David Letterman used to have a feature on his show called "Brushes with
Greatness." Members of the audience would share stories of encounters
with famous people. And so…
1. Tell us about a time you met someone famous.
I think I’ve told my embarassing story about meeting Mick Fleetwood when I was 17 and not knowing he was a drummer, so we’ll try a different one, which is more of a brush with infamy. When I was a little girl, my dad was in the U.S. Senate. One week he was invited to attend church at the White House, but he was going to be out of town and had to decline. An invitation came for the following week, which happened to be my 8th birthday. Coincidentally, it was a rule that children had to be at least 8 to attend the service! Off I went with my parents. I must have told someone it was my birthday, because after church we went through a receiving line and the President knew! Imagine my Democratic father’s, er, delight (!) when his young daughter received a big birthday hug from Richard Milhous Nixon!!
He autographed my bulletin from the service. St. Casserole tells me it might be worth something. I think it’s worth more to me as a good story. My major disappointment that day? Julie came to the service, but we heard that Tricia had been out late the night before, and I didn’t get to see her.
2. Tell us about a celebrity you’d like to meet.
That’s an easy one. It has to be my TV Boyfriend, Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s Countdown.
3. Tell us about someone great who’s *not* famous that you think everyone oughta have a chance to meet.
In service of my last post, me!
4. Do you have any autographs of famous people?
Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, and I have a book signed by Madeleine L’Engle some years ago. It was neat to meet her.
5. If you were to become famous, what would you want to become famous for?
Writing a fascinating and helpful book.
Bonus: Whose 15 minutes of fame was up long, long ago?