Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Joan Rivers and Michael Rivers: 20th Anniversary

Joan Rivers and I meeting for the first time 20 years ago.


April 28, 1990, was the first time I met Joan Rivers. Twenty years ago. I can't believe it!

My parents knew how much I wanted to see Joan so we traveled from Aberdeen, SD to Minneapolis, MN. Joan performed at the famous Guthrie Theater and my mom went to the show with me.

I'll never forget sitting in the audience waiting for Joan to appear. I was so nervous. I couldn't believe I would be seeing her live! Finally it was showtime. The orchestra played Anchors Away and spotlights swept over the crowd.

Joan burst through the curtains. She was wearing a Bob Mackie evening gown and had a black feather boa over her shoulder. When I saw her, I physically jumped in my seat. It was like I had been zapped with an electrical current. The entire show was a rush and I can remember trying to memorize every detail.

After the show my mom and I went to the backstage party. The performance was an AIDS Benefit and if you purchased a $100 ticket (1990 dollars), you got to go backstage. Joan was wonderful with me and I never left her side. I'm sure there were times when she wanted to call a security guard to "get this kid away from me." But she never did.

As Joan was talking to others, I saw that her assistant, Dorothy, was holding Spike (Joan's Yorkie). I asked if I could pet him. Dorothy said, "Do you want to hold him?" My heart jumped as Dorothy placed the small dog into my hands. I beamed! I was holding Joan Rivers' Yorkie.

After talking with everyone backstage, Joan, her assistant and security guards headed out the back entrance. I of course followed along. My mom, wondering where her son was going, quickly caught up. We went out a back door which lead to a dark alley behind the Guthrie Theater. A waiting limo was glowing in the darkness. It was magical.

Joan asked if I wanted to walk Spike down the alley to "do his business" before they entered the limo. I would have walked Spike to China if she had asked me. I walked with Spike and then Joan scooped him up, said good night, entered the limo and drove off.

Joan, thanks for a great 20 years!

53 comments:

Susan Erickson said...

You must be related...it's that "Rivers" thing that got me thinking....She is a hoot...certainly timeless....

Bob said...

What a great story!
Did you, um, save the Spike poo as a souvenir? I mean, that would have brought a pretty penny years later on eBay!!

robertga99 said...

What a great story! She seems so nice. Thanks for sharing
:)

HalfCrazy said...

Wow, you've changed so much and you've been a fan for years! It's great being to close to the person you're really crazy about!

Sean said...

Great story and you're both still going strong.

Meeko Fabulous said...

Cutest story ever! :) X's and O's.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

You are one loyal fan darling!
Look so cute in the photo!!
xo

Bo said...

You sure have changed....Joan hasn't aged a bit.

Eduardo Guize said...

sweet story

Writer said...

What a great memory!

Steven Anthony said...

what a wonderful memory;) and you were just adorable;)

Doug Goff said...

WOW Man that's amazing! Haha you look funny as hell though with those glasses. I think I might post a pic of myself from 1990 so you can make fun of me too! lmao

J James said...

Joan is a class act. Congrats on your silver anniversary!

ayem8y said...

Amazing! Wouldn't it be cool if you became her personal secretary? I bet that would be fun job.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Ah I just really really like this story, thanks so much for sharing, Michael!! The photo is also amazing! Funny, you can probably track how both of you were changign over time just by looking at the pics of you together :)

Jan said...

I can't imagine Joan being nasty to a fan - great lady.

WannabeVirginia W. said...

That is an awesome memory to keep.

Christopher said...

How cool...you dont age at all!

jason said...

love it! Though you look better than she does with time, I have to admit. :)

Kenneth Fron said...

Hi, Michael! Happy 20th Anniversary with Joan!!! You guys look better than ever! Boy, those were some "CHEESY" grins 20 years ago...now, you guys are like an old, happy couple! lol

When is Joan: A Piece of Work coming out? Do you know if there might be a clip of you in it, yet?

Bobbie's Babbles said...

What an amazing and wonderful story. And how lucky were were/are to have a mom that would do that for you. I wonder if Joan is as trusting today as she was then. Would she let some star-struck potential psycho walk her pup? Something to ask her one day. Thanks for sharing that. BTW, are you related?

3 hungry tummies said...

that is amazing! If only you have video footage of the night! hehe

Gropius said...

Love the story...and your photo--great spectacles! Did I just see 27 blog posts in the Joan Rivers tag? :) Forgot to even buy a lotto ticket tonight. Guess I didn't win. But when I do...both you and Joan will be remembered!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Wow- what a great story! You look so happy in the pic- so does she! xo

Rick said...

So that's how you got to meet her. That's a post for another time: How your relationship with her grew.

madtexter ☺☺☺☺☺☺ (corey james) said...

That's great. I knew you were a bit of a stalker! Ha! What a great memory...and that pix...oh my how you've changed!

MJ said...

My, you're tall for a 10-year-old!

Gummi Bare said...

Auntie Rivers

cb said...

So... I'm guessing you like Joan Rivers or something? ;-)

TMoss said...

WOW. I knew you guys were an item but I had no idea you guys went that far back. :)

Brahm said...

That is so amazing, congrats!

Daij said...

sweet!

MEMORIES....

LORDPATRICK said...

I've missed you recently. Great to see you are back.

This is a wonderful story!

You will find some changes in my blogs. Yes! From tomorrow both will be in operation again!

Hugs :-{)

Patrick

Michael Guy said...

That is an awesome story! Thanks for sharing that! Especially holding her dog...wow!

Mitzi said...

Do you share Joan's love for cosmetic surgery? You haven't altered a bit, and you got to hold Joan's fanny licker too.

J@v@JuNKo said...

lol cool what a great chapter in your storybook of life!! I love Joan! She rocks!....

Eternally Distracted said...

Sounds like a fabulous night... I am sure at the time you retold the story a trillion times!

Kate said...

Haha, Awesome! Great story, Michael. Thank for sharing with us!

TheEgoReturns said...

I always love hearing stories like that. Oh, and I'm SO glad you got a haircut!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

What a great story, Michael! She looks and sounds great!
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Betty

mistress maddie said...

I can't believe it's been twenty years already! You must have left a great impression with Ms. Rivers!!!

Stephen said...

Congrats on 20 years of love!

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Just passing by to say hi!
Betty

Stud 4 Rent said...

that is so cool! nothing like a dream being fulfilled!

RAD said...

Hey Handsome what up...Havent seen you around...hope all is ok...

dit said...

What a great story. She is a legend in her own time. lol

Geoff said...

How very VERY cool! I've always loved Joan, I used to have her comedy record that had a pic of Princess Diana's wedding photo with joan inserted holding a blender. She's amazing.

JennyMac said...

What a great memory!!!

Thombeau said...

The thing that's unbelievable is that 1990 was 20 years ago!

Great post!

Sean said...

Hey Michael. Just checking to see how you're doing. I hope you're just busy with a project and that all is well. I miss your posts and reading your comments on all the blogs.

Gay Guy said...

What a great story!

robertga99 said...

Michael, Where are you?

Dean Grey said...

You two make a lovely couple, Michael!

-Dean