The very first celebrity that I ever met wasn't even human! I met Benji the dog, THAT Benji, when I was around seven years old when he appeared at Barger's Drugs and Gifts in Lake Charles, LA. He shook my hand and somewhere in the world my mother has a photo of me and my sister sitting with Benji and his trainer (who's name escapes me right now). I thought it was so cool that when we took the picture, Benji put his paw on me. Ahh, childhood, I miss ya!
I can honestly say that I've met one Super Bowl champion. He sat just a few seats behind me on an airplane trip to Denver. While on the flight, myself and plenty of other people noticed that the flight attendants were paying a lot of attention to one particular passenger. That passenger turned out to be Denver Broncos defensive back, Tyrone Braxton. He signed my airline ticket for me and talked freely with everyone on the flight. He was a really cool guy.
In Biloxi, MS at CoastCon 34, the oldest and largest sci-fi, fantasy, and gaming convention in Mississippi, I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Graham. If you were a fan of the 1990's television program Alien Nation, you'll recognize Graham as Detective Sikes from that show. He's been on a number of other TV series, including Enterprise. He's also been in many movies.
Before going to the convention, I did a little research on Mr. Graham in order to have something besides Alien Nation to talk with him about. If you venture over to his webpage, you'll find that he is an ultra-conservative person when it comes to politics, so I ask him jokingly who, outside of Tom Selleck, could he talk to in Hollywood circles. His answer was both interesting and revealing as he listed a number of notable film and television stars who are very conservative.
We talked a bit longer and then I scooped up an autographed photo from him. He was a very nice gentleman and held nothing back when talking politics. Whether you agree or disagree with any or all of his views, you have to respect him for being open about them.
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