Brushes with Fame

Famous peeps I’ve had encounters with over the years. Ted Turner. Fellow graduate of McCallie (but different years). Spoke at the school occasionally. Early 1990s. Said, “Uh,” a lot. Jon de Lancie (Q, Star Trek). Star Trek convention. Mobile, AL. 1994. Signed my Conversational Klingon phrasebook. Geoffrey Owens. Most notably known as Elvin on The Cosby Show. He gave a special acting workshop to my acting class at the University of Alabama. Graham Kerr (The Galloping Gourmet). Mobile, AL. 1990s. Speech and book signing. Talked a long time to Mom and Anya about his love of the South. Mr. McFeely (Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood). Rochester, NY. 2000. PBS fundraiser. Signing. Great boots! Talked a good bit about watching him as a kid. Thom Hartmann (radio personality). 2003. Worked as his producer. David Suzuki (scientist). 2003. Talked for a good thirty minutes on the phone after going on the Thom Hartmann show. Really enjoyed doing the show. Janeane Garofalo. 2003. My last act as c0-producer of Thom Hartmann was tenaciously bugging her people to get her on the show. Turned out she was a fan and readily agreed to go on. David Sedaris (author). Atlanta, GA. 2003. Speech and book signing. Had a good talk about our mutual little brothers. Wrote a dirty phrase in Portuguese in my copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day.   Jackie Chan. Seoul. 2004. Watched a movie in front of us. Shook hands and said hello. Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Foods). Seoul. Consulted on the Korea episode and hung out for two days of shooting. Eric Ripert. I hung out with him for an evening in Seoul.