Friday, September 15, 2006

Famous Friday Five

1.Tell us about a time you met someone famous.

Depends on how strictly you define "met".

One day in October 1989 I was rushing through the Boston airport. I had arrived in town for a friend's ordination on a flight that was nearly an hour late. I was lurching toward the taxi stand, dragging my suitcase and carrying my still quite new pulpit robe in its garment bag. All at once, I locked eyes with a gentleman standing about 10 yards away who was watching my so-called progress. It was former governor, former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. He smiled encouragingly, I smiled back, then lurched onward to catch a taxi and arrive half an hour late for the service.
Apparently, I also met Maurice Sendak when I was three years old. He was giving a reading at the college where my Dad taught and my parents took me. They say I was quite overawed at the time, but I don't remember it.

2. Tell us about a celebrity you'd like to meet.
Hmm. Probably some of my favorite writers: J.K Rowling probably the only one who rises to true celebrity status.

3. Tell us about someone great who's *not* famous that you think everyone oughta have a chance to meet.

I'm thinking of a member of my previous church who was courageous and compassionate and also a little crazy. She's passed on, though.

4. Do you have any autographs of famous people?
Garrison Keillor. I guess I sort of met him, too. I went to a reading he did at Powells Bookstore in Portland. It was two days before my son was born. Once again, I arrived late and it was standing room only. I was determined to stay--though I nearly fainted. At the end, you could stand in line and get a personalized autograph, or simply purchase some of the pre-autographed books available at the checkout. I opted for the latter and went home and took a nap.

5. If you were to become famous, what would you want to become famous for?
Coolest blog maybe??


reverendmother said...

Well, it is one of my favorite blogs...

The Maurice Sendak story reminded me that back in the early 70s, my father-in-law was the associate pastor at the church where Mr. Rogers's mother was a member. Fred came to church one time and R met him at the age of 2 or something. The family folklore is that Mr. Rogers totally ignored my FIL and talked to R the whole time.

Well, of course!

jo(e) said...

It sort of sucks that you met someone as cool as Maurice Sendak -- but don't remember the whole thing.

But I'm sure it's in your subconscious somewhere.

SpookyRach said...

Garrison Keiler... woooow..... I am jealous.

*laughing about R and Mr. Rogers!*

ppolarbear said...

I think Garrison Keillor and Maurice Sendak would be really awesome to mee.