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post #1 of 27
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So after the Top 5 Things Thread, I was thinking about a claim to fame thread

heres mine

I nearly knocked Patrick Stewart (Jean Luc Picard - Star Trek) off a seat

He was in The Leeds Playhouse, having a drink waiting to see a play. I´m not a trekkie but love Star Trek, so went over to ask for his autograph. How wierd is it trying to talk to famous people. or what
Anyhoo.......this was during days after Xmas and before New Year, he gave me his autograph and I thanked him and then wished him Happy Christmas realised what I said (Xmas aleady gone) and slapped him on his shoulder saying "how stupid of me Xmas has already gone, eh" he really wobbled on his seat and had to sabalise himself.
Needless to say I made a prompt exit and hoped the ground would open up
post #2 of 27
Nope. I have no claim to fame. But your story is pretty funny!!
post #3 of 27
Well, I am connected to Kevin Bacon in just 5 steps, if that means anything in the greater scheme of things.

I've been on TV several times for several different reasons (I'm a good public speaker, and have been intereviewed at several charitable events,) including a press conference I held when my daughter's attacker was being released from lock-up.

I've done over a decade of musical theater, and had several lead roles in plays...

Hmmmm....can't think of anything else at the moment....

Oh ya - I met Gloria Steinham in the 90s, shook her hand, and thanked her for having shaped my upbringing.
post #4 of 27
Harry Hamlin (Clash of the Titans, LA Law) is actually a 3rd or 4th cousin on my mother's side.
post #5 of 27
My cousin Jamie Richmond is a pitcher for the Danville Braves Baseball team, so hopefully soon he will be called up to the majors and that will be my claim to fame
post #6 of 27
I did a phone interview with Rick Allen of Def Leppard for my website.

www.handidrummed.com/interviews/rick_allen.php

It almost didn't happen. He was supposed to call on I think a Saturday at 7pm my time (he's in CA). I stayed up until 2am, and he never called, so I went to bed. The next day I got up at and I think around noon I got a phone call from his wife. "Hi Rob, this is Lauren Allen, Rick's Wife. Rick was busy yesterday and he appologizes for missing your appointment, but he would like to do the interview with you now. Are you available or should he call back?" Well of course I wasn't prepared but I didn't want to say for her to call back because who knows So I scrambled around for everything I needed and did the interview. It was a thrill for my wife too because I put him on speaker phone, and she's a big Def Leppard fan, so she got to listen in.
post #7 of 27
I went to school (elementary through high) with Edward Norton. He was a year ahead of me.
post #8 of 27
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I went to school (elementary through high) with Edward Norton. He was a year ahead of me.
I am so jealous! I've had a crush on him for years.
post #9 of 27
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I am so jealous! I've had a crush on him for years.

So did I-when I was in 4th grade
post #10 of 27
All these show my age:

I was the first person in the UK to get divorced without a lawyer (in the early 70s). I made all the papers, including 'Time' magazine and was interviewed on the BBC. I got loads of hate mail afterwards.

I was at school in the same class as Jackie Bisset (and she was so beautiful she never got any dates because the guys were frightened of her)

I once slept with Anthony Andrews ( he was sitting next to me on a flight and we were both in first class so our seats reclined together). So much for your dirty minds!

Of course in my journalist days I interviewed many famous people, politicians and stars, but that is part of the job.
post #11 of 27
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Harry Hamlin (Clash of the Titans, LA Law) is actually a 3rd or 4th cousin on my mother's side.
That would suck to be related to a hunka-hunka like him.

I have several....

I am a published songwriter ( someday someone famous will record me). Bryan Harvey former MLB All Star was my next door neighbor growing up. I went to high school with Denzel Washington's wife. I met Todd Rungren at a local recording studio when I was 17.

I have several others that I can't brag about here. If I ed I would...
post #12 of 27
You are quite the celeb, Jenny!
post #13 of 27
Nope nothing really. The closest thing that I could think of was that I use to go to White Stripes gigs before they became big.

B used to go see Nirvana in Seattle before they made it big.
post #14 of 27
Tiggy the tiger (alias Tony the Tiger) is my boy!
post #15 of 27
Walter Cronkite has quoted me several times in his newscasts.

