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A bit more on the George post...

I've met George Takei, he's a really sweet guy. In the interview with Frontiers, he mentions Front Runners, and I've got Los Angeles Front Runners (very indirectly) to thank for that meeting.

Back more years than I dare to say, Carl Cipra (when Carl lived in LA, which should give some of you an idea of the time-frame) was a regular running partner with George. Fast-forward a few years to me meeting Carl (who had long since moved to the east coast) at the Troy, Michigan Gaylaxicon. I'm sitting in the hot tub (I think he was too), and I'm talking about meeting this really nice physicist from San Jose.

"Kevin? Kevin Roche? I haven't seen him in ages! He never calls, he never writes..."

I mention to K the next time we're on the phone (this is before I moved to CA) and we laughed about it. He and Carl have known each other for years, well back to the LA days.

So fast-forward again, and we're at the first San Francisco GLAAD Media Awards banquet (2000, I think, to which IBM had bought a VIP table, and we got two of the tickets for). We're standing in the silent auction before dinner, waiting in the drink line to get Cosmopolitans, and we hear this voice behind us. George, no agents, no handlers, no entourage is right behind us in the drink line. K says hi to him, and it takes a moment for George to make the connection; they had met through Carl at some conventions way back. "Carl! I haven't seen him in years! He never calls, he never writes..."

Needless to say when we saw Carl the next time he got an earful.

So we're fans, but we're safe fans that he's got a connection with. We all got Cosmos (he was presenting GLAAD's first "digital media" award with Jeri Ryan, which is another story, so he couldn't have too much).

Which, of course, meant that we were hanging out with George for the rest of the evening, except during the banquet itself (as it turns out his table was just ahead of ours), and quite regularly got mistaken for his "handlers" by press photographers. It was a riot.

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britgeekgrrl
Oct. 27th, 2005 03:27 pm (UTC)
A pal of mine was George's jogging partner whenever he appeared at cons in a certain geographic area. Said pal has a fine stock of stories as to what a swell guy George is (as well as being HELL on a not-quite-in-shape jogging partner) ;)

It's nice to hear about an ST actor who *isn't* a raving asshole.

Meanwhile, I guess this is the best place to confess that I've always, always wanted to hear a recording of George Takei reading Lewis Carrol's "Jabberwocky". Wouldn't that be just the niftiest thing?
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johno
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
Ditto when he did appearences at SF Bay Area cons. They had to assign him a running partner, else he would hit the zone and run for hours on end.
johny__b
Oct. 27th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
Yep, George is a sweet heart. I found out at the Red Dragon, three or four years ago.
aramintamd
Oct. 27th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
I just love it when someone famous turns out to be a regular guy. A decent, human, regular guy.

So many people have *Star* tattooed into their foreheads.

Carl's a regular around these parts (or at least, was) at Darkover. Which we'll be at in about a month. (DID I JUST WRITE THAT?!?) He's usually the Emcee for Marty's masquerade. Just FYI...
bovil
Oct. 27th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
These days we only see Carl at WorldCon and Gaylaxicon, but still pretty regularly.
kaysho
Nov. 3rd, 2005 01:51 pm (UTC)
And so is your story! Thanks for sharing. :)
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