Little Ichabod and I went to the Walmart Shareholders Meeting, which combines their business meeting with an entertainment extravaganza. They keep one guest secret from everyone, and that star sings at the end of the meeting.
I was curious why the normal line-up during the meeting was not long on celebrity. In the past many of the entertainers were nationally known (perhaps more in my generation). Finally, I said, "Is there a mystery guest?" LI did not know.
I remembered Celine Dione singing in the past, coming out at the very end while people went nuts taking photos.
Pretending to close the meeting, Katy Perry's make-up was advertised in a video and she strolled out with her dancers to do a three-song set. I said to LI, "The Booze Brothers dream come true!" That explained where the entertainment budget went. One can only imagine what makes her successful in a land gone to the dogs.
|Geena Davis in a League of Their Own|
So - one meeting we were in the row behind Geena Davis, who was introducing the annual Bentonville Film Festival.
We watched Hugh Jackman leading the Christmas carols at a December meeting and shook hands with him afterwards.
Anderson Cooper came to one meeting to promote his autobiography. Once again we were front and center. We are in so many reaction shots at the meetings - cameras aimed at the crowd - that I advised LI to look toward "our" camera to avoid the monitor-stare look.
|Arnold Schwarzenegger never stops entertaining.|
We were fairly close to Arnold at another recent meeting. He loved telling stories about how films get made. Some fans know that he is famous for going to Walmart at all hours and buying large quantities of stuff between takes.
|We spoke to Google's VP of global sales, Philipp Schindler,|
after another meeting.