O’brien: Is Fame the Same as Famous?
I was volunteering at an elementary school last week and a fifth grade class found out that I worked at the radio station. What came next was a barrage of questions that I tried really hard to answer. One student stumped me though. So much so that even today, I don’t really know if I can answer it.
“Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?” Wow. Now being in radio for 24 years has its perks and I have met some great people. I’ve also met some that were a waste of space. But the actual question involves the ‘most’ famous person. How do you measure that? I suppose you have to gauge their level of fame at the time that you met them. For example, here’s a picture of me with Matt Scannell of the band Vertical Horizon. I actually got to hang out with Matt and chat with him for a while, great guy. At the time we met his band had a couple of big hits on the radio, so he was pretty famous.
I’ve met country superstar Alan Jackson. In country music, they don’t get much more famous; also a great guy. I've met a ton of people from all genres of the music industry. If I’d met Kim Kardashian, would she be more famous than say, a Survivor contestant? Probably, but both are products of reality shows and I don’t consider that kind of fame to be worth anything at all.
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