The Weekly Top 2 Articles in our Publication — Feb 5th to Feb 12th, 2022
A newsletter from the editor of Thoughts and Ideas, on Medium.com
Brush with greatness
This weekend, the NFL Superbowl Half-Time show is supposed to have some amazing performances by some 90’s celebrities, including Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.
Years ago, when I worked for an airline, I interacted with tons of celebrities. It ranged from movie stars to athletes to politicians. I was ‘star struck’ by most of them.
On several occasions, I assisted former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, and I remember making a mental note that she always wore the exact same black suit whenever she traveled. I probably wouldn’t have noticed that if she was a man.
Kim Kardashian came through the terminal one year, and I was surprised to see that she was absolutely stunning in person, despite my preconceived notions about her low brow reality show.
I was frazzled when I met Jason Bateman, the star of Ozark. He was much younger back then, and his agent tried to finagle a free upgrade for him. I obliged — I was a big fan, after all.
During initial training, I was shocked to meet John Cusak and Jeremy Piven while they were boarding a flight, and I desperately wanted to get them to give me an autograph. I didn’t have any paper on me, so I handed them the clipboard that was in my hand. They both signed the first page on it and then went on the plane. A few seconds later, I realized that they had signed the flight manifest which I had to give over to the Captain.
One afternoon, I checked in former Prime Minister John Turner. He was a handsome, charming and charismatic man, and when he walked into the airport, everyone turned to look at him. After I finished with him, the next customer in line was a famous Canadian singer (who shall remain unnamed here).
“Can I ask what destination that last gentleman was going to?”, she inquired.
I thought she was attracted to him or something. “Montreal”, I replied.
She looked worried. “Oh no — me too.”
“Is everything alright?”, I asked.
“Yes, it’s OK. Can you just make sure he’s not sitting beside me?”
“Of course, ma’am”, I replied. “But may I ask why?”.
“Yes”, she said “That’s Prime Minister Turner. He’s an incredibly intelligent man. I just don’t have the energy to hold a decent conversation with him today.”
It was then that I realized that celebrities get star struck by other celebrities.
The weekly top 2 articles
Tabitha Diaz is becoming a bit of a celebrity on this publication. For the second week in a row, her excellent writing has been noticed. This week, she tells a compelling story about moving far away from home.
Our second story from last week is from a well-established Medium celebrity George J. Ziogas, who provides a fascinating exploration about the type of music to listen to for optimal productivity.
The Best Music to Listen to for Optimal Productivity, According to Science
If music be the food of work, play on
I know you’ll enjoy both of these wonderful stories!
Until next time — Have a safe and enjoyable week!