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Famous people I’m glad I never met personally

I won’t list a lot of obvious candidates, like Donald Trump, for instance, because there’s nothing about what they do that would have intrigued me in the first place. This is a list of people I might have liked to meet, if not for their outsized flaws.

John Lennon ~ He tops the list for me. Let’s face it: he was a major a**hole. Brilliant, but a “compleat” a**hole.

Joni Mitchell ~ I’d be afraid of the second-hand smoke.

Andy Warhol ~ He was just about incoherent when he spoke, and his art seems like cheating.

Norman Mailer ~ Anybody that pugilistic can’t be pleasant to be around. I’d much rather hang with the real deal, Mohamed Ali.

Marilyn Monroe ~ I think I would have felt sorry for her, somehow.

Marilyn Manson ~ Too scary.

Jane Fonda ~ Anyone who’d marry Ted Turner must have undiagnosed neuroses.

Meryl Streep ~ Extremely talented, but I would doubt her authenticity one-on-one.

John Malkovitch ~ Too scary.

Al Franken ~ Too gropy.

Mick Jagger ~ Seems too much like a spoiled baronet, though from Dartford. (I’d spend some time with Keith, though, to learn a few guitar licks. Then I’d escape the second-hand smoke.)

Henry Kissinger ~ I have to think he’s got some Weinstein in his past. He’s the man who said, “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac,” after all.

I’m sure there are many more, and as yet I haven’t met them either …

15 comments on “Famous people I’m glad I never met personally

  1. Charles Yallowitz
    January 12, 2018

    I’ve actually heard Manson is fairly intelligent and insightful off the stage. Hard to know the truth with some celebrities.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 12, 2018

      I’ve heard that too. I think Michael Moore interviewed him in one of his flicks, and he was impressive. Scary but impressive.

      • Charles Yallowitz
        January 12, 2018

        I believe that was the Columbine one. Never saw it, but I remember he was blamed for the kids actions. Think they asked him what he would say to them and his responses was that he would say nothing and just listen. It’s funny how some of the scariest-looking people aren’t like that in person.

  2. kingmidget
    January 12, 2018

    I’m one of those few people who really just doesn’t want to meet celebrities. The fact that somebody is a “celebrity” pretty much turns me off to the idea. Jane Fonda is an interesting case. While in college, I did a semester internship in Assemblyman Tom Hayden’s office, while he was married to her. Anybody who would go from Hayden to Turner likely does have problems. And there’s plenty of other evidence of Fonda having baggage. Which is why I think “celebrity” turns me off. They really are no better, more interesting, or more worthy of attention than anybody else.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 12, 2018

      Same here. We were waiting outside a theater in SF once where Michael Moore was going to speak, and Mike came out and talked to everyone in line. People were agog, and he said, “It’s just a TV show, folks!” This was in the 90s, when “TV Nation” was on. And we thought, yeah, he’s just a guy with a cool job.

      But the more eccentric they are, the less interested I am. That kind of quirk is a luxury.

      • kingmidget
        January 12, 2018

        When Schwarzenegger was elected, the following day he visited my boss – a fellow statewide elected official. They met in an office in the same suite of offices as mine. I absolutely didn’t care. But the number of people loitering in the hallway that day just to get a glimpse was amazing. Same thing happened later when he went to lunch at the Sutter Club. Crowds of people hoping to just see him. I’ll never understand that.

  3. John W. Howell
    January 12, 2018

    I had the chance to meet a lot of celebrities when I was a captive of organized commerce. ( I was spending huge sums on advertising) Most were not worth the time spent. A very few were surprising and engaging.

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 12, 2018

      It’s time to name names, John. Name names. 😉

      • John W. Howell
        January 13, 2018

        I’ll send you a list if you wish.

      • Kevin Brennan
        January 13, 2018

        I take it you signed nondisclosure agreements? 😝

      • John W. Howell
        January 13, 2018

        Ha ha ha. No, but I do respect their privacy

      • John W. Howell
        January 13, 2018

        Also some have passed.

  4. Woebegone but Hopeful
    January 14, 2018

    I would have avoided Jim Morrison; he seemed to have been so wrapped up in his image. It would have been hard to predict if he would have sat there in sullen silence, or you’d never get a word in edgeways.
    Yep, agree with you on Lennon. A classic case of ‘Talk the Talk. But couldn’t Walk the Walk’

    • Kevin Brennan
      January 14, 2018

      I think you’re right about Morrison. Kind of messianic. Manzarek maybe …

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        January 14, 2018

        Musically the heart and mind of the band. When I saw them first I was amazed that three musicians could create so much depth.

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