Who Do You Know?

Chilipepper Chilipepper
Name-dropping, Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon ... yes, at some point we've either had close encounters with 'famous' people or had worked with them or know someone who knows someone else. The thrill of periphially being close to someone who thousands if not millions would recognize is fun. It's also fun to see who knows anyone else.

I know I don't have much in the way of name dropping. For anyone familiar with 1980's horror comics, my uncle was the man behind 'The Twisted Tales of Bruce Jones', and he also wrote the recent erotic/horror movie 'Genifer'. His wife (my maternal aunt April Campbell) was the model for his heroine in 'Somerset Holmes', and she herself had written made-for-TV movies like 'My Boyfriend's Back' (with Sandy Duncan) and 'Awake to Danger' (with Tori Spelling).

Through them, I have heard tales of Harlan Ellison (they were two of the few people he likes) and other comic book writers and various actors they had met while working in Hollywood.

My only brush with fame was standing next to voice actor Crispin Freeman in line at a deli. Surprised me when he took his shirt off right there and said, "Damn, Florida's friggin' hot!" My reply: "We poach the eggs in puddles instead of frying them on sidewalks."

And I did hang with Casper van Diem's sister for a bit. (It was hilarious hearing her refer to her brother as 'Cappy' and her trying to set him up with one of our mutual friends - this was AFTER he was in 'Starship Troopers', too.)

Anyone else?
05/25/2010
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El-Jaro El-Jaro
I hung out with Lords of Acid a few years ago after a Clutch Cargo's performance. Deborah autographed me in a naughty place

I also kinda sorta hung out with The Used (?) at the Have a Nice Day cafe. I think it was them, I don't remember much of that night either.

A friend of mine used to do security at CC's and got to hang with the bands. He said that Jack White would sneak into the younger bands' dressing rooms and loot for stuff. But that's according to a friend, not 1st hand info.
05/25/2010
Miss Cinnamon Miss Cinnamon
Nope, no 1st hand brushes with fame here! I know a guy who hangs out with Neil Gaiman occasionally, but that's about it. I need to get out more!
05/25/2010
Maxim Maxim
I believe my close encounter with fame is in the future. Although my brother did meet Tom Selleck in middle school.
05/26/2010
pornshopgirl pornshopgirl
I went to the Chicago premier of "Dennis the Menace" when I was just about five. I met Lea Thompson and played some sort of dice game with Mason Gamble (the kid who played Dennis). The cross-eyed kid, we met in the women's bathroom with his mom, and it turned out he lived not 20 minutes from us at the time.
05/26/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
I grew up not far from Lafayette and did know William Bailey (Axl Rose). I met *many* rockers from hanging around back stage through the 80s.
Being in Indiana for several years, both Alan & I met multiple race car drivers plus Bob & Tom (from the radio show). I "met" Stephen King at a book signing (for about 60 seconds), and when we were staying in a nowhere bean town in Florida we ran into John Travolta once.
05/26/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
Hmm, let's see how many straws I can reach here... I don't actually know any famous people, but some of my friends do.

-I worked for a man who was very close with the Royal family and got to meet Princess Anne.
-I met Blues Traveler last fall when they came to Nashville, but that's only because I paid extra for the "meet & greet" so I could get my photo with the band.
-I know several musicians who aren't famous themselves, but they've played with/backed up famous people. I went to school with Taylor Swift's studio drummer, and we still hang out from time to time. My son's BFF's dad has played with the Rolling Stones. Well, okay, the band he's in once OPENED for the Stones, but still.
-I knew Shelton Williams (Hank Jr's son) years ago in junior high, but there's no way he would remember me now.
-Lee Greenwood's kids go to school with mine, and I see him at assemblies and school functions.
-We met Amy Grant and Vince Gill once at a charity golf thing back when my older son was taking golf lessons. He even got to be in a video promo for the event.
-My step-mother was a baseball groupie and would take me to Florida with her every year to stalk the players during spring training. I met/got autographs from George Brett, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and George Foster.

I told you I was clutching straws with this one.
05/26/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
I grew up not far from Lafayette and did know William Bailey (Axl Rose). I met *many* rockers from hanging around back stage through the 80s.
Being in Indiana for several years, both Alan & I met multiple race car drivers plus Bob & Tom ... More
OH yeah!

I met R.A. Salvatore about 10 years ago on a book signing tour.
05/26/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by buzzvibe
Hmm, let's see how many straws I can reach here... I don't actually know any famous people, but some of my friends do.

-I worked for a man who was very close with the Royal family and got to meet Princess Anne.
-I met Blues Traveler ... More
In that case, I can totally add ...

My best friend went to high school with Dr. Phil - she said he was so tall, she had to crane her neck to look up at him; they didn't hang, though, he was a jock and she was a drama freak.

Also related to my best friend, her oldest sister won one of those 'Date with Elvis' contests. He told my friend's sister that women who wear black were sluts. (I suspected her hair wasn't big enough for him, either.)

My Dad got to hang with Huey Lewis and the News when he was a public cable techie recording concerts. Dad said Huey was really down to Earth and treated the tech crew at the bar after the concert.

