Yep, that’s me and Jerry Seinfeld. This picture was taken either in 1991 or 1992. Rich was working some awards ceremony in Pasadena, and invited me to the rehearsal. I stood backstage and watched all the stars practice their speeches. The two people who were hosting it were Alan Thick and Jerry Seinfeld.
Now, growing up in the 80’s, I knew Alan Thick as the father in my favorite sitcom Growing Pains and I wanted to get my picture with him. So I stood there with Rich on the side of the stage as Alan and Jerry practiced their lines. Jerry kept looking over at us. I was worried that he would think I was waiting for him instead of Alan Thick. I kept saying to Rich, “Why does that comedian-guy keep looking over at us? Should we not be here?” and Rich kept assuring me that we were fine standing where we were.
At the time, Jerry’s show Seinfeld was something that I had heard of but never took the time to watch. So I was not a fan. And the last thing I wanted was a picture with Jerry. So when Jerry started walking over toward us, I said to Rich, “Oh no….I think he thinks that I want a picture with him instead of Alan!” Sure enough, he came over and said to me, “Hi there!” and he started to make some small talk with me and Rich, and just to be polite I said, “Will you take a picture with me?” and he said, “Sure!” and so the above photo was snapped. Rich told me later that he didn’t like the guy. He said he was totally flirting with me (which to tell the truth I didn’t pick up on that) but Rich thought that he had some nerve when it was obvious that I was Rich’s girl friend. I had to point out that “no, it really wasn’t that obvious…since you were standing there in your uniform. Maybe he thought that I worked there, like you, and the two of us were just standing around?” Who knows. I tried to give Jerry the benefit of the doubt…but to this day, Rich holds a grudge against Jerry for trying to steal me away from him.
Jerry! (you gotta say it like Jerry says “Newman!” — you know, teeth clenched, hand in a fist)
I never did get a photo with Alan Thick. Turns out he wasn’t very friendly at all. But now, I’m really glad to have this photo with Jerry. Seinfeld is one of my top five favorite sitcomes of all time. I have the DVD collection and watch the reruns on tv all the time. I never get tired of them