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True story: I was once fixed up with Anthony Weiner by a mutual friend. This was pre-scandal, pre-Huma, when he was just a very ambitious Congressman (the mutual friend no longer speaks to him, as you might imagine). The friend threw a dinner party, the sole purpose of which was to get us together. It did not go well. Your turn.

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 174 Comments

174 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    Ooooh. That’s a good one!! Dodged a bullet there.

    Mine: I took and passed the FBI exam. And then I turned down the job in the Intelligence BRanch. Why? Because I needed to move and would be away from my (dumb) boyfriend (wah). Explaining it to my (very upset) dad, I just said I wasn’t sure I wanted to work in a place that locked up the trash. Ahh to be young and dumb!

    • Nicole says:

      Branch* even. I’m so smart, clearly.

    • N.C. says:

      While going to design school in the early 90’s, fresh out of high school, I answered a listing posted on a 3×5 card looking for a part-time wardrobe stylist. Still pretty committed to my punk/ goth image, I spent the better part of the next year dressing Dr. Dre, Snoop, Coolio, Warren G, Nate Dogg and their friends. It was an awkward fit for sure, but they were all great to me. I gave up the gig when a production company took two months to pay me- flexibility wasn’t necessarily my strong suit back then.

  2. Hick from Styx says:

    French chef Jacques Pépin once asked for a lift in my car. He was in town giving a cooking presentation. I warned him that the car was an old beater, but he didn’t mind. He was very nice and down to earth.

    Several months later, the front axle broke. A friend (big fan of M. Pépin) tried to convince me not to have it towed to the wrecking yard but alas, it had to be done.

    • Mimi says:

      A friend of mine had an affair with him in the 70s. She was single and her eyes were wide open. She knew he had a girl in every port and understood that she was “Los Angeles,” the woman he’d get together with when he was in town.

  3. c.w. says:

    I only say this because I now have a different name and because the guy is probably dead––I once dated an older man (when I was very young and lived in NYC) who was, as I found out later, mob connected (and I can’t reveal how I found that out, but it scared the bejesus out of me). He used to send a car to my apartment to pick me up and wined and dined me in dark Italian restaurants at tables full of men. He sent me flowers and dresses, but he never even tried to kiss me. When I gave him a rude brush off (remember I was very young) he became enraged and I ended up moving to a different part of the city. In hindsight it’s a wonder I survived my youth AT ALL.

  4. caro says:

    I was Rick James’ first collaborator for his memoir. It was my first professional writing project. Before he hired me we spoke briefly on the phone. HIs only question was, “what star sign are you?” I told him “Gemini,” and he said, “I don’t work with fucking Geminis.” Luckily he still hired me and we actually had a great time collaborating. He died while the project was still unfinished, though the book was eventually published years later, and another writer got the credit.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I worked in LA in the film industry throughout my 20’s in the 90’s. Occasionally when I was in between productions I would temp at places like New Line on Robinson (always a blast!) or on the lot at Paramount where I witnessed many of Scott Ruden’s legendary tantrums. What most people don’t know is that once for 3 weeks I temped for Larry Flynt at his offices in Beverly Hills. When my agent called and asked me if I would consider it I was so curious that I didn’t hesitate. He was the nicest and most respectful man as was everyone who worked there. Compared to my other experiences during that time working in the industry Larry Flynt Publications was extremely professional and respectful to the people who worked there – I cannot speak for the models- just those in the executive offices. It was quite a contradiction to the crap going on in Hollywood then and now. Makes me wonder if he just knew better – having already weathered hundreds of law suits.

    • jen says:

      i did the same in sf. temping in the 90s was awesome. i worked for danielle steel for a week or so

    • Anna says:

      I had a similar experience with Ice-T in the early 90s.

      My boss that introduced us treated women like second-class citizens but Ice-T wouldn’t have any of it and was so respectful and kind and treated me like professional even though I was fairly inexperienced in my field. I’ve been a fan ever since.

      On a side note, on the way up to Ice-T’s house that day Paul Newman and I exchanged glances and nods at a red light.

  6. Julie says:

    This may be my favorite comment thread of ALL TIME.

  7. Bex says:

    I grew up in a cult-like fundamentalist-evangelical church and escaped by the skin of my teeth. When I tell people this, they respond, “But you seem so normal!” HA! Anyway, I occasionally blog about my experiences in the fun-house at http://www.normalisnotanoption.blogspot.com, if you’re curious.

