The Right Place at the Right Time Club

Quote of the Day     “Please do not send fan mail to any address you have. Nothing will be signed after the 20th of October. If that is the date on the envelope its gonna be tossed. I’m warning you with peace and love, I have too much to do.”     –Ringo Starr (link)

I was surprised and amused to come across Ringo’s message to fans in the article linked above, and thought I’d share it. Please don’t tell Ringo, but my thanks go out to him for reminding me of a list I’ve been meaning to publish: “The Right Place at the Right Time Club.”

10.  Those other two dudes in U2–I’m sure they are great musicians and all, but really…bang the skins a little and learn the bass and then meet up with Bono and the Edge….well done fellas.

9.    Buck Belue, Georgia quarterback in 1980–I can imagine Vince Dooley saying “Buck, meet Herschel. Herschel, meet Buck. Buck, you’re going to be giving the ball to Herschel from now on.”

8.    Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker–George Lucas–“Mark, you’re not that good of an actor, and that’s just what we’re looking for. You wouldn’t believe how many good actors we’ve suffered through waiting to find someone like you. This is the one and only role you’re ever gonna have, but trust me, it’s a good one.” 

7.   Steve Ballmer, Microsoft–Don’t you just know back around 1977 this dude was thinking, “ok, this is the last nerd I pal around with. This time I mean it.”

6.    All the attorneys that worked for Dick Scruggs in Pascagoula around 2001.

5.    Buster Douglas, boxer. When he beat Mike Tyson, Tyson was thought unbeatable. It was such a shock, I remember where I was standing and who I was with when I got the news (the Landing, with Smily). Even Buster could’ve had no idea Tyson had gone off the deep end and was vulnerable to a hack like himself. 

4.     Dan Quayle, Vice President–only in America.

3.     The third tenor–as made famous by Seinfeld:

FRANK: The Maestro? What Maestro?

ELAINE: He’s this guy that I went to Tuscany with. He’s a great guy, but I just wouldn’t feel comfortable calling him.

GEORGE: Really? Why?

ELAINE: (Explaining) Because he hasn’t called me since we got back.. I spilled wine on his 8 by 10 photo of one of his favorite Italian opera stars.


ELAINE: You know the Three Tenors?

GEORGE: Yeah.. (Trying to remember) Paverotti.. Domingo.. and.. uh.. the other guy.

ELAINE: (Nodding) The other guy.

2.    TB getting picked by J’s Floor Covering in 1976, getting Mrs. Barber for World History in 1983, and going to Elixir one night in 2004.

1.    Ringo

About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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5 Responses to The Right Place at the Right Time Club

  1. Jessie Lou says:

    This is a great list – my favorite is the Luke Skywalker one – I remember him when he was on my soap opera “Search for Tomorrow”. I also love the reference to Mrs. Barber – she taught both my parents (I didn’t get her) and is in my Sunday School class these days. She has not changed a bit. Larry is going to be just like her. On the flip side there is also being in the wrong place at the wrong time – I’ve personally got several of those instances.

  2. ZEEK says:

    You should not forget Hamil’s emmy worthy role in the smash hit Corvette Summer co-starring halter top sporting Annie Potts. Thought it was great as a kid, not as sure now.

  3. Seems like Hamil had a funny SNL appearance in the 80’s or early 90’s too. TB is a bit prone to hyperbole on occasion, unapologetically. Surely some of y’all can think of who needs to be added to this list?

    And JLM, I’m working on the right place at the wrong time list today, so go ahead and think of your entries for that one too. Wrong place at the wrong time may come later, but that one could be pretty long, couldn’t it Zeek?

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