As an aside, I'd like to say I THOUGHT I saw David Tennant (10th Doctor Who) in Boston, but I wasn't positive. I told my best friend, "I think I just saw David Tennant, but I wasn't sure so I didn't jump him." She told me to jump him anyway. He was gone by that point.
05/26/2010
Felinity Felinity
My ex is Kobe Bryant's cousin - thought that was pretty neat.

And once upon a time, many many moons ago, I got to meet the sheriff and deputy from Dukes of Hazard before a parade we were all in. I SO forget their names (was almost before my time but I remember watching it a time or two with my folks) but I'm sure at least a few of ya'll on here know who I'm talking about. LOL
05/30/2010
Gary Gary
I used to live in a warehouse with a guy from a pretty famous band in the late 90's, but I am not going to drop that name because I always hated him and his band!
06/02/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
that reminded me...

I'm 3rd circle connected to Sublime twice.

A friend of mine was in the army with one of the guys and a former dorm-roommate played with them in Chicago as a warm up act.
06/02/2010
MarriedWithToyz MarriedWithToyz
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Originally posted by Gary
I used to live in a warehouse with a guy from a pretty famous band in the late 90's, but I am not going to drop that name because I always hated him and his band!
Okay, how bout a hint?
06/02/2010
Gary Gary
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Originally posted by MarriedWithToyz
Okay, how bout a hint?
I have met Glenn Danzig, King Buzzo (twice), Kerry King walked in front of car in the crosswalk on my way to work once, I passed Igor Cavalera walking near the Trocadero once, and I have played shows with the Dwarves, the Murder Junkies (a few times), and someone who I never heard of called Mandy Lion. I also got to play a show at CBGB's once! There are my braggy famous people stories. Also in the movie Gettysburg, two of my friends and I signed up to be extras. On the day of the shoot I couldn't make it but my name is in the ending credits... (along with 500,000 other people).
06/02/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
Quote:
Originally posted by Felinity
My ex is Kobe Bryant's cousin - thought that was pretty neat.

And once upon a time, many many moons ago, I got to meet the sheriff and deputy from Dukes of Hazard before a parade we were all in. I SO forget their names (was almost before ... More
That would be James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) and either Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate) or Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg and Boss Hogg's cousin). Have I mentioned that I'm a die-hard Dukes fan and a total redneck?
06/02/2010
Tuesday Tuesday
I hot-tubbed naked with Craig Chaquiço, guitarist for Jefferson Starship. I date myself with that one.

I very briefly dated David Margen, bassist for Santana. Again I date myself.

And once I sat in the row behind Arnold Schwarzenegger in a movie theater. He was completely surrounded by fans until the movie started. He slipped out before it ended, no doubt to avoid being swarmed again.
06/02/2010
Dame Saphir Dame Saphir
-I rode up an escalator in Berkeley, CA at a BART station with William Hung? soon after his American Idol...appearance...
-I danced at a rave with the lead singer of Hellogoodbye
-I saw and practically ran into Beyonce and Jay Z at FAO Schwartz in NY. This one was the one I consider most legit. I was there my senior year in high school on a choir trip, shopping in the toy store when we saw them, along with her curly haired nephew (the one in the Nintendo DS commercial) go up the escalator. My friend and I darted up the escalator and couldn't find her until I turned around and she was right in front of me, smiling.
-My ex-boyfriend is third cousins with the blonde wife in Talladega Nights
-My stepfather auditioned for a role that Kevin Bacon auditioned for and sat in the same room with him. While waiting for the casting, my stepfather got impatient and left. They gave the role to Bacon since my stepfather was nowhere to be found.
06/03/2010
kck kck
I met Dan Aykroyd when I was in 4th grade.

He spoke at my grammar school. I shook his hand. I swore I would never wash it again. I cried when I forgot and washed my hands after using the bathroom about an hour later.

lol
06/03/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
Oh, yeah. Melinda Doolittle and Mandisa are in the Zumba classes I go to. Since I don't watch American Idol, I had no idea they were quasi-famous until one of the other ladies pointed them out.
06/03/2010
Felinity Felinity
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Originally posted by buzzvibe
That would be James Best (Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane) and either Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate) or Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg and Boss Hogg's cousin). Have I mentioned that I'm a die-hard Dukes fan and a total redneck?
LOL Well there ya go! Enos!
06/12/2010
Andromeda Andromeda
I saw Shaq at work once with his kid. But I worked at a So Cal amusement park, so there were always celebs. Some of my coworkers had met Kobe Bryant and the like before.

Went to the Bamboozle festival last year. Kept seeing Jefree Star EVERYWHERE. Met a few of the bands, but none that I really remember or cared about at the time. A couple of my friends are huge groupies for those not-famous-yet-but-wil l-be-soon bands, so if any of them get big, I'll come back and drop names.

My mom's best friend from high school dated Allen Shellenberger (drummer of Lit) and remained close friends with him until he passed away. Never got to meet him, but I know some stuff that the media doesn't even know.

