May 23, 2006

What's all the fuss about autographs?

Once got caught up in a mob scene where a Greek celebrity was spotted shopping in a supermarket. Unaware that he had been in my aisle, I found myself trying to squeeze my way out when he started signing autographs. I tried to steer away and suddenly I was facing him, celebrity smile aglow, pen in hand, looked directly into my eyes and asked: "Do you want an autograph?". "No, thank you", I grimaced with a grin, because a fan was stepping on my toes and jabbing an elbow in my ribs. I think I saw a tear forming in his eye while he turned quickly away. Looking back, I feel guilty for refusing; I think I marred him for life.