Hobnobbing With the Famous: Who Have You Met? (Plus Win These Books!)

A few weeks ago my younger daughter was thrilled to meet US Figure Skating National Men’s Champ (and, it seems, all-round nice guy) Nathan Chen. He’d just dominated the national competition and was graciously autographing items, posing for photos, and taking time with the fans. I was impressed, and my junior skater was thrilled!

Which famous people have you met? Submit a comment to this blog by Thursday, February 20. One lucky teacher will be randomly selected to win a timely collection of books that celebrate famous Black Americans, including

Congratulations to our winner Sara Meyer! Here are some other great items for you, too. Tell your colleagues about them and soon you’ll be so famous that people will be asking for your autograph….

February 11 is Safer Internet Day, a global campaign to create a better and safer Internet for everyone—especially younger users. The theme is “Together for a Better Internet.” Visit saferinternetday.us to find free resources.

The National Book Foundation Innovations in Reading Prize rewards individuals and nonprofits that have developed projects to create and sustain a lifelong love of reading. Prizes range from $1,500–$10,000. Get the details at nationalbook.org/programs/the-innovations-in-reading-prize. The application deadline is February 13.


Check out the latest episodes of Science How from the National Museum of Natural HIstory at the Smithsonian. Designed for grades 3–8, the episodes feature Smithsonian scientists and experts answering questions about coral reefs, fossils, and much more. Tomorrow there’s an episode scheduled on How Birds Stay Warm. Check it out at naturalhistory.si.edu.

I’ve been lucky enough to have met quite a few authors. But in the category of “regular celebrities,” my biggest celebrity encounter was seeing Norm from Cheers crossing the street in Pittsburgh. At least I think it was him!


PS: We have a new sweepstakes for early childhood teachers! Check out the fun, educational activities and prizes at TheMailbox.com/PeppaPig.

19 thoughts on “Hobnobbing With the Famous: Who Have You Met? (Plus Win These Books!)

  1. I have met authors Sharon Draper and Doreen Cronin. I was also about ten feet away from Bill’ and Hilary Clinton’s limo while watching their motorcade return to the White House.

  2. I met Eddie George on a flight to Tennessee. He also talked to another girl & myself as we walked through the airport. He was a very sweet gentleman.

  3. I’d hate to call myself a stalker, but I’ve “run into” Hall & Oates many times…….
    P.S. Thanks to all my partners in crime!

  4. I have met many wonderful authors, including Susan Cooper, Jane Yolen, Avi, Chris Demarest, Ursula LeGuin, Margaret Read MacDonald….

  5. Karen, I’m so thrilled to find out that your daughter got to meet Nathan Chen!!!! WOW!!!! Many years ago I met Katarina Witt, Brian Boitano, Caryn Kadavy, Barbara Underhill, Paul Martini, Alexandre Fadeev, Judy Blumberg, & Elizabeth Manley. They were all incredibly, wonderfully nice.

  6. Many years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a legendary singer named Phyllis Hyman. She happened to be appearing at a radio station that I interned at early one morning. Grabbing a few of her cds , I headed over there expecting to catch a glimpse of her and (hopefully) get some cds signed. She was sweet, funny, and goofy that morning. She made the silliest face for me as I snapped a few pictures of her. Not too long after that encounter, the news broke that her life came to a tragic end. I was blessed to have seen her that day and will always remember her charm and grace.

  7. I met a friend of my Dad, Art Gibson he’s a Country Western Singer. He owned a lounge in Chicago and my Dad would sing there and bring me with. Sometimes I would sing with him. Art gave me a 45 RPM of one of his songs and an autograph. I still have them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *