Did you ever meet anyone famous?
Who, When, Where and Why?
Well.............don't know if you know it or not but Shreveport, Louisiana has become a meca for the film industry. We've been rated the 3rd best place in the US to film movies. Yep, for economic, overall uniqueness and other reasons New Orleans was becoming a very viable alternative to filming in places such as Los Angeles and when Katrina came the filming came to a halt and they came up north to Shreveport, and our city can now boast of close to 100 films that have been shot here.
I even played as an extra in one of them for a week and got a little check at the end of my stint which I did report on my taxes. All legit.
We've had stars such as Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Oliver Stone, Kevin Costner, Demi Moore, John Goodman, Nicholas Cage (in town now), Jennifer Garner, Katy Holmes, Queen Latifa, Samuel L. Jackson, Dianne Keaton, and Madonna to name a few.
I've not had the good luck or maybe I should say I've not gone out of my way to track them down to meet
but I have met a few recognizable names in my time. And my BFF in the 80's was the aunt of Mark Miller, the leader of Sawyer Brown
During my senior year of high school I once went "out" with Don Henley of the Eagles while they played a joint here and long before he was an "Eagle"
and on a band trip to the Rose Bowl I met, posed with for a picture in Hollywood none other than James Garner (then and now pics)
I met Ernest Tubb here while he played a concert in Shreveport
and stood next to Kenny Rogers in an Oklahoma convenience store
And I've met famous football players most especially Terry Bradshaw as he is from here
and some of his teammates when he played for the Steelers. I met several times and become somewhat friends with Joe Stampley from Louisiana and leader of the Uniques.
who sang "All These Things" (turn your speakers on)
And........I have met Edwin Edwards our former, and illustrious drop dead gorgeous governor who now is imprisoned and may never get out in his lifetime.
What about you? Who have you rubbed shoulders with that we ALL may know?