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Ice Breaker – Encounters with Famous People

After the last few posts, we need to lighten it up a bit.  It’s that time of the week…time for an ice breaker question!  For those of you who are new or who forgot, ice breaker questions are used to help people get to know each other – to “break the ice” so to speak.  I love hearing what other people have to say and how they think.  So for today, I’m throwing out another simple ice breaker question.  I’ll answer it first, then it’s your turn.  Answer the question by leaving a comment for us all to enjoy.  Thanks!

Question:  Who is the most famous you have run into face to face?  Tell us about the experience.

My Answer:  Here you go….

I know I’ve run into a few ‘famous’ people, but the only one that comes to mind today is Garrison Keillor.  He is the host of A Prairie Home Companion, a weekly radio show that airs on NPR.  I grew up listening to the show with my parents every Saturday night.  I think they especially found the show amusing because of the shows focus on Minnesota/mid-west humor.

A few years ago, my wife and I were celebrating one of our anniversaries with a get away weekend to Ocean Grove (I’ve blogged about OG before).  This beach town is known for its Assembly Hall which hosts weekly concerts and events.  The weekend we were down there, A Prairie Home Companion was doing their weekly radio show from the Assembly Hall.  Naturally, I was curious to see what was going on, so my wife and I grabbed some ice cream and took a stroll around the Hall.

To my amazement, we ran into Garrison Keillor.  We said hello, and I asked if I could shake his hand.  As I went to shake his hand I had ice cream dripping from my hand.  I’m not sure if I licked it off or wiped in on my shorts, but it didn’t matter at the moment since I was meeting the man whom I grew up with every Saturday night in our kitchen or living room.  My parents would be jealous for sure.  Mr. Keillor, in his red running shoes, jeans, and blue blazer, had to be caught off card by this fan who was covered in ice cream.  But he didn’t miss a beat.  He was as friendly as could be expected.  I told him that my parents had introduced me to him on the radio, and we wished him well for the evening’s show.

As my wife and I walked away, we couldn’t help but chuckle at the awkwardness of the meeting.  We still talk about it when we head over to Ocean Grove for our summer time visits to the Jersey shore.

So there you have it, my answer to the question.  Now it’s your turn….


November 18, 2011 - Posted by | looking back, questions, thoughts


  1. I can’t recall meeting any celebrities, but I did meet Jon Acuff recently. What was neat was that he quoted a tweet I had tagged him in.

    Comment by LarryTheDeuce | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  2. I met the one and only Jon Stolpe. We actually had lunch together. I found him to be quite humble and sincere, given his remarkable success and accomplishments.

    Comment by Michael Shaw | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  3. I had the opportunity to spend about 15 minutes with Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter many years ago. I’m not a fan of his politics, however, he and Mrs. Carter are delightful people and made me very comfortable in their residence.

    Comment by Leah Adams | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  4. David Crowder…

    Comment by Arny Sanchez | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  5. I would say Regis Philbin. We ran into him at Disney a few years back…he said hi to us and shook my dad’s hand!

    Comment by Brandon | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  6. Also, I met the Leeland band and Phil Wickham. That was cool!

    Comment by Brandon | November 18, 2011 | Reply

  7. I lived and worked in Hollywood from 1989-1991. I worked for Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller who wrote “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Yakkity Yak,” “Stand By Me,” etc. I ran into celebrities every day. The strangest (and the one that will date me) is that a friend managed the one-hit wonder Tiffany (remember “I Think We’ll Alone Now”) and he invited me to her 18th birthday party. She was dating one of the New Kids on the Block who all entered together. I was having a beer with Jason Priestly, who was then on a show called Sister Kate, for which my brother wrote the music. Jason hated the New Kids and said something to one of them was pretty nasty. They sent their 6’6″ 350lb bodyguard over to threaten to pound us into the ground. We were saved by Dweezil Zappa (son of Frank Zappa). How’s that for a seriously dated story!

    Comment by Pastor Matt | November 19, 2011 | Reply

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