Monday, April 01, 2002

Belated Five

Here are my answers to the five questions. I hope you enjoy.

1. If you could eat dinner with and "get to know" one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose?
Siddhartha Gautama without question. Although several others have peaked my interest, most recently the Dalai Lama and Maya Angelou.

2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel?
Yes. Oddly enough it was Jerry Garcia.

Before he died, I used to always think, "someday I'm going to travel to San Francisco and see the dead live. It'll be fun." After he passed, I realized that life is short, and sometimes boils down to a single moment in time, a wayward memory, that's fleeting at best. So, I packed up my bags and went to London for several weeks, even though I did not really have the money at the time. I don't know how or remember when but somehow I paid off the trip. And I had the best time. If given the chance to trade money for memories, you can keep the dough.

3. If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you choose?
Probably Eric Clapton, just so I could see his hands move up close and all.

4. Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous? Who?
I once got into a restaurant and got a free meal because the guy thought I looked like Alanis Morisette. I had waist length hair at the time and suppose I looked a little like her.

5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
Yes. I have met the following people.

Music Type Folks
Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton (briefly). Cyndi Lauper is an old friend of my family. I once met Johnny Depp but did not know who he is. I got to know Miles Davis quite well over several recording sessions. I once met Keith Richards and Mick Jagger briefly. Keith said he would only let me take his picture if I accompanied him to the mens room so I did and now I have (somewhere) a pic of me and him in the john. When I was a kid, BB King bounced me on his lap, pulled my pigtails, and made me cry. I met Elvis Costello and he became friendly with my mother. They still keep in touch. I have a first cousin, Kathleen, who is an opera singer at the MET in NY and another who is a record producer in NYC.

Speaking of family, another first cousin is a baseball player (Calvin Schiraldi) who used to play for the Mets, Boston Red Socks, and several other teams. I met several baseball players, including Darryl Strawberry. I grew up in a house that was next door to several hockey players including Nick Fotiu, John Davidson, and Phil Esposito. I once met Carol Alt as she is married to a hockey player (believe she still is.)

When I was a small child, my uncle was big in construction in NYC. I once met Jimmy Hoffa (no kidding) but don't remember him (really). And some other folks like Ed Kotch and Donald Trump.

That's all I can think of but there's probably more.

I don't collect autographs or care much for being in the company of famous people. It's probably why I keep bumping into them. That and I grew up in NYC.

Until next time, this is Carol, the Carol in "Carol's Little World" signing off.

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