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When I worked for Sony, I ran into a couple of celebrities. I've never been one for screaming or losing my dignity just because someone's famous so I have no cause to look back, embarrassed. I've talked to Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada one of the many times the Yankees were in Kansas City. Now, I'll be honest: I don't follow sports. When they came in, wearing jeans and tee-shirts, I thought that they looked familiar but I didn't want to be that girl. You know, "Oh my god! *tee hee* You look like Derek Jeter!" Fortunately, the manager was in the store and announced it over the headset. They came in, looked around and were getting ready to leave when I looked up at them, "Guys, I don't mean to be uncouth but my (then) boyfriend is a huge Yankees fan. May I have your autograph?"
Jeter looked over my shoulder, "Only if we can have a free computer."
I smiled, "Sorry. I'm not that cool."
They laughed and gave me their autographs.

I offended Jimmy John Liautaud when he came in. He wanted several things and presented a black American Express. I had no idea who he was or what this fake looking thing he handed me was so I asked to see his driver's license. He looked at me oddly but showed it anyway. Despite that, I had the highest sale that day.

I didn't get to talk to him, but Lewis Black is very quiet in person.

And the one I'm most proud of is, of course, one of my favorite authors, Patricia Kennealy- Morrison. I fell in love with her books at Emporia State but didn't think of writing to her until I found one of her websites by accident. It listed a P.O Box so I wrote her a note expressing my admiration. Not long after that, I found her 'blog and petitioned to be added to her friend's list. I've always found my interactions with her exceedingly pleasant and polite... and the best part... she interacts with her fans! There's none of the standoffishness that one associates with writers like the late J.D. Salinger.

Date: 2010-03-16 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardqueen.livejournal.com
Ohhhhhh....you are so sweet! But I refuse to have "fans", dear one. I have readers. You're my readers, and I'm your writer.

And I've never understood why any writer, or indeed any human being, would want to be like Jerry Salinger. Where's the fun in that??

Date: 2010-03-16 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danika-ni-sidhe.livejournal.com
I stand corrected. :)

I think he was worried about the vapid people who read his stuff and tried to talk to him about it. I've never read his work due to a lack of interest.

Date: 2010-03-16 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizardqueen.livejournal.com
Good point, but maybe if he hadn't made such a big honking reclusive mystery of himself, he might not have had that problem. I myself think he was VASTLY overrated as a writer, and found him both precious and pretentious.

Date: 2010-03-19 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ivoryisis.livejournal.com
I've met Billy Corgan. He struck me as very much like me, it weirded me out. He was EXACTLY like how I thought he'd be. I was like, damn, I'm good. He was a very nice person, really got along well with him, although didn't have as much of an interaction with him as I had wanted. Met Tori Amos too, she was very cool and very nice, polite, friendly, quirky and funny.

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Date: 2012-07-22 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] patricaogenu.livejournal.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMzgVshG6CI

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