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Gregg Bolinger
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I am not one of those poeple that gets all crazy when I see someone famous. However there are about 2 or 3 people I wouldn't mind meeting if I had the chance to just sit and talk with them. I could care less about autographs and such. I would rather be able just chat. But I would second guess myself if actually given the opportunity because I think we get so wrapped up in someone's famous persona that we fail to realize they may not really be that way. Performers perform after all.

So I am afraid that I would be so disappointed in the person I met and it would ruin my image of them. My question is has this ever happened to you? Has anyone ever met someone famous in person that they were really disappointed in and would rather have never met them at all?


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Jesse Torres
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I saw Michael Jordan in 1998, while visiting an eye doctor in Chicago. This was during the height of the second Chicago Bulls 3peat. I could not believe me eyes. I literally was 12 feet away from a legend. So I naturally smiled at him and made eye contact. Instead of at least returning a pleasurable gesture, Michael Jordan frowned at me and covered his face with the magazine that he was reading. After this moment, I completely lost my admiration for Michael Jordan. Upon remembering this awkward moment, I remember Jordan�s conceited personality.
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I have somehow had the opportunity to meet various filmstars, and every time I thought, "Well, they look better on-screen". The one notable difference was S.Indian actress Meena. She does really have big pretty eyes.

But seriously, I have read the travelogue of more than one traveller who got a chance to meet Dalai Lama, and they came away more than impressed!

Maybe I will get a chance to meet him someday.
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I used to work personal security for rock concerts: I was bonded, which meant that I could actually lay hands on people if I had to(note: most security guys are told to never, never lay hand on people, as it could bring a lawsuit). this was at the Alrosa Villa nightclub in Columbus, which is the same club where Darrell Abbot of Pantera was shot two weeks ago.

It was a great gig and I loved it. I got paid to hang around with rock stars all night long. The rockers liked me because I could hold a conversation and I was there to protect them: the managers like me because I showed up on time and got the work done. I have great memories of it, I'm still good friends with the GM: we used to work the door together.

Of all the people I met, I remember being most impressed by Bono from U2. He was generous with his time, kind to his fans, and polite to the staff. I remember one girl speaking to him in tears because she was so excited. He calmed her down, listened to her, invited her and her friends front and center, and contributed to her campaign. This is all with no cameras around, mind you, and it never made the papers. Very impressive.

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Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:
Instead of at least returning a pleasurable gesture, Michael Jordan frowned at me and covered his face with the magazine that he was reading. After this moment, I completely lost my admiration for Michael Jordan. Upon remembering this awkward moment, I remember Jordan�s conceited personality.


Most celebs are constantly assaulted by people wanting something from them (ranging from signatures to sexual favours to money to, well you get the idea).
Not responding and hiding probably become second nature to them.


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Joe King
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Originally posted by Jeroen Wenting:

Most celebs are constantly assaulted by people wanting something from them (ranging from signatures to sexual favours to money to, well you get the idea).
Not responding and hiding probably become second nature to them.


A lot of celebs, especially sports stars, spend a lot of their time surrounded by people like agents who profit from boosting the celeb's ego as much as possible. It must be hard for some celebs to have an accurate view of the world from within their bubble of marketing. If someone has had years of being told how great they are, then perhaps they begin to look down on other people.
Frank Silbermann
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Originally posted by Jesse Torres:
I saw Michael Jordan in 1998, while visiting an eye doctor in Chicago. This was during the height of the second Chicago Bulls 3peat. I could not believe me eyes. ... So I naturally smiled at him and made eye contact. Instead of at least returning a pleasurable gesture, Michael Jordan frowned at me and covered his face with the magazine that he was reading. After this moment, I completely lost my admiration for Michael Jordan. Upon remembering this awkward moment, I remember Jordan�s conceited personality.
That wasn't my experience when I saw him on campus at the University of North Carolina. Of course, that was back in the early '80s, but he was already something of a local celebrity (having led the Tar Heels to the top of college basketball the previous year).
Jeroen Wenting
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Originally posted by Joe King:


A lot of celebs, especially sports stars, spend a lot of their time surrounded by people like agents who profit from boosting the celeb's ego as much as possible. It must be hard for some celebs to have an accurate view of the world from within their bubble of marketing. If someone has had years of being told how great they are, then perhaps they begin to look down on other people.


That too of course, all depends on the person in question.
Some (maybe many) go more than a bit insane...
Helen Thomas
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I've probably passed many celebs and not known it. London is one place that celebs can move freely without being mobbed, unless they draw attention to themselves like travelling in a limo. So few in London.


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This is slightly off-topic...

I've had a number of email correspondences with "minor" celebrities. These include people like Roger Ebert, Patrick Moore (co-founder of Greenpeace), and Dan Ingalls (one of Smalltalk's chief designers). Most have gone well, and I'm always amazed at how most of these people will take the time to respond.

In contrast, I almost never receive answers from politicians. I've written emails to my local representatives, to my state representatives, to my governor, to US senators, to candidates for president. Yet I haven't received an answer from a politician in over ten years.

The best experience was with Roger Ebert. I generally find myself agreeing with his reviews, but I perceived a recent movie review as unfair due to his political bias. I sent a long, reasonably polite but pointed email to him. He gracefully responded (and we continued a short dialog thereafter). While I didn't agree with his viewpoints, nor he with mine, he showed a good deal of respect and courtesy in his replies. I think he's a class act. Too bad there are so few people like him, people who are able to demonstrate respect for others with differing opinions.

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Helen Thomas
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Meet A Star disappointments.

Guy Ritchie wants to meet Tony Blair because he thinks TB can benefit from Kabbalah. :roll:
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