Ever met someone Famous? Were you disappointed ? Were you impressed?

Grand Junction, Colorado
April 1, 2007 10:27pm CST
Well a few weeks ago I happened upon a car seat safety booth here in Sacramento. On the tent it said "Meet Erik Estrada today" I was like "no way" so I stopped and parked. I had all the kids with me and we unloaded and walked over to the tent. There was no lines and only the people that were working at the event seemed to be around. I saw Erik Estrada standing under the tent and walked over. I shook hands with him and told him I had been a fan since the days of "CHiPs" and that I had seen his most recent show about famous people being police officers (it's been canceled) (very stupid show in my opinion.) Anyways I was quite disappointed. He seemed to not care at all about fans, and didn't want to engage in any conversation. I thought well it's probably due to so many people coming up to him and such and then thought better of it. I had remembered from sometime back that it had been said and written that he wasn't very polite to people. I thought that it was sad. It would seem to me that if your not as popular as you once were that you would welcome the attention that you used to get so freely. Maybe I'm wrong. Also if you don't like being in the public eye then doing these events is probably not for you. My daughter wanted me to go back over so she could take my picture and I told her no way, he was rude enough with just trying to say a few words to him, what would he be like if I asked if I could have my picture taken with him? She said that I might regret it later, well she is right I regret not getting a picture so that I could put it in this discussion, LOL. So yes I was disappointed. Might not have been had their been a line, I could have understood. That wasn't the case and where this was located I doubt that at any given time that their was never more than 15 people there. So I was just wondering if their was someone currently or someone from the past that you really wanted to meet and when you did you were so disappointed? Did they meet your expectations? Were they nice and took a minute to talk to you? Or were they just trying to push you through so that they could be done? Please share your experience?
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@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I have been to the Hollywood area visiting family and have had occasion to see quite a bit of famous people. I have never tried to meet them as they appear to be distant and not wanting to be polite to anyone. Barbara Striesand is one lady that was sitting next to me in a restaurant and she gave me such a dirty look that I decided she isn't worth asking for her autograph. I did meet Cantinflas and he turned out to be a very sweet and endearing man.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
I've met Hanson, and I was disappointed, but not because of them, more because of myself, and the way I acted. They were always the nicest of nice to me, but because I was so nervous, I stumbled over my words and made an idiot of myself. I met Steven Tyler once. He was extremely nice. And there was this ESPN sports caster at my work once (I worked at Disney World). He was recognized by another guest, who was a sports fan, who started talking to him, and he took the time to engage in a conversation with him, even though he didn't have to. I met Amanda Bynes. She didn't talk much, kept to herself, but what do you expect when they're at Disney. I met Tim Curry, Alan Tudyk, and David Hyde Pierce when I saw Spamalot on Broadway. They were all extremely nice, but Alan was the nicest. He came back out to take a picture with me because I wasn't prepared when he first came out, and he came over to me first. Right as he was about to go in, I called him over. At first, I thought he didn't hear me, but then he came around the door. He took a picture with me no problem, and then got stuck talking to this woman, but was nothing but polite while talking to her. Haha...I think that's everyone. Well, it's not, but it's all the important people to me.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
oh! And when I went to LA once, I went to Rodeo Drive, and saw Mischa Barton and her then boyfriend Brandon Davis, but I was too nervous to say anything. Then my friends saw Edward Furlong, and he stopped to take a picture with them. He was extremely nice about it.
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@cher913 (25891)
• Canada
2 Apr 07
I met the guy who plays greg on csi, he was in Canada to promote the csi game and i was in line for about an hour or so to meet him. It was fun cause i (being a writer and so totally nosy) asked him a couple of questions. I guess he was nervous too cause he couldnt say the name of the town he was in (ancaster) lol we had a chuckle about that... my hubby met robin williams in downtown toronto much, he was walking along yonge street near where hubby worked at the time and just said hey to robin and he said hey back lol
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@dcroome2005 (1211)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I've met a few people. I have met David Copperfield- Very irrogant and cocky. Very disappointed in him. I've met Carrie Underwood- Sweet as can be, but this was right after she won and did her tour . Met her her in Virginia Beach. Carrie Underwood , I ran into during break but I kinda did it on purpose. David Copperfield, I went backstage to meet him. Christina
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
2 Apr 07
I have never met anyone famous but I did come close. First of all to let you know I live in a very small town between 800 and maybe one thousand population. We went to the cafe for coffee and most people know my husband plays the guitar and when we walked in a few people said we should have been there 10 minutes sooner we would have seen Stompin Tom Connors. We were so disappointed. Apparently he was sitting with different ones and he was talking to everyone. He was on route to the city of Edmonton Alberta.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
2 Apr 07
When I was 14, I was in a Tae Kwon Do demonstration for the Azalea Parade in North Carolina. My group was very fortunate to be right next to the celebrity drop off! I got to meet a very young Mike Tyson when he won his first heavyweight title, Lorenzo Lamas when he was on Falcon Crest and Jerry Mathers from Leave It To Beaver. They were all so very nice! Mike Tyson surprised me most. He was so big and looked so intimidating, but at the time he was very soft spoken and polite to me and my brother. He was quite gracious! He actually made me feel very comfortable after talking with him, he then had to go and I got to meet Lorenzo Lamas. Oh, all I can say is GEORGEOUS! At the time he was engaged to the Azalea Queen that year and he was quite nice to me. He talked about how he was in Tae Kwon Do and that he enjoyed the sport very much. We talked for quite awhile and he signed an autograph for me. He was also quite gracious and very easy to speak to. He wasn't snobby to me at all. I met Jerry Mathers from Leave It To Beaver last. He was the nicest. He spoke to me and my brother and kind of teased him saying he reminded him of himself when he was a kid. None of them treated us badly, and was very gracious and very nice, didn't seem impatient and spent several minutes talking to us. My other friends were to scared to talk to them and my mother said afterward, that I could talk to anyone, that I was not even scared or intimidated by them. She asked me to go back and get Lorenzo Lamas autograph for her because she was afraid that she would say something stupid, and he was very nice and thought it was nice that she admired him so much. So, he signed one for her as well. He even gave me a hug. So, those are my best experiences of meeting celebrities.
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@Stephanie5 (2947)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I met the lead singer of Lonestar, Richie. I was a waitress at a Waffle house. He lived right down the road. I met him a couple different times...another time at Pizza Hut. He's a very nice man, his whole family is. I accidently called his little girl a little boy...OOPS! But, he was very kind, very VERY down-to-earth. I was very impressed!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Apr 07
In Franklin Tenn. My hubby told me that MArty Robbins had just got out of this meat truck and I told him no way . This was at a gas station. So my hubby went in brought him out and we shook hands and talk for a little while . He was so nice and polite . the only disappointment I felt was I was taller than him I thought he was talk from his albums. He had on the best smelling after shave! My hubby said he wouldnt wash is hand for a month ha ha . He did that day but the smell lingered. And later my hubby took me out to where MArty had his ranch say the roof top for it was hidden between hills. And at that Time Martys home was in Franklin Tenn. He sang Elpaso and Big Iron. 18 yellow roses , my woman my woman my wife, just to name a few
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Apr 07
oh I also met Rex Allen and his horse Koko at a rodeo He was very nice too. also John Anderson tryed to get his autograph but no one had a pen darn
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• United States
2 Apr 07
This was many years ago and I met many famous show business pople as my ex was also in the business. The one who really surpised me was Diana Ross. It was at the time of her Supreme fame. She was so nice and friendly she even invited me to a small party she was giving.
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• United States
2 Apr 07
I met Laurence Fishburne of "Matrix" at a club in New York (Broadway). He was even the one who approached us! He was actually wondering about my nationality (I'm a Filipino). He's so nice and I felt like he's not a celebrity at all, despite the other people around looking at him, star-struck. He's a huge person (hehe) and he looks exactly like his character in the movie. At the neighborhood theater, I also had a glance of Denzel Washington. He's so handsome! He's so full of bodyguards so we weren't able to get near him. He waved at everyone, though, but that's all there is to it. My sister saw Scarlett Johansson (not sure if this is spelled right) and she said the actress is kind of a snob. Perhaps afraid that she could be paparazzi. I saw some other celebs in the past but I don't easily get star-struck. I don't know, I just think that they're just normal people having normal lives. Happy myLotting!
