So I've been in Los Angeles for about six months now, and I really haven't been hit with a case of "star struck." It's pretty common to see familiar faces around town, but it finally hit me in full force last night during the "USO Salutes Hollywood" presentation at the Beverly Hills Hilton.
I was asked by Public Affairs here on base to cover Secretary of Defense William Cohen's presentation to Jack Valente last night.
What I didn't know is that it was a red carpet affair that would attract the most stars I have ever seen in real life at one time.
I was able to work the red carpet with my video camera as Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, Cuba Gooding Jr., Micheal Douglas, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Shue, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jack Valente, and STEVEN SPEILBERG (just to name a few - there were dozens others) worked the media line that included CNN Showbiz, Entertainment Tonight, ABCNews, Real Hollywood, Access Hollywood. Since I had a staff badge, I had better access than any of them, and I used that advantage to try and get good video of them.
But the real kicker was being able to see and shake Steven Spielberg's hand as he was leaving the stage after presenting the Secretary of Defense.
And then all of the military performers and staff got to meet with the Secretary of Defense after the show.
I'll post some pictures from the night on the website as soon as I can. Stay tuned.
FOR MY FELLOW MILITARY BUDDIES
You may be interested to know that Petty Officer Quinn Linton was there recording the event for the AFRTS Newscenter in Washington, and I spent a lot of time throughout the evening talking to him about life in D.C. He is a very interesting person.
But what really threw me off guard was the first person I met as I arrived at the hotel. A certain Sergeant First Class Fritz Homann is now here in Los Angeles (as of three weeks ago) and was an escort at the event. He is apparently now stationed here in Los Angeles as a recruiter, and it was quite a shock to see him. It just goes to show you how small of a world it really is.
So there you have it - an update from my world. I am still waiting to hear from many of you, so please let me know what's going on.