    If we’re talking about celebrity encounters, I have three: I attended Studs Terkel’s 90th birthday party, I once talked to Liz Phair’s dad on the phone (he’s a doctor and was a reviewer for the medical journal where I worked), and I had a nice long chat with Kelly Deal of the Breeders at a knitting and yarn convention in Minneapolis. She’s super friendly.

  8. Jackie says:

    Whaaaa?!! This is not nearly enough information! What happened? What did you think of him? Please tell us the salacious details are in your book!

  9. DeDe says:

    Reince Priebus got a friend of his to write a hit piece on me for our college newspaper once. It’s a long story.

    Also: I had to repeat first grade.

    • DeDe says:

      On a more positive note though, I’ve had two (2) Lynda Barry encounters and was also friends with a cousin of hers for awhile. It’s one of the advantages of living in WI – there’s a decent likelihood that you’ll just randomly run into her somewhere!

    • Snevhead says:

      I would actually love to hear that story!

    • Tammy says:

      This Wisconsin gal loves your Priebus story. I would love to read the LONG version. Once a dick, always a dick, no?

      • DeDe says:

        For sure. I can’t tell the whole story because it involves too much biographical information for my comfort, but I can tell you he had a reputation for extreme dickishness back then, so much so that my now-husband and his friends used to call him Reince Penis.

        I can also share that during my freshman year of school he had a crush on this one friend of mine who was remarkably beautiful (and not at all conservative). She was completely unimpressed and thought he was pathetic. One time we were walking down a sidewalk someplace on campus and he pulled up in his car (which I think was a BMW or something like that, actually – so ostentatious for rural WI!) and was just mooning over her like an idiot. She mocked him relentlessly afterward. It was pretty much the best.

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      I just watched your Instagram story, DeDe, and it’s amazing! You are badass!

  10. Kelly says:

    This post is seriously the best! Bwah ha ha ha (although what’s going on with his lips in that picture — his mouth looks strangely…um… anal? He is really the embodiment of creepiness. Wowzers.

  11. Francine says:

    I am a Brady Bunch nerd. I have most episodes hard wired in my brain.

    When I was a kid growing up in No. Hollywood, my mom had a part-time job working in the coat department at Bullock’s. One evening, Maureen McCormick (!) and her mom came in to buy a coat. My mother charmed them both and came home with an autograph! A few days later, Maureen’s mom called OUR HOUSE and invited us to the studio to watch a day of filming. This was towards the end of their run (think cousin Oliver). We met all the kids while they were in their little “school” tutoring rooms. Maureen was wearing this long, hippie style skirt and the coolest wedges I’d ever seen. I will never, ever forget how kind she was – so pretty, so sweet. I was just this starry-eyed kid of 7 or 8. Made such an impact.

    Perhaps a year before that, my aunt worked at Security Pacific Bank, across from Columbia Studios. She met Shirley Jones one day and told her how her nieces, daughter LOVED the Partridge Family. Sure enough, we were invited to spend the day on set too. Everyone was really nice. I recall meeting David Sherman. David Cassidy was much smaller than I’d imagined. But a great smile and just nice, nice.

    Might as well stop there because little else has compared!

  12. Sylvia Sichel says:


  13. Mary Alice says:

    When I was 10 years old, I was one of those Kids Say The Darndest Things on the Art Linkletter Show. They picked me up in a limousine at my grade school and we were given a tour of CBS studios and a fancy lunch. We were ushered into a room to meet Mr.Linkletter before the taping and he was very, very kind and charming. I managed to avoid humiliating my family on national television and went home with a Samsonite suitcase.
    I immediately retired from show business as there was no way to top that experience.

  14. Trish says:

    I’m going to steer this away from celebrities met. My interesting fact is that I was shot by my ex-husband over 30-odd years ago in the chest. Still have the bullet inside my chest.

  15. Cara says:

    A Venitian gondoliere tried to extort money from me and a group of strangers. Middle of the Grand Canal, November, after dark. No one near us. I got them to sing songs to keep the panic down and to foster a sense of “we are in this together”. I had read this in a novel years ago. He gave up and rowed us to the other side.

  16. Mae says:

    I can burp the National Anthem!

  17. y.k. says:

    In ’87 or ’88, Pierce Brosnan asked me to dance, this was @ the Limelight, & before his Bond days, but during his Remington Steele days. I remember being unimpressed b/c i was very antiTV back then.lol.

    and as long as we’re on this topic, i read recently that Jake Tapper went out on a blind date w/ Monica Lewinsky before her thing w/ Bill.

    yes – this is really fun thread.

