This is my friend, Jose. This is one of his 15 Minutes of Fame moments. I think it’s pretty cool, regardless of what anyone thinks of President Bush – having your picture taken with the President is just neat.
Everybody gets their 15 Minutes of Fame; mine has been broken into smaller segments. Let’s see…there was the babysitting of Fawn Hall. She was the infamous secretary to Lt Col Oliver North, he of the Iran-Contra scandal some years back. Yup – I lived across the street from her family in northern Virginia and regularly babysat. What else…Oh yeah, I once helped a buddy of mine put in the media wiring at the home of former Washington Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgenson. Wow, that was more years ago than I almost care to remember. And I didn’t do much but carry materials. We’ll count that one as pseudo-fame. Okay, let’s keep stretching for fame…oh yeah, I’ve had humorous stuff published in the local paper. Yeah, it was a few years ago, but still…it counts as fame. Here’s a good fame moment — I shook the hand of then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. That was way cool. I also danced with an honest-to-goodness rocket scientist — this was in Germany when Devoted Spouse was active duty Air Force and assigned to SHAPE HQ in Mons, Belgium. We were guests of honor at a dance held by the German Luftwaffe and the elderly gentleman I danced with had been one of the scientists at the rocket facility at Peenemunde. I thought it was a cool experience, but if you don’t know much about World War II, this might not impress you much. No, I don’t remember that War — my generation’s war was Vietnam…but I remember my dad talking about World War II and all the places he flew. Okay…what else can I come up with? Hmmm, while working in the Pentagon I once ran into Ronald Reagan…literally. Turned a corner and smacked right into him and part of his entourage. Kind of embarassing actually. But cool, nonetheless. I was once introduced to Princess Michael of Kent (a minor British royal); I doubt she caught my name. What other claims to fame have I had? Oh yeah, there was that summer weekend a girlfriend and I hitchiked up to New York and stayed on a farm…I think it was called Woodstock?
I figure I still have about 12 Minutes of Fame left.