- Christopher Reeve (1952-2004)
Okay, so "met" is probably an overstatement. When I was working at The William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills they never told us what the policy was regarding speaking to the celebrity clients. However common friggin' sense told me never to approach them and never to bother them unless they say something to me first. So when I entered the elevator one morning from the garage and found Christopher Reeve riding up with me, I found it difficult not to stare. Not because he was a celebrity but because he was so freakishly tall. Compared to my little 5'2" frame he towered over me like some kind of giant. He said, "hello" and I returned the greeting. Not exactly a memorable exchange. But of all the celebrities I had the fortune of meeting or sharing a room with during my tenure at William Morris, Christopher Reeve stands out in my memory for his sheer height and movie star good looks.
Earlier this year I stumbled upon his biography in a thrift store. It is from this book that I discovered that his wife is the reason he was alive (or was at the time of that reading). After his accident the doctors gave him his prognosis and the choice of whether or not to be removed from the machine to die naturally or to live as quadriplegic. Torn, he left the decision up to his wife. I think she is just as much a hero as he is for the sacrifices she has made to be such a loving and supportive partner through something so difficult that most of us could hardly imagine it.
And now your turn. Post a comment explaining a daunting goal that you have set in your life and how it is effecting or did effect your life. And did others call you irresponsible or reckless for doing so?