Friday, September 08, 2006

Blogstalking - Celebrities

OK - I'm going to post these today to try to get myself at least slightly more on-schedule for this, especially since I'm going to need a buttload of pics for my bookshelves...

Some of you may be aware that I went to a small college in Pennsylvania. Specifically, Westminster College (Go Titans!). It is a beautiful campus, and I loved it there. One of the neat things (which I believe has since changed) that Westminster had was a 4-1-4 schedule. Fall and Spring were typical semesters, where you took 4 classes. January was a separate term, and you only took one class. For education majors and minors, one of these J-Terms would be field experience (observing a class for the month), and a lot of people took at least one J-Term as a travel class. My cousin spent January travelling around Europe one year. My freshman year, the Theatre Department used January to rehearse and stage a production of "The Man of La Mancha". Once the show was up, we had classes for about a week and a half on the history of the American Musical. It was awesome.

Anyway, my sophomore year J-Term (January 1993), they offered a class called "Literature on Broadway". We spent three weeks in class, reading "Phantom of the Opera", a really crappy abridged version of "Les Miserables", some Damon Runyon short stories, and watched "Madama Butterfly". Then we went to NYC for a week. While there, we saw Phantom, Les Mis, Guys and Dolls, and Miss Saigon. (Let me mention once again that this was FOR CREDIT.) We also got to tour Radio City Music Hall and some other touristy stuff. The nice thing about being there as college students was that we were much less chaperoned than on, say, a high school trip, so we were allowed to go to shows and things on our own. Three friends and I bought tickets in advance to see Falsettos and then went to Sardi's for dinner one night. Another group of us went to a matinee of Jelly's Last Jam starring the amazing Gregory Hines and a young kid named Savion Glover (This was back when most people who knew him watched "Sesame Street"). Just an awesome week.

So, anyway, my pictures:
The girls with one of the Radio City Rockettes. Shockingly, the 4 guys in the class opted not to pose with us... Can you find me? I apologize right now for the tight-rolled jeans. Again - 1993. I stuck with it longer than I should have because when combined with slouchy socks, it was a good way to camoflage too-short jeans, which was an issue back then. "Tall" jeans were hard to find.
It's not the best picture, but the woman in the velvet hat is the amazing Faith Prince, who was playing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls at that point. And my goodness, my hair was shiny... (The guy in the back is my friend James Geogehan, who I haven't seen since he graduated that spring and who will probably be completely freaked if he Googles his name and finds this. :D )

And the amazingly sweet and friendly Tom Wopat. Yes, folks, I met LUKE FREAKIN' DUKE! I was always a Luke girl back in the day when everyone was crushing on Bo/John Schneider, so this was particularly delicious to me. He was so nice to all of us, signing autographs and posing for pictures. He left shortly after, and a few of us stuck around (I think everyone was going to the Empire State Building, which we skipped) to catch Faith Prince. A few minutes later, he walked back up the other side of the street carrying a 6-pack and stopped to wave at us. Soo cool...

Oh, and thank you for the comments on my "Friendship" post. Like I said, I'm not going into details here (if you REALLY need to know, PM me on the Knittyboards, or read my post on this page, and that will give you a pretty good idea of what has been going on), but I will say that I am honestly doing fine, and that this was more than a simple case of friend growing apart. This was flat-out betrayal in the worst possible way. Which has made me appreciate true friends that much more.

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9 Comments:

At 12:44 PM, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I feel bad. I don't know who any of those people are.

Well, the Rockette, sure.

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger Karen said...

LUKE DUKE!!! Awesome! I saw him perform in 42nd Street.

Your friendship issue....all I can say is XOXO.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Jo said...

And he's looking right at you in the picture! I always liked him best as well - never really had a thing for blondes.

 
At 4:54 AM, Blogger Rain said...

Tee hee. I was Luke girl too. That brings back memories.

 
At 12:23 AM, Blogger Zonda said...

Luke Duke! Wow..up close even! :)

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger SiressYorkie said...

Wow...to be honest, I could only ID you in that lineup by your height and smile. I forget how much everyone looked the same in the 80's, what with the same fluffy hair, pegged jeans, and big sweaters.

BTW, I made your Oreo Insulin Maxers the other day, and I can't even eat them. Seriously, they're TOO. MUCH. CHOCOLATE. I never thought I'd encounter anything like that, even in the throes of PMS, but these...they actually made me afraid.

Know what you mean about friendship, too...I've questioned a lot of my relationships of late as well. Another Knittyhead recently told me that when the sh*t hits the fan, sometimes all you can do is duck.

*hug*

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger SuzannaBanana said...

Neat pictures and story. Your college experience sounds so wonderful.

I always liked Luke more than Bo. Bo wouldn't stroll the streets of New York with a six-pack under his arm. :-)

 
At 11:49 PM, Blogger weezalana said...

Them Dukes! Hubster has a much-cherished autographed pic of Luke, Bo, and Daisy from his childhood. If ever you two should meet, he'd want every detail of that meeting. ;)

*hugs* on the friendship issue.

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Batty said...

I think the Rockette is the only person I can reliably identify. What can I say, I'm celebrity-impaired!

 

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