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    My favorite brush with greatness is showing Dave Barry where the bathroom was at the Grand Wailea Hotel at the Maui Writers Conference. He has been one my writing/comedy heroes since childhood, but I was too chicken to ask him for a photograph or to autograph my buttocks.

    Of course, he probably had more important things on his mind (or bladder) at the time anyways

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    I just thought of a few more brushes-with-greatness:

    1) I had the pleasure of washing Wally "Famous" Amos' car when I was in highschool. It was at the Enchanted Lakes Chevron, and I soaped down his Volvo while his baby daughter slept in the back seat.

    He of course tipped us with bags of Famous Amos cookies...

    2) I met Marc Andreessen (the creator of "Mosaic", the first graphical WWW browser and founder of Netscape) in an elevator, back when Netscape was da shizznit in the Internet world. He's a nice guy, albeit a very boring speaker.

    3) In contrast, I briefly "met" Apple CEO Steve Jobs, backstage at an Apple Developer conference, and he (as well as his immediate "peoples") is a complete prick.

    4) This is one that probably most people in Hawaii would care less about, but I met Martin Swope, formerly of the legendary punk band, Mission of Burma, in my humble little studio in Iwilei a few years ago. At the time, it didn't occur to me who he was, but when it finally clicked, it was completely stunning to me, because thousands of Mission of Burma fans around the world have been wondering where Martin is and what he has been doing, but apparantly he's been more reclusive than Salman Rushdie. It turns out he's living in Kaneohe, playing with computers and 3d graphics programs.

    5) Meeting the Dilated Peoples crew at thier show at Pipeline last year was really cool, too. DJ Babu is one of my favorite turntablists, so meeting him was neat (though heis a man of VERY few words). I have pictures of this somewhere, but ill have to dig em out...

    6) I was a production assistant on an Elle MacPhereson fitness video shoot, and not only did I get to stay within 24 inches of her for most of the day (I was a reflector and boom-mic boy), but saw her completely naked several times as she changed outfits on set. Apparantly Australians have no shame in regards to things like that

    7) For several years, I edited George "Granny Goose" Groves' TV show, so i've spent many hours sitting in a darkened room with him sitting behind me...he's a really funny (albeit corny) guy. It was surreal at me at first, because I grew up listening to his radio show (the KGU era show) and seeing him in Mike Salta ads...hanging out with him in person was initially very wierd. He's also the only real "celebrity" whose phone number I have programmed in my cellphone (and vice versa).

    8) Back to geek fandom, I met Randal Schwartz, one of the "Holy Trinity" of the Perl programming language...like a dope, however, I never asked him to sign my copy of "Learning Perl"

    9) I had my 15 seconds of fame back in 2000 (IIRC?), when Steve Oedekerk, the guy who wrote the movies "Ace Ventura" and "Bruce Almighty", mentioned my name several times during his Keynote speech at the aforementioned Maui Writers Conference. I won't explain why he mentioned my name, because I want to keep up a bogus air of glamour about myself which does not in fact exist. :P

    10) I got to play a game of Tetris with the guy who INVENTED Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov. The guy who owns the rights to Tetris lives in Hawaii and runs his company out of the Manoa Innovation Center, so Alexy visits Hawaii often. He apparantly doesn't play his own game very much, because I (as well as my other colleagues who challenged him) beat him quite handily. Then again, he was probably just letting us win. But in any case, he is a REALLY nice guy. Not to mention really RICH. It's really refreshing to see someone with a loaded bank account be so humble and unassuming.
    Last edited by melorama; September 28th, 2004 at 06:28 PM.

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    I've met Agassi, Rafter, and Danny Couch

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    Ahhh, yeah and then some! Robert and Roland Caz, Amy and Willie K., Council Members Ann Kobayashi, Romy Cachola & Donovan DelaCruz, Mufi Hanneman (I saw him in the bank, and said "you're more handsome in person, he said, "that deserves a hug" everybody laughed and smiled. He is handsome and has charisma! ( Lucky, he didn't know I voted for Duke...he would have choked me instead!)

