Happy Birthday with Gov. Arnie & John
In ‘96, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to open his then-new movie Eraser on my birthday, and I could see no better way to celebrate my birthday than with the opening of a good old Arnie action flick. So after all my friends and I engorged ourselves at a local italian restaurant we headed off to Crossroads Cinemas in Bellevue to watch the show. Since it was the opening of an Arnie flick, and a Friday night, we decided to get there a bit early so we could get seats - and good thing too, we still ended up sitting way over on the side. With plenty of time now on our hands, we sat there amusing ourselves by lampooning the endless loop of advertising slides showing on the screen. In no time at all, the theater completely filled with people.
Now this theater was the big one at Crossroads - it probably seats about 500-600 people. It’s the one they reserve for blockbuster movie openings. I was noticing how full the theater is when, suddenly, John stood up and started calling out, “Could I have everyone’s attention, please!”. Seated right next to him, I started thinking, “huh - I wonder what he’s doing...”
John continued calling for attention and by and by he got it - all 500 people quieted and listened to him. Then he started. “Today is my friend Rob’s birthday, and I think it would be great if you join me in wishing him a Happy Birthday.” He then began singing, followed immediately by my party friends. By the 2nd “happy birthday to you”, the ENTIRE AUDIENCE was singing along. They concluded & I meekly took a bow. As I sat down, I told John, “I don’t know how I’m going to get you back for this, but I will.” Then “Thanks John”.
And thus was my most memorable birthday ever - the day John led 500 people to serenade me - thanks to John’s generosity and outgoing manner.