Weekend Open Forum: Have you met anyone famous?

By on November 25, 2011, 11:02 PM

Facebook and the University of Milan conducted a study earlier this year to determine the validity of the “six degrees of separation” concept – that each person on the planet is only six steps away, by way of introduction, from anyone else. You know, the whole “friend of a friend” bit. The study concluded that users of the social networking site are actually only separated by 4.74 degrees.

Modern communication and transportation methods make it easier than ever for individuals to get out and meet others. In fact, it’s highly likely that you’ve even met someone of significance in your lifetime – perhaps a former president, music artist, philantropist, influential businessman, actor or pro athlete.

I’ve met a few noteworthy people in my relatively short lifetime. I bumped into comedian Jay Leno at a monthly car show during a vacation to Los Angeles several years ago. While in college at the University of Mississippi I had the opportunity to meet eventual New York Giants quarterback and eventual Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. During that same year I lived in the athletic dorm next door to one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met – current San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

Whoever it is for you, we want to hear about it in this week’s Weekend Open Forum!

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Guest said:

I got to meet Scott McNealy at a keynote speech.

His son's go to my school so... yeah, bound to meet some famous people there.

Guest said:

depends what's considered famous? my brother edited all of the back to the future movies. i've had friends that played pro basketball, and met quite a few players and coaches. road on team buses to and from the arenas, including the nba all star team bus.

i know a few local radio and tv personalities.


hitech0101 said:

Nope did a see a few from a distance but never went close to talk to them.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Being in the hospitality industry you tend to meet a fair number of famous people. Mostly business or media (singer/songwriter/producer/film etc.). Outside of the work enviroment I once met and shared a short limo ride with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne in London after he played at the Town & Country Club ( 1987 I think)

Guest said:

"depends what's considered famous? my brother edited all of the back to the future movies."

I had watched the first one like 20 times.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

I've mostly met famous doctors, like NM Vasconscelos last winter.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I've met quite a few celebrities actually. I met Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) at a book signing when I was about 8 years old.

I met Pierce Brosnan when I worked IT for the BMW plant in South Carolina (he was there for a party after one of his James Bond movies).

I sat across from Robert Goulet on an airplane a couple years before he died (RIP). Really nice guy, with great taste in vodka (he bought me a drink).

I also sat across from Al Franken and his blueberry of a spoiled brat son on an airplane about 9 years ago. Al Franken is an effing prick. Unfortunately his son will grow up to be just like him.

I met Don Rickles briefly after a show in Las Vegas in the late 90's. Very personable guy, and a true character.

I saw Nicholas Cage at a grocery store in New Orleans, but I didn't bother him other than to say hello.

I used to live 2 streets down from Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt in the New Orleans French Market (though I never actually saw them there once in the 2.5 years I lived there, and I walked down their street to my favorite restaurant almost every day).

I wouldn't actually call her a celebrity, but I shared a skybox with Clint Black's wife at a football game in Houston. (Back in the days of the Astrodome).

I think that about does it.

edit: I met, and raced against, Mark Martin at a Dave & Busters in Atlanta. He was there checking out a new 8 person Nascar game as a publicity stunt. I didn't beat him, but a 12 year old kid sitting next to me did.

SalaSSin said:

As i'm living in Belgium (Europe), i don't get to meet a lot of American celibrities.

However, a couple months ago i got back from France with my gf, we went eating to a small cheap restaurant, known in Brussels for its excellent "Stoemp" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoemp).

I sat next to Jean-Claude Van Damme, who apparently goed eating there every time when he visits his mom, who still lives in Brussels.

Nice guy actually! Very modest, when some guys asked an autograph (i didn't try, respecting his privacy), he directly responded in French, went on the photo and made conversation with us.

Guest said:

I rode a rollercoaster at an amusment park in Ohio with Lebron James a few seats ahead of me! But I guess this isn't the "have you met any deuchbags" thread though is it....

princeton princeton said:

I met Geddy Lee once while I was in Toronto. I think if you hang out on Bloor street enough you're pretty much guaranteed to run into him at some point.

cazador31 said:

I shook hands with Muhmmad Ali in Jackson MS. in 1986 at a Medgar Evers Blues Festival...I haven't washed my hand since..

M1r said:

I met Jesus and his family.

slh28 slh28, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I met Linford Christie in my gym... he looked even bigger in real life than on TV. Also met Peter Andre in a Mayfair hotel, didn't try to talk to him though, he had quite a few ladies around him posing for pics.

TitoBXNY TitoBXNY said:

I worked at NBC for 24 years and met my share of stars. I was very good friends with legendary NBC announcers Bob Teague.and Howard Reig, both class acts. While most stars where friendly, my pick for the biggest piece of crap had to be OJ Simpson. He was rude and totally obnoxious while there. Comedian Bill Murray was another difficult person to deal with. Tito Puente's daughter Audrey, now a New York Meteorologist was sweet as candy. Favorite moment was when I put my daughter in Duane "The Rock" Johnson's make up room and he showed up and surprised her before appearing on Conan O'brien. She was totally blown away. My division was phased out 2 years ago and I no longer work there.

Guest said:

I now Salma Hayek since age 8..she is from coatzacoalcos ver...my Home City...i now her before the brest implants and everything else jajajajajaja

Guest said:

I go to church with Don Bebe and his family. Very loving Christian family.

