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P.S. — Family Phil Meets Dennis Franz, Freezes

Louise Greek, left, of Coeur d’Alene, laughs and poses for a picture with actor Dennis Franz in the Plaza Shoppes in Coeur d’Alene in 2004 where Franz and other celebrities were autographing copies of the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation’s 2005 calendar/Jesse Tinsley, Spokesman-Review photo.

“I was poking peaches at the grocery store today when an arm brushed by me and a strangely familiar voice said, “Excuse me.” I glanced up and came face to face with a celebrity! What is it about celebrities that make us go ga-ga? And when I say “us” I mean most folks… Their reactions to famous people can range from giggly to starstruck, but very few of us act non-chalant when meeting up with an actor or singer or other face that we’ve seen on TV or in the movies. Of course, I did not get all giggly. I went blank, as I usually do around people of fame. I turned and shuffled back to my wife and whispered in a conspiratorial tone, ‘Look. Over there. Don’t stare. The guy in the green shirt. That’s Dennis Franz.’”

For the rest of the comment by Phil Corless/A Family Runs Through It, click here.

Question: Why do we behave strangely when we meet famous people?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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