Speaking of knowing people in HS. While I don't expect people to know him nationally, I grew up up with Drew Burgoyne, chief meteorologist for Channel 58 (CBS) in Milwaukee. Grew up with him in Naperville, IL. I even had CCD at their house
Which schools did you go to in Naperville?
See if anyone remembers this name.. Hawthorne Wingo! And as a kid, Phil Jackson. Lou Holtz also paid to be at a medical conference.
Can I count Spectacular Bid as a celebrity? Was a Pinkerton guard assigned to him at the Belmont 4 decades ago.
And I do count Mike as a celebrity.
Edit-- golfed with Tim Raines blackjack table with Smoking Joe Frazier
Eli Manning when we were both in high school.
Nice guy? Were you friends? Did you play together?
(For my part, I don't think I've encountered many celebrities where you wouldn't expect to encounter them. The only ones I've spoken to outside of the normal places you might see them are Kurt Angle (Pittsburgh Airport) and Triple H (restaurant). I was pretty struck running into the latter because I was a big wrestling fan at the time and just young in general. In both cases, I didn't say much or ask for an autograph or anything.)
I've seen a few in casinos, but I haven't talked to any of them. Most of them I don't even recognize until it is mentioned latter that we saw such-and-such person.
Here are some that I can recall seeing.
- Rick Petino (basketball coach)
- James Brown (CBS announcer)
- Captain Lou Albano (Wrestling icon at the craps table)
- Frank Gorshen (comedian)
- Jim Nabors (Golly!)
- Harold Carmichael (NFL player)
- Joe Pepitone (Yankee)
- Andre 'Dice' Clay (comedian)
- Jay Leno (comedian)
- Lawrence Taylor (NFL player)
- Jack Carter (comedian)
- John Patrick (gambler)
- Donald Trump ( I was in the elevator with him at the Trump Castle)
I don't see any celebrities anymore since my visits are during the daytime.
Met some of the actual people involved in Blackhawk Down when I was in the military, so they were kind of "military celebrities."
Handful of politicians, biggest of which was Donald Rumsfeld while he was SecDef under Bush. He gave a talk, answered questions, and met people afterwards. He seemed kind of clueless and lost the ENTIRE time, like he didn't want to be there at all and didn't care if it showed. This wasn't long before he retired, so I think he was just phoning it in.
Pete Rose was probably the biggest, and maybe the only, sports celebrity I've met.
Saw plenty more famous people that I didn't officially meet face to face, including a couple of Presidents, several sports celebrities (in public, not while competing), and a ton of actors.
Trump Plaza used to be packed with celebrities fight nights, especially when Tyson was fighting. Drank beer with King Kong Bundy (old wrestler) the night on the Foreman-Cooney fight known as the “Preacher vs the Puncher” when George was starting his comeback.
Still friends with Jon Gosselin, though not sure that counts these days. He’s a great guy and nothing like the media portrayed him after his divorce.
I went to high school with 3 members of Linkin Park (not the dead one). I was friends with the guitarist and played in several bands with him. The lesser known band Hoobastank were about a year ahead of me, but didn't know them. They got pretty big, just not massive like LP. They sing that song, The Reason.
I used to car pool to work with Dan Mintz, a comedian. After he quit, my boss saw him on Jimmy Kimmel. Now he plays the daughter with the male voice on Bob's Burgers. Extremely nice guy.
I haven't met him. But my mom was a teacher. One of her best friends, another teacher, got picked up by a guy at Home Depot. He turned out to be the creator of Boondocks. They got married. My mom also knows Geneviève Bujold, a fairly big movie star in the past. They wanted her to be Captian Janeway, but she declined. I've been to a party at her beach house in Malibu.
My dad's company sponsored the Wooden Awards so I got to meet Wooden several times, and some nominees briefly, including Shaq. Wooden was great. Exactly what you'd hope for.
Seen tons of celebs. Even in my younger days, I was poor at recognizing them. So who knows how many I've walked right past. On that note, my girlfriend and I had dim sum one day. I was facing Mira Sorvino at another table. I had a big crush on her. In person, I saw a pretty woman but didn't recognize her. My GF told me later, but didn't tell me in the restaurant because she didn't want me gawking at Mira the whole time.
We had a quick conversation in the tunnels of the RCA dome after his brothers first game.
We were just talking sports and I knew it was Peyton’s little brother because he was a kid my age that looked somewhat like Peyton Manning.