It was the early Spring of 1990, Waldenbooks, Hollywood. A tall, ginger-haired but graying gentleman and his short blond wife came in and purchased some book or another. I happened to be one of the two employees at the checkout, and the couple came to my register. We exchanged the usual pleasantries, during which time I noticed that both he and his wife had strong Jewish-American accents—a favorite of mine. … Read more »
On a Friday night in September my wife and I went to New York City to see our twin girls who had recently started their first semester at NYU. Thankful for finding a parking spot, we pulled directly in front of Founders Hall, the 26 story modern residence hall near to Washington Square Park, the famous arch, and the East Village. As I pushed the car windows down, Avanty, … Read more »
My name is Jarod Brice Evans I go by Brice and this is my "Brushes With Fame" story: (After my girlfriend did a search for her Dad after 22 years of not knowing him she found that he lived in L.A. So, this past summer we flew there to meet up with him. He showed us an unforgettable week and in that week we just so happened to run into … Read more »
So close, so vulnerable, so strong.
A high school friend with whom I later worked at a bank in Baton Rouge related a story to me years ago. Suzanne was traveling with her husband, T.J. Before their trip to the Los Angeles area, a friend told her that one of the best places to spot celebrities is some bakery where the cheesecake was apparently commissioned by God.
They parked up the street a … Read more »
My boss, his wife, my ex, and I were in LA a couple of days early for a bank conference. We rode around the Hollywood Hills getting looks at interesting homes, some occupied by celebrities. As we went around a curve, Russ' wife, Margie, noticed a man in a suit and a loosened tie rolling his garbage cans down to the end of his driveway. When she … Read more »
Saturday June 22nd I got up early to attend the Official 50th Martin Luther King Jr. anniversary Commemoration Freedom Walk on Woodward Ave. in Detroit, Michigan. I was not walking, but rolling in my Power wheelchair. I was right behind the march banner with all the march leaders, but it got so crowded and I was not comfortable with that many people all around me. I decided to leave … Read more »
Studying in London in 2012, I saw more than 20 theatre productions. After the tickets were bought for the West End production of Uncle Vanya, by Anton Chekov, playing at the Vaudeville Theatre, my friend Lala informed me that we were going to meet Samuel West, one of the actors in the show. A theatre professor from her home institution had previously worked with him and asked him if he … Read more »
It was May, 1995, and I was flying home from JFK to LAX - a trip I took about 6 times a year. As I was rushing for my seat at the last minute, I noticed a body in First Class, all covered up with 2 blankets.
I didn't think much of it. I made friends with my business class flight attendant, as I often do, … Read more »
On the passing of Rex Trailer and the day the Smith's and Piermarini's went to Boomtown. Yup you can hear the song and see the kids waving. We headed out on one foggy morning towards the city via RT9 and the fog was so bad my mom or aunt stop the car and got out to check the road. Yup driving on the wrong side of the road - it's … Read more »
So, recently I attended the Dish Network Summit in San Antonio. They always plan great entertainment for the event and this year was huge. Oprah, Bill Engval and Train. I joked with everyone before I left for the Summit that I was going to meet Train (never actually thought I would). So, the night of the event, I dolled up in my LBD (just in case) and was waiting … Read more »
On a nice spring day in Austin, Texas last year I almost gave my life, albeit involuntarily, to my country. After a long day of work I stumbled through my front door, dragged myself to the shower and revitalized just enough to catch a glimpse of some commotion outside my apartment. Being twenty stories up, I rarely have to worry about outside interference or disruptive noise, save that … Read more »
Yes, another Jesse James spotting in downtown Austin. I realize what you are saying, "Jesse James, big deal, woohooo, Mr. Tattoo'd Attitude and debatably America's most hated male (as a result of his Sandra Bullock issues). There he was in flesh and ink, the modern day outlaw, Jesse James. Pressed dickies, work shirt, hat pulled down on top of his slicked back hair and tattoos for skin. … Read more »
My boyfriend and I were seeing the Broadway show "The Mystery of Edwin Drood". During intermission, we discovered that my long-time celebrity crush and acting inspiration, Michael Emerson, was in the audience. I was frantic to find him. During curtain call, Jordan and I ran to the lobby to find him, and with amazing luck, we spotted him. When I first approached him, I found myself blabbering on and on … Read more »
1994, Fox Theater.
I got a job helping the catering lady in the hopes of getting backstage access.
Eddie Vedder walked in the room, just like a normal person. So I got a cup of coffee, walked over, sat down at his table and acted like I was supposed to be there. Then I noticed that he and I were wearing matching navy corduroy — his jacket and my … Read more »
Walking out of my dorm room at Westfield State University, in MA, Danny Glover was sitting on a couch talking to some other VIPs of the college in the common area. I was with my roommate and we were busy with our own conversation when Mr. Glover and I made eye contact. We made it all the way to the door before I turned around to look at him and … Read more »
“Because when you spill it, it doesn't smell like piss when it dries."
That's why he's buying expensive imported beer instead of some cheap domestic. He wants to explain. He cracks open two bottles and hands me one. His cat eyes are deep black, with huge round pupils. Who knows what he’s swallowed. His girlfriend massages bleach into the sheared hair on either side of his tall lacquered mohawk. It’s … Read more »
I was walking down a local Mall, and walking in the opposite direction was a man with a pram. I thought that I recognized his face...then it clicked he was Richard Marchenko, the former Navy Seal and author of many novels. I whipped around and approached him, asking if he was Marchenko.
"That's what they tell me." He drolly replied.
I told him of my Magazine articles, and asked how … Read more »
I was on the 7 PM American Airlines flight from JFK to LAX on Valentine's Day 1996. I was in the front aisle row of Business Class and had a clear view of First Class where Alec Baldwin was traveling with his wife Kim Basinger, their nanny and 3 1/2 month old baby Ireland. Kim seemed to be exhausted - she was curled up with a long … Read more »
As I entered my favorite little country store, I could tell that something unusual was going on. Two men in suits were standing on either side of the door and a classy luxury car was parked out front. The owner of the store looked at me and pointed down the center aisle. Phil was smiling, so I let my curiosity lead me in the direction he … Read more »
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