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I’ve had a few guests with a first name and no last name. I find this more irritating than no picture. With no last name and my lack of upkeep with who is a star I wouldn’t know if they were famous or not. And famous is relative.
@smtucker might know if YoYo Ma was staying with her and someone else would wonder what kind of dumb name is that? A play on Yo Mama? And I could have Jason Witten stay with me and be all excited and she wouldn’t know who he was.
As one of my students said back in the 90’s when I told the class I met George Will on a Georgetown sidewalk, “If he’s so famous, how come I never heard of him?”
When I was 15, I was Yo Yo Ma’s violist in a string quartet. Maybe he was in his early 20s at this point? Years later, our daughters were roommates at summer camp. Since he lives right down the street, I suspect he wouldn’t stay with me.
I have no idea who Jason Whitten is, but George Will… I know and wish he used his intellect for good. I do enjoy his baseball columns tough.
As a musician, I have worked with many famous people; most of whom I didn’t know of before working with them. My interest in pop culture is close to nil.
Very exciting. I couldn’t pick him out of a line up of course but I’d know his name and a tiny few very high profile classical musicians names. You may have seen or heard of a “viral” video of Joshua Bell in the DC subway and people ignoring him as they hurry to work. I’d like to think I’d realize the quality of the playing and stop but I wouldn’t know who he was either.
Yes, I have seen the Bell videos. I have played with him a number of times. He is a sensitive and sublime musician, who treats those who play in the orchestra with the utmost respect. I like him. I like his playing.
When I lived in Dallas I knew the players, for the most part. The trombone sections made sure of that!
I had a former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader who was moving to LA to pursue a career in media stay here. I had another guy who was going to try to make it as a stand up comedian and I’ve seen some of his routines on YouTube. Multiple “filmmakers” have stayed. And none of the possibly famous in the future or people driving expensive cars (as an indication of a certain wealth) have acted entitled. The only folks who have done that seemed to be quite ordinary: retired I don’t know what, traveling nurse, etc.
About 5 yrs. ago, I had a Hollywood screenwriter stay for several nights. He had 14 Emmy nominations and had won 5 Emmys by then. (I’d never heard of him.) He was very low key and polite in his communications.