My mother and father came up from Florida to meet my husband, Don, and me in New York City. Our trip from California was uneventful, and the hotel was cramped and small. We had an agenda full of places where we wanted to eat and things we wanted to do.
Don had gone out at 1:00 that morning to eat and listen to jazz at the Village Vanguard. The … Read more »
One thing I love about Toronto is that we don't tend to get star-struck here. Famous people live next door, take the subway, and have Toronto Public Library cards.
And we're snobs: Seeing someone like Ben Kingsley or Helen Mirren will cause a murmur on the street. We will wave at Danny Glover, 'cause he's here so often. Paris Hilton? Who cares?
But sometimes, even I … Read more »
My husband, Don, and I wanted to eat at Robert De Niro's restaurant in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City. We got there ten minutes before our reservation and decided to hit the restrooms before our meal. Don comes out of the men's room and is waiting by a pay phone. Five minutes go by, and I haven't come out of the women's side.
A gorgeous lady with … Read more »
I've always been huge Bob Dylan devotee--before this event and even more so today. I was 17 years old, babysitting for Amerika, Abbie and Anita Hoffman's toddler, while Abbie was underground. Anita invited me to a benefit concert for the Chilean leader Salvador Allende at Madison Square Garden in NYC.
After the concert, we were led backstage into a dressing room where Dylan was holding court amid Joan Baez, … Read more »
Iâ€™d better say up front that I had knocked back a couple when this incident happened. Now, I know what you're going to say, but you have to understand that I was of the age when such things were de rigueur. Besides, I was due to fly out the next day on an extended tour, and such behavior is expected.
Better start afresh. I was a British soldier stationed … Read more »
Growing up in L.A. in the '70s and '80s as a kid who loved sports, I could not help but be swept up in the drama of the Lakers. Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird is still possibly the best matchup basketball has ever had to its credit. But the ambling, goggled grace of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ensured that all playground pickup games featured the pluck and flair of the sky-hook, a … Read more »
For a small-town Arizona boy recently moved to Hollywood, getting a job at Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard was hitting the big time.
I'm totally dating myself by telling you I worked in the cassette section of the store. On one very slow night, I was working with another employee behind the counter when one of the most beautiful women I'd ever seen walked in, accompanied by a man. … Read more »
Intermission at a Broadway show. Rhea Perlman was good, and so was the guy from _Spin City,_ though the show was pretty forgettable. The title, for example, escapes me.
I'm sitting next to my brother on a bench sipping a Coke that cost too much. Danny DeVito, alone, comes around the bar with a drink and stands a few feet away.
We're tourists, a family of … Read more »
A few years back, my husband, my mother, and I had just ended a vacation in Hawaii.
There was some delay at the airport, and we waited on the tarmac for at least 20 minutes before the plane moved from the gate. All of a sudden, we heard silly giggles that we assumed came from the stewardesses. We looked up and, to our pleasure, saw Tom Selleck.
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In 1993, I was at a sweets shop on Bancroft Avenue, just across from the UC Berkeley campus, buying gifts for people I'd worked with as president of my dormitory that year. Trying to decide between pecan turtles and truffles, I became aware of another customer who had come into the shop and who was patiently waiting for me to make up my mind. I glanced at him, and offered … Read more »
On one of David Letterman's final shows for NBC, Tom Hanks shared a story about being a doorman and helping Fatty Arbuckle place his golf clubs into a cab. On the show, Hanks impersonated Arbuckle by screaming, "Stop bendin' the shafts!"
Years later, I was on a studio lot in Los Angeles, and out of a trailer came Tom Hanks. I yelled out, "Stop bendin' the shafts!" We both … Read more »
At the last U2 show I attended, in Boston, the luck of the Irish was with me. My date and I were lucky enough to be selected for special wristbands that allowed us to enter the VIP section inside the ramps. Bono, Edge, Larry, and Adam were only feet away.
At one point during the show, I noticed a guy who had walked up next to me on the … Read more »
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Everybody knew Efrem Zimbalist Jr. from his role in the 1970s TV series _The F.B.I.,_ but not everyone knew that his father was a famous violinist.
I was eating a pizza in Encino, California, and saw the actor sitting by himself. I went up to him and asked, "Isn't your father the famous violinist?" It did catch him off-guard, to say the least.
Back in very late 1991 or early '92, I found myself working part-time for a newspaper called _Long Island Jewish World._ I was asked to attend a meeting of some big-time Jewish organization in Manhattan. The featured speaker was Bill Clinton, then governor of Arkansas and one of the "six-pack"â€”the half dozen Democratic candidates running for president.
I was unenthusiastic, being a supporter of the more left-liberal Tom Harkin, … Read more »
A few years back, my parents came to New York from California for a visit. I had recently moved here from San Francisco. My parents, being your traditional-minded kind of Arabs, weren't thrilled by the idea of their daughter moving to New York City alone. Especially my dad. His last trip to New York had been in the winter of 1973 on a kind of business trip. He sold tapestries … Read more »
When I was a freshman, my high school coach took me to the 8,000-seat gym at Elkhart Central High. We watched future L.A. Laker Rick Fox battle future Seattle Sonic Shawn Kemp. A beautiful, classic gym, the kind where the incandescent yellow light of the floor barely trickles up to the dark seating high above. Late in the game, my coach turned to this 15-year-old and said, "There's no reason … Read more »
I was 14 years old, waiting for a plane at the Marthaâ€™s Vineyard airport with my friend Rachel. Itâ€™s a tiny building, and there were only two other people in the place--a man and a woman chatting together about 20 feet away from us. The woman looked familiar.
â€œI know that woman,â€ I said to Rachel.
She was slender, with good posture. My mom was a … Read more »
It's hard to believe it was me, but I had dinner at Nelson Mandela's table along with Bob De Niro and others.
Then, out of nowhere, Muhammad Ali shows up! Two of my heroes! I would have never imagined it, but yes I was there.
It was a room of bigwigs and celebs, but no one could eclipse the light and force of these two men. Nobody — … Read more »
1990, Linz, Austria. Hitler's favorite city. The Ars Electronica Festival is on, and I'm bearing witness. It's post-performance, and I sit at a restaurant table with a large group of artists, musicians, scientists, technical types who blow things up, various hangers-on, and the people who love them.
Nature calls me, and on my way to answer I note that the men's room door is open; my eye is caught … Read more »
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