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Famous People I've Met

  • Feb 24, 2010
Vicror Borge
Classical pianist and comedic genius.
Sam Raimi
Creative force behind the EVIL DEAD flix.
Tommy Makem
One of the greatest Irish folk singers of his time.
Steve W. James
The only one who was actually a friend. Poor Steve. He died so young of pancreatic cancer before the article on him ever appeared in my fanzine THE JADE SCREEN.
Bruce Campbell
Do I really need to introduce him?
the Clancy Brothers
The most popular Irish folk group of their time--they even found themselves invited to the Playboy mansion.
John Landis
Clive Barker
I never cared much for his books or short stories but he's an incredible public speaker.
Jeffrey Combs
One of my favorite actors. Combs has never gotten he volume of work in films that he should have. Thank God for STAR TREK.
Wes Craven
Craven is a master at luring an audience in. You've never lived until you've been to a convention and listened to him describe his next project.
Kevin Smith
We're talking Xena here not CLERKS. Poor dead kevin. He would have been the breakout star from this series had he lived.
The Chieftains
The greatest instrumental current group in Irish folk music.
Ted Raimi
Sam's little brother. He was petrified at his first convention appearance but gradually learned to handle it.
Kenneth Tobey
The first movie I remember seeing was THE THING so meeting Kenneth Tobey was like coming full circle in my life. I could die happy.
John Sebastian
With or without the Loving Spoonful, Sebastian is more fun than anyone I've ever seen in concert. it's like you're sitting in his living room and he just decided to take out his guitar and sing a ouple of songs.
Hal Holbrook
I've seen Holbrook do his Mark Twain Tonigh show 3 times over the past 30 years and it's been different every single time. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see it yet again?
Tannahill Weavers
Great Scottish folk group named for the famed poet. Here's where I truly learned to love the highland war pipes.
Ian Ogilvy
A very engaging man. He claimed to be the only British actor NEVER to have been considered for the role of James Bond.
Lance Henriksen
This was back before he played nice guys. Henriksen was at Fangoria to be inducted into their Horror Hall of Fame. The place was loaded with 20 something males who had everything pierced, but I was the ONLY one brave enough to go up to Mr Scary (as he then was) and ask for an autograph. We spoke for a couple of minutes and he seemed fairly harmless.

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September 23, 2010
Ah Victor Borge is Fantastic, but about Bruce Campbell - yes you do, who on Earth is Bruce Campbell ?
September 23, 2010
I can tell instantly that you, sir, are not a horror movie fan! Bruce is the long suffering star of the EVIL DEAD series which includes ARMY OF DARKNESS.
September 23, 2010
Ha Ha you are absolutely right I do not enjoy Horror movies, unless they are very old, you know the old Frankenstein and Dracula movies from the 30's.
September 23, 2010
You gave yourself away. Bruce is a modern day icon. Aside from maybe 5 0r 6 films he's relagated mostly to cameos --everyone wants him as a cameo. He's also written a couple of books ("If Chins Could Kill--Confessions of a B-Movie Actor"), and been on several TV series ;Hercules, Xena, and his own The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. which was a great show that never caught on. Currently he's co-starring on a cable show called Burn Notice.
February 24, 2010
I didn't know that you actually met Kevin Smith. Awesome. As for the Tannahill Weavers, they have performed around here a few times. In fact, the group from Germany that I'm interviewing next month was greatly influenced by them. I'm glad you set up the data point for that.
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February 26, 2010
He was in Orlando for a Xena convention. It wasn't easy getting anywhere near him, believe me. There may have been a lot of lesbians there but as one said, he made them all consider heterosexuality. As for the Tannies, they were performing in a very small venue outdoors, which I think is probably the best place to listen to the highland war pipes. In between they'd sit around and drink with everybody and complain about the size and voraciousness of the mosquitoes.
February 27, 2010
LOL! Priceless.
March 01, 2010
The Xena part, right?: Yeah Kevin Smith was really hot. How many guys could truthfully make the claim that they had lesbians considering heterosexuality by their mere presence in a room?
March 01, 2010
Sounds a little suspicious to me. Perhaps an exaggeration or maybe they meant bisexual women who preferred female partners to male. Still, it's quite funny.
March 01, 2010
I'm sure it was a joke, but they were quite gay and Smith was quite hot.
March 18, 2010
By the way, if you like Irish traditional music, you may want to check out Cara. If you watch the video, you should be able to see other live performance footage too. I recently interviewed them and you can read that here.
March 19, 2010
They sound pretty good. Rather than ask them about favorite songs, I might have asked them about favorite groups and which musicians or groups might have influenced them the most.
March 20, 2010
I already have that info and will be including it in a future article. I didn't want to ask any questions that would be redundant for either them or me.
March 21, 2010
Well that proves it's the logical question to ask.
March 21, 2010
I find it more logical to ask questions to which I don't already know the answer. ; )
March 21, 2010
I meant that it's logical because it's already BEEN asked.
March 21, 2010
Ah, I got you.
February 24, 2010
Miss Queen B, you need to update this list because I'm just dying to know the back story and how the interactions went!  Very cool idea for a list, Karen! :)
February 24, 2010
No kidding. What I'd love to know is how she got to meet all these people!
February 26, 2010
There's no real story. I just go to a lot of conventions and most of the time it's just autograph lines or grabbing them in the hall after panel discussions etc. Steve James I met because he somehow found out about the martial arts fanzine I was publishing and he made no attempt to cover up the fact that he really wanted to be in it even though we only covered Asian films and stars. =) With Bobby Morse we went backstage after a couple of different performances over the years. and just talked. He's a friendly guy. Victor Borge was very old when I finally took my daughter to see him in concert so he wasn't going to be signing any autographs. That meant he'd be going out the back door of Ruth Eckerd Hall. So we just slipped around back and waited outside. Since it was just the two of us he didn't mind signing and talking for a few moments. I'd always wanted to see him in concert.
February 24, 2010
This list is so cool and fun! Well, my list of famous folks will have to include you, Karen!
February 26, 2010
Hey, it's not like I really KNOW these people--with the exception of poor Steve James that is.
February 26, 2010
February 26, 2010
Oh, );-p right back at ya.
February 24, 2010
Thanks for being able to remember. It must have been great for you to meet Bruce Cambell. I think the one person on your list I'd love to meet is Clive Barker. Writers are my favorite and it is awesome to discuss their books with them.
February 26, 2010
I don't care for Barker's books but boy is he a great speaker. Fascinating. And Campbell is always fun although I suspect that he's really more than a little scared of some of his fans. My friend LaVena Kay amd I had to rescue him from this one nut job who just wouldn't go away. We literally had to push him out of the way.
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