So much emphasis is placed on celebrity status. And I’m no different than a lot of people I know. There’s something interesting in seeing, reading about and discussing the lives of those we consider ‘celebrities.’ Now don’t get me wrong, celebrity status is not just about the rich and famous; although most celebrities are rich and famous. Notable non rich celebrities include Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Snooki, The Situation and Bristol Palin. It’s weird mentioning the last three with the likes of Mother Teresa. But these are crazy times in which we live.
As a former flight attendant I often thought, ‘Being a flight attendant is like living the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”; however, without the rich and without the famous.’ I got to fly all around the world for free — hop a flight to visit friends for a party; fly some where for lunch or dinner; attend museums and galleries in foreign lands; waterski on Lake Geneva; Christmas shop in Seoul. I won’t bore you with the details but where I’ve been able to travel and who I’ve been able to meet has been quite interesting and, at times, fascinating. At least to me.
Because memory can fade with time, I decided a long time ago, ‘write it down so you won’t forget.’ I’m so glad I stuck to my plans. Every time I had a ‘celebrity’ onboard I made it a point to write down their names. Here’s a partial list:
- Stevie Wonder
- David Copperfield
- Julius Irving “Dr. J”
- Martina Navratalova
- Jeremy Irons
- Harry Connick Jr.
- Tom Brokaw
- Joan Collins
- Debbie Allen
- Natalie Portman
- Diane Lane
- Racquel Welch
- Peter Gabriel
- David Cassidy
- Carole King
- Paul Reubens “Pee Wee Herman”
- Kelly Ripa
- Tina Louise “Ginger” from Gilligan’s Island
- Courtney Cox
- Roberta Flack
- Luciano Pavorotti
I’ll share a couple of my favorites.
Kelly Ripa — down-to-earth, funny, onboard with her husband and kid, spoke with the FAs in the galley and constantly checked to see if she was imposing on our time and space.
Paul Reubens “Pee Wee Herman” — such a nice guy, was a customer on 2 of my flights and saw him once in the airport, he recognized me on the 2nd flight, we spoke about “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” (watched it religiously in college) and his upcoming projects. I so want to see his show on Broadway.
Debbie Allen (Fame) — very ‘real’, we laughed and talked a lot on the flight, I shared the homemade Christmas cookies I had baked for my crew; she obliged, took and ate 2 of them.
Carole King (song writer of — “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman”, “I Feel The Earth Move”, “You’ve Gotta a Friend” to name a few of her hits) — two flights with her (international and domestic), a few weeks after the international flight she wrote a good letter to the company for the service I provided to her…I still have the letter.
Courtney Cox — amazingly slight in stature, she and husband David were very friendly and polite.
Diane Lane — beautiful both inside and out, gentle in spirit, we had nice conversations throughout the flight.
Stevie Wonder — very pleasant, he has the distinction of being on my very last flight as a flight attendant.
Contrary to what most people think about celebrities, the ones I met were very nice; they’re people just like you and me…many just happen to have social and/or financial status.
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