|Borrowed from FanPop.com|
TOPIC: Have you ever met a real-life character? Someone who was very different from your preconceptions, or someone who was just bigger than life, or whose lifestyle was so very different? A very eccentric someone? Tell about them (without giving real identities) in any manner you like. Did they change your viewpoint? Did you use them as a fictional character?
BOY!!!! Did I ever. I lived in California at the time and this long-known and well-respected actor happened to come to the dentist in the office next to my dentist. I'd long heard rumors of how the office staff disappeared from my dentists to next door whenever he came to town, but circumstances never allowed me to experience his presence personally. However, one day he stopped at a neighborhood bar and grill where my then husband and some of his cronies were hanging out for a bit of after-shift relaxation. Of course, several of them called home to tell us "HE" was there. I happened to be with two of the other wives, and we all had children, so we flipped a coin to see who stayed home. I didn't lose the toss, so Karan and I left poor Kim with the kids and headed downtown.
Everyone there was in awe of him. Me included, as he had long been a TV hero, especially westerns. I wasn't yet an author then, but I imagine I might have patterned a hero or two after him since I write western historical. The fellas from the PD wanted to buy him a drink, but no one had the nerve to approach him. I've long been a believer that everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time, and certainly his just didn't fly out of the closet and appear on him automatically so I said, "What's the big deal. He's just someone who happened to make it big. I don't have a problem asking him."
So, I sauntered across the room to the bar where he sat with a friend and stood for a second until he noticed me. Before I could say a word, he waved me away like one would a pesky fly, saying, "No autographs please."
That pissed me off. Not only do I believe the pant theory, I also don't relish autographs. Hell, I could sign his name on a piece of paper and who would know the difference? So, I broadened my shoulders, stared him in eyes not quite so gorgeous anymore and said, "Are you kidding? I don't want your autograph." I pointed out the group at the table. "See those guys. They're from a local PD and wanted to buy you a drink but were afraid to ask, but I assured them you were a nice guy. Seems I wasn't quite right. Have a nice day."
I turned to leave, but he had to have the final say. "Well, tell them thanks but no thanks, because they'd probably stop me and make me take a breathalyzer if I accepted their offer."
Needless to say, he was never a hero for me beyond that. More of an bung-hole actually. A bunch of hard-working guys wanted to spend money on someone who could probably have bought the place, and he was just downright rude. I know celebrities get bothered with autograph idiots, I mean hounds, but there wasn't one person even close to him at the time, and I think his response besides being rude was a bit pretentious. I won't give you his name since the topic says without using real identities, but I can tell you he looked a whole lot like the guy who played Rowdy Yates on Rawhide. *lol*
Would I base a hero on him now. No way!
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