Guest said:

I met Phil Katz (of PKZip fame) many years ago in Chicago at a trade show, quirky but, a very nice guy...

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

Met tiger woods once, he lives about a quarter miles from me in Islesworth. Showed up on the 15th hole in a small helicopter.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I met Jesse Ventura once...so no..I have not.

Guest said:

I've met myself and I'm not famous yet, but will be very famous one day.

this website = ?

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

have met and talked to snoop dog in OKC when i was working at the ford center as security when i was 18 years old he was pretty cool and also met the guys from the RHCPs they were great. Also have met all the guys from Seether and Rise against after a concert where the signed my hat and a shirt and i got to shake there hands pretty cool stuff.

Guest said:

Billy Connelly, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Judi Dench.

Renrew Renrew said:

Working for MGM in the 70's, I met too many to mention. The only ones that stand out were the holier than thou ones. The majority were good people though.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

I've had lunch with Harry Connick Jr., was in a jam session with Maynard Ferguson, and I don't know if this counts or not, but I have a cousin who has starred in PSA videos for Lifeway, and has starred in 2 or 3 music videos for rising country artists.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

II also sat across from Al Franken and his blueberry of a spoiled brat son on an airplane about 9 years ago. Al Franken is an effing prick. Unfortunately his son will grow up to be just like him.

This explains why he's in politics.......!!!

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

I once shook Pee Wee Herman's hand outside a porno theater.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I once shook Pee Wee Herman's hand outside a porno theater.

How did you get out of that sticky situation?

Guest said:

Besides me no, there's no other famous people more important than me so who gives a **** about them. :)

Guest said:

I grew up on Long Island, New York in a village named Northport. Harry Chapin was friends with our next-door neighbor, and one night while I was playing at their house he came to dinner when I was about 12 years old. I also went to school with Billy Joel's then stepson, Sean Small and my sister had the same babysitter that Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley used, whose name was Dawn.

ZcTech said:

Had drinks with bill Murray (and his mother) in my little town in Kansas..... Apparently he likes our gulf course. Cool guy real nice

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Had drinks with bill Murray (and his mother) in my little town in Kansas..... Apparently he likes our gulf course. Cool guy real nice
Wichita gulf is nice, but I prefer the bay.....

Guest said:

Burl Ives.. You know, the husky voice narrator of Rudolph the Red nose reindeer fame... I had dinner with him in 1977 at a Boy Scout Jamboree

Guest said:

So you know Satan and his then as well... Cool...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Burl Ives.. You know, the husky voice narrator of Rudolph the Red nose reindeer fame... I had dinner with him in 1977 at a Boy Scout Jamboree
He's a singer too! Surely you've heard, "Holly Jolly Christmas"?

sbundy54 said:

I've met in no particular order: Robert F. Kennedy, Sandy Baron, **** Clark, Harvey Keitel, Ed McMahon, Spike Lee, George Benson, Peter Brown, Sharon Stone, Al Sharpton, Cissy Houston, Susan Sarandon, Elliot Gould, **** Gregory, Ollie Woodson, Mark Gastineau, Ed Kranepool, Don Clendenon, Bobby Murcer, Lew Alcinder, Gilbert Gottfried, and David Patterson. I'm sure there's more but that's all I can think of right now. Some I've held good conversations with while others I just shook their hand, smiled and made nice!

treetops treetops said:

I met Gonzo from the Arizona Diamond backs world series champion team when I worked at burger king in the drive through. He only had 100$% bills and drove a hummer. I did not recognize him and told him we don't take 100's so he left and never mentioned who he was. When he was driving away I was like oh shit thats gonzo! The people behind him ran to his car and got a auto graph.

Guest said:

I met Nelson Mandela back in the 90s in Atlanta and comedian George Burns on a flight to hawaii

Guest said:

I've met quite a few assassins, exterminators, cleaners and hitmen, not to mention their support teams(recon squads, assault teams, etc.) They prefer to remain anonymous and invincible, so if you drag them out from the cold... you get a broken wrist for starters...

Guest said:

I met someone famous every day I wake up and look in the mirror ..


Guest said:

Had a two hour breakfast with Jerry Van **** in a hotel... sad guy.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

A few but I'm guessing at a convention doesn't count.

mailpup mailpup said:

I think it would count if you actually met them and not just saw them.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I used to be the Operations Manager for a major airline at SeaTac International Airport. Because of that, I met a slew of celebrities - pro athletes, movie stars, politicians, you name it. During my 20 years in the military I also met 3 U.S. President's and a number of high-ranking foreign politicians.

Didn't do me any good - I'm still broke...LOL. :p

Guest said:

met one or two famous people, but my best is the XO of HMS conquerer, who sank the belgrano in falklands.

Tomorrow_Rains said:

I went to an occupy wallstreet protest and saw anne hathaway standing right next to me. I wanted to say something buy my jaw dropped instead

jacques said:

pres. nelson mandela

Guest said:

A couple of years ago, at our company's Christmas party in Santa Fe, NM, I met and had drinks with Liam Neeson. Very cool guy. While I was in the Navy, during the filming of "the Hunt for Red October," Sean Connery joined us in our office for a couple of hours. Another cool guy.

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