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??

4 comments:

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.