In my life, I have had precious few celebrity meetings, despite avidly following the entertainment industry and living near L.A.
Around 1990, I met Michael Gira of the Swans. His band had just released The Burning World, and was playing a free concert at UCSD, where I went to school. I handed him a pile of CDs to autograph. I also got Jarboe’s autograph, but did not get to meet her; she was a bit more antisocial.
Around 1992, I went to see Concrete Blonde play a “secret” show at the Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood. Bernadette Peters was also in attendance, and I do believe that I helped scare her off by loudly mentioning her presence to a friend. Sometime near this happening, I met Johnette Napolitano, lead singer of Concrete Blonde, in a Tower Records in L.A.
I have met two bishops of the Phoenix diocese, Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien, and Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted.
Last June, I rented a car and drove out to Los Angeles again to try and meet Melissa Joan Hart. I didn’t quite get my wish, but I did get to see her live, promoting her TV show, Melissa & Joey, and I was able to ask a question from the audience. The next day, I visited her candy store, Sweet Harts, in Sherman Oaks.
That’s about all I can recall off the top of my head…