The question has been asked many times in the past few weeks: “Aren’t you going to miss your job when you retire?”
The answer? Yes. Working for The Eagle has given me the opportunity to meet people famous and infamous.
And I’ve had many experiences I wouldn’t have otherwise had if I’d continued teaching physical education or working as the assistant to the director in women’s athletics at Wichita State University.
Where else would you get the opportunity to play Gumby and tackle The Famous San Diego Chicken at a Wichita Wranglers baseball game? Yes, I did that. Just so you know, a foam rubber Gumby costume makes it difficult to run, and it’s hot. Really, really hot.
The same editor sent me to Valley Center to meet the train that brought the circus to town. I rode an elephant from Valley Center to the Kansas Coliseum. That might not seem very far, but an elephant is slow going. And no, I wasn’t waving from a comfortable basket balanced on Julia’s back. I was astride that elephant. When I got down — with the help of the very handsome animal trainer — I could barely walk.
Needless to say, it’s also been fun to meet famous people. Going to Fashion Week in New York gave me the opportunity to chat with a lot of stars. Almost without exception, they were very nice. Debra Messing, Cheryl Hines, Ana Ortiz and Kelly Pickler were really fun.
OK, since I’m name dropping, here are some others I’ve met the past 32 years:really
I’ve always been more thrilled to talk to famous fashion designers than movie stars.
Jewelry designer David Yurman is my all-time favorite. But I was beside myself when I got to interview Hubert de Givenchy and Gianni Versace. I was able to speak briefly to Oscar de la Renta, and I will never forget the first time I got a few quotes from Ralph Lauren.
Brief meetings with Kelly Ripa, Randy Jackson, Regis Philbin, Ivana Trump, Tommy Lasorda, Carol Burnett, Rue McClanahan, Harrison Ford, Craig Ferguson and Sean Combs also were memorable.
All right, enough of this reminiscing. But one more thing.
I got to do the pre-performance phone interview with Jerry Seinfeld when he came to do a benefit show after the tornado in Andover. We talked about “Seinfeld,” why he was coming, etc. and before we hung up, he said, “You’re funny, Bonnie.”
I could have died happy that minute: Jerry Seinfeld said I was funny.
Wow, talk to Jerry Seinfeld and get paid for it.
Good job to have.
And yes, I’ll miss it.