I fly a fair amount for business, mostly speaking at seminars and conferences in my industry, and occasionally I get to share an airship with a passenger of note. Once, on a Southwest flight from St. Louis to Chicago, I shared a bird with the company's CEO. On another Northwest hop from Detroit to I don't remember where, I boarded with World Champion figure skater Todd Eldredge (he is very small... either that, or I am very large), who seemed perplexed that I wanted his autograph for my future ex-wife.
More recently, I was on a U.S. Air flight from New York City to Washington, D.C., sharing the first class cabin (thank God for free upgrades) with the Reverend Al Sharpton, looking quite fit and trim after his recent loss of 110 pounds (not through surgery - done the old fashioned way). He started following me on Twitter after I Tweeted the sighting, which was quite a surprise (the follow, not the sighting - apparently he makes that flight on a frequent basis).
This morning, on a flight from Columbus to Chicago, I had the chance to meet Buckeye basketballer Lenzelle Smith, Jr. I usually hate to pester famous people when they're traveling, because they're people too, but I decided to stop the young Mr. Smith in the terminal to congratulate him on a great run in the tournament. I shook his hand and let him know that we're all proud of him and his teammates. He was a classy young man, even though we had to board the plane at some ungodly hour prior to 6 a.m.
Just thought I'd share my brush with one of our young guns - made the early flight a little more worthwhile.