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Thursday, June 30, 2011

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  1. Audry permalink
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 6:50 am

    Who’s more famous, Paul Wylie or Kasey Kahne?

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:59 am

      Who’s Kasey Kahne?

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      • Audry permalink
        Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:56 am

        lol, I guess that answers that question – he’s a NASCAR driver

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:26 am

      Kasey Kahne… Kaye, he should be on your man list with those amazing blue eyes of his. He’s a NASCAR driver. And I was debating on saying Mark Martin. Audry, I like you!

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      • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:28 am

        That explains it . . . I actively avoid all things NASCAR.

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        • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:33 am

          And your coolness factor just fell significantly. 😦

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        • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:33 am

          I feel so sad for the giant void in your life… 🙂

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        • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:37 am

          After being in a head-on collision when someone hit me going about 50 mph, the idea of watching cars speed around in a circle and occasionally crash in to each other or the walls just doesn’t hold a whole lot of appeal for me. Oh, yeah, and before that accident (fifteen years ago), the whole idea of watching cars speed around in a circle and occasionally crash in to each other or the walls just didn’t hold a lot of appeal for me.

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      • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:37 am

        Kasey’s a cutie. I wouldn’t mind meeting him. 🙂

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        • Audry permalink
          Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:58 am

          He’s also a very nice guy. I don’t follow NASCAR, but my firm (that I work for not own) is designing his house.

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:46 pm

      To me, Paul Wylie. 🙂

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  2. Thursday, June 30, 2011 7:56 am

    Frank Peretti. My dad worked for Word Publishing as the Art Director (before it became Thomas Nelson) and he invited me to a special night where Frank Peretti was talking about the background for his newest book, The Oath. After the fascinating evening, he signed my book and told me Happy Birthday. (It was my 30th birthday present to go).

    My only claim to fame.

    Oh, get this…my grandfather taught Willie Nelson to play the piano. Ha!

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:59 am

      Frank Peretti is one of the “big name” authors I’ve never met but would like to, eventually.

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  3. Thursday, June 30, 2011 8:33 am

    Katie Holmes. I worked on Dawson’s Creek as an extra and had a couple conversations with her behind the scenes without even realizing who she was at the time. If I had only known, I’d have taken her up on that offer to go to the beach for swimming!

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  4. Shirley Soliday permalink
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:49 am

    When I was in junior high in the early 1950s, our school took us to Limestone Gap (Oklahoma) for an end-of-school picnic. At one point during that day, a few of us were playing softball not far from the nearby highway. Suddenly, a highway patrol car followed by a limousine slowed and parked beside the road. A man came out of the limo and started walking toward us. The closer he got, I recognized him from his pictures. As he came over to shake hands with us, I realized we were shaking hands with Thomas E. Dewey! He was on the way to his mother’s funeral with a highway patrol escort, and where we were was the place another highway patrolman would take over the escort. How fortunate our group of junior high students were to have been in the right place at the right time! We had quite a story to tell our fellow students who had missed it.

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:03 am

      Hmmm . . . ever the politician, huh? On his way to his mother’s funeral, but couldn’t resist the opportunity to get out of the car and shake hands with people.

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      • Shirley Soliday permalink
        Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:16 am

        How right you are! It’s humorous that we were a group of junior high students with only one or two adults with us at the time!

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        • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:25 am

          Yet smart, too, because it obviously made an impression on you—something that could have worked for him several years later when you were old enough to vote if he’d decided to keep trying for the presidency.

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  5. Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:07 am

    I’d have to say that my biggest (pun intended) celebrity run-in was when Shaquille O’Neal elbowed me in the forehead in Allen Hall when we were both students at LSU. He was so embarrassed and sweet about it, following me out of the building apologizing and making sure I was okay (the halls were very crowded). After that, we were nodding acquaintances—though he never could remember my name. I had a puppy at the time which I would take out to campus with me occasionally, so I became known to him as “the dog lady.”

