I was on the downtown train to San Francisco and a man with a startling shock of gray hair stopped to ask me directions.I immediately recognized his gangly body and his unpretentious but inquisitive face.
He commented that the BART system couldn't compare to the New York Subway. I said something inane about how I had read his books and loved them and about how he probably didn't want … Read more »
This'll be more than six words but hopefully not by much.I briefly met the singer/actress Julie Wilson when I was in college (Nixon was president back than) and she graciously granted me time for a small interview. It helped me complete a journalism class assigjnment.
I worked briefly in journalism and did amateur acting, singing and standup comedy. I've also published a book and the only things I … Read more »
This takes me back to my college days. (I'm surprised I can remember back that far.) In one of our journalism classes, we were told that we had to get an interview with a famous person.
I was working my second food service job as a busboy in the Omaha Press Club when singer-actress Julie Wilson came in for lunch one day. Though or last … Read more »
My childhood memories include trick-or-treating in my apartment building. What made this special was that it was the home of Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West!
She was a delightful woman, approachable, friendly, and ready for Halloween candy seeking children. She would wear a costume and give candy generously.
Shook hands with JFK, never again.
Kansas (the band) came to my school earlier this fall for a concert. They had two concerts. I made all the gells and worked merchandising. I had a temporary boss named Steve who sold my small black t-shirt because we ran out. He sent one two weeks later. I got paid fifty bucks. Went to two free concerts. Went to my first (and second) concert ever. Fell in love with … Read more »
A man with a name that sounded like "Polfus" called for a piano tuning. As I pulled up in the back, an elderly gentleman with blue eyes, wild, wiry white hair, and one arm in a sling came out to greet me.
I followed him through a side entrance of a structure that may have at one … Read more »
Roger Baldwin was that spry nonagenarian who lived in the Thomas Kinkade-like cottage on the most breathtakingly beautiful pond I had ever seen. I was sure that the scenic view through the music room French doors that overlooked the trees and colorful flowers reflected in the still water, all were the source of his good health and boundless energy. I remember thinking, “If everyone had a view like this, there … Read more »
Three or four years ago, I was at the horse track in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with friends. I was sitting about 4 rows up relaxing, when I noticed this man walking through the crowd. There was simply something about the way he walked---he had a very confident stride, he was wearing a nice sport jacket over jeans and had some very cool black shades on, I just could … Read more »
In 1993 I was pregnant for the first time and was working as a choreographer at The Cleveland Play House. The company was premièring a play, and Jesse Martin was the lead character. His role called for him to sing and dance. There was nothing he could not do, or would not try. He was game. And his energy was an exuberant shout-out to being a working actor surrounded by … Read more »
This past summer , one of my life biggest goals was finally accomplished. However , before i get into what i did , let me tell you how it got there . i have been a fan of TNA wrestling sence it first began . After watching it for nearly 9 years i had to see what all the buzz was about and feel what many feel when they visit … Read more »
I didn't consider myself a Motley Crue fan, having cut my musical teeth on steady diet of Depeche Mode and The Cure, to the exclusion of most everything else. By the time my band landed in Hollywood, however, the inevitable lineup changes brought me into a circle of ex-glam rockers, and by virtue of them, I began to broaden my horizons.
After the fifteenth Sunday-night screening … Read more »
I love Forever The Sickest Kids and I was so pyched to go to their show when they came to my state. I waited in line for HOURS to make sure I got a good spot.
My friend Tori and I went walking to the bathroom when we see Kyle Burns, the drummer of FTSK (my my favorite member) standing outside the side enterence, he was on the phone … Read more »
I remember it was the Fourth of July, because I was especially pissed off to be working the cashier at the local grocery store on a holiday. Having to wear the button-down shirt and apron combination made the humid day most unbearable, even with air conditioner running. Beads of sweat formed along my hairline and lips. I felt sticky all over while scanning the next customer's items one by one, … Read more »
In the 1980’s, Illinois ranked third or fourth among states in production dollars spent in film. Much of those dollars were spent on classic 80’s movies and television shows filmed in my hometown, Chicago.
At that time, I worked in the office of a “doctor to the stars”. I arranged her confidential on-set appointments with filming actors. For about $6.00 per hour plus tales of her … Read more »
I was doing security backstage at the outdoor music venue Stubb’s, in Austin, Texas. Velvet Revolver had just started playing inside, minus Scott Weiland, as the sun started to fade over the amphitheater. Tour management, house management and security were all frantic on their radios trying find out where he was. I was standing on the sidewalk on 8th St at the entrance to the loading dock and outdoor backstage … Read more »
Standing there in section 8, i was getting pumped. demi lovato walked onto stage and i lost my voice in the first song.
she walked off stage. my friend's uncle came and got us. we walked to section 3... then the front row. the lights went off and the jonas brothers came on stage. nick jonas was standing right in front of me. i held up a poster that … Read more »
When I was 11, I went to International Gymnastics Camp in Middle-of-Nowhere, Pennsylvania.
Olympic gymnasts would come and give interviews and do exhibition routines. Sometimes, you'd get to see them train if you snuck down to the gym during rest hours.
Every night after dinner was open gym. One night, I was working on a cartwheel on balance beam when I heard a coach tell me to look … Read more »
I was in Spoonbill & Sugartown, a bookstore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when I saw Keanu Reeves. He was standing to my right. He looked dapper. Faded blue jeans. Worn boots. Blue velvety-looking jacket. Beard. Fedora. Dapper, man.
Nine months before, I'd read an interview with Keanu in some men's magazine that had taken place in a bookstore in LA. In the article, he'd recommended a book, The Elementary Particles, … Read more »
I've never been so broke, tired, hungry, and lonely in all my life. I've also never felt so fabulous. Being in New York City has this way of bringing out one's deepest insecurities and the most extreme delusions of grandeur. Lady Gaga said it best: "I used to walk down the streets of New York City every day like I was a fucking star."
I got a taste of … Read more »
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