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  • Posted: December 27, 2019 11:10:42 am
  • This post is to find out who among us has met someone famous/interesting in their travels. I'm talking names everyone will recognize. Hollywood actors, comic book notables, sport professionals or even world leaders.

    Here's mine:
    I was at a comic book convention in Toronto about 10 years ago. I was waiting in line for an Alex Ross signature. I had to wait in line to get information of where I had to wait for a ticket (for free at least). The line-up was massive. The waiting time was annoying. When I was finally next in line to meet the famous Marvel painter, someone came over and budded in line in front of me who was NOT waiting in line. When I finally realized who it was, I was a bit shocked. It was none other than Michael Rosenbaum of Smallville fame. He was a big Alex Ross fan and started gushing over him explaining he had a Crisis On Infinite Earths painting by him hanging in his bedroom. I chimed in and said something along the lines of "Wow, Michael Rosenbaum you're a nerd like us". Needless to say, he gave me a death stare like none other I have ever seen before. I think he wanted to punch me in the face right on the spot. He didn't. I'm 6'5" and 275 lbs. he was barely over 5 feet tall. It would have been a mistake on his part. He soon left right after and I got a few comic books signed by Mr. Ross including a couple of Justice's and the first Terminator he did for Dark Horse. Alex was very warm and nice. He commented on the Spidey T-Shirt I was wearing. So I got to meet two notable people in a matter of seconds. Something I will never, ever forget.
    Bruce McKinlay
  • Posted: January 3, 2020 12:51:25 pm
  • Wait a minute. No other CBR member has met some notable, cool or interesting person in their travels? I find that hard to believe. Strange.
    Bruce McKinlay
  • Posted: January 3, 2020 1:23:20 pm
  • Not in my regular travels...but at shows lol...i think the closest ive come is actually cutting the grass for Dino Ciccerelli (Detroit Red Wings Alum). That was many years ago now though...funny thing is i found a baseball in a ditch in his front yard, kept it and spent the i think $5 to get a baseball case and engraved plaque for it...Never going to be worth anything, nor can i technically prove it was from his house...but ill know lol...

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    And yes i know he was a hockey player, and this is a baseball...but what was i gonna do, tear out grass lol...no thank you...

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  • Posted: January 3, 2020 1:51:30 pm
  • AmZoMBiE said:
    Not in my regular travels...but at shows lol...i think the closest ive come is actually cutting the grass for Dino Ciccerelli (Detroit Red Wings Alum). That was many years ago now though...funny thing is i found a baseball in a ditch in his front yard, kept it and spent the i think $5 to get a baseball case and engraved plaque for it...Never going to be worth anything, nor can i technically prove it was from his house...but ill know lol...


    And yes i know he was a hockey player, and this is a baseball...but what was i gonna do, tear out grass lol...no thank you...
    As a big Red Wings fan I am digging this story! To Red Wings fan Dino was definitely greatness, loved watching him play. #22

    Last edited January 3, 2020 1:53:59 pm
    nem·e·sis
    noun
    A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent
  • Posted: January 3, 2020 4:31:51 pm
  • lol all true...he didnt live in a huge house either, just had a large lawn (front and back). They had bonfires almost every night while his wife was fighting cancer. Unfortunately she lost that fight, and he became thoroughly depressed (as any would). i only saw him a handful of times, mostly when i needed his help to move his huge boat out of the way to get our rider into the backyard lol...
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  • Posted: January 3, 2020 4:38:07 pm
  • In my travels to Las Vegas, in the early 2000's, I ran into Steven Seagal walking down the strip. Mohamed Ali walked by my table when I was gambling on a different trip, when he was in LV to watch his daughter box. And the WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler, was in front of me waiting in a line for customs at an airport. That's about all I can think of outside of comic cons.
  • Posted: January 4, 2020 3:45:27 am
  • When I was a teenager my Dad got some season tickets to the Vancouver Canucks and I went to most of the games with him. Back in those days the players were far more accessible so I got lots of autographs of Canucks and the opposition players. Some years later I met Vancouver Whitecaps soccer legend in the parking lot after a game and we had a nice chat. In recent years I was fortunate enough to meet many local celebrities to write their stories for a magazine I was writing for. These names may not mean much to most of you but locals will recognize Legendary DJ Red Robinson, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jim Robson, All time CFL winningest coach Wally Buono, first Canuck captain Orland Kurtenbach, and, once again Bobby Lenarduzzi.
    That was all very cool, but the most memorable experience to me happened unexpectedly one mid-week March afternoon when I was in Grade Nine. Our teacher decided it would be a good idea for our class to go to the local Provincial high school basketball tournament instead of stay in school. The games were not far away so we walked up in small groups. Well, as things turned out, my group was the last to get there, and on our way past a local hockey rink we heard sounds and looked in to see the Pittsburgh Penguins practicing. Now this was before Mario Lemieux or Jaromir Jagr, but for young teenage hockey fans this was surreal to be feet away from these pro hockey players we had only seen on TV or, in my case, a few games live. We watched practice for a few minutes and then, when the players came off we were able to go in the dressing room and get autographs and chat with them. Amazing day for a group of 14 year olds, and don't think we didn't lord it over our classmates when we joined them to watch the hoops action!! Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy

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    Tenzil
  • Posted: January 5, 2020 9:49:55 pm
  • Back in the late 90's, I was managing optical businesses then. The Optometrist at my location was the same age as me, and we ended up being friends and would hang out and such.
    He ended up doing an exam on one of the local DJs for an alternative station at the time, and caught an issue and helped him out. The DJ gave him a set of tickets to a 10th anniversary birthday bash they had going on and we went.
    The event was invite only, and maybe around 50 people there at all.
    One of the bands that played the event was 3 Doors Down. They rocked pretty hard and after enjoying their set, I hung out with them a good while and chatted.
    About a year later the song "Kryptonite" hit the airwaves and got pretty popular. I recognized the tune right away. Wait! That's that band I hung out with at that event.
    Not a super stellar brush with greatness, but still pretty cool for the time, none the less.

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  • Posted: January 6, 2020 3:39:52 pm
  • I saw Bam Bam Bigelow when I was maybe ten yrs old in Al's French Fries, a local grease pit fast food joint here in Burlington, VT. It was late night after a WWF show in town that my dad took me to. We were waiting in line and he came in behind us. My dad kind of nudged me and kind of nods behind him and i looked back and he looked down at me and kind of acknowledged the situation. He was a laaaarge dude and had that tattooed bald head. When we walked out to the car to leave, his big SUV was in the parking lot and an even larger man was sitting in the passenger seat, Yokozuna! They were definitely testing the shocks on that vehicle lol. I was to nervous to ask for autographs or talk to them but still remember it.

    That's about it for me, not much going on around Vermont. I did walk onto a plane leaving VT about a year ago and in the "1st class" section(which consists of about the 1st three rows of the small planes that our airport has) Mindy Kaling was sitting there. I can't prove it was her but I've seen enough of The Office to know it was lol. Pretty sure...99%.
    nem·e·sis
    noun
    A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent
  • Posted: January 6, 2020 4:10:45 pm
  • Hmmm I guess wrestlers seem to be the theme more than others. On a flight back to Tampa boarded the plane next to Hulk Hogan and got to meet him briefly. Of course he went to First Class and me to Coach.

    For 10 years I worked for a Nashville music company and one trip there met Pat Boone. Not sure if you youngsters know of him except maybe tv commercials. Shocked
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