When I was in middle school, I used to shop at the same store as the girl who played Lizzie's enemy on Lizzie Mcguire, so I saw her there once.

I have lots of stories about friends meeting celebs. One of my best friends met Orlando Bloom, another went to school with Steven Spielberg's daughter. Oh, and my grandma has met Sandra Bullock and (blech) Jesse James.

I go to school with plenty of people who are related to this person, or had dinner with so and so, or know Emma Watson's roommate (seriously). We get tons of famous speakers (mostly politicians) at our school. We had a Ludacris concert (he's related to someone at my school). Famous authors have lectured at my school-- some have even been permanent professors (I'd drop actual names, but why would I want the world to know where I go to school?). My school has been used in popular TV shows. I know of at least one professor who used to be an actress, though not a popular one.

This is So Cal, baby. Celebs are EVERYWHERE. I just don't bother to go looking for them lol.
06/14/2010
VieuxCarre VieuxCarre
I met Guitar Guy (Jeff Dunham's show) walking in the Quarter the day before their show. It was pretty epic.
06/14/2010
Gary Gary
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
I met Dan Aykroyd when I was in 4th grade.

He spoke at my grammar school. I shook his hand. I swore I would never wash it again. I cried when I forgot and washed my hands after using the bathroom about an hour later.

lol
I was a huge Dan Aykroyd fan when I was a kid. He has kind of dropped off the grid in the last 10-15 years.
06/14/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by kck
I met Dan Aykroyd when I was in 4th grade.

He spoke at my grammar school. I shook his hand. I swore I would never wash it again. I cried when I forgot and washed my hands after using the bathroom about an hour later.

lol
That's funny. I am a HUGE Bill Murray fan.
06/14/2010
JEM JEM
Here goes,
In HS I was in a volunteer group that won a game of Basketball with the Orlando Magic...Shaq days....That was pretty cool!

I also lived very close to where they filmed the movie Water Boy and got to Meet Adam Sandler and Henry Wrinkler....Adam signed my shoe and I still have it to this day!

I went to middle school with one of the BackStreet Boys....This I do not brag about!

My mother used to work at the Brown Derby in MGM Studios and used to meet famous people all the time.

The movie The Invention of Lying was taped in my home town and the apartment that Jennifer Garnier lived in was the apartment building that my moms friend lives in so we were allowed to meet her and watch some of the filming...was really cool I got to look at the set.

I auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club when I was in middle school....got in and my mom said "NO!" mean I know. So I met the cast of that while auditioning.

I think that's about it...Nothing all that exciting but some was pretty cool.
06/18/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
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Originally posted by Gary
I have met Glenn Danzig, King Buzzo (twice), Kerry King walked in front of car in the crosswalk on my way to work once, I passed Igor Cavalera walking near the Trocadero once, and I have played shows with the Dwarves, the Murder Junkies (a few ... More
Glenn used to live not too far from me. I've run into him a few times...he's old now
06/18/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
Most of the famous pplz I met were academic big shots...not like, rock stars. No one cares about Art Spiegelman
06/18/2010
Blinker Blinker
At Warped Tour one year I met and goofed around with Jonah Hill, Bill Hader and Michael Cera. Hung out with the guys from the band Bayside after getting into a tiff with their security team. Really nice guys...and the lead signer from Hawthorne Heights told me I smelled nice. I don't really like that band, but he was freaking cute.

Also I've met Sen. Mitch McConnell who was a completely rude jackass. John Kerry is very polite, as is George Stephanopolous. These guys weren't at Warped Tour, unfortunately.
07/02/2010
harohunter harohunter
Ive met Brad Paisley and was in a music video of his that he filmed right near where I live. The video is called "Waitin on a woman" by Brad Paisley and Andy Griffith

I also know Andy Griffith from the Andy Griffith show and I go to church with him quite frequently.

Ive also met Richard Gere from when he was filming here for his movie Nights of Rodanthe.
07/02/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
I was on the Panel on the Oprah Show once, years ago. I am not even that fond of her show. She was not very personable in person, either. Oh, well, we got a nice limo ride out of it, (The Man, our baby and myself) and a tray of bagels that I was too nervous to eat, but she DIDN'T take us out to lunch, like she always says she'll do on the show, when I DID watch it, about 20 years ago.

OOOO, and that guy, who was on the Food Channel, who did the show about going to food festivals and stuff, and who did the ill-fated show "Studs" DeCarlo? He's my cousin. We used to hang out when we were little kids, but I haven't talked to him in years.

I once patted Buddy Guy, the Blues Player, on the shoulder, at his club, Legends.

My Man is friends with a huge celebrity chef, they knew each other in College. I don't remember the dude's name though. He was on the new Cooking Channel a few days ago.

Drew Peterson (the cop in a suburb of Chicago who murdered several of his wives) was spotted at a store one of my kids worked at. She texted me and was terrified he would "kill" her. She wasn't married to him, so I told her not to worry. Someone asked him if he was Peterson, and he proudly whipped out his license to show off. UG.

I have lame celebrity connections.
07/06/2010
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