One certainly does not expect, when one walks out onto the terrace for a cigarette, to run into Melvin Van Peebles! Holy shit! I introduced myself right away and talked with him a bit about science fiction and New York vs. Chicago.
Then I spent the rest of the night running up to people and shouting, "Oh my God!" And they would shout back, "I know!" I felt like we were all teenage girls coming out of a showing of Twilight.
This is going on my list of cool, random celebrity encounters, like the time I wound up sitting at the same dinner table with Regis and Joy Philbin, or the time I was introduced to Garth Ennis at a friend's Christmas party!