  18. Carol says:

    Long ago and far away I was visiting a friend at his studio space in a building in downtown Minneapolis. As I was waiting for the rickety elevator this guy came out of another studio and we started talking. At this point in my misspent youth I had a particularly high opinion of myself so when this very sweet and respectful but really short and slight guy asked me out I said…and I cringe at the memory…”What would make someone like you think someone like me would go out with him?”
    Yes….it was Prince.

    • Jana says:

      Carol–WHAT?????!!!!! Prince is my ultimate. What year was this? Was he as tiny as people say? Handsome/pretty? Charismatic?


    • Emily says:

      This is beyond awesome!

    • sylvia sichel says:

      I am FREAKING out!!! Prince is the one. That line you gave him captures the era, your age, just everything perfectly. Love this story. Also, p.s. I know someone who had sex with one of my male idols (and the subject of many an erotic fantasy in my 20s) and the reality did not live up to the fantasy. Although, I cannot malign Prince now or ever and am sure he would have lived up to any reputation… what if he didn’t? That would have been a sad story indeed.

    • y.k. says:

      zinger of a story!

  19. Lesley says:

    Though the people in my life know me as 1. risk averse and 2. completely unsentimental, I 1. am a certified scuba diver and 2. I bawl nonstop at operas and musicals, even if they are terrible or schmaltzy. There’s something about that music connected to a story that just pushes all the buttons deep in my amygdala…I attended an opera with an acquaintance that I didn’t know very well once and I think she was looking for the exit as soon as the waterworks started rolling…

  20. Melissa says:

    One of my first jobs out of college was in the TV research department (ratings and such) at the Samuel Goldwyn Company on Santa Monica Blvd. in L.A. One of our shows was Body By Jake (remember him?). He used to call me from his car phone (what cell phones were called in those days) and ask me what the numbers were for the morning show–all while swerving to avoid hitting people in parking lots (maybe he was joking about that). I also opened so-called fan mail addressed mostly to Jake’s “Jake-ettes,” from people in prison who were a little overeager to meet them.

    In fourth grade I was first violist in Mac Davis’s Christmas special.

    Like Mary Alice above, I retired from show business because I wasn’t going to top these experiences.

  21. Caroline says:

    These are fantastic!
    I was once asked out by a radio city Christmas elf. Does that count?
    He didn’t want to discuss his work…😂
    And that naturally is all I wanted to discuss!
    He wasn’t even terribly short. But I just couldn’t..

    Did you see the Anthony Wiener documentary?

  22. c.w. says:

    One of the best threads ever.

  23. Linda Boardman Kerr says:

    I dated Shel Silverstein. Chicago, early 70’s. He was a lot of fun!

    • Cassandra says:

      Shel Silverstein?!?!?! I know nothing about who he was as a person, and so it makes me happy to hear that he was a lot of fun.

      • Beatrice says:

        Shel has really been getting to me lately. Those poems are ABOUT something and, marvelously, can be read on so many levels. Think Hungry Mungry: the end when he’s gnashing his teeth in the blackness because there is nothing left to eat. Its chilling and relatable, from pure existentialism to the self-loathing of filling the void with food. He ate the U.S. army!

    • Mamavalveeta03 says:

      Did he speak poetically?

    • Kristina says:

      What?!?! Shel Silverstein is the ultimate. I loved him as a kid and I love him now as an adult reading to my kids. So great.

  24. Tammy says:

    Basketball star Larry Bird bought me a drink and hit on me in a bar. He had to ask his buddy for $3 to buy my beer. Not the most handsome man.

  25. Danna says:

    I accidentally/unintentionally stole a car when I was fourteen.

    • Michelle says:

      Err, what?? Details on this one too, please!

      • Danna says:

        Ha, It wasn’t meant to be grand theft auto it was more of a lark/joy ride but… a group of friends and I were hanging out in our neighborhood when a guy friend drove up in his VW beetle, which happened to be a stick shift. This was back in the 70s (yes, I’m old) so a lot of cars were stick shift. I’m pretty observant and a quick learner so I got the basics of the clutch/shift/gas from watching other people drive. At some point, the owner was out of the car and a friend and I were in the car (me in the driver’s seat) and he jokingly said Go ahead and take my car for a spin, and my friend was like Yeah do it, do it. I started it up, did everything right with the clutch/shift/gas/steering and away we went! OMG I’ll never forget watching him in the rearview mirror running after us, and the look of shock and horror on his face. I’m sure he thought his car would end up smashed to bits. Anyway, we drove around our neighborhood for about 30 minutes before returning. He was pretty panicked when we got back but calmed down once he saw that the car was OK.

