I found Joyce McKinney in Washington Square Park with one of her famous cloned Rottweilers. She sat in an electric wheelchair and was dressed in a fringed neon pink suit jacket with a matching skirt that hung loose over her knees. Her hair was bright yellow and damaged. It was eleven at night, a Tuesday in October.
I am a huge Errol Morris fan. Three of my friends and … Read more »
I was pleased to make a larger than usual donation to the Boise public radio station in order to get an invite to the after-show meet and greet with the great Garrison Keiller. He shook my hand firmly. I froze--what could I say that didn't sound cloying and stupid? I looked him in the eye and said, "I have a new son, we adopted him straight from … Read more »
When I was a teenager back in the 1960's, I would take the bus east to Beverly Hills so that I could study at the public library there. I found more resources at this more affluent library than the one closer to my home. One Saturday, when I had finished studying, I was walking back to the bus stop for my trip home. Rather than my usual route, I chose … Read more »
We went to see Break of Noon at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, starring David Duchovny. We lived nearby and, as avid Californication fans, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Duchovny on stage.
Afterwards, we filed outside into the brisk evening air where Duchovny fans hovered nearby with cameras, excitedly awaiting his exit. The temptation to join them flickered through my mind before I dismissed it.
“I … Read more »
Back somewhere in the middle 1990s, my fraternity held our Spring formal at a Holiday Inn in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana.
It was late in the evening - more likely early in the morning. One of the ladies in our group wanted to get back in her room since her beau was busy doing "whatever" and still going strong. A few of us escorted her back to her room … Read more »
Last summer, I saw a special presentation of The Wizard of Oz. It was at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, hosted by John Waters. He was the perfect host for this movie.
After it was over, he was greeting fans and signing books. I waited in line for about 40 minutes to meet him. This was a bucket list item for … Read more »
I saw him at the grocery store. It was the day after President Obama's inauguration and spirits were high and hopeful in the progressive little college town where he and I live. Though the day meant a lot to many people, for him, I imagine it carried a more bitter than sweet significance. He was coiffed - his hair was touseled, his jeans were pressed. He looked good, maybe … Read more »
My co-worker and I had concocted a plan to go to the state fair, ride some rides, and watch our favorite band, Lifehouse, perform. I was a teenager trying to figure out life, she was a working mom, and Lifehouse was the link that kept us sane.
Once there, we did the normal fair type things: Ate junk food, rode the carousel, screamed profanities while on the thing-that-spins-you-around-so-fast-you're-sure-you'll-die. … Read more »
I had grown up singing along with the radio, buying records, going to concerts and joining choirs. I had even sung a solo in a high school concert and another at college. I never could have imagined this particular opportunity occurring.
Jim Nabors called my university's music department and asked if there were some students who would sing Christmas carols at his front door as his holiday guests arrived. … Read more »
I was a member of the college choir, and it was required of us to perform at certain fundraising events. This was a doozy. Governor Ronald Reagan was speaking, and there were Hollywood royalty in the audience along with other venerable Republicans. I, being a child of the 'Sixties as well as the child and sister of conscientious objectors, and this being the Viet Nam era, was … Read more »
So, I went to a pink floyd concert while in grad school. thought it would be really awesome to add to the experience by having a nice little mind trip. so thinking who I can ask that would be able to help me out. So I see this guy with dreadlocks walking around before the show and I go up to him and ask him if he has anything. … Read more »
Working on getting the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed, I met Alan Alda. He came out early to support women in their quest to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. There he stood, handsome, tall and quite comfortable in his skin, my favorite MASH star, once again joining a battle.
As a video producer at Syracuse University, I’ve had the fortune of meeting some famous people. These figures include actor Dennis Quaid, Shaquille O’Neal and author Joyce Carol Oates.
However, of all the public figures I have met, no one has captured my attention like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
First off, I must give full disclosure. I am no Reagan Republican; in fact I … Read more »
This year I was a seatfiller at the SAG Awards telecast. On my way out after the show, I suddenly came face to face with Mariska Hargitay. Actually, I had to look up at her - with her heels, she's about 2 inches taller than I am. I told her that I had met her mother in 1956 when I was in the Army.
I had gone to … Read more »
To this day, I can’t see George Clooney on the big screen without thinking of the boy I crushed on in the sixth grade and the nice thing he did, many years later, for a very sick girl.
I grew up in the '70s with the Clooneys in Mason, Ohio. In fact, both our families belonged to this tiny Catholic church, St. Susanna. George's dad worked the bingo every … Read more »
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATTI was a show stopper when the audience sang it at the beginning of the 2nd act of her solo show 'Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda' in Toronto (Canada). Patti had to go off stage, shake off the tears of joy and return somewhat 'composed' to carry on! She is without a doubt the epitome of a consumate performer.
After 2 hours of hilarious antics and being the Divine … Read more »
BIBLE, no! Keep trotting, don't return.
I watched John Waters eat lobster at Clem & Ursie's. The lobster looked perfectly normal. Waters' friends not so much.
I spent the summer of 2008 in New York City. I wasn't there for fun or a chance at fame, but to take care of my aunt who was dying of a brain tumor. My mother took the day shift, dutifully showing up at the hospice center in the Bronx. I had night shift, complete with a pull-out cot by my aunt's bed so I could be … Read more »
We're going to see Lombardi. I'm at the Circle in the Square box office. So is he. I'm picking up my tickets. He is too. We exchange a glance as you would when both at the wicket. I realize - it's Dan Laura - the lead in the new play Lombardi. No - he isn't a household name. But for anyone who watched TV in the 80's - he's … Read more »
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