday afternoon game for the Red Sox. It was Roger Clemens.
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Old 12-05-06, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by giantcfr1
I know most of the US don't like him but Robbie McEwan originates from my old City in Australia. I've seen him ride and training around the city often. Last year I asked for a pic with him (because my friends here in Japan don't believe me). Regardless what most say about his character he's always treated the locals back home very well.
I get the impression that most cycling fans in the US actually like Robbie because he's honest with the press and a complete fiend in the sprints. I get the feeling that he's not as well liked in Europe when he puts the screws to the Euro sprinters. He's one of my favorite riders, for sure.


As for meeting a celeb, I've met a few and always tried to keep it short and simple. A quick handshake and a mention of a favorite moment that they have provided usually gets a good reaction and in a few cases a nice conversation going. If you look like you're seeking an autograph or photo op, then a lot of celebs get that annoyed look.

My favorite celebrity meeting was when my dad spotted Stan Musial in the St. Louis Airport baggage claim area. Stan stopped to talk with us and then pulled a few glossy cards out of his coat pocket to sign for me and my brother. We didn't even ask! That's classy. No wonder he's "The Man."
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Old 12-05-06, 09:41 AM
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I've never really met a "celebrity." I have always sort of been weirded out by the whole "celebrity" concept. What is even more weird is how people act around celebrities. I can't see how one human being can bring themselves to grovel over another.

I remember being near the locker room after an NFL game with some friends. My friends all wanted autographs and such. I was amazed to watch all the people lose their diginity. One guy was almost crying as he told one of the players how much he loved him. There of course were a bunch of girls who were trying to get at some of the players.

ONe of the players (can't remember his name) was walking to his car and was signing autographs where a group of us were standing. He came to me and looked at me to see what i wanted him to sign. I had nothing. I didn't care. So I told him good game.

I understand the concept of autographs and the fact that it is cool to possess them mainly to impress other people, but maybe also as a hobby of collecting them. But still to me it just seems dumb. NO person is that much greater than I that I need a piece of paper with his name on it. But that's just me.

Anyway, it sounds cool snowy and I understand your excitement. I'm not taking away from that. Just making my feelings known in regard to the term celebrity.
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Old 12-05-06, 09:51 AM
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Haven't met anyone famous, just run into lots of 'em and talked to a few. Keep your cool. They're just people and if they have any kind of ego and you don't swoon, it annoys them. If they're just regular joes, then they act friendly if you're not freaking out and acting like a lunatic.

edit: To keep it bike related, I met Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride) at Toga bike shop in NYC. He was in full kit w/ his bike.
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Originally Posted by jyossarian
Haven't met anyone famous, just run into lots of 'em and talked to a few. Keep your cool. They're just people and if they have any kind of ego and you don't swoon, it annoys them. If they're just regular joes, then they act friendly if you're not freaking out and acting like a lunatic.
Yeah I won't be acting crazy or anything not like me to do that.

Its just going to be super cool no matter what. I'll be supporting my boyfriend thru the race anyhoo, but there is a medical check in and stuff that goes on behind the scenes that most racers, fans etc don't get to see and I get to be part of all of that.
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Oh..man...let's see..I've met many...working in the casino industry for the past 14 years.

The nice ones:

Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash (outside the wrestling arena) super nice guys.
Ty Herndon (country singer)
Charlie Pride (country singer)
Susan Summers
Niel Sedaka
Micheal Jordan (very briefly, but seems like a very genuine guy)
Steven Segal
Chuck Norris
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Vanessa Carlton (this was a real treat. She is so nice and sooo talented!)
Ryan Cabrerra

The not so nice ones:
Whitey Houston (the meanest nastiest celeb I've ever encountered! and this was in the pre-bobby brown days) I had the displeasure of escorting her around for an evening.
Debbie Boone
Mariah Carey (diva, diva diva)
John Starks (former NBA star) had an attitude about me not recognizing him
Axl Rose (met him briefly years ago...a total tool)

There are others...but those are the ones that come to mind.