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:27 am

      THAT is super cool!!!

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:10 am

      And it demonstrates just how TALL he is, if he elbowed you in the forehead! 😀

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  6. Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:31 am

    That’s a tough one. My grandmother worked at a regional theater and I volunteered there, so I’ve met a lot of people through that who were really cool, but the coolest had to be Harold Nicholas. I worked backstage on “My One and Only” and he was one of the stars. So nice, and so incredible to be around such a legend and especially to see him dance. Still amazing, even in his seventies.

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:38 am

      Talk about stories to tell—he must have been someone who could spin tales for hours!

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  7. Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:34 am

    Steven Curtis Chapman, but I don’t know if it counts – his mom and my dad are first cousins. And then there’s YOU! 🙂

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:39 am

      Why wouldn’t SCC count?

      (I don’t, though. I’m definitely not famous!)

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      • Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:09 am

        It just seems weird to claim family! 😀 And in MY circle, you ARE famous. My brother-in-law saw Orlando Bloom running down the streets of Louisville, right outside his office building, one day during the filming of “Elizabethtown.” Oh, and my husband was at Hard Rock Cafe at the Mall of America at the same time as Donny Osmond. Of course I wasn’t with him . . . Sign . . . . He said they wondered why it took so long to be seated, but then found out that nobody would leave when they knew Donny was there! 🙂

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  8. Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:41 am

    i asked stanley tucci and william h macey for directions during film festival one year

    i have run into christopher eccleston ( doctor who) and colin firth ( no actual dialogue, just passing in street). I helped Clive Owen find a book one day in our store ( he was trying so hard to be low key that i didn’t have the heart to point him out). My friend who worked at a neighbouring bookstore had viggo mortensen as a customer and made viggo call our bookstore on the phone and say hi to me. living in a big city can make for several encounters! nicest celeb ever, though, remains paul giamatti! he was a regular at the store i worked at.

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:46 am

      Living in a big city where they do a lot of film work helps, too, I’m sure. 😉

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      • Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:09 pm

        anytime you see new york in film, it is basically just toronto. it often ruins the mystique of the film when i am watching w. my friends and we yell THIS IS NOT NEW YORK

        fun fact: when they film: they often have to add litter and graffiti to our streets to make it look urban american.

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  9. Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:57 am

    In the early 90s I came to Nashville for a country radio conference. On the first day, all the performers in attendance sat in a little room recording what radio people call “liners”…those things you hear on the radio that say “Hi, this is Kenny Chesney, and when I’m in Boise I want you to think I listen to this station!”

    There were huge lines for folks like Brooks & Dunn, Shania Twain, Reba, etc.

    At one booth, a guy sat entirely alone. He was the only one from his record label in attendance. No label reps. No promoters.

    His first album had tanked without even a hit single. I knew the guy’s dad so I sat down and we talked for an hour while I should have been waiting in line for liners. 🙂

    Later that night, I was trying to sneak into the VIP parties where big city radio people are bribed….er….entertained by record labels wanting their artists played. As I was walking down a hallway at the Opryland, a hand grabbed me and pulled me into a suite. It was the artist I chatted with earlier that day. He said that no one was paying attention to him so he and his guitar player were going to get a beer at one of the hotel bars. He wanted to know if I wanted to come along.

    So, I did.

    We had an awesome night. At the end of the night, this singer was due to buy another round but we all needed to go. He said that he would catch me next year. I said “sure” highly doubting he would even remember me the next year.

    Before the next radio seminar, “Indian Outlaw” hit. So did “Don’t Take The Girl.” Tim McGraw was the biggest thing at the radio seminar.

    On the first night of the event, there was a huge gathering in a massive ballroom at Opryland. Thousands of people all pretending they were glad to see each other and that everyone enjoyed each other’s company.

    While I was walking around someone tapped me on the shoulder. It was Tim holding a Bud.

