Last week I had an encounter with someone whom I never imagined that I would meet—not that I ever even thought about meeting with him. Ever.
I was flying from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. While in the scrum-turning-into line to board, I paid no attention to the person in front of me until I heard the woman who was scanning the tickets say to him, “I saw your show last week. I really liked it!”
His back was to me. He was about 5’10”. Medium build. Wavy reddish-brown hair. I glanced at his bag and saw a monogram: “DCO.”
And given where I was and where I was going, it struck me that I was next to Donny Osmond.
As a colleague had been upgraded to first class, and as I was boarding, as was Osmond, in coach, I said to Osmond that I was surprised that he wasn’t flying in the front of the plane. Which led to a bit of good-natured banter between the two of us about flying.
Osmond, of course, is an entertainer. He has been for the greater part of his 59 years, having appeared at age 5 on the “Andy Williams” show.