        In hindsight, it probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do since his dad was a state cop. Oops. Luckily he didn’t call his dad though.

  26. Heather says:

    Gosh, so many, but:

    * In grad school I was a backup dancer for my friends’ drag king show. They did a Backstreet Boys/NSYNCH (sp? isn’t there an asterisk in there?)-focused act.

    * In my late 30s I was just out of a 5-year relationship with someone I’m pretty sure was asexual – he didn’t even touch me for the last 2 years we were together, which is the longest I’ve ever gone without sex since I started having it, and of course he made that my fault (emotionally abusive). Anyway, just after it ended I had a brief affair with a well-known art dealer. He must’ve been 30 years older than me (I never asked), and was bald and very hairy, but a good lover. Though it fizzled out, I’m grateful to him for making me feel desirable again. We still keep in touch occasionally.

  27. Jill says:

    I was working in publishing in Berkeley, and met s cute neighbor in my Oakland neighborhood who I dated. He happened to be a mechanic at the bike shop across from the Hells Angels clubhouse. Two years later I was engaged to a member, living in my all-women publishing world by day, in their fast and crazy world at night. It all ended with me testifying against him in court. I wrote about all for Narratively a few years back!

  28. merciblahblah says:

    I just want to reiterate what others have said – BEST THREAD EVER. I LOVE reading everyone’s stories. Sadly, I have never met anyone famous, but I HAVE met and chatted with a serial killer.

    In high school my friends and I used to hang out at the Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill trolling for clothing (circa the Pretty In Pink era). In one corner of the flea market was a shop called Bob’s Bizarre Bazaar, and the owner had all kinds of interesting jewelry and African-inspired masks on the walls, and we stopped in whenever we were there and would ask him about his wares. He was pleasant.

    In the late 80s in Kansas City, a young man was found naked with a dog collar on after he escaped from the home of Bob Berdella, who had imprisoned and tortured him. It was discovered he did the same to several young men in the area, killing at least 6 of them. Bob Berdella was the owner of that shop that we frequented.

  29. deenie says:

    wowzers, these are great stories. I haven’t had any interesting gigs or dated anybody exciting. I got nothing really.

    Once, over 20 years and 20lbs ago, John Slattery, hit on me walking down the street. He has been my boyfriend in my head ever since.

    About 10-12 years ago, Jeffrey Wright tried the same thing.

    Now I only get hit on by 80 year old cheapskates. Luckily for me I’m happily married.

    Keep the stories coming!

  30. Karen says:

    Things you’d never guess about me…. I went to conservatory and studied classical piano, so of course rather than pursue that talent, I became a lawyer (I know!! — *rolls eyes*) and specialize in writing prenups — and yes, have done so for many famous clients but would lose my license to practice law if I told you their names!

  31. jen says:

    I read over 310 books last year (that’s what I ordered from Amazon, no telling what library books I also consumed). Most of them are totally trashy which I enjoy immensely. It takes me about 2 hours to read a 300 page book. No, I’m not a speed reader. I just really like to read.

  32. Amy in StL says:

    I once considered a career in Newsradio. I worked in the largest AM News radio station in a medium market and did the overnight news and excelled at being the director for the midday and sometimes the drive time shows – busier than a one-armed paper hanger and doing it all well. I had hoped to do well there and then use my contacts to move to a larger market. I met all kinds of people coming through for interviews and people recognized my voice when I went to the grocery store. They offered to fire one of the full time directors and give me his job and I turned it down because it doesn’t pay well. I had an engineering degree and didn’t want to be poor anymore. I’m now a faceless under-achieving scientist for the federal gov’t who is happy squirreled away in my cube not doing anything exciting.

  33. Achariya says:

    I feel like it would be cheating to say “I’ve met a number of hall-of-fame hockey players” because it’s just kind of my job. 😀

    Everyone’s stories are inspiring, though. Now I’m going to be suspicious of every person I sit next to on the plane. “Are you a serial killer? Have you also dated Monica Lewinsky?”

  34. jenny says:

    This is so fun, but I don’t have time to read it much of it now. hmm. I went out on 2 dates with William Kennedy Smith AFTER his scandal. I knew him from post-baccalaureate school, but, I’d run into him and he was so flirty. Honestly, mostly it was my psychoanalyst who encouraged me to go out with him to get me back into the dating scene after my divorce. Th dates were okay, despite his narcissism. I was so nervous initially that I was shaking, and when I was took a shrimp off a skewer at Le Colonial, it flew across the table into his lap. hahaha.

