I noted a couple of days ago that I knew Howard Wolfson, spokesperson for the Hillary Clinton campaign, which led me to wonder who in the real world I know (or knew at some point in my life) who have become notable in some way or another. I’ve decided for the purposes of this list not to list the writers whom I have met since I started writing novels; given my own notoriety at this point, it kind of wrecks the curve. I’ll also throw out all the famous people I interviewed, because it’s not like I actually knew them.
Here’s a list of 20, then, in no particular order:
Howard Wolfson (of whom we have already spoken)
David Auburn (Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; wrote Proof)
Josh Marshall (TalkingPointsMemo.com)
Ivan Brunetti (cartoonist and illustrator)
Jessica Abel (cartoonist)
Ted Rall (cartoonist)
James Lileks (columnist and blogger)
George Marinelli (Grammy-winning guitarist)
Pamela Wallace (Oscar-winning screenwriter; wrote Witness)
Michael Arias (anime director)
Pamela Ribon (TV writer, blogger)
Jean Twenge (author, psychologist)
Helen Childress (screenwriter, Reality Bites)
Ken Hite (RPG designer)
Erin McKean (Chief Consulting Editor for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, blogger)
Eric Zorn (columnist, Chicago Tribune)
Neil Steinberg (columnist, Chicago Sun-Times)
J. Freedom DuLac (music critic, Washington Post)
Sari Gruber (opera singer)
Kim Ng (Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers)
I’m sure there are others, but you get the point: just by living, we end up knowing notable people.
Who are the notable people you know personally? Count the people you’ve actually known in the real world. Don’t count me.