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(Times Union)   "You really don't want to meet your heroes." - Don't look too closely at the lives and ways of those you grew up admiring, it's usually not pretty   (blog.timesunion.com) divider line
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2020-06-29 11:01:26 AM  
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I met Tom Hanks once during a layover in Denver. He threw his drink in the bartender's face when they cut him off for being belligerently drunk and making loud profanity laden threats to random passersby. Other that that, nice guy.
 
2020-06-29 9:53:17 AM  
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2020-06-29 1:55:29 PM  
3 votes:

AtomPeepers: George Takei is a fantastic guy. I met him at a video store signing in '86. Star Trek 4 was coming out on VHS or something, and he was there in his full Starfleet movie uniform(!), holding court with all of the fans.

It was a long line, but when I got there, he let us take a picture, signed our stuff, and talked to us for a solid half hour as the event was winding down. I brought him our fanzine and a ASCII banner of the Enterprise signed by all the people in our fan club and he graciously accepted it. I remember telling him how happy I was to have his autograph, and that one day I wanted to get everyone's autograph.

Sometime later a package arrives to the fan club address (my house) from Mr. Takei. I open it and find a picture of the original cast with all the signatures, even Shatner! That picture is still one of my most prized possessions.


Huh. He only sent me a severed dog's head. Shatner just sent a note full of racial slurs and scrawled in human feces.
 
2020-06-29 12:39:25 PM  
3 votes:
In a past life, I met Joan Crawford. Our discussion about wooden clothes hangers versus wire clothes hangers did not go well.
 
2020-06-29 1:30:50 PM  
2 votes:
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2020-06-29 3:15:35 PM  
1 vote:
I met Keith David once and he was a total dick!  He would NOT put on the glasses!


/not really
//I would like to meet him
///and try not to ask him to put on the glasses
 
2020-06-29 2:31:33 PM  
1 vote:

kindms: Rapmaster2000: Many years ago out in California, my brother and sister-in-law were in San Diego at a basketball arena and spotted Bill Walton, the brilliant, sometimes politically radical, and often injured basketball great.  He was on this particular occasion injured with his foot in a cast sitting at the game.  My brother, an intensely private person was not typically one to disturb anybody, least of all a celebrity.  In addition, he's not one to get all gaga about meeting a celebrity considering that through his line of work he has met amongst others Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson.  At any rate my sister-in-law, an unassuming person if there ever was, went up to the big "red-head," and politely asked for an autograph, I believe the autograph was meant to be for me since I was still a child at the time.  Walton basically told her to buzz off.  My brother at that point told him that he hoped his leg wouldn't heal.  As it would turn out it never really did, and now he has a limp, and while we don't have the autograph, we'll always have the memories.

You spent most of this paragraph telling us what great people your brother and sister-in-law are, and how they would never ever bother a celebrity.  You finish it by telling us that they did bother the celebrity and then insulted him when he wouldn't do the thing they wanted.  Have you considered that maybe your brother is a dick?

Of all people to take a shot at Bill Walton is probably a bad choice. The guys a legendary Grateful Dead fan, hangs out with and in the crowd etc etc. maybe their story is true, or maybe he doesnt like being asked for autographs while hes working,

Autographs are stupid. You can just as easily tell a story of hey i saw so and so at such a place without bothering them. Hey i have piece of paper that proves i bothered a famous person once


And not only that, but that injury limited Walton's career.  His disappointment led to years of depression and had him contemplating suicide.

The author knows all this, but he's like "HA HA, your life was ruined cause I never got my autograph!"

Seriously, who's the dick in this story?
 
2020-06-29 11:23:43 AM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: Many years ago out in California, my brother and sister-in-law were in San Diego at a basketball arena and spotted Bill Walton, the brilliant, sometimes politically radical, and often injured basketball great.  He was on this particular occasion injured with his foot in a cast sitting at the game.  My brother, an intensely private person was not typically one to disturb anybody, least of all a celebrity.  In addition, he's not one to get all gaga about meeting a celebrity considering that through his line of work he has met amongst others Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson.  At any rate my sister-in-law, an unassuming person if there ever was, went up to the big "red-head," and politely asked for an autograph, I believe the autograph was meant to be for me since I was still a child at the time.  Walton basically told her to buzz off.  My brother at that point told him that he hoped his leg wouldn't heal.  As it would turn out it never really did, and now he has a limp, and while we don't have the autograph, we'll always have the memories.

You spent most of this paragraph telling us what great people your brother and sister-in-law are, and how they would never ever bother a celebrity.  You finish it by telling us that they did bother the celebrity and then insulted him when he wouldn't do the thing they wanted.  Have you considered that maybe your brother is a dick?


Of all people to take a shot at Bill Walton is probably a bad choice. The guys a legendary Grateful Dead fan, hangs out with and in the crowd etc etc. maybe their story is true, or maybe he doesnt like being asked for autographs while hes working,

Autographs are stupid. You can just as easily tell a story of hey i saw so and so at such a place without bothering them. Hey i have piece of paper that proves i bothered a famous person once
 
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