My experience with celebrities is that the nice ones are nice in almost any situation, unless you catch them with their families or trying to just fit in and not be noticed. Hulk Hogan told me that he enjoyed talking with me, because we got on the subject of cars and didn't really talk about wrestling, hollywood etc... My advice for anyone is to act as normal as possible when interacting with celebs. Compliments are o.k. but keep them to a minimum and try not to pepper them with lots of questions unless you are engaged in an actual conversation with them. Remember, they are still just people. Wealthy, famous people, but people non the less.
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I've met many -A-List- people and lots of other B actors/musicians/athletes and such. Met many playing basketball as they're regulars. Few are/were neighbors. Couple are actually family friends. Lucille Ball was a close family friend and my father still keeps in contact with the family..knew my grandfather originally
I got to meet her at her home a few months before she died when I was in 2nd grade. She's probably the biggest celebrity I've met but I've also met Arnold a few times and Shatner and Limoy and Woody Harrelson, Snipes, Taye Diggs, Lou Ferrigno is a family -acquaintance- Stallone and his wacky mother, Troy Donahue was a friend and neighbor, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jim Brown etc..
Lots of athletes.
I wish I could meet Carl Lewis and have him sign a Santa Monica Track Club jersey. That would be the only autograph I would bother to get. Childhood hero.

My father is a self-employed plumber ..I've met about 1/3 of the celebs through him. He's also become friends with a few people through AA.

Blase.
That's the L.A. way.

I'm just as important as any celebrity. One day I'll finally live up to myself.
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I met Michael Caine several years ago really nice person.
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Originally Posted by Portis
I've never really met a "celebrity." I have always sort of been weirded out by the whole "celebrity" concept. What is even more weird is how people act around celebrities. I can't see how one human being can bring themselves to grovel over another.

I remember being near the locker room after an NFL game with some friends. My friends all wanted autographs and such. I was amazed to watch all the people lose their diginity. One guy was almost crying as he told one of the players how much he loved him. There of course were a bunch of girls who were trying to get at some of the players.

ONe of the players (can't remember his name) was walking to his car and was signing autographs where a group of us were standing. He came to me and looked at me to see what i wanted him to sign. I had nothing. I didn't care. So I told him good game.

I understand the concept of autographs and the fact that it is cool to possess them mainly to impress other people, but maybe also as a hobby of collecting them. But still to me it just seems dumb. NO person is that much greater than I that I need a piece of paper with his name on it. But that's just me.

Anyway, it sounds cool snowy and I understand your excitement. I'm not taking away from that. Just making my feelings known in regard to the term celebrity.
Pretty much agree with this sentiment. I've met a few, the most recent being Sen. McCain a couple of months ago. No big deal, really.

Snowy - just remember he puts his bike shorts on one leg at a time just like the rest of us and be yourself.
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let see, a few weeks ago i met toby todd from the candyman movies and gave him bad directions by mistake.
before that i had what was apparentanly a semi famous female body builder in my rickshaw, she told me i had a cute butt :-)

i have meet bubba ray dudley and rob van damme. and saw mike tyson get it by a car in arizona
and i have meet jenna jameson
as well as a gang load of other porn stars
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Wouldn't really call him a celebrity, but I talked to Dan Snaith of Caribou when he did a show here. I was pretty ****ing excited.
 
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I've lived a very quiet life. Before I retired from playing indoor soccer a couple years ago, we had to play the team that Richard Chinapoo was on 3-4 times each year.

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I'm INfamous.


Infamous? What does that mean - infamous?"

"Hmmm. It must mean more than famous!"

"Ohhhhh!"
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Athens is the closest bit of civilization near me. I've run into all of R.E.M.'s members on many occasions. My sister bought her last car off of Bill Barry, and Stipe is super shy and nicer than you would think.
Kenny Rogers used to live around here too, not nearly as nice as Stipe. It was a good day when Rogers' wife would come into the store I used to work in though. She could spend money like she was training for an olympic shopping medal.

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My wife works in radio, so I've met a lot of musicians. I'm really not good at small talk, so I usually just say hi. The most celebrities I've met in one place was at the grand opening VIP party for the Mohegan Sun hotel a few years ago. Celebs included Dan Ackroyd, John cusak and Neve Campbell, Rosie O'Donnell, Jennifer Love Huett (tiny), Ray Charles, a couple guys from N Sync, Peter Wolf, and a bunch of others I can't remember. All the food and drinks were free. The dinner was a family style platter on each table that consisted of lobster tails, lamb, shrimp, prime rib... It would be nice to get to live like that every day.
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I've met several famous people, and my family and friends have connections to a lot more, but it doesn't mean much to me. Famous people are still people, except that non-famous people go ga ga when they run into them.

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