Beverly Hills 90064?

This week we went to a reception of the SoCal Alumni Assoc. of MIT at the Beverly Hills Country Club. Aside from the fact we were going to be able to meet the President of the school, Dr. Susan Hockfield, and wishing to extend our sincere appreciation for all our son has gleaned from drinking out of the firehose during these past four years, I was looking forward to stepping into the BHCC. I expected opulence, nouveau riche a la Rodeo Dr. It was quite the opposite.An unassuming building in a traditional, established residential neighborhood in Cheviot Hills. I am guessing mid-century to early 60’s nondescript design. No golf, just tennis. The interior needed updating I thought as I sipped my well drink and nibbled my new potato, creme fraiche and caviar combo. The evening was very enjoyable with over 200 guests attending. Dr. Hockfield even answered a question of mine, the last of the evening. I prefaced that we were parents and I was given strict instructions by my son not to ask any question until after he had graduated. That got a round of laughs and she said it was a good question. I later thanked her personally which was a thrill.

What finally caught my eye as being distinctive in the building was a wall I noticed a man looking at. Unfortunately, I was unable to linger beyond a quick glance as we were on our way out and our car was waiting for us. There, I saw many distinguished names serving on the Board – Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra, Tom Selleck, Dr. Buzz Aldrin. Buzz was in attendance as an MIT alum. I had a very nice conversation with his wife in the ladies room that continued in the foyer. They have been married 22 years, she is an alum of Stanford, is under 5 feet tall with long white hair, frail and dressed like an aging rock star with rhinestones covering her fingernails on both hands. Very eccentric. I wondered what Buzz was like.

Because I took just a little too much time extending my gratitude to Dr. Hockfield after the reception was formally over, Buzz slipped into the room where the evening was to continue for a private VIP dinner. I missed my photo op with one of the few men to have landed on the moon. That would have been a thrill for me almost as much as seeing Tom Selleck’s name close up and personal knowing it had direct involvement and purpose being there. I felt giddy.

My only other star struck moment was when a co-worker of Mr. P. M. told us in confidence her sister was married to Tom Hank’s brother. While she described having family dinners at his home, I hung on every word. Perhaps I have a thing for guys named Tom.

I am sending Dr. Hockfield some decorated cookies to commemorate her visit.
I’m sure she’ll give me a shout out at graduation.


Have a star-struck weekend!
xoxo
“Stir It Up” (From Beverly Hills Cop) – Patti LaBelle
my music no longer comes on automatically, you have to turn it on. πŸ™‚

Comments

  1. Wow, what a night! A brush with stardom, how wonderful. It sounds like you had a nice time. I wonder how old Buzz’s wife was?
    I had a brush with stardom once. We were at an awards show for musicians who are from Philadelphia, in Philly and I was in an elevator with Daryl Hall. I was too star struck to ask for his autograph! All I could do was try to act as cool as I could. Oh well.
    I love the cookies you are going to make for her. Very cute!
    Have a Happy Valentines day!
    XOXO

  2. Funny post! I will have to google the Aldrins–I always imagine astronauts as being like Maj. Tony Nelson in “I Dream of Jeannie.” (Obviously, I was allowed to watch too much tv as a child!) The Mister used to meet many celebrities in his work at Disney, and I was always amazed by his nonchalance. Recently, Robin Williams was playing in our town, and he came in our small downtown shop. The Mister was there by himself and, evidently the two had a pleasant conversation. When he told us at dinner, our youngest said, “Well, I hope you told him I loved him in Mrs. Doubtfire.” The Mister was rather dismissive, and said, celebrities really want to be treated like regular people. (yeah, right.) Later, I said, I can’t believe you didn’t at least get him to sign something–we could’ve donated it to our school’s charity auction. And, the Mister said, “to tell you the truth, I got kind of nervous.” Good thing I wasn’t there!

  3. How posh!

    I love your cookies!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Thank you for the vicarious night out! (I had a pic of Tom Selleck in my desk when I was in fifth grade.) Were we separated at birth?

    Magnum 4-ever xoxo

  5. Ronda ~ I am guessing she had to be in her 80’s or late seventies by the look of her facelift. Uh-huh. I heard a Hall and Oats song today on the radio. How funny you should mention them. I did see Donald O’Conner when I was having dinner at the Beverly Hills hotel when I was a kid and Dom Deluise, again when I was a kid. Oh, saw Tim Conway driving on the 10 freeway once in a very high end car. He looked like he was very tired. Probably coming back from a stint in Vegas. I think that takes care of all my ‘sightings’. πŸ™‚

  6. T & C ~ You know how you have this imaginary list of people you’d like to meet? Robin Williams is on mine. I bet he is very normal when he is ‘off’. How cute The Mister got nervous. If I had met Buzz I would have asked him about his UFO comment. Would that have been too forward? πŸ™‚

  7. ‘burb Princess ~ Thank you! πŸ™‚

    Posh Momma ~ I am not very possessive about my star crushes except for Tom. The dimples I could get lost in and his short-shorts of his Magnum days I think are just for me. πŸ™‚

  8. What a great story! I mean really great! You have the most fun, Miss PMP. The only celeb sightings I have ever had have been athletes. I have seen Peyton Manning! And his dad, Archie!! I was starstruck. And really our Pat Summit is a celeb, right?

    I would have probably taken a picture of the names on the wall. πŸ˜‰

    Happy Valentine’s Day!! xoxo

  9. I’ve always thought it was funny that the Beverly Hills Country Club is NOT in Beverly Hills and the LA Country Club is pretty much in Beverly Hills (well on the border). They should switch names!