A few weeks ago as Helaine and I flew home from Milwaukee via Baltimore I noticed this on Twitter:
Hanz in the air @hannahfinchh
Chillin next to Geoff Fox
At the time I had no idea who posted that. Now I do and Hannah knows I saw it. We’re cool.
Truth is, after 28 years on-air in Connecticut I expect to be spotted and stalked a little. Everyone says my voice is distinct. I’m certainly loud enough to be heard from a distance!
Years ago while getting off a plane in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, I called back to Stefanie to get something. A second later there was a disembodied voice from the cockpit.
“Geoff, is that you?”
Our pilot was from Connecticut.
I can’t speak for every other minor celebrity, but most I know don’t mind if you stop by and say hello. In fact, most enjoy it! I have worked with news anchors who were shrinking violets off-air. Not me.
Yesterday at breakfast in Branford, Charlotte (see photo above) came by to say hello. She’s a viewer. We’d never met before.
She looked genuinely pleased to meet me and the feeling was totally mutual. Added bonus: The people at my table were impressed.
If you’re Justin Bieber or Beyonce public response might be too much to handle unfiltered. That’s sad, but understandable. For folks like me, we thrive on the attention.
I will miss it when it’s gone.