Name Dropping Part II

April 27, 2008

Thank you to everyone who shared experiences in the comments section of my last entry (or via email). I really enjoyed reading about your celebrity sightings. LA mentioned seeing Armand Assante, and that reminded me that I did, too. He was at a Bob Dylan concert at our Civic Center several years ago. I spent almost as much time watching him as I did watching Dylan. He (Assante, not Dylan!) sure is easy to look at.

There are a few others I forgot to include. When I was 13 years old, my grandmother took me to California. During a tour of the 20th Century Fox studios, one of the men who played the Lost in Space robot (Warning! Danger, Will Robinson!) got on the tour bus and talked to us. For a kid who was a big fan of that show, this was pretty exciting.

That was my second “celebrity” experience. The first was when I was quite a bit younger, and got the autograph of a pro-football player during a family vacation in Florida. (This was at a training camp, so perhaps it was a Miami Dolphin?)

A few years ago, I had dinner with author Da Chen. He was the guest speaker at a library conference at a local restaurant. After he spoke, Mr. Chen sat at my table, and was a charming dinner companion.

I saw Todd Rundgren at our county fair. I ran into Ric Ocasek (lead singer of The Cars) and his wife, Paulina Porizkova, at a rest stop on the Taconic State Parkway. (They live in the area, as does Liam Neeson, who once waved to my mother as she drove by while he was on horseback. Robert DeNiro is another Hudson Valley resident. My brother has been in his house to service the fire extinguishers.)

Back to Ric Ocasek… My daughter, Leigh, was very young at the time, and we had stopped because of a bathroom emergency. Mr. Ocasek and his wife were exiting the building as we were trying to enter. He heard the rest stop employee turn us away because the place was closing. We stressed that it was an emergency, but the employee still wouldn’t let us in. Mr. Ocasek turned back and spoke to the guy. He urged him to “let the little girl use the facilities.” The employee relented, and Leigh was able to use the bathroom, thanks to Ric Ocasek. We expressed our gratitude, and he and Paulina gave us big smiles and waved as they left.


In other news, I took a personal day on Friday to visit a SUNY college campus with Leigh. It went very well (no bathroom emergencies!). I’m really hoping that Leigh will follow through and attend this college in the fall. It’s very difficult for her to move outside her comfort zone, but she knows this is a necessary step towards accomplishing her goals. Positive thoughts would be much appreciated.

Reading:  No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Song of the Day: Let’s Go by The Cars

7 Responses to “Name Dropping Part II”

  1. mercystreet said

    Sending positive thoughts. When I lived in LA I saw stars all the time.

  2. Sasha said

    Stephanie, I lived 20 minutes from Hollywood my entire life yet you have -way- more celebrity sightings than I ever had! I think you’re a special celebrity magnet. I -loved- Lost In Space!

  3. goatbarnwitch said

    Good college vibes flying your way

  4. Bex said



    thoughts …………………………….

    your way …………………………………

  5. LeAnn said

    Positive thoughts to the college bound one!! (I’m practicing my Spinelli). I hope college will be some of the best years in her life!! I forgot to mention seeing the Beverly HillBilly’s at Silver Dollar City in 1968. They filmed a few episodes and the crowd was in the show for a lot of it. Those episodes aired recently and I tivo’d them. I saw my mom and little brother in a scene where Granny was doing some kind of medicine show. My brother was about three and now he’s 48. And all these years, I didn’t think my family had any home movies. Um, I actually know a famous (infamous is probably more appropriate) porn star, but I will only share that tidbit with you privately, and only if you ask.

  6. LA said

    Go, Leigh, and get edjimacated! ~LA

  7. Sunshyn said

    We saw Dusty Baker (was the Giants manager, then the Cubs, now the Cincinnati Reds) in a restaurant in San Francisco, but that really doesn’t count, because he grew up right up the street from me. My mom and I saw a local news personality at a restaurant, and he had a great big head (literally and figuratively). I live in Sacramento, and I have yet to run into Ahnold the Governator, but that’s mostly because I stay secure in my little cubicile. Oh, and my parents and I saw Gene Autry’s ranch burning in S. Cal when I was a little kid – that was awful. They were trying to get the horses out.

    Someone turned my husband on to two bottles of Mona-vie! Seriously. I’m not sure, yet, if it’s helping.

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