Working in college radio, at a record store and for a few publications in my time, I've had some back stage passes. Plus I'm married to a serious collector, and we've made a point of hunting down a few specific celebrities. What I find most interesting is who is really nice and who feels they need to make a point of being famous.
I met Coop at a convention. I love his art, (you may have seen his devil girls) and I really love his typefaces. I was much more star-struck meeting this little artist than by much better known rock stars. He really does sign his name like that.
So many of us would have never survived puberty without Judy Blume's books, like "Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret" and "Forever" - I met her at the National Book Festival. No surprise she was mobbed by fans. She looks incredible for her age.
I met "The Hedgehog" at a screening of his autobiographical film "Porn Star" - which is worth a viewing, if you have an open mind. He is one of the friendliest stars I have ever met. I guess that should not be a surprise.
Adam West was at a convention signing autographs. He was one of the first autographs I paid for, and I quickly learned that you better really want that signature because you're not paying for a friendship.
My husband got me interested in Black Sabbath, and we splurged on the VIP package when Dio played with the rest of the Sabbath line up as Heaven & Hell. We got to meet the entire band before the show, get our photos taken, autographs and all. What a blast! Totally worth it. Ronnie is fighting cancer now, I wish him all the best. He is a super-friendly guy, and the rest of the band is very appreciative of their fans too.
We got a rare chance to meet Ozzy when he introduced a line of clothing at our local Nordstrom. Weird! But we bought our shirts for the chance to stand in line and get a photo with the great Ozz! Not a lot of interchange with the Prince of Darkness, but a priceless photo, nonetheless.
Rob did an appearance here in D.C. a few years back and was very open to signing some autographs and posing for photos afterward. He signed my copy of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) "
When I started working at The Washington Post a few years ago, everyone wanted to know if I would be meeting Bob Woodward. Well, I did. It happened at a book signing here at the Post, but I met him - along with several other talented journalists...
I have to include Peter because he made me shake in my boots. My future husband and I got the chance to go on the Type O Negative tour bus to meet him back when we were writing for a music tabloid. I was just ga-ga for Peter, he was a real heavy metal pinup. It was a good thing I wasn't the one doing the interview because I was too busy drooling. Ah, memories!
I can't believe I almost forgot - I met the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, they were both so fabulous - on Martin Luther King Day just before the Inauguration. Wow. I got hugs from both of them at a volunteer thing I was at. They are both big on hugs. I can't tell you all the ropes I jumped to be sure I was in line for a hug. Fabulous ladies that are doing all kinds of wonderful things for our country, no matter what you think of their husbands.