    Continuing...Frank Fasi,Rolando Navarette,Ben Villaflor,men and women of our Armed Forces. Dalton Tanonaka. Haven't met the following but we've emailed each other over the past two years. Gov. Linda Lingle,Congressman Ed Case (The People's Congressman) and yes, even the President of the United States of America!

    Out of all these Famous People...I talk to the most FAMOUS of all every night and throughtout the day, when I'm happy,blue,scared or just checking in with him...GOD!
    Be AKAMAI ~ KOKUA Hawai`i!
    Philippians 4:13 --- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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    Ran into Kirk Hammett of Metallica at Diamond Head Market and Grill last week. He was apparently shopping for lunch on the market side. I've been told his wife is from here and he's been sighted in town frequently.

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    When I lived on Catalina Island off of L.A., I worked for Island Express Helicopter Service. I met, shook hands and spoke with Sylvester Stalone twice. First when he arrived on island and then when he left. That was cool but the best was when they were going to cancel "The birds of paradise" T.V. show, I went to the Diamond Head recording Studio and talked with Arlo Guthry (Alice's restaurant song) for a half an hour. Totally choice!

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    Lauren Bacall in Hollywood, go figure. Tom Selleck at the Honolulu Zoo. Dated a couple of 98 Rock djs during the 80s.
    But sheesh I see Henry Kapono nearly every day. Then there are those who THINK they're really something. I remember nearly getting run over by one of the Cazamero dudes (the one in the bandana all the time), coming out of his driveway at the Nauru Tower. I decided there his shit certainly does stink and am glad I've never spent a nickel listening to his schlock.
    I'm sure I'll get nailed for that, but what do you expect, he wasn't appologetic about nearly running down a haole bitch pedestrian, LOL! I felt like I had a friggen target on me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal
    I decided there his shit certainly does stink and am glad I've never spent a nickel listening to his schlock.


    just don't diss Shimabukuro. I learned da hahd way.

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    Been in an elevator alone with Beyonce Knowles twice in the last month and she was shy but nice the first time and flirted the second time.Her boyfriend Jay-Z has 2 penthouses in my mother's and sister's building and we all know him.Years ago Whitney Houston lived in the building so met her before she moved out and married Bobby Brown and the drugs.
    Went to school with Alan Alda's daughters so met him once.A high school friend's father was seeing Dick Shawn's ex-wife and her daughter who also went to my school was dating Joey Travolta so met John at a party at their house.Another alumni was Brooke Shields and met her at a function.
    My youngest sister was a contemporary art specialist at Christies auction house and met Sean Connery and Leonardo DiCaprio and Benicio Del Toro through her.
    Have seen but not met many celebrities usually at airports or restaurants or on the streets of Manhattan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimo55
    just don't diss Shimabukuro. I learned da hahd way.
    Are you talking about Jake? Please tell more.

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    Saw Dr. Kildare (Richard Chamberlain) buying napkins at the Beretania Safeway about a year ago. See ex-Governors Waihee and Cayetano all the time for whatever reason. Have shook hands with Bill Clinton at the Blaisdell and I got Al Gore's autograph last fall at a fundraiser. Brooke Burns (Baywatch/North Shore)
    was at Queens Health Care Center at the HHV a few months ago with her daughter. She is real tall and very nice, I thought to myself, gee she has Bruce Willis probably on her cell phone and of course ex-husband Julian McMahon (from Profiler, Charmed and now Nip & Tuck).

    Also met Shaq when the Lakers trained here and several other sports stars at the Maui Invitational from David Robinson to Joe Montana to Magic Johnson.

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    man, you guys meet a lot of famous people. the only person i think of as kinda famous was the old lead singer for aha. met him on a plane to europe (on my way to a backpacking trip way back when). he was super nice and looked for me at the baggage area later. said if i had some time to join him and his group for coffee. cool guy.

