Over the past 10 years of twisting, I have had the pleasure of making balloon animals for a handful of celebrities, including Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee, Adam Sandler, Susan Olsen (“Cindy Brady” of The Brady Bunch) and Sir Paul McCartney. It’s fun to make balloons for anyone really, but when you meet a celebrity, it’s always more fun to have something to tell them or show them, rather than just ogling and saying “I’m a HUGE fan!”
Today I added another celebrity to my list of balloon recipients: Bucky the Beaver, the MIT Mascot. The fun thing about this celebrity encounter was that Bucky sought ME out instead of the reverse. Bucky waited online behind about a dozen kids, waiting patiently in line for his balloon. And as all good character walkarounds do, he did not break character and speak to ask for his balloon; he just looked at me and, well, smiled his usual smile. So I made him a cute little Bucky likeness as a reward.
I was totally Buck-struck.