Meeting someone famous

This last Friday I had the opportunity to meet some men who are relatively famous, depending on what circles you are in.  I follow both men on Twitter and have read books both published.  These are the first two people I have ever met that one would consider as famous.   If for whatever reason you aren’t familiar with them, check out the links

Twitter – @jonacuff /

Twitter – @daveramsey/

My family was not one to do much entertaining when I was growing up.  We had family over but really no one else came over.  So it was rare to have people in our house.  When I was in the 5th grade I started going through a Catechism class at the Lutheran Church we attended.  For whatever reason my mom agreed to let the class participants and their parents come to our house.  You would have thought someone famous was coming to our house, we cleaned like we had never cleaned before, we scrubbed walls, bleached anything possible and had our humble little single wide trailer looking as good as it could get. 

As a young kid growing up in Montana we didn’t see a lot of famous people coming through our state.  In fact the university we lived closest to wasn’t set up to handle large concerts.  The first concert I ever went to was Amy Grant and Kenny Loggins.  I never got to meet either one.  The only real band I ever wanted to see was Def Leppard and I never got to do that. Later in college I took my mom to see Reba McEntire, Brooks &Dunn and Clint Black (in case you don’t know who they are – it country music artists).  I asked my mom while we were at the concert what she would do if we could meet them and she said she would be shocked and not know what to do or say.  That always struck me as odd.

We tend to glamorize and make folks into celebrities.  Hollywood does a great job of thrusting folks into stardom, building them up and making them larger than life.  People idolize them and put them up on a pedestal.  I will admit I have been star struck a few times in my life.  However in thinking about it, when we strip all the glamour and Hollywood from a person, they are still a person, they still have struggles just like you and me and there is no guarantees for their life.  God may be using them in different ways than me, but it’s still a person and not God. 

I enjoy all types of people from all walks of life.  I love just talking to others and getting to know them.  Despite being famous or semi-famous I a still going to treat you the same.  I would welcome you into my home as if you were family, feed you, see if there were any other needs I could help with and enjoy the time talking with you.  My wife and I do a lot of entertaining and have people over all the time.  When I am sitting there talking with you, I don’t care if you’re the President of the United States or my neighbor.   You mean the same to me no matter what.

I really enjoyed meeting both Dave Ramsey and Jonathan Acuff.  I had a great time hanging out and listening to them and engaging in conversation with them.  When I found out they were both coming to Portland and I could meet them I took advantage of the opportunity.  I actually have a friend who lives in Nashville and goes to the same church as Jonathan and his family and is in a small group with him.  He didn’t tell me this until I old him I was going to get to meet him and how much I would really enjoy talking to him and he was right. 

Living in Portland we have a number of  folks considered to be famous.  One of those I would most enjoy meeting, sharing food and spending an evening talking to is Donald Miller.  I have yet to run into him, but hope some day I will. Given the size of Portland I shouldn’t be shocked at the amount of folks on Twitter and those who are blogging.  I have tweeted with  a few of them.  To my surprise I got to meet someone I follow and exchanging Tweets with, Matt was there with his family and it was a great honor for me to talk with him.

What about you, what would you do if you met someone famous?  Who would you most like meet?


About Chris Goforth

West Coast Hipster Ninja husband and Papa- allowing Jesus to impact every aspect of my life while raising 6 kids, taking photos, being outdoors & playing Settles of Catan. View all posts by Chris Goforth

15 responses to “Meeting someone famous

  • John Wylie

    That’s awesome man! Jon Acuff is a man I want to meet, too! So cool you got to meet both men, but its great that you put in perspective too – these are just men…just like you.

    Great post!

  • Keri @ Pop Parables

    I’m sure I would totally clam up. I clam up with not famous people sometimes too. People say that I’m a hard person to get to know, and I think I have a hard time getting to know others as well. I seek a deep relationship-I’m the kinda person who if you become friends with me, you’re stuck with me for life. That’s it. So, I don’t know how to just be an acquaintance. It’s hard for me. But, blogging has helped with that.

    Famous people? Mostly musicians, maybe Jack Johnson or the guys from NeedtoBreathe

    • Goforth's Journal

      I think we would have some great conversations. I like you am about deep relationships and conversations. I am a friend for life as well. I am not the surface type conversation person. Thanks for your comments, appreciate that.

  • Moe

    I see you have updated your site. Looking good Chris!

    OK, back to topic. Living in NYC I often see some celebrities. I don’t bother them since most are just living and shopping or so. But if there is a book signing or an event, I would definitely say hi and maybe take a picture.

    I’m glad you had a chance to meet both Jon and Dave. That’s cool.

    MY highlight will be when I meet the famous Chris Goforth face to face. That’s what I’m looking for.

  • Larry Hehn

    I’d like to meet Howie Mandel. I’ve been a fan since the 80’s. We come from the same neighborhood, but have never met. I got to watch an A & E Biography feature on him recently, and was amazed at his humility and overall attitude. I figure it would be fun just to hang out and have lunch with him every once in a while.

    • Goforth's Journal

      Thanks for sharing that is good, he does seem like a pretty cool guy. Always liked him and found him funny. I remember him from the 80’s and St. Elsewhere. It will be a great day when I get to meet you and hang out as well.

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  • Matt McComas

    It was a pleasure meeting you too! I hope all is well.

    • Goforth's Journal

      All is well Matt, I just remember looking over the crowd and seeing you and thinking, hey I know that guy, it took me a few moments but than it clicked. Really glad we got to talk. Lets hang out when you get a chance.

  • jelillie

    Hmm…there are so many I would like to meet for so many different reasons. If I could sit down with someone for dinner though I think it would be John Bevere, then John Eldredge. I would love to pick the brains of J.K. Rowlands and Stephanie Meyers just to see how they managed to get block busters published. That’s a good start.

  • David

    You really can’t go wrong with Acuff and Ramsey! I would definitely love to have the opportunity to meet both. I personally am a huge Ramsey fan and while I can’t say I follow his instructions to the the “t”, I have implemented several of his principles and have had great success with them.

    • Goforth's Journal

      Yeah I agree, I don’t follow everything he says but after reading his book I have made a lot of changes that have been extremely helpful. Thanks for stopping by and checking me out. Appreciate that.

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