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@diablouk (600)
2 Apr 07
I have met quite a few famous people in my lifetime. When I was quite young, my brother and I were lucky enough to meet both John Cleese (Monty Python) and Jon Pertwee (The then Dr Who). Both of them were true gentlemen - my brother was recovering from a hit and run accident where he had almost lost his foot and they both went out of their way to sign autographs and have photographs taken with us (I must dig out the photos, I have them still) In adult hood I have met a variety of "stars" having worked in a theatre for a number of years and have found that some are so impressed with their status that they wouldn't give you the time of day to those who were unbelievably down to earth. I think there must be an incredible amount of pressure on celebrities now and wouldn't want to be in their position where they get hounded by press and the general public when they just want to walk in the park or shop. But when someone places themselves in a position where they are a "meet the celebrity", then they should make time to meet the fans who put them where they are today
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@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
2 Apr 07
I've never met a celebrity myself, but my mom met Celine Dion, a few years ago, after one of her Montreal concerts. My mom was dating this guy back then, who used to be a musician, and he said he'd been Celine's drummer on her Unison tour. Of course, none of us believed him, until Celine Dion came to Montreal, and he brought my mom downtown, they waited for the concert to end and waited for them to come out of the underground garages (of course, he knew where they'd be coming out) and then he waived at Rene Angelil (Celine's hubby) and Rene stopped the car, and started talking to him. My mom freaked out! The guy had been telling the truth! So she met Celine Dion, who is so down to earth, she could be your next door neighbor. My mom said she is one of the nicest people she's ever met, she and my mom chit chatted for a little bit, then my mom asked her for an autograph and Celine gladly obliged. My mom was stunned, and I, soooo jealous when she told me!! But i know there are other celebrities who are not as nice as Celine, not even polite, towards their fans, and that is sad, because after all, we are the ones paying for their multi million dollars villas,and fancy cars, and private jets...aren't we?
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@Marie2473 (8521)
• Sweden
2 Apr 07
I have never been dissapointed in a celebrety. However I have never met anyone huge =) That would be very sa, coz we have expectations on people and it is sad when it turn out to be worse than what we thought. One of my friends once won a date with Mariah carey and she was soooo dissapointed - she didnt even get a hug or got to be near her. she just got a few autographs and that was it- Even the people who had the competiotion apologized on her behalf..
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@applsofgld (2506)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I've never met anyone famous, but I have met their relatives. While I was managing a video store in Florida several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and helping the father of John Walsh from America's Most Wanted, he looks just like his son and a very pleasant man. I also met Michelle Pfeiffer's uncle, he too was a very pleasant person. I'm sorry to hear Erik Estrada was so unpleasant, I had always been a big fan and wondered what happened to him and why we didn't still see him on tv, well if he treats fans this way after this long, I can see why. Some people are thier own biggest fans, I guess he didn't need any others. You are right, he should not have these meet and greets if he is not really into it.
@coolchai (700)
• Philippines
2 Apr 07
this was not really my experience but of my friend. she visited her fave movie star which is also the daughter of our xpresident and now a famous tv personality. she even uses all the products of this famous person thinking that she will appreciate it. this friend of mine visited her in her set during one of her gameshows. my friend was given a chance to see her since she is a friend also of one of the crew in the set. so she was allowed to actually meet her idol. hardly her expectation, she asked her idol to have a picture with her. undfortunately this idol of hers has given her a negative remark. "pa picture na naman, im tired of pictures!" and because of frustration my friend just cried and just went out of the set and swore never to visit her now xidol.
• United States
2 Apr 07
i have met and am really good friends with the members and crew of the band AFI. In 2003, i met Ray Bradbury. In 2006, i mt Chris Daughtry. i was not disappointed in any of my meetings. They were all totally worthwhile and everyone was very sweet.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
2 Apr 07
I've seen a few famous or semi famous people but not really to talk to them. I have seen a few wrestlers, Dan Severns (the Ultimate Fighting champ at one time), Justin Wilson (cooking cajun)in public but didn't talk to them. Although I think Justin Wilson would have been nice.
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@matlgal (1687)
• United States
3 Apr 07
That's a shame that he was such a Poop! No wonder he is not seen in much more than Spanish TV stuff. He was such a cutie in the "CHiP's days. When they don't appreciate an play to their fan base they will never make it in the long haul. He proved that I think.
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@Poison_Girl (4163)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Wow... So sorry to hear your meeting with Erik Estrada was so disappointing. I can't recall a time when I met anybody really famous, so I must not have met anyone really famous! I remember meeting some author, but I can't recall his name and my sister was the one who was a fan of his. He wrote children's books and poems.
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@weemam (13377)
2 Apr 07
My family have talked about this often , we common people as it were make them into celebrities and when they do finally become famous all they want to do is meet other celebrities , When I become famous I will always be nice to my fans :) :) :)xx