I don’t wanna brag or nothing but I’ve come by a number of celebrities in my life. True, most of them never said a word to me but these little brushes with celebrity are still memorable no less. For brief moments in time, we breathed the same air, shared the same space and while they came out of our brief encounters with nothing, I, folks, came out with this post, or article, as I prefer to say ’cause it makes me feel important.
For my second ever art show, which took place in the Atlanta area, Tyler Perry walked past my little booth. He’s a big guy in size, which made it all the more so ’cause I was bent down doing something and happened to look up, leaving me no chance to tackle him to the floor to buy all the art I had in my booth. He was going at a brisk pace in brown house slippers and mumbled a hello to me though. That was back in 2003, when the price of gas was still reasonable but around the time we, the U.S, told that lie about weapons of mass destruction being over in Iraq when we were really over there to, ahem, well, let’s say the agenda wasn’t that.
In 2005, I was sponsored by an art dealer for the Art Expo in Atlanta. Never mind that his goal was to build a relationship with me to rip me off and have me eating canned goods the rest of my life, Jane Seymour breezed past my booth. I knew she was an artist and doing all manner of things with her creativity. She was a participant in the same show. I had to keep watching her ’cause, unlike Tyler, she’s a teeny woman. I think she only eats a spoonful of food here and there with a small cup of water. Well, tea, since she’s English and all. I also need to tell you I kept stalking her booth to meet her but was greeted by a rep plopped up in there and I can’t tell you how she looked. Her face wasn’t all that memorable.
Then, there’s John Amos. You know, the dad on Good Times? He’s actually related to my southern clan down here. Even though I’ve met him a few times and a lot of us have similar features and that same kinda nose, I can’t rightly say he’d recognize me if I headbutted him on the street. He stands around 5’6″. I know, you were expecting a bigger guy but nope. He’s a really nice fella and I ain’t saying it ’cause he’s family. I’d really pump him up if he had some of my art in his home out there in California but seeing that’s not the case…Ahem…Shall we move on?
In 2008, I was at an expo in Indiana. Thelma and Michael, the characters names in Good Times, were there. Thelma, well Bern Nadette Stanis is a writer and was selling her book. She was all ‘weaved up’ and bouncing all around the place. She seemed nice but I was too busy to be all into what was going on with her. She’s still kinda pretty though. I just couldn’t get past all that hair. I don’t know why they never called that show Hard Times and It Ain’t Gonna Get No Better.
What celebs have you had brushes with? Do they remember you? Better yet, are y’all texting each other?