I haven’t seen a Brush With Fame thread in a while, so I decided to start one.
What made me think of this was yesterday I was in church and the Governor of Tennessee sat right in front of me. I guess that’s a brush with fame, but it reminded me of a much better story from when I was a new freshman in college.
It was my first month of school, a thousand miles from home, and I was looking around for a church near campus. I had been raised Baptist and I had seen a few blocks away from school a sign for the Second Baptist Church. So I made note of the service time and showed up on Sunday morning in a tie, Bible in hand.
What I didn’t realize until I walked in was that this was an African-American congregation. They were all very welcoming to me but I felt very self-conscious, being the only white person in attendance. Still, I thought it would be interesting (and obviously rude and hypocritical to leave) so I took a seat a few rows from the back and tried to keep a low profile.
After the opening hymns, the pastor got up to the pulpit and made some announcements. Then he pointed at me and said “I’d like us all to welcome a very special visitor today…” Everyone turned around and looked at me. I must have turned six shades of red :o and forced myself to smile weakly.
The pastor continued, “… Miss Oprah Winfrey!” Slowly I turned… she was sitting right behind me (with Stedman).
I know it’s cliche, but that choir rocked.