This was a funny meeting. I was at a major tech community event in downtown LA and Mark was appearing as a luminary speaker. The funny thing was that I had not been informed he was there and didn’t recognize him when he introduced himself. At many of these events, the handlers for the company I was a public figure for regularly introduced me to people. That night, they came up and introduced me to Mark by saying “Duane! There is a guy here you should talk to. His name is Mark”.
Without the context of knowing who he was, we ended up speaking for about 10 minutes before the plethora of media gave me a not so subtle clue that he was not just a random guy. Once realizing who he was, I suddenly felt an urge to acknowledge him realizing I had met one of my childhood heroes. While I have met many other A-list people, nervousness overcame me and I blurted out an odd statement:
“Dude! I loved you in Corvette Summer. Best movie ever”