Friday Five – March 29th, 2002

Number 50 on the Friday Five for this week. A nice round number. I like round numbers!
1. If you could eat dinner with and “get to know” one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose?
Wow, this is tough. I would kind of like to go out for dinner and “get to know” the Johns from the band They Might Be Giants. I think they would be nice fun guys to hang with for a while. If they were busy then David Lynch might be a good person to have dinner with as well. He is quite eccentric but seems like a nice person as well and I wouldn’t mind talking to him about films.
2. Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel?
The death of Mr. Dressup (aka Ernie Coombs) had an effect on me. He was the host of the childrens show “Mr Dressup” on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) in Canada for 22 years. I grew up watching him in the morning on CBC and I always thought of him as a friend. I never met him in real life but he is truly a great Canadian. He died on September 18th, 2002 just 7 days after the World Trade Center attacks and my emotions were already in a mess.
3. If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you choose?
Another tough one. Maybe Hugh Hefner so I could find out what it’s like to date 7 girls at once. Or Brad Pitt so I could be adored by females everywhere. Or Albert Einstein so I could understand the not-so-general Theory of Relativity. Or Kevin Bacon so I people could try to figure out how many degrees away from me they are (see Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon). Or Jesus so I could really be the “son of god” or some misunderstood prophet.
4. Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous? Who?
I was once told I look like a guy from the Canadian band Sloan but the guy that told me this was intoxicated and annoying so I don’t trust him. Someone also told me I look like Brad Pitt but she’s a very very dillusional female.
5. Have you ever met anyone famous?
I once saw Phyllis Diller when my family was at MGM Studios in Florida. I was apparently in the same bar as Dan Ackroyd in Kingston, Ontario but I didn’t see him. And I can get to Kevin Bacon in 4 steps (see question #3 for the six degrees of Kevin Bacon link). Other than that I can’t say I’ve met anyone famous.
And that is how the cookie crumbs.

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