I’ve really never seen famous people. Well, okay, Jim Hartung and Tatiana Gutsu (Olympic gold medalists in gymnastics) and later a few other of the Mag 7 on tour. I would almost definitely be that obnoxious tourist who gasps and stares in disbelief if I encountered a celebrity in the grocery store.
So I especially appreciate the benefits of Big City Life + Stanford where the famous people come to me, with a safe buffer of seats between my awkwardness and their fame. In the past several weeks, we have been to two events with three famous people: Adam Savage (of Myth Buster), John Hodgman (well known for his roles on the Daily Show), and Mayim Bialk (currently Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory).
The City Arts and Lectures series in San Francisco offers unique programming featuring leaders in “arts and ideas.” The series hosts over 50 lectures and conversations (AKA, interviews) with well-known public figures. In April, we attended Adam Savage’s hilarious interview of John Hodgman, as he explained his path from book publisher to PC in the Apple versus PC commercial to his role on the Daily Show.
And, of course, a photo of all of us:
A few weeks later, we were lucky to get tickets to see Mayim Bialik speak about women in science (Mayim has a PhD in neuroscience), being a Jewish woman in Hollywood, and her own career path. I appreciated her frank openness and the truly down-to-earth talk. While I don’t agree with her decision not to vaccinate her children, I enjoyed the chance to get a look into her life and to feel like, “Hey. She’s in Hollywood, but she’s totally a real person.” I would love to have lunch with her to ask some of the questions that remain, including her persistence to pursue a PhD in science despite her struggles with math and science during high school and even college.
Perhaps with all this practice of being in the same room with famous people, I’ll eventually be ready to meet one face-to-face and not make an idiot of myself. Perhaps…