Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gandalf and me

So there we were, standing in the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre and Gandalf walks by.

Well, actually, it was Sir Ian McKellan, who we had just seen on stage with Bishop Gene Robinson. We -- me, Cynthia Black, Susan Russell, Louise Brooks, John Clinton Bradley, and Michael Bell -- had all been urging one another to get up enough nerve to approach him. Then he turned to leave. As he walked by, I said, "Thank you. This was a wonderful evening."

He stopped, smiled and held out his hand. I grasped it and we began talking, while my friends -- those star-struck folks in the background of the photo below -- finally got their act together and got their cameras out.

Then the terrifically charming Sir Ian greeted Susan Russell -- who has posted her own photos on her blog, and the rest of our group.

I have reported on the evening here. Please read it. I was up until 4 a.m. writing it!

There. Enough whining.


Leonard said...

Thank you for staying awake...I feel inspired as well as informed here under the volcano in Central America...have a GRAND TRIP!

Anonymous said...

Ok, sorry to interject here, but being a geek, I have to say, squeeeeee! You got to shake Gandolf's hand. Wow. Wish I had the nerve to do that. I get all wishy washy around celebrity figures.

Now back to the more serious comments.