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Brush with greatness

Most people know my favorite "brush with greatness" story. I was curious to hear about other peoples' celebrity run-ins.

So I'll share another one of mine:

I met Eric Stoltz on ratphooey's parents' street. We were both on our way to the wrap party for The Mothman Prophecies and he stopped to chat me up about the neighborhood and whether the locals would care that we were making so much noise. I told him they were used to it; that the South Side is a big bar & party neighborhood, but all the while, all I could think was "humminuh humminuh humminuh ..."

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ratphooey
Dec. 14th, 2003 11:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, that would about be my reaction to him, too.

Not to mention Alan Rickman. Gah.
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC)
Ah, Alan Rickman. Alan Rickman who I so often refer to as "my gay, druggie, celebrity boyfriend." Every girl needs one.

So ratphooey, you still didn't answer my question: have any brushes with greatness to share?
ratphooey
Dec. 14th, 2003 12:44 pm (UTC)
I have sold baked goods to Meryl Streep. Ran into James Earl Jones in a Vegas casino. Met Sam Waterston at a cast party.

No one needs a druggie boyfriend. Gay and celebrity, fine.
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
Sadly, "celebrity" is the only one I can't lay claim to. Druggie boyfriends? Sure. Gay boyfriends? I've had dozens (remember, I'm the girl who thought "fag hag" meant a woman who slept with gay men ... wasn't til I was in college that I found out in only meant a woman who was friends with them ...)..
ratphooey
Dec. 14th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
Bwahahah!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 21st, 2003 11:43 pm (UTC)
well michael cav benton sold ice cream to kurt cobain and courtney love
hopita
Dec. 22nd, 2003 06:29 am (UTC)
Points for gay and points for druggie, but not in the same person.

Where is Michael Cav Benton nowadays anyway?
(Anonymous)
May. 16th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Paris, France
www.benton.com
beautifulday72
Dec. 14th, 2003 02:11 pm (UTC)
Eric Stoltz is on my short list.
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 02:16 pm (UTC)
Sadly, he was attending the party because his paramour, Laura Linney, was in the movie.
beautifulday72
Dec. 14th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
Curses!
lurpy
Dec. 14th, 2003 02:48 pm (UTC)
hmmmm.....
I met Newt Gingrich and got my picture taken with him in the Atlanta airport my senior year in high school.... I'm not so proud of that. :-p

Oh yeah, and I passed Hulk Hogan the same day. I don't have much luck.

I guess the only famous people I enjoyed meeting were Moby and Dirty Vegas at the concert. oy.... I should really work on meeting good famous people.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2003 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm.....
Do musicians count? I remember when the Dead Kennedys came to Antioch and I went to a party with the next day and hung out with Klaus Flouride. He was a really down to earth guy. The amazing thing was 5 months later I was doing my co-op in San Francisco we crossed paths again. I used to "moonlight" at the Farm and he showed up and remembered me. We hung out for a little bit and he used to give me lifts home in his old beat up station wagon. We used to listen to demo tapes that he got sent and he used to ask me for my opinion. Not really big league, I know. I have met other musicians in the alternative music biz but no A-list stars. I tend to be pretty much a hermit these days.
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm.....
Musicians? Well, somewhere I have a t-shirt that all the members of Scruffy the Cat signed (maybe someone from Boston will remember them ...). I met Michele-Shocked after her concert in Atlanta in early 1989 and she signed my journal. I got to sit on stage with Sonic-Youth at a benefit concert in DC in 1990 because I was working for one of the groups they were there to benefit (and that may have been the same night when one of the guys from Fugazi gave me directions back to the Metro).

Though I suppose the two main ones are that I used to actually be friends with Art Alexakis from Everclear (he befriended me in response to a fan letter I wrote, then unceremoniously just stopped returning my calls and emails one day ... the little shit) and Liz Berlin of Rusted Root fame (we were both in Youth Cry, a student-run peace organization, when we were in high school; we both took Saturday classes at The Pittsburgh Center for the Musically Talented; her dad was the Cantor at my Grandmother's Synagogue).

And then of course all of us Antiochians of the 80s and 90s knew The Gits, at least peripherally ...
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm.....
Oh geez - how could I forget this: When I was living in Chicago, X came to town to do two nights worth of shows plus a CD-signing mini-concert thing at Tower Records. I went to the first night's show, then to the Tower Records thing the next day. At Tower, I started talking with a guy who recognized me from the night before, and he turned out to be X's roadie.

So the roadie - Wally - and I got to chatting, and it turned out that he was a student at Antioch University Los Angeles! He gave me and all my friends free tickets to the second night's show, and, in return, we brought them a bunch of screener videotapes for their tour bus (we all worked at Facets Multimedia).
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 04:37 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm.....
Why do I have it in my head that you not only met Moby, but took a shower with him as well ...?
lurpy
Dec. 14th, 2003 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm.....
Well, probably because shortly after I met him, I had a dream that I showered with him. And I'd like to add that it was one of the most erotic dreams I ever had. ;-) He's lots more attractive in person than he is on tv.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 14th, 2003 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm nor sure of this counts, but I'll post it anyway.

When I was working as a cashier at Giant Eagle, Mr. Rodger's came through my line (I was working the so-called 6 Item Express). He said that I was a very friendly neighbor.


--Alan
hopita
Dec. 14th, 2003 08:09 pm (UTC)
When I was on co-op in DC, I met Mr. McFeeley at the National Zoo. He was doing a meet-and-greet thing, and I got an autographed picture. I think I was the only non-child/non-parent in line.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 15th, 2003 07:42 am (UTC)
Brush with fame
My first co-op from Antioch College I taught at the Jordan Glen Schoo (http://www.jordanglen.org/) in Archer, FL. I helped out with the 5th - 8th grade group mostly since I actually knew math and science (apparently most people who cooped down there in the past didn't. Seeing as science majors at Antioch were few and far between this was no surprise). In this age group were three rather dynamic siblings, Summer, Liberty and Leaf. I didn't learn their last names for a little while, and I heard mention from some of the other kids that their 'older brother' was picking them up in his jeep, but never connected this until I learned their last names, and that they were all actors. It was Phoenix.. as in River Phoenix. I never met him (though I had several opportunities but it just never naturally happened) but met all the rest of his family, including his sister Rain who I had a tremendous crush on. Leaf, who now goes by Joaquin, was someone I delt with every day, though he was kind of a pompous and annoying 8th grader. Summer and Liberty were younger and very creative and fun kids. It still blows my mind to think they are all out of college now. I'm old.

I've met Ani Difranco and Dar Williams and both have said my name on stage thanking me for organizing the concert for them. Dar even said "Matt Baya.. is it BAY uhh or BUY uhh.. (crowd yells).. ah ok.. Baya like Baez, Cool." :) I should get an mp3 of that. I passed up the opportunity to get stoned with Ani after her second show at Antioch. There are dozens of other folk musicians I've met but on the grand scale of thing I guess they aren't 'famous' per se. (Though I have met and still e-mail with Jim Infantino, aka Jim's Big Ego lead singer, which isn't as obscure as I thought since Hope had listed them on her 'im listening to now' list)

Oh and I went to high school with Ricky Lake (I was a year or two behind her though so I cant really say I met her directly.) Her younger sister Jenny was in my class, and, as kids do, since her last name was Lake kids called her Puddles way back in grade school, a nickname that would cruely follow her through high school.

I know I'm forgetting other times. Um and who is Eric Stoltz?

-Matt (http://matt.baya.net/)
hopita
Dec. 16th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)
Re: Brush with fame
Eric Stoltz

humminuh humminuh humminuh ...
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