Wednesday, December 21, 2005

A Brush with His Greatness


We've all had the experience. Being at the right place, at the right time, bumping into a celebrity, a real honest to goodness superstar. My favorite experience is the fact that I was in a movie with Christopher Reeve,Street Smart. Okay, so were 400 of my classmates (our school was used in the background), but during several takes, I walked right beside Superman. I had a few other brushes with celebrities, but that's my favorite one. It was pretty sweet.

My personal all-time favorite celebrity is Wayne Gretzky. He is THE Great One. As you've probably heard, his mother past away on Monday, in his hometown of Brantford, On. This is where Sue's sister, Lynn, and her family live. Steve (my brother-in-law) once bumped into Walter Gretzky, almost literally, in the local grocery store. Walter did stop to sing a song with my niece and did shake Steve's hand. I'm sure you've already guessed the ending of this story, but I'll tell all the same.

Steve and Lynn were at the Keg for Steve's company Christmas party. They were getting ready to leave the restaurant and one of Steve's coworkers said to him, "Wayne Gretzky is here right now." Steve was like, "Oh sure, we know he's in town, but what are the odds that he's here right now." Just as they were about to head out the door, here comes The Great One. Walking right toward Steve, close enough to be within arms reach. Lynn saw him too. Of course, Steve being a man of great politeness and thoughtfulness, he didn't say anything. However, the minute they got home he called to tell me.

Although I would have wanted to say something to him, I'm sure I would have been paralyzed in awe. And hopefully, I would have had the tact to respect his mourning.

Who have you met?

11 comments:

ShortstoP said...

I've met an actor from this really great movie, I don't know if you've heard of it....Sci-Fighters?

Lynette Adams said...

Did Sue tell you that we had our picture taken together with Nelson Mandela? He was great. Kinda quiet.

Melissa said...

I met Mark Messier when I was in high school...that was back in my Edmonton Oiler...New York Ranger days. I got his autograph...I was excited!!
Melissa

Why said...

I talked to Rob Lowe once. He was in Montreal filming "Hotel New Hampshire." On that same day, I spoke to (at the time kid actor) Seth Greene AND held Nastasia Kinski's dog.
I also kissed the lead singer of Glass Tiger many moons ago.
I also had Steve Tyler from Aerosmith ask me the way to the men's room at the hotel I worked at here in Zurich.

Why said...

Oh yeah! All the Titcombes will surely remember Jasson Finney from high school. That stuck up jerk. He's made a film with Halle Barry! You can look him up under Google for a laugh.

Darcy's Mama said...

Kathleen, that's hilarious!

As for my brush with fame, I've had minimal experience with this. Does the fact that I went to school with Tom Green before he became famous count?

Then there was the time I almost hit Alanis Morisette with my car. That was before "Jagged Little Pill". Imagine what I could have saved the world from...

Darcy's Mama said...

Oh yeah, I've met Steve Yzerman and Paul Henderson too.

I forgot about the hockey players until I re-read Melissa's comments.

Stef said...

I am apparently a loser. I have never met anyone famous.

Why said...

But you were married to John Taylor ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Colin: Kilts and Kippers! said...

I've gotten free mouthpieces and played with Dave Monette, the Trumpet maker for the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Maynard Ferguson. I also waved at Melenie Griffith at LAX.

Why said...

Well I held open the door for Laura Brannigan at a record store in Montreal! She even said thank you.