  35. jenny says:

    sorry for the typos.

  36. Candace says:

    Mine is not glam but very unlikely: I was curator of the Kentucky Derby Museum.

  37. Leah says:

    In the early 80’s, my then husband and I owned and operated a home party business that sold sex toys – Fuckerware instead of Tupperware. I’m a CPA and when the local newspaper wrote an article on us, the managing partner wanted to fire me and have my designation revoked.
    P.S. Love reading everyone’s stories!

  38. Christiana says:

    I once was on stage with Slayer and Sepultura in Paris.

  39. Shannon says:

    I went to interview for a job with the head of Warner brothers records back in 1990. The office was in Burbank, CA, and during the interview the guy (cannot even remember his name) showed me his huge bathroom where he had autographs on the wall from all the big music people including Michael Jackson, U2, etc. all I could think of was, why the bathroom, why not somewhere better? I didn’t get the job, kinda glad. My next job interview that week involved driving near Dodger stadium — ran into a bunch of policemen on a street with their rifles and guns out as they headed toward a house —they told me to leave ASAP! I did! Good thing I was young, none of those things seemed overly odd at the time,

  40. tara says:

    One of my first jobs out of school was working as a road manager for a dance music artist. I had only been on the job for a month or so when we did a promo tour in Europe and got to fly via private plane (in and out of London) to each event. German variety shows are very odd. Just FYI 😉 They also co-hosted awards show so I got to handle a stunning couture gown for the first (and only) time.

  41. pamela says:

    Working the street (yes – I was a prostitute) in Anaheim in the 70’s I got picked up by “Goofy” from Disneyland – in his convertible, top down, costume in back seat. As we chatted and drove (him bragging about his job) I was smoking and tossed the cigarette out……..straight into the back seat and onto his costume. We didn’t notice until the flames came roaring up. Need I say my “date” went no further? 🙂

  42. dana says:

    Years ago, I was at a show at the Ritz, and for whatever reason my friend and I ended up in the VIP lounge. I went into the bathroom to pee, and as I was washing my hands, Joey Ramone stumbled in. He whipped it out to pee and while still peeing, asked if I wanted to give him a blow job. I did not, so I turned him down politely and scurried out.

    • Mary Alice says:

      A friend’s husband played keyboard for the Ramones when they toured, and from what she’s told me, your story sounds about right.

  43. Cory says:

    In the late 90’s I spent an amazing summer hanging out with some new friends, going to Bar d’O every Wednesday. They were academics and cultural writers, so smart and witty and fun and loved how I felt hanging out with them. Fast forward a few years, we didn’t see each other as much and lost touch. Then in 2005 I was on my way to lunch and was shocked to see the guy’s picture on the cover of the Post because he had gone off the deep end in a horrible way – it was Peter Braunstein aka the “Fire Fiend”.

  44. Gables girl says:

    My job has allowed me to meet a lot of cool politicos–both Clintons, Obama, supreme court justices, governors, the Dali Lama. My favorite encounter was Secretary of State Madeline Albright. I was wearing a beautiful Tiffany brooch I inherited from my desceasd mother and she went out of her way to compliment it. This from the woman with a huge pin collection!

    • Margaret says:

      I was at an FAO party Madeline Albright attended once and she was wearing an ear of corn pin (which was nearly the size of an actual ear of corn) It took up nearly half her torso. She is so tiny!

  45. Claude says:

    Also not celebrity-related, but I served on the jury as an 18-yr-old on the first capital murder case after New York reinstated the death penalty.

  46. I have spoken on the phone to an astronaut on the Space Shuttle. I was standing in a friend’s house at the time in Sugar Land, Texas. Her best friend was married to the astronaut and he was calling to thank them for some pastries her chef husband had sent up on the shuttle.
    The connection was a tiny bit delayed but otherwise it was a plain old phone conversation on a plain old phone.
    Celebrity wise I seated Rod Stewart and Kelly Emberg at dinner one night. He used my pen to sign the check.

  47. Anne L says:

    I feel as if this is cheating since I’ve worked at a comedy theater with a lot of famous alumni for my entire adult life. But I will say that I bought my first car from Dan Castellaneta shortly before he became the voice of Homer Simpson. And I bounced the check and had to resend it to him in LA (the thought of which still makes my stomach hurt years later). Then, Stephen Colbert nearly set fire to that same car as we were trying to jumpstart his vehicle that he had abandoned with a dead battery in front of a McDonald’s in Lakeview for several days.