Many years ago, when I was just out of high school (1965), one of our high school football players collapsed after a blow to the head and died. Mr. Cronkite's people were in town gathering information on the subject of high school sports injuries. While there, they used the high school journalism team to do other things such as the gathering of colloquialisms.

A girl on the team asked me if I had any "sayings." This was in Florida and I had grown up listening to tourists complain about everything and stay and stay and come back again the next year and keep on complaining. So I would sometimes say, "If you don't like it here, the same road that brought you down will take you right back where you came from." The girl asked if I wanted my name used. I was still in the grips of my pretended sophistication and thought it would be tacky to put my name on it so I said no.

I have heard Mr. Cronkite quote me three times throughout the years and have wondered how I would feel if he used my name. I still think I would rather be anonymous.
post #16 of 27
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Walter Cronkite has quoted me several times in his newscasts.

Many years ago, when I was just out of high school (1965), one of our high school football players collapsed after a blow to the head and died. Mr. Cronkite's people were in town gathering information on the subject of high school sports injuries. While there, they used the high school journalism team to do other things such as the gathering of colloquialisms.

A girl on the team asked me if I had any "sayings." This was in Florida and I had grown up listening to tourists complain about everything and stay and stay and come back again the next year and keep on complaining. So I would sometimes say, "If you don't like it here, the same road that brought you down will take you right back where you came from." The girl asked if I wanted my name used. I was still in the grips of my pretended sophistication and thought it would be tacky to put my name on it so I said no.

I have heard Mr. Cronkite quote me three times throughout the years and have wondered how I would feel if he used my name. I still think I would rather be anonymous.
My 'claim to fame' also has to do with him! When I was a kid, my family was on vacation and he and his grandkid were at the same ice cream shop as us, and they sat down at our table (it was a long picnic table) and ate with us. I don't remember much of it except that he was a very nice guy.
post #17 of 27
Well... 20+ years ago I used to know a lot of musicians, and they would come to my parties if they were in town. The ones that come to mind are the Ramones, the B-52s, Blondie... I hung out with Debbie Harry for a couple of days and showed her the good places to go shopping for clothes.

I dated Junior Brown for a year, and we remained friends after that.

These days I know a couple of Canadian actors, and a couple of Olympic athletes (fencing and rowing). My husband's friends with the guys in Bare Naked Ladies, so I've gotten to know them, too.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch

p.s. My nephew was the founder/CEO of AudioGalaxy... does that count?
post #18 of 27
Let's see.....

I was hit on by actor Terrance Howard http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005024/, he told me my eyes were "absolutely stunning...." and boasted that he could take me to the Academy Awards.... he lives in my neighborhood, I had sold him jewelry several times, and have run into him many times since then....I said no when he asked me to go out....I had just been with my DH for 2 months, and didn't even know who Terrance Howard was 7-8 years ago....however when he gave me his credit card, the girl who worked next door to me was calling me on the phone freaking out "omg that's terrance howard!" I was like WHO?! He is very handsome in real life....but I have seen him looking a wreck too....

I just danced (and smacked his booty) with Vanilla Ice on NYE.....

I have partied with a few Eagles players, including Donovan McNabb in some of the clubs here in the city.

I have partied with Dennis Rodman here in Philly.
post #19 of 27
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I just danced (and smacked his booty) with Vanilla Ice on NYE.....
Everytime I see him on TV I think of you and just bust out laughing!!
post #20 of 27
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My cousin Jamie Richmond is a pitcher for the Danville Braves Baseball team, so hopefully soon he will be called up to the majors and that will be my claim to fame
hes hawt!
post #21 of 27
In my youth I was a highly ranked synchronized swimmer. This sport did not get inducted into the Olympics till 1984 - so I missed it (although we had world competitions)

I had a rock star bf for a few months...but I dont want to name names
post #22 of 27
I got to talk to author R.A. Salvatore (famous for his Forgotten Realms books among others - he also wrote the novelization for Star Wars Episode 2) when he visited my school a few years ago - he even gave me his email address!

A close friend of mine (we grew up together) is good friends with Clint Dempsey of the New England Revolution and the U.S. World Cup team - my brother got to go to Schlitterbahn with him and they have photos together.

