Truthful Tuesday — Famous Encounters

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…

With the exception of an autograph table at a concert or book signing, have you ever met anyone famous? Were they anything like what you expected?

Back in 1985, I was in Los Angeles on business and after my meeting ended, I went to the parking garage to get my car and to head to the airport for my flight back to Boston. There was a man standing in front of me waiting for his car and he looked very familiar. I must have been staring at him and was about to ask him if he was OJ Simpson, who, at the time, was well known for being a college and professional football star and for running through airports in Hertz rental car commercial. But before I could get the words out, he looked at me, smiled, and said, “Yes, I’m OJ. Do you want my autograph?”

“Sure,” I said. I opened up my briefcase, pulled out a notebook and handed it to him. He asked me my name and then he wrote a personalized note to me and signed it.

Wow, what a great guy OJ Simpson is, I thought. Then his Bentley pulled up and he stepped inside and was about to take off. “Wait, OJ!” I shouted. He lowered the window and looked at me. It was a few weeks before the Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the Chicago Bears and I asked him who he thought would win. He said, “Bet on the Patriots,” and then raised his window and pulled away.

I did bet on the Patriots. The Bears won big! Thanks a lot, OJ. Thanks.

And then nine years later this incredibly nice man stabbed his wife to death.

11 thoughts on “Truthful Tuesday — Famous Encounters

  1. Marleen October 13, 2021 / 6:27 am

    I’ve met quite a few famous people. But meeting them doesn’t necessarily give you enough information to see how they “are” I’d say. All of these famous people were friendly and smiling… Bob Hope, Evel Knievel, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Travino. More.

    I’ve also gone to events along the lines of book signings, but I’ve never paid for an autograph (nor bought a book to get one). I’ve had some famous autographs, and I’ve shaken famous hands, and I’ve gotten pictures of famous people posing with me in my everyday life. I’ve additionally run across famous people and not “met” them even though I could’ve imposed myself; Steve Martin in Hawaii comes to mind.

    All that said, I was quite young when I met John Glenn. I don’t know what I would’ve expected. I’m sure I didn’t expect anything. I learned his name that day. My mom recognized him waking on the same gravel pathway as we, but in the opposite direction, at San Juan Capistrano, and said hello. He struck me as especially pleasant and happy. He seemed warm and welcoming (and perhaps glad to be noticed although I might be going too far to say that). I think a lot of people are too awestruck, in general. Sadly, I easily could’ve met one of my favorite front men for a band. I, in fact, walked right past him — RIGHT past him such that I had to try and not bump him — to get to the bathroom (and he was gone when I got out). It’s very unusual for me to HAVE to get to the restroom, but I’d been drinking (and jumping up and down for at least an hour).

    Oh… and I got Covid-19 from shaking hands at a meet-n-greet. Ha-ha-ha…

    This was as I expected, once I saw the man’s face. I immediately thought, He doesn’t really look well. But this was very early on, and I didn’t put two and two together.

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    • Marleen October 13, 2021 / 9:48 am

      So I mentioned Hawaii and California. All the other instances I referenced were in Missouri (one of the musicians is from LA, and seemed to want to meet me, and the other musician [the one who made me sick] is from NYC and is pretty uptight even in interviews). Oh! I also met a briefly m-famous (although I had never heard of home) Christian rock singer in Florida (I don’t know where he’s from); I enjoyed him very much, as did my kids.

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      • Marleen October 13, 2021 / 9:53 am

        Corrections: “… briefly-famous … (… heard of him)”

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  2. Melanie B Cee October 13, 2021 / 11:38 am

    Goodness! Yeah, that whole OJ thing was surreal, because he seemed very placid and nice. There are still a lot of people who buy the conspiracy theory that surrounded that murder, but OJ’s subsequent actions and incarceration always made me wonder if the nice guy was a carefully maintained facade. I’m glad you got to meet him ‘before’ all that! Very nice!

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