  48. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    Hmm…lots of weird life events, mini-encounters with celebs…but nothing big. I’m married to a minister, which leads some people to think that I must be “The Church Lady” or quite conservative. I’m not. At all.

    During my college days, I used to hitchhike solo and once hopped a ride with a biker gang & another time, a van full of guys who turned out to be very nice and concerned for my safety. Fearless, but dumb. I’ve worked as a counselor for teen delinquent boys in a group home, as a costumed interpreter at The Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, KY, as a makeup artist for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (Who I got to meet during training at her Soho studio). 2 years ago, I was arrested for facing down a bulldozer & refusing to move while protesting the destruction of our beach by the Army Corps Of Engineers. A photo of me being led away in handcuffs was featured on the front page of our newspaper.

    I think that’s enough. 😬

    • Kathy says:

      I keep coming back to read the stories GOACAs keep adding! Truly, a fabulous prompt. I need more details on some of these!

  49. Kathy says:

    In the mid-90s I went to see the musical “Grease” with my mother and two sisters. The role of the DJ Vince Fontaine was played by Davy Jones. I’ve had a huge crush on him since I was a little kid watching reruns of The Monkees in the late 60s and early 70s. Anyway, Davy–in character–did a little preshow as the audience was getting seated. In between chatter, he was signing playbills, alternating between crowds on the two sides of the stage. My sisters and I left my mom at the seats and bolted down to the left side of the stage to try and get autographs. Davy was on the right side, and called out something like, Who wants an autograph? (I thought, anyway!). I waved my playbill wildly over my head. He strode across the stage, reached out and grabbed my HAND and pulled me up on the stage! Apparently I was volunteering to dance with him…! We did a little of the swim, the jerk, and the mashed potato. He was barely my height–5’4″. I was wearing flats–he had boots with tall Cuban heels! After a few minutes he escorted me to the side of the stage and kissed me on the cheek. I floated back to my seat and was so dazzled I could barely respond to excited questions from my sisters and mother. In the 80s I worked in a nightclub where I met a lot of popular bands, becoming friendly with a few (Ramones!!). I have never been as starstruck as I was with Davy Jones!

  50. prisiclla says:

    in 1971 when I graduated from high school my social climbing grandmother was very put out with me when I refused to go to England and marry Prince Charles.
    My aunt lived in London, her husband worked for the government, ergo I could go marry Prince Charles.
    She had ambition, I’ll give her that.

  51. Francine says:

    Kim, I am convinced that you have the absolute COOLEST readership ever. Clearly, you MUST organize some sort of ‘conference.’ This is a great ‘call for speakers’ topic! If you need an assistant to help coordinate, I’m your girl of a certain age.

  52. merciblahblah says:

    I keep coming back to read all the new entries, and I WISH there was a like button on the comments, because I would like every single fucking one of them. These are brilliant.

  53. Primavera says:

    One of my law school professors was Barack Obama. As smart as you’d guess, with high expectations of everyone, but lacked the a-hole approach a lot of professors seemed to relish. He was also as hot as you’d guess, but word was that Michelle – who was running the University’s hospital system at the time, I believe – would tolerate no one puppy-dogging around her hubby. We all wisely kept our distance. A genuinely thoughtful, brilliant, and kind person (who did not give me an “A”!).

  54. mlinky says:

    Oh goodness, I love these. My only close encounter with a celeb was spending a couple of hours on Isaac Asimov’s lap. He was a dirty old man, but a brilliant conversationalist

  55. AmyM says:

    When I briefly lived in LA in the mid-90s, I even more briefly dated a guitar tech for the Rolling Stones. He had the most beautiful, long & wavy strawberry blonde hair and would casually talk about “Mick and Keith.” He was pretty all-around great, but I hated living there and was pining for someone else who was unattainable, so it didn’t go anywhere. Oh! And he put mustard on his popcorn; which was odd, but endearing.

  56. Heidi says:

    On a celebrity note, I once visited Los Angeles and within 48 hours experienced the “Trifecta of Dans,” meaning I ran across Danny DeVito (at Spago), Danny Bonaduce (at a club he was way too old to be visiting) and Daniel Baldwin (at kind of a sad a dive bar).

    On a more serious note, I traveled to Syria about 6 months before the war began there in March 2011, having been hosted by the family of a friend. It’s a beautiful and wonderful place to visit, especially Damascus’ old city and Latakia, near the Mediterranean. The hostel where I stayed has been virtually demolished by shrapnel. Still, I have wonderful memories of that trip.

