Subj: L.A. Times
Date: 12/26/01 2:56:49 PM Pacific Standard Time
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Hi, I'm a reporter for the LA Times, and I'm doing a story on celebrity sightings in LA and happened upon your website. The piece I'm doing discusses what makes a good sighting (the stature of the celebrity?) (the circumstance of the sighting?) and I'd love to talk with you about your site.
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This was my response;
How funny that you should write, I just saw Diane Keaton at the 3:30 showing of "A Beautiful Mind" today, in Westwood. I was debating with myself over whether or not I should write about it. It's weird for me because I just started it as a lark, and am kind of ambivalent about the whole thing. I'm a working, character-actor, (I'm fat and funny, which explains the character part), and I worry about the karma involved.
I keep a journal on line, have a lot of friends and readers, and will pretty much document anything that happens to me. Since I live in LA, and work in this business, I often run in to interesting people and will naturally write about whoever I see in my daily journal. It was a friend's idea that since I see so many celebrities, I should start a celebrity sighting journal. I was originally loathe to do anything like this, because it seemed too fannish and gossipy, whereas mentioning that I might have seen Steve Martin shopping at Best Buys, on my personal journal, seemed more like I was just chatting with pals. Then I started thinking that it might be fun to have a place where people could log their celebrity run-ins, no matter how inane or inconsequential. Angelyne, in all her pink, aging glory, seen squeezing grapefruit at Vincente foods? Why not?
I'd be glad to talk with you, I just have to get over my fear of being associated with something I'm somewhat uncomfortable about doing. I understand the interest in people who are successful or accomplished, famous in some way, I'm certainly attracted to them, but I worry about the downside of fame, and while it's a lot of fun to gossip about things, I would never want to harm anyone. That aside, I guess what makes a good sighting would be anyone famous, doing, or not doing, anything interesting, with a situation like say, Sally Struthers eating a piece of pizza, being on the low end of noteworthy, to Russell Crowe screwing Meg Ryan up against a wall, in some back alley, being the pinnacle of interesting.
Good luck with your piece.
Here's my Celebrity Sightings Community Journal