Thursday, February 25, 2010
All of the above is true, but rather misleading. I have met Jerry Jenkins, author of the Left Behind Series, many times. I've encountered him at booksignings and writers' conferences. Shoot, I had dinner with him and Gloria Gaither. Sat right at the same table. Along with nine other people.
In spite of all this, neither Jerry nor Gloria would remember me from a bowl of oatmeal. I just don't make that big an impression. Especially when all I did was sit there, awestruck, and pick at my meal while listening to their conversation. I did learn that both of them are kind and both are extremely knowledgeable in their fields of writing and music. But I kinda expected that anyway.
As for facebook friends, Jerry Jenkins has almost 3,000. I doubt Jerry looked at my friend request and said, "Oh, yeah! Jill! Writing for the Soul Conference, 2004! I've been wondering how she was doing!" More likely an assistant or two automatically clicks "accept" a couple of times a day.
So there you have it. I've met famous people. They don't know me and won't remember me. But hey, I've still got the pictures!
What about you? Met anyone famous? Someone whose name you'd love to drop into conversation? Drop it here. I promise we will all be impressed. In the meantime, I wonder if Gloria Gaither has a facebook page ...