    • jessie says:

      While we were shopping for my brother’s tuxedo, Danny Bonaduce walked up to me and my now sister-in-law and asked if a red tie or a black tie would make him look more intimidating for a meeting. We recommended on or the other, I can’t remember which, and he growled, “no, I want his (pointing to one of my brother’s friends) opinion. He looks like he’s killed people.” The friend is an EMT/firefighter and one of the sweetest people I know even if he was sporting a giant handle bar mustache at the time. My sister-in-law and I are not intimidating-looking people.

  57. Lyn says:

    My husband & I were on our honeymoon in London in 2002. I had been to England once in college to study some theater there for a month with a college class. So naturally I wanted to go see a play while we were there & have my husband experience it. We chose the play On An Average Day which had only two actors in it. Woody Harrelson & Kyle MacLachlan. I was a HUGE Kyle M. fan as I’d loved the Twin Peaks tv series. My husband really enjoyed Woody’s acting. So it was a great pick for both of us. Being the Americans we are, we stood out by the stage doors afterwards with ONE other (American) couple for a chance to chat with them. Kyle came out first and was so sweet and pleased to actually have someone wait around for him ❤️ He signed our playbill and went on his way. Woody then came out with a few other people and we had a bit of a chat with him that ended up with us telling him we were there on our honeymoon. He then asked us if we wanted to come back and party witth them. AND WE TURNED HIM DOWN!!! Why why why. That could have been a very different honeymoon story for us to tell!

  58. Ann says:

    I worked for the government right out of college and got to see and meet a whole host of heads of government. During the Clinton inauguration one of my older coworkers convinced me to try to find Hillary’s inaugural gown. We poked around when no one was home, but did not find it. It was hilariously funny to skulk about, but we could have gotten in so much trouble. More recent, since my separation, I have been a big ol’ slut. My mother would die of a heart attack is she knew. hahahaha

  59. Ann says:

    When I was fresh out of college I worked for the State Department and got to meet many heads of government. During the Clinton inauguration an older coworker convinced me to try to find Hillary’s inaugural gown. When no one was home we snooped about but never found it. It was fun to skulk about but we could have gotten in so much trouble. More recently, since my separation, I have been a big ol’ slut. I say I am making up for lost time. My mom would die of a heart attack if she knew. Hahaha.

  60. G4 says:

    The summer before he was killed, I saw Marvin Gaye at an outdoor concert amphitheater. There was a chain link fence at the front of the stage where much of the concert-goers had pushed forward and gathered. After an intermission, he came out on stage dressed in a satin robe and pajamas singing Sexual Healing. I was so completely entranced that I climbed the fence where I was held up by 1/2 dozen strangers while Marvin Gaye held my hand and sang to me. It was magical.

  61. eve france says:

    Hakeem Olajuwon, the famous basketball player who played in Houston, Texas for 18 years, came to my house for dinner the first week he was in America. He was 16 years old, at least 6’6″ in all white Dashiki. He was sweet and shy and pushed my American food around on his plate.

  62. Bethany says:

    When I was fifteen, Johnny Lydon came to our local record store when he was touring with PIL. He waved me over, asked if it was true what they said about redheads and then told me to wait around for a free ticket. I didn’t know what he was talking around, didn’t wait for a ticket, and not kind of weirdly regret it.

    • Heather says:

      You’ve probably figured it out by now, but I think he was asking if the carpet matched the drapes.

  63. Bethany says:

    * now kind of weirdly regret it

  64. Monziepants says:

    I once drove a London cab. Not professionally, just home from the pub one night. I’m an American who was living in London at the time. I was taking a cab home after drinks with friends, while also channeling my inner Broadcast News Holly Hunter because I was telling the cabbie the best way to my flat. We started chatting, he said ‘you must drive here often’ and rather wistfully I said ‘no, never.’ He said ‘do you want to?’ “YES PLEASE!” He pulled the cab over and let me drive the rest of the way home (about a half mile) while he sat in the back. It was right before I was moving back to the states, and I was feeling very verklempt about leaving London. When we pulled up in front of my flat I squealed and jumped out of the cab saying and hugged him. I have no idea why the cabbie let me do it (and honestly didn’t want to think about it too much either). It was the most solid thing I’ve ever driven (like a tank, not that I’ve driven one of those either), and was my favorite/favourite “did that really happen” moment ever.