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    Back in 86 while workin at da airport handling baggage, i met Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilion with deir young son at da time. They came down as Miami Sound Machine and our company handled their baggage while Robert's Hawaii handled deir sound equipment. She was so pretty in person but down to earth like any other mom. She was scolding her son in front of me! lol

    She didn't come back to perform in Hawaii ever since though if I recall, after dey had da big accident where her bus turned over and she had spinal surgery etc.

    Also met the Jet's aka the Wolfgramm Family when dey were flying out of HNL.

    I met Jesse Kuhaulua aka Takamiyama of Sumo fame... he sized me up and mustve muttered under his breath "u too small brada"! lol

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    Ova Hea, Get Plenty Kine Celeb`s. You Meet Um All Ova Da Place

    Randy Travis George Harrison Oprah Winfrey All Da Kine

    Well Known People In Da Mainland .....

    But Da Bestest Is Our Own..................

    Papa Gabb`s Pahinui, His Son`s ..... Dennis Pavao.....

    Kaleo O` Kalani Playing Nahe`nahe Music.......

    Wat Can Top Da Hawaiian Style....... Oggboy

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    I guess I can add to this list: Musashimaru aka Fiamalu Penitani I went to school with him and my Husband graduated with him, Sunny Garcia was also a classmate of mine, we saw not met Mike Dikta in the Vegas airport( I just wasn't intrested in meeting him) Baba B ( we used to hang out at the beach with the gang) I know there are a few more but I have to think for a little bit.........I'll get back to you

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    oh, man...where to start? tom selleck and the rest of the cast of magnum, dick butkus, gaylord perry, willie mccovy and a host of other hall of famers from various professional sports, pops pahinui (he played at my sister's first birthday luau)...i've interviewed george carlin, blues traveler, social distortion and a truckload of other entertainment celebrities, rossano brazzi (from here to eternity)...i've shared stages with sublime, fishbone, the toasters, the specials, hepcat, reel big fish, long beach dub all stars and countless others i can't begin to list...

    the truth is, though, that the most impressive people i've ever met are not famous and have no desire to be...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub
    the truth is, though, that the most impressive people i've ever met are not famous and have no desire to be...
    Can I get an AMEN from the congregation?

    I got to meet this guy Jamie Winpenny once, a few years back. A friend told me he was a big name in the local music scene. What a rockstar...

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    In Seattle, I saw Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and their daughter shopping at a record store.

    In New York (lived there for 2-3 years), saw quite a few. Richard Dreyfus, Gene Hackman, Glenn Close, Goldie Hawn, and quite a few others.. takes awhile to try to remember their names - saw around 10 or 15, shouldn't have seen more.. but never went to the 'celebrity-going areas' of Manhattan all that often really.

    The Cobain and Courtney was the only one that really impressed me.. and I was young and impressionable at the time as well!

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    Yeah, but did you MEET any of them, or just see them out in public?

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    oops.. just saw them in public.. didn't read this thread very well.

    i did meet BJORK though.. i was helping out and putting flyers up in the small area she was going to play that night.. she came in, checked out the stage, did a few twirls as she walked over to us, thanked us for putting up flyers, and twirled away.

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    At least she was in a good mood... I've seen video of her attacking a cameraman and fans when she wasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palolo Joe
    At least she was in a good mood... I've seen video of her attacking a cameraman and fans when she wasn't.
    YEAH! I saw that.. she was in Bangkok right.. and couldn't deal with the press filming her and attacked that girl with the camera!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiger Beer
    YEAH! I saw that.. she was in Bangkok right.. and couldn't deal with the press filming her and attacked that girl with the camera!!
    I hope she wasn't wearing her "swan" costume at the time. That would have been tutu much!

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    She had a particular problem with that particular "journalist," who had been beligerent in stalking and demanding attention from her. I thought it was rather entertaining when she finally snapped.

    I'm a big fan of Bjork. Especially because she's weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    She had a particular problem with that particular "journalist," who had been beligerent in stalking and demanding attention from her. I thought it was rather entertaining when she finally snapped.

    I'm a big fan of Bjork. Especially because she's weird.
    Did she curse in Icelandic or in English?

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