Um....Apparently Patrick Dempsey has a lakehouse on the same lake as my parents. He showed up once at the emergency room at the hospital where my parents work with his daughter and only one nurse recognized who he was. Every time we're on the lake every wants to know which house is his!
post #23 of 27
Well lets see........... I went to school with Charles Barkley ..........he was a few years older.

I was in a TV commercial for a local restaurant when I was in my early 20's. (so was Jim and several other friends). I was on a local TV show as a kid, Sergeant Jack.

I think thats about it. I havent been famous since my early 20's
post #24 of 27
SwampWitch, I am impressed. I LOVE Junior Brown. I saw him live in Kansas City, and watching him play is amazing! My SO's brother is a studio musician in Nashville, and he heard somewhere that JB was a real jerk. Tell me it ain't so!
post #25 of 27
My cousin is James Godwin from "The United" (really popular band around here). (he's the bass player)

I also know Joey from Egypt Central. I've been awesome friends with him for quite a long time. He even jumped off stage one night when I was working on of the sound booths one night and some drunk idiot wouldn't leave me and some other girls alone- he was grabbing us and essentially scaring the devil out of us. Joey got him off me and the security guards kicked the looser out(I was a music industry major for years and hung out at The NEw Daisy just about every night recording and running shows).


I also know Josey Scott from Saliva on first name basis and have hung out with him quite a few times in downtown memphis at the MRC studio. He's a very old and very dear friend.

I also am good friends with Justin from Breaking Point- i got to lay tracks with their producer several times when they recorded some stuff at MRC. It was freakin awesome!!!!!!! Justin is probably my favorite out of them all I got to help work on their remake of "Just What I Needed" It was amazing.

I used to date drummer Evan Wilons from "Further Down" we were together for quite a while He's a good guy. And he's an amazing drummer. He is a studio drummer for Ardent Records (we all love Pete Matthews!!!!) and he is also endorsed by Brady Drums out of Australia.

Lets see.....Wayne LeeLoy was my intro to music industry teacher at the U of M - talk about a cool person!!!! - we had different guest in there every single week- as a result, i got an interniship with LiveFromMemphis and many other cool opportunities to really persue my field of interest. I had the chance to meet tons of cool producers and engineers and lots of lyracists (including one who wrote some stuff for Garth Brooks) and lots of just really neat people that are essential to the music world. (My main area of focus was Rock/Punk/Alternative....but i also got to meet people in other generas)


The list goes on I was a music industry (recording tech/production engineering) major for several years. For quite a few of those years i basically lived at the studios and venues recording shows and mingling with the musicians. I know a lot of people as a result of that My cousin's band is always opening for Egypt Central and Saliva when they're in town so i know every person in those bands and get along great with them all
post #26 of 27
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SwampWitch, I am impressed. I LOVE Junior Brown. I saw him live in Kansas City, and watching him play is amazing! My SO's brother is a studio musician in Nashville, and he heard somewhere that JB was a real jerk. Tell me it ain't so!
It ain't so! He's a super-nice guy. He had severe back problems years ago - maybe someone got the wrong impression because he was in pain, or short-tempered because of the pain. Really nice guy, funny, smart, has lived through a lot. The only reason I broke up with him was because I was married at the time to my first husband (that's another story). I'm glad Junior's happily married now, and he had back surgery and it's better. He's done the music for some SpongeBobs, TV cameos, and commercials. He's a brilliant musician, I agree, and lots of fun to watch. I'm partial to this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Pjkv__Bipw

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #27 of 27
My main claim to fame is that I know someone who personally knew/knows John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. He worked at the most major music distributor (forget which one) in the U.S in the 70's and 80's and knew them because he worked in the recording studios. He was also a neighbour to George Harrison when they both lived in Hawaii and they were good friends. I was literally floored when I heard this because I am a HUGE Beatles fan.


I know quite a few local music artists as well, a few of which have played or sang internationally. One who is an organist has played for The Pope and sat in the Popemobile.

As for myself I've been on TV numerous times with the choir that I'm a member of. Recently we were on the radio for the first time.

I met Robert Bateman, he's the artist who does those wonderfully real animal paintings.

And the last one I can think of is that my uncle lived beside Robin Williams, but they never met.
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