I am starstruck around celebrities. I don’t know why, but stupidity just sets in when someone famous is around. I will go just about anywhere to get a photo with a celebrity. I ‘ve gone to book signings in order to get an autographed copy of a celebrity book. I took my sons and daughter to the Providence Place Mall when the Red Sox road show was there so we could meet Mike Aviles and Oil Can Boyd. I was thrilled when a Providence Journal photographer offered to take our photo.
Over the years, my husband and I have met a few celebrities. Tony Bennett was so down to earth. He chatted with my husband and me for a few minutes when we found ourselves at one of his shows. He met with a few of us after the concert at a Patrick Kennedy fundraiser. When David and I lined up with Tony, Patrick, Patrick’s mother and girlfriend for a photo, I turned to Tony and said “I like your tie”. “Oh no, “ he responded. “it’s part of the shirt and he proceeded to unbutton his shirt and show me just as the photographer snapped the picture!” We spoke for a few minutes and he autographed my program before we left. He never rushed us along , making us feel welcome and important.
The next day, we boarded the shuttle from the center of town to their farm, about a mile or so away. Josh and his parents were at the farm, while Brent stayed in town at the store in town. Josh’s mom spoke with us for a bit and then took a photo of us sitting on the mansion steps.
We rejoined the tour and then went over to speak with Josh and of course, get some photographs. He seemed to genuinely enjoy speaking with us. Mikey was difficult to engage and of course I mentioned the autism. He spoke with the boys about the subjects they liked in school and we told Josh about Mikey’s forte with maps. He stopped dead in his tracks and said ‘Follow me”. There were people who tried to ask him for a photo and he brushed them off and said “I’ll be back in a minute.” Then he said to me, “Pretend like you’re part of the family” and he led David, me and the boys right inside the Beekman mansion!! He asked his mom to show us the maps and then he went back outside. Inside the living room were original maps of Sharon Springs from the 1800’s and we all enjoyed looking at them!
In October, 2011, Dan Ackroyd made an appearance at Yankee Liquors in South Attleboro, MA to promote his new business venture, Crystal Head Vodka. My husband, sons and I waited in line for 4 hours to say hello, get an autographed bottle of vodka and hopefully a photo with him. When it finally was our turn, my husband performed his imitation of Steve Martin (Festrunk Brothers) from Saturday Night Live and yelled to Dan “You sex maaachine”. Dan was laughing and quipped back, “Two wild and craaazy guys”. The wait was so worth meeting Dan!
I ran my normal errands the morning of the Kevin Costner show and on a whim, rode by the Park Theater. The Modern West trailer was there! I tried to get close, but security asked me to leave. I asked if I could just say hi to Kevin and get a quick photo and they told me no. My husband knew the head of security, Al, and Al told me to see him that night at the concert and if he could, he’d get me backstage. However, it seems that Mr. Costner would not accommodate anyone other than a very select few.
On the way home we found ourselves behind the tour bus and we followed that damn tour bus back to the Westin where it disappeared up a private entrance to the garage.
Kevin, being a nice guy really would have counted for something, at least in my eyes.