  65. Jill says:

    This happened today. I parked in a shopping center parking lot and ran across the street to look at a coffee shop menu for 5 minutes. As I came back to my car, a tow truck was hitching it up to tow it because I left the lot which was apparently against the law. After much back and forth including 6 cops coming to mediate, I had to pay the tow driver $285 in cash to get my car. So I went to the bank in the shopping center and got the entire amount in QUARTERS and dumped it in the tow truck because the driver was being such a dick. One of the cops turned to my son and said “your mom is a total badass!” We having been laughing about this all day.

  66. BrownEyedBetty says:

    When I was in my early 20s & still in college, I kissed Gene Kelly. Yes, THE Gene Kelly. He was visiting my college where I was in the marching band. He came to the halftime show to wave at the crowd, and afterwards I caught up with him and kissed him on the cheek and said thank you, Mr. Kelly. He didn’t push me away, nor did he stop walking. Still can’t believe I did that.

    A few years later, I was living in London and practically ran into Princess Diana driving her car in a crowded London suburb. She was exactly as you imagine her. Even inside her car she looked like she was lit up with a spotlight: gorgeous glowing golden hair, brilliant blue eyes. She knew people were spotting her and looked frozen and awkward like the proverbial deer in the headlights. Kind’ve a sad memory in retrospect.

  67. elizabeth says:

    Despite the fact that I’m just shy of 5’1, I worked for many years as a security guard and bouncer. I got licensed when I was in college, and it was a good way to earn money while I was in school. Here is my best story.

    One shift was at a high-profile music award show, and I was posted at a barricade while Justin Bieber came out of the venue. I had to hold the barricade with all of my strength, as the young girls hoping for autographs got quite rowdy, and were STRONG, despite being a median age of 9. At one point, one girl in particular managed to climb over the barricade (with a boost from HER MOM) and was about to do a belly flop onto Justin. I had to reach across Justin to block her with my arm, so she wouldn’t SQUASH HIM (he is very petite). He was signing autographs very very quickly and in the chaos, accidentally signed my forearm.

    I now have the signature tattooed on my arm (JK guys, I washed it off).

    I have about 5 million other bouncer stories, but the time I saved JBiebz from a human body slam is definitely my fave.

    LOVE this comments section!!!

  68. Alley says:

    Back in the early ’70’s, I was a go-go dancer in Seoul, Korea. Not the kind in a cage at a bar but with a group and later with a band We were quite famous, on TV and in Magazines. I was 15.

  69. Cara says:

    I had lunch with Jane Fonda (then married to Ted Turner) in Patagonia, Argentina. I lived in Paris at the time and she said that she too had lived there for a while. Mentioned that during that time she had gone to Italy to make a film,(Barbarella,duh). Also that Régis Debray, a then darling of the caviar gauche, was bad in bed.

  70. Kathleen Trail says:

    I grew up in Houston and my aunt’s family became really close with Dr. Red Duke (he’s a regional celebrity – handlebar mustached-ER doc who started one of the first life flight programs and operated in Dallas on Connolly when JFK was brought in with him… quite a cowboy and 100% a character). Anyway, Dr. Duke lived in the garage apartment behind my aunt’s house on and off, depending on whether he was divorcing one of his young, blonde wives or not. He was also good friends with Willie Nelson.

    One Thanksgiving when I was about 15, we were all eating dinner at my aunt’s house with the extended family and we hear Dr. Duke come in, talking to someone loudly in his Texas drawl. I had the very surreal experience of hearing Willie Nelson’s voice in response to him. They stuck around to eat a slice of chocolate pecan pie.

  71. Suzy Q says:

    I went to the cast party for the premiere of the TV show Miami Vice, with a crew member on a blind date. I met all the cast. Most were very nice. When chatting with Don Johnson, I swear he was looking at his reflection in my eyeballs.

    I also got to go to the set of one of the night shoots, with a different guy I was seeing. This was on a street on South Beach. I had to pee SO BADLY, and the crew sent me into a building that was rigged with explosives (which they did not tell me), and after I came out, the building was blown up.

  72. Candace says:

    I was a wardrobe assistant for KD Lang’s “Sexuality” video, and I got to lint-roll her. I recently wrote a piece about it for Into Magazine, and KD actually tweeted back to me about it! Kvelled so hard. http://bit.ly/kdlangandme

  73. Krista says:

    When I was 17 years old, I took a hot air balloon ride with my 70-year-old Grandpa and my little sister in grade 7. The wind changed and to avoid a tower ahead of us, we very suddenly did a crash landing….the basket tipped over, we lifted and crashed again four times. When we finally stopped, the crew came running out to us, they were all white as ghosts. They clocked us at 38miles/hr, plenty fast when the ground is three inches from your nose! The pilot was shaking and they cracked two bottles of champagne.