In the course of my travels in the domain industry, I had several celebrity run-ins. Its inevitable when you travel alot. I don't have photos for all of them. However, I thought I would share a few. Here we go.
Photo #1: JWOW from Jersey Shore.
This picture was taken in LAX. I traveled there alot when eNom was acquired by Demand Media. This was Season 1 of the Jersey Shore. JWOW was still virtually unknown. This photo always makes me laugh because I was traveling with Taryn and Mariah. I basically forced Mariah to take this picture (to the complete horror of Taryn). The other guy was JWOW's boyfriend at the time. I love how she is wearing her hoodie over head. Sorry JWOW, it didn't work. Chris Sheridan still knew it was you!
Photo #2: Pauly D
This is a great story. I was headed to HostingCon Boston and was in Ohare. I see Pauly D at my gate. Yes, another Jersey Shore cast member. In true Chris Sheridan mode, I walk up to him and ask for a photo. He says "no". He didn't do it in a rude way, more like he just didn't want the attention in a gate full of people. Ok, fine.
So, I get upgraded to First Class. I sit down. All of a sudden, some guy taps my shoulder. I recognize him immediately. Its Pauly D's manager. He says to me, " Hey, my colleague is sitting next to you and I would like to sit with him." In that moment I realized that Pauly D was assigned to the seat next to me. I just look at this guy and plainly say, "I will move. But I want a picture with Pauly D when we land." He looks at Pauly D and says "yes".
I had just closed my first Hollywood deal.
Photo #3: Elliott Gould
Another celebrity pic in LAX. I was with David Mason and we had just landed. We were at baggage claim and I immediately recognized Elliott Gould. He was just hanging out waiting for someone. I went up to him and said that I really liked Oceans 11. Mason and I always laugh about this -- this guy is a huge star. He was married to Barbra Streisand for crying out loud! The best I could come up with was Oceans 11???
Anyway, he was totally cool. He immediately took a photo and asked me what I do. I said "domains" and from there everything imploded.
Photo 4: President Bill Clinton
Ok, this was cool. VeriSign held an invite only conference in DC. Prior to the conference beginning, they allowed the Registrar attendees to quickly get a photo with the President. And I mean quickly. We all got in line, and each person walked up to the President and got their photo taken and moved on. There were like 40 of us. Even though it was brief moment, it was awesome. I will always remember it.
Random comment -- I always loved this photo because of the way "COM" got cut off on the right. It appears to be ".CO". I had this photo in my office when I worked for eNom. I had numerous people ask me -- DOT CO sponsored an event with Clinton???!!!" LOL!