This is the summer of either 2007, or 2008 - I can't remember for sure which. This is my wife and son with Heather Locklear. The story is better than the picture, I think
The Story: I was working field engineering at the time, and I had an engagement to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. (I just let the job work for me, folks.) Our son's school arrangements allowed my wife and him to travel with me on most of my trips. On trips like this, I'd get creative with my work schedule so I could get days where I could get out during the day, and my wife would plan out our days. This day, she planned out for us to start the day at Waimea Falls.
When we got to the falls, we could see it in the distance but it was closed because they were filming some movie named "Flirting with 40." I was just disappointed that we couldn't get closer to the falls, but I got the pictures I could, got my wife's picture with some big dude that was playing some bit part in the movie, and we decided to move on.
As we were walking back, this red pickup truck pulled up, and this blone woman got out of one door just a few steps from us. My wife's eyes immediately got wide and she said, "I want my picture with her." The guy in the background got out of the other door and as my wife, and several other people were approaching, he said, "She's got time for one picture only, then she has to get to work."
My wife had position, so she asked for the picture with my son. the lady complied, and the pressue was on me ... I didn't have time to get the lighting right or the angle right or anything like that, so I just got what I could get. Then the guy insisted she go to work.
I'm the biggest nerd in the world when it comes to celebrities. I don't watch TV. I can't sit through a movie, and honestly, they just aren't a big part of my life, so I don't even note what they look like ... but I could see this woman caused a big stir just by showing up and walking to the falls.
As we walked on, I asked my wife, "Who was that?"
She looked shocked and said, "You don't know Heather Locklear?"
I thought for a moment and said, "No, and I still don't know who she is. I've never heard that name before."
Later that night, I was thinking, "This Heather Locklear is obviously really famous. I was the only one there that didn't know who she was." So I decided to post this into the Field Engineer's "Non-technical discussion" forum. This was just an email forum we had to talk about social things while we were on the job. It was our Facebook before we had Facebook.
So I put the picture into an email and sent it to the group. I didn't put any text in the body, I just put a subject line that said, "Who's that woman with my wife??" (I thought that was a pretty clever title for a celebrity picture
). Within 5 minues I got 3 replies back saying, "Dude, which one is your wife?" I just threw my hands into the air in celebration and shouted, "I fit in!!"
Actually, a lot of the field engineers did recognize Heather Locklear, and my daughters both shot through the ceiling when I sent the picture to them, but it was just so funny to me to see such an obvious expression showing that there ARE other people out there like me - don't know anything about celebrities