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post #61 of 83
i skied bumps next to hanna kearney last weekend.
post #62 of 83
I think I like/admire JHRefugee's dirt road viewpoint.

Coming from a person who has spent the last 20 years making a living by interviewing "famous" people, I totally see his point. After awhile it really is a "who cares" type of thing, especially since you never really (except in very, very, very rare situations) get to "know" said famous people.

I mean I can say that I'm 1 degree removed from Kevin Bacon because I spent an hour with him and his brother doing an interview in their dressing room when they were on tour a number of years ago. But at the end of the day what does that really mean? It's not like he gave me his home phone number and told me to drop by sometime for some lemonade and a game of scrabble.

All of that said, I think we all secretly geek out a little bit when we see somebody who has been deemed "famous." I mean I did a double take at Sun Valley a few seasons ago when I saw Bette Midler prancing around the base lodge. I really would have liked to see her ski, though.

post #63 of 83
I guess I was in the same boat as well....as a photojournalist for many years I spent time with several celebrities, mostly at their homes. My fav definately was Harrison Ford, a fulltime resident of JH and known personally by many valley residents as just a regular guy. After photgraphing him for a story in the Casper Star Tribune, basically the state paper, he asked me if I wouldn't mind staying and helping him move furniture. It became a very surreal experience.

I think if you live in a places like Jackson Hole, Aspen, Sun Valley, I am sure Bob Peters and others can attest to this, you see so many celebs around that it just doesn't become a big deal.

Oh, and Bob...I think your business partner, Andy Chambers, should be on your list.
post #64 of 83
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
Coming from a person who has spent the last 20 years making a living by interviewing "famous" people, I totally see his point. After awhile it really is a "who cares" type of thing, especially since you never really (except in very, very, very rare situations) get to "know" said famous people.
And here we go...Too cool for the room, are we?

The point of "geeking out" when you see a famous person, at least for me, is that they've accomplished something in their lives that the culture agrees is noteworthy. Who am I to question the collective wisdom of the American people ?

Now, I'm not talking about silly actors/actresses that by luck or sexual favor happen to end up in the public eye (except for Raquel Welch). I'm talking about truly committed and talented people that have done something really significant and ergo are "famous" for it.

But, even if Britney, KFed, JLo, Ben or any of a gazillion other famous people float your boat, so freaking what? It's the moments of cool that separate the moments of ho-hum, that really make life fun, eh? It's much like a great run in deep powder when you get separated from the average, if even for a minute. Kind of like that.

So, Mr. "Been There, Interviewed That, Got the Photos", please let the rest of us mere mortals have our moments of enjoyment fantasizing about how cool it must be to have people recognize us in the local McDonald's . . . or, not.

Have you considered that perhaps it's your attitude that makes those famous people only want you to hang around for an interview? I, for one, would rather be known as someone that got asked to help Harrison move furniture and NOT the guy that's too jaded to care...hey, even famous people like to feel good about themselves.
post #65 of 83
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
I think I like/admire JHRefugee's dirt road viewpoint.

Coming from a person who has spent the last 20 years making a living by interviewing "famous" people, I totally see his point. After awhile it really is a "who cares" type of thing, especially since you never really (except in very, very, very rare situations) get to "know" said famous people.

I mean I can say that I'm 1 degree removed from Kevin Bacon because I spent an hour with him and his brother doing an interview in their dressing room when they were on tour a number of years ago. But at the end of the day what does that really mean? It's not like he gave me his home phone number and told me to drop by sometime for some lemonade and a game of scrabble.

All of that said, I think we all secretly geek out a little bit when we see somebody who has been deemed "famous." I mean I did a double take at Sun Valley a few seasons ago when I saw Bette Midler prancing around the base lodge. I really would have liked to see her ski, though.

I'd agree with you. Most of the famous people i've run into were actually customers at the ski shop I work at. I always say that they're just like normal people, but on average, are just a bit more of a pain to deal with.

Meeting Nelson Mandella, however, was inspiring, not just for who he is or what he's done, but simply because of how humble and freindly he was. First rate human being, as if I needed to say that. I'll cherish that memory for the rest of my life.
post #66 of 83
one has to wonder whether or not Mr. Ford merely saw the opportunity to take advantage of some free help.



though I have to say, being able to tell your grand kids that you moved Indiana Jones' furniture is a pretty good one!
post #67 of 83
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I was on a 4-man race team with Wayne Wong at Nashoba Valley a few years ago. It was a fund raiser of some sort. I beat him by 2 seconds : . We had many lift rides over which we spoke about the history of freestyle skiing and skiing in general.
Was he skiing on Wongbangers? Did he pop a backflip off of any of the ruts? Saw that in an old ski film. Guess I am dating myself a bit but I saw some one that rode up behing Jean Claude, so I'm not that old!
post #68 of 83
Wow, I ride single a lot. Even in crowds. Do you think people are trying to tell me something?

Kaj
post #69 of 83
If they are yelling 'fill up the chairs', yes, they are talking to you.
post #70 of 83
I raced in (public) high school with Jimmy Cochran (and his two siblings). Jim taught me how to do 360s and that leather work gloves were perfectly adequate for ski racing. His dad Bob Cochran showed up to our races often and was about the most humble down to earth (yet fiercely competitive) guy I've ever met (especially among ski racers). It goes without saying his advice was top notch. He would stay at the top of the course during races for hours after his kids blew everyone else away and help out (rub on fluoro, etc) every kid on our team with zero hesitation.

That's it for me. Pretty obvious who I'm rooting for on the USST.
post #71 of 83
Took a run and a chairlift ride with Glen Plake when I was in high school. My ski team practiced @ Mohawk Mtn. in CT every day, and Plake came thru on some kind of tour - he might have been skiing every ski area in the US or someting - i can't think of any other reason he would have been at Mohawk.

Anyhow, for about a week before came the shut down the only 1/2 way decent run on the mountain - a not so steep bump run, that ran under a chairlift - and started pumping snow 24/7. After he went down, the opened it up and i just ripped the entire thing at full speed to get to the bottom and see Plake. We rode the chair up, and i took a run down with him.

It wasn't exactly a defining momemnt in my life, but being a 15 or 16 year old kid, it was pretty cool.
post #72 of 83
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Originally Posted by ski-2-fly View Post
Was he skiing on Wongbangers? Did he pop a backflip off of any of the ruts? Saw that in an old ski film. Guess I am dating myself a bit but I saw some one that rode up behing Jean Claude, so I'm not that old!
Nope, Fischer RX8s. He said he didn't really do many freestyle tricks anymore.
post #73 of 83
Can't imagine why "Mohawk" Mtn. was included in his 'down home' tour. Haha
post #74 of 83
uh, let's see...today I rode the lift with a family from Texas, couple of park rat kids who didn't know how to ski anything else, couple of teen girls who giggled the whole way up, etc.

Who cares who you've ridden a lift with, just ski
post #75 of 83
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.hey, even famous people like to feel good about themselves.
I felt really bad once. We were in a liftline at Breck, and a couple of people ahead of us was Bob Beattie. One friend says kind of loud, hey, look, it's Bob Beattie. My other friend, in all seriousness, yells back "What the F#$Ks a bobbiaty?"
He acted like, and I hope he didn't, hear the exchange.... but it was reallly funny.
post #76 of 83
ive skied with several of the meatheads. i ran into shawn white at stwoe last season before the open. he watched my run through the pipe, i suck at it, and said that i sucked and should go back to the lodge, out loud word for word. if there wernt so many other people around he would have spent the us open in the hospitol. *******
post #77 of 83
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i ran into shawn white at stwoe last season before the open. he watched my run through the pipe, i suck at it, and said that i sucked and should go back to the lodge, out loud word for word.
It may have been a little humiliating, but it makes for a GREAT story.

I'll now never be able to think of Shawn White the same way again.
post #78 of 83
I think we need a special entry here for "who have Bob's skis ridden with". Other threads notwithstanding
post #79 of 83
Apparently, I taught Valerie Plame in a lesson several years ago, but honestly I don't remember it. It was before she was "famous".




Maybe it was because she was still incognito!
post #80 of 83
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I think we need a special entry here for "who have Bob's skis ridden with". Other threads notwithstanding
I love that one, Spindrift.

By the way, the post in the Community thread about Martin Bell's birthday reminded me that I get to add to more names to those I've ridden up with:

Former World Cupper Martin Bell and his former World Cupper brother, Graham (or Graeme, I'm not sure of the spelling).

I filled out their foursome on the lift at Beaver Creek last Friday. :
post #81 of 83
I shared a ride with Scott Schmidt. It wasn't a chairlift though it was a Ford Bronco. I was working with a cable tv newtork covering a charity event involving a bunch of country music artists and society folk at Crested Butte called Country in the Rockies. I had done a project at CB a year or so before and knew the marketing director, She asked me when my plane was coming in and offered to have me picked up. Well at the little airport in Gunnison, there were 2-flights in at once and a lot of rich people, mostly from Nashville, milling around, getting organized for bus trips out to CB. I heard my name being paged. A few seconds later, Scott Schmidt's. It was totally cool as he is one of my skiing heroes. He was there to teach a clinic, but I did not see him again that week.
post #82 of 83

Big bump for this thread.  I was seeing if anyone had started an Andy Chambers thread about his appearance in the latest SKI magazine (or was it SKIING?).

 

No big names that I can recall riding up with me.  I thought I saw Brian Williams (news anchor) on the JH tram a few years ago, but with a helmet on who really knows?

 

Somebody got a cool picture of a chair-mate (not me) and turned it into a pretty good Picard reference:

 

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post #83 of 83
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Highway Star

top that.

was that during a ski off!!!

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