Both my co-host, Sarah and my girlfriend, Lynette (Little Red) tease me about being a “name dropper” when it comes to celebrities I have had the chance to meet. I am trying to cut back on that. In fact I recently pledged that Sarah could charge me a dollar for every time I mention a celebrity that I have met. The money will go to a local non-profit. The first dollar into the kitty happened just a few days ago during Sarah’s Hollywood News. Somehow the name Stevie Nicks, from Fleetwood Mac, came up. I just HAD to mention how I met Fleetwood Mac several years ago when the group performed at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Because I was with the radio station promoting the concert we had backstage passes to meet the group. Stevie was kind enough to give me a kiss on the cheek. I frequently get asked what celebrities I have met. I must say that I’ve been lucky to meet a few in my radio career. One of the highlights was meeting Willie Nelson and Ringo Star at “Farm Aid” in Ames in the 90’s. Willie was a big organizer for the event and helped to raise huge amounts of money for the farm community who, at that time, were going through economic times. I got to be in a question & answer news conference with Ringo. I remember that I was fortunate enough to ask the first question. I asked him if he thought the economic problems that farmers were facing in the US were the same in England? He said that from his experience, at that time, it was a world wide problem. One thing that I thought was great about Ringo was that he didn’t really want to talk about himself or his family. I know that because one of the questions someone else asked Ringo was if his son, Zak, was going to perform with him and he said he didn’t want to talk about Zak and really only wanted to discuss how we could help farmers. I’m sure I’ll be the “name dropper” again in future blogs. But I wanted to mention a couple of the more memorable brushes with greatness that I’ve had in my radio career.