Alan Little tagged me and then forgot to tell me, and I did not check out his blog until two days later — so I’ve already blown the eight-hour deadline. The premise is that I have write about eight random facts about me. Here goes:

  1. I did the pre-production coordination in Peru (government liaison, media contacts, customs clearances) for Shirley McClain’s bio-pic “Out on a Limb” and then failed to charge Hollywood rates for the work I did — boy, was I dumb!
  2. I was invited twice to spend extended weekends with my wife, all expenses paid, at Arthur Hailey‘s home in Nassau, Bahamas because he wanted me to read drafts of his novel about a journalist’s adventure in Peru, The Evening News.
  3. I don’t write long hand, but print as if I was still in elementary school. I’ve done this since high school when I was bored with taking notes in history class and decided to add a degree of difficulty to the task.
  4. I was the character Potzo in “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett in my senior year of college. The actor who was going to play Potzo backed out and I was the understudy. I was skinny so I padded out with blankets and towels, wore abundant makeup and a plastic skull cap so that I could be bald. During the play, I perspired so much that water poured out from under my fake nose in the middle of my dialogue. My friends told me that my acting was brilliant — but since no one could recognize me under all the makeup and costume, I did not get any cred on campus.
  5. I sang a capella in the madrigal singers of my high school. Now I can barely carry a tune.
  6. When I was in college, I used to perform mime, picked up from watching a street mime in Lima, Peru.
  7. My favorite novelist when I was an adolescent was Robert Heinlein.
  8. I tried to sell Bibles and reference books door-to-door in South Carolina in the summer after my freshman year. It was sheer torture and I gave up after six weeks — I was stubborn.

Here are the rules for the next generation:

  1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
  2. People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
  3. At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
  4. If you fail to do this within eight hours, you will not reach Third Series or attain your most precious goals for at least two more lifetimes.

I am tagging:

  1. Stephanie
  2. Raj Waghray
  3. I’m even worse than Alan; I can’t come up with anyone else off the top of my head or skimming through my e-mail. I guess my circle of friends and acquaintances don’t have blogs that allow them to respond to being tagged.