    “I’ll bet you thought I’d forget.”

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:09 am

      Very cool.

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:01 pm

      Awesome story! You win! 🙂 That says an awful lot about his character, too…

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  10. Lori C permalink
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:05 am

    I’ve met Steven Curtis Chapman twice and Mike Huckabee. The day I met Mike Huckabee, he was doing a book signing. As I was l getting ready to leave, I noticed the Duggars from the show “19 Kids and Counting” were there. I got to talk to Jim Bob and Michelle. She was pregnant with #19 at the time.

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 11:09 am

      How neat is that!

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    • Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:44 pm

      My mom is from Little Rock, and one of my cousins works for AT&T in Little Rock. He had to go out to Mike Huckabee’s house once to work on his phone line and said he was a really nice guy, very down to earth and friendly. Then he spent an hour laying in Mike’s driveway waiting for his back to stop hurting enough so he could get back in his truck!

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  11. Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:10 pm

    B. J. Thomas when I was 18!

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  12. Rebekah W permalink
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:37 pm

    I got to meet Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, and Tracy Gallagher… oh and Fireflight!

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    • Rebekah W permalink
      Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:39 pm

      Got a pic with Michael Tait…holla!

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  13. Keith permalink
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:32 pm

    Met Sonic Flood, Andrew Peterson and Mark Slaughter (of the band Slaughter) at a charity concert I helped arrange for a family to adopt a child from China. They all played for free. Great bunch of guys. Oh, and I almost ran smack into (literally stopped an inch from her) Ashley Judd after a Kentucky basketball game.

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  14. Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:42 pm

    Debbie Macomber at conference in 2009. Such a sweet lady and she was thrilled to meet another sock-knitter. I love her books.

    I’ve also met Avalon and Mark Schultz, at a concert here.

    My dad was on the same plane as Larnelle Harris once, and he’s a big fan.

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  15. Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:59 pm

    Chris Botti, trumpeter extraordinaire! 🙂 I’ve also met Karen Kingsbury, Liz Curtis Higgs, Shaun Groves, Mandisa, Terri Blackstock…I don’t think I’m forgetting anybody. 😉

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  16. Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:30 pm

    Roger Clemens. He signed a baseball card for my son at U of F. Didn’t get a pic, though.

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  17. Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:48 pm

    Leonard Nimoy, 1975. Met him at the airport as part of a welcoming committee to UNC-Asheville. Spent the day in the lecture hall & dinner in the evening with him.

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  18. Thursday, June 30, 2011 5:58 pm

    This is hard to say I have meet many Cricketers from Australia and other countries I have gotten on TV thanks to a few but cant say who was the most famous. I shared a lift with a few members of the federal government once. One I am not sure of his name was really polite and friendly. The other was a real snob. I was below him and he was quite rude I think the others were a little embarrassed about his behaviour. I had shared the lift up at the hotel earlier so it was funny to be sharing it down when they were going to a conference and me to mcdonalds the nice one actually said something about enjoy your mcdonalds. Just dont know his name.

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  19. Thursday, June 30, 2011 9:57 pm

    I’ve met many Olympic Gymnasts via post-olympic tours, including Nadia Comenaci, Dominique Moceanu, Amy Chow, Amanda Borden and some others whose names I can’t possibly spell, lol.

    Also met a few authors including Nicholas Sparks and Sophie Kinsella (and gone with my mom when she met Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber)

    But the most famous person, at least to me, was Jane Seymour. My mom and I drove up (about 4 hours) to pick up my grandma so that she could come with us because it was somewhat near her because she, like my mom and I, is a big Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman fan. She was the nicest woman possible. She chatted with everyone, and not only signed her book for me but my dr quinn season 1 dvd set, took a picture with me, and then insisted on one with my mom and grandma and me as well. She’s a lot shorter in person, even with heels on, than she ever looked on tv.

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