I checked and discovered that I never did tell the story of my tea with Russell on this blog, but then I realized that I told the story at the beginning of my second lecture on the Critique. Still and all, it is a lovely story. Russell is one of only two truly famous people whom I have met – the other is Desmond Tutu – but I have told the story of my two meetings with the Archbishop in my autobiography so it is there if anybody is interested. I have never met any famous American politicians, nor have I met any really famous novelists, painters, sculptors, musicians, stage actors, or movie stars. I once saw two young actors come into Zabar's on a Sunday – I think it may have been Jeff Goldblum and George Segal – but of course I didn't speak to either of them and they weren't famous when I saw them.