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Zedd and Geoffrey Dicker
Anton Zaslavski, better known as Zedd is one of the hottest DJs/Producers in the world. His upcoming collaborations with Lady Gaga haven’t even been heard or released yet and they are already legendary! More impressively, he’s only 23 years old (as of press time). When I met him in New York last week, he asked me what I was up to for the weekend. When I reciprocated, he told me that he was doing a DJ gig in Miami later that night (and this conversation took place in the early evening!)!! Pretty cool to be jetsetting at such a young age, according2g! I wish Zedd the best and I look forward to him conquering the dance world! Cheers!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Gary David Goldberg
If you grew up in the 1980s as I did, you are going to be extra sad when you read on. “Family Ties” series creator Gary David Goldberg has died. He was a few days short of his 69th birthday, succumbing to brain cancer. He also wrote episodes for “The Bob Newhart Show” and also produced “Lou Grant.” He won two Emmys, a Peabody award and two Golden Globes for his work. I had the occasion of meeting Gary David Goldberg several times and he was always super friendly. Of course, I gushed to him my love for “Family Ties,” and he thanked me for my support! What a class act. RIP, Gary David Goldberg! 🙁
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Before I tell you about one of the worst celebrity encounters I’ve EVER had, let me preface this story with a few things. This site turns two years old today and with close to 3,500 posts, I’d be conservative and say that at least 95% of them are about positive experiences. I’d really prefer not to waste my energy talking trash but one thing I absolutely refuse to do is be treated like crap and stay silent about it. I was given a voice and I plan on using it – and I think you’re a fool if you don’t use the one you’ve been given! Next, I’d like to say that I am fully aware that nobody on this planet owes me a thing and I have certainly kept that in mind in over thousands of encounters with famous people in all walks of life for over 20 years. If you read the “Encounters with G” section, I think it’s fairly clear that I must be doing something right.
On May 18, 2011, RuPaul was doing an in-store appearance at Best Buy in New York’s Union Square to promote his new CD “Glamazon.” As you know from the site, I am fortunate enough to have chance encounters with many of the personalities I meet, but occasionally I’ll go to a signing. I try and steer clear of these as they are usually very forced and your “face time” with people you admire is typically not very high quality. Since there were only about a paltry 100 people at the signing, Best Buy decided to let you talk to RuPaul as long as you wanted (perhaps to give him something to do for the entire duration of his 2 hour long appearance). It made the wait excruciating, especially since the weather outside was absolutely nasty. But I like RuPaul and the weather was not going to stop me from meeting a person I’ve looked up to as an inspiration for being someone I really thought was open-minded. You can only imagine some of the trials and tribulations RuPaul must have gone through in his life on his way to becoming a famous drag queen, so you’d think he’d be a very cool person.
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Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Happy birthday to Star Wars creator George Lucas. I won’t lie, my brother and I were HUGE Star Wars fans growing up. We had all the trading cards, story books, bed sheets, drinking glasses and action figures. For some reason I used to chew the noses off of the human figures. I have no idea why and I’ve never been crazy enough to go to therapy to figure it out. Any Freudian arm chair psychologists want to give me a diagnosis? I met George Lucas several times before the “new” trilogy came out, so my experience of meeting him was akin to a religious experience. I am sure seeing him now, I’d probably want to smack him upside the head and ask him why he ruined such a beautiful thing. I’m only half-kidding. Years after being a Star Wars fan, I discovered the works of Joseph Campbell (who was also a teacher to George Lucas) and as I read the words of “The Power of Myth,” it dawned on me why I enjoyed the films so much. That was a great day in my spiritual journey. Thanks again to George Lucas for giving my childhood countless hours of enjoyment.
Photo taken with my hand.
Aaron Sorkin and G
The other day, I met the fabulous producer Aaron Sorkin. He’s produced TV shows such as “The West Wing” and movies such as “A Few Good Men.” He wrote “The Social Network,” which comes out today – October 1, 2010. It’s been a while since I was excited to see a film, but I am really looking forward to this one. Thanks again for being cool Mr. Sorkin and good luck with “The Social Network.” I’ve seen lots of status updates mentioning this film with the phrase “Oscar buzz.”