You’re who?

Sometimes I have brushes with fame.

I’m pretty sure most people do, but they don’t notice it because they don’t pay attention to the people around them as well as I do.

That’s not a slam – certain people would make better witnesses and I’m one of them.

Back in the late 80s, there was a little movie about Jerry Lee Lewis called Great Balls of Fire, which I happened to have seen and loved. I also met Mr. Lewis when I was a child, but that’s a whole other story.

Also in the late 80s, I worked at the Atlanta Journal & Constitution as a production assistant.

Many of the real estate customers I had to deal with were pre-pay accounts for their display ads, and not getting their money upfront was a fireable offense. I made it my business to get that money.

Of course they wanted their ads in the Sunday Homefinder, but the deadline was Thursday at 5:00, firm.

At about 4:15, a Mrs. Williams called me and told me her ad had to run in the Sunday paper. I ran around and got everything together and called her back and told her she’d need to drive that check down or call in a credit card.

And then things became difficult.

Because I pay attention to details and I watch movies all the way through the credits and I have a mind like a steel trap, I knew who I was talking to, but I wasn’t touching it with a ten-foot pole.

I’d been on the phone with her, working on other ads that were legal to run ready to be released, for a good fifteen minutes.

She got loud, telling me that ad jolly well better run, or I would face Dire Consequences.

Now. I do not yell. I can count on one hand the number of times I have raised my voice in the last twenty years (aside from at sporting events). I was as kind and gentle as I could be, explaining that I would be fired if I ran that ad without the money in hand.

She just snapped and started shrieking at me.

“Now you listen to me! Do you know who I am divorced from?!!”

And then all bets were off.

I responded mildly, “Yes, ma’am, I do, and if Jerry Lee Lewis comes down here with a check for $25oo in the next half hour, that ad will be in Sunday’s paper.”

You have never heard a woman use words like that woman did right then. I very nearly asked her what she ate with that mouth.


About S.

Reader, writer, talker, knitter, picture taker, tennis player, music lover, Southerner.
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4 Responses to You’re who?

  1. Judy says:

    That’s awesome!

  2. ellen herbert says:

    great story. So, did she find a credit card?

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