Thursday, April 28, 2011

Michael Rivers and Joan Rivers 21st Anniversary


April 28, 1990, was the first time I met Joan Rivers. Twenty-one 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 21 years!

18 comments:

Daij said...

welcome back, sexy!

Raybeard said...

Very nice story, Michael. It's SO good to have you back here and I do hope you're going to treat us to more of them. Looking forward to reading further pleasant blogs.

Rick said...

Glad you're back. Hope things are better.

Love this Joan story and great pictures.

Olympus said...

She looks beautiful!!

And Yes, Jake Shears is very hot! I will upload more pics from him soon! :)

Connie Moreno said...

I could feel your excitement!

David Allen Waters said...

what a wonderful memory and you still had that great smile even as a youngster:)

Did you watch her reality show? I thought it was fabulous:)

Stan in NH said...

Happy Anniversary! Glad you're back in the blogosphere.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

HAPPY 21st ANNIVERSARY!!

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Sweet!
Welcome back darling!

missed u!

Wonder Man said...

Happy 21st

ricola said...

That is fantastic!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

welcome back!!


SO good to have you back!

Happy Anniversary!
Betty

Stephen said...

Welcome back!
You were missed, but thanks for coming back with this great story!
Hugs from Portland...

Allen said...

Its funny that we all came back about the same time. Welcome back. I can only post about once a week due to work. But I am getting back into it. I miss everyone out here in blogger land.

madtexter (corey james) said...

I always enjoy looking at the pictures of Joan and you! (And it's incredible to see just how fashion has changed since 1990...Eeek!)

jason said...

Great story!
She's supposed to be coming down here soon. I'm hoping to see her life for the first time.

CAMERA obsessed MICHAEL said...

I love that story!....aw..!

ayeM8y said...

Hey Michael it was such a nice surprise to find your comment the other day and even nicer to know that you have returned. We all need a break from time to time.

I'm so jealous of your connection with Joan!