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An Englishman In New York: Sir Patrick Stewart

Columnist David Thomasesson meets a famous British Knight of the Realm.

My wife and I were absolutely thrilled to bits to meet Sir Patrick Stewart, star of Star Trek: The Next generation, long-time Shakespearean actor, and all-round good egg. Well, he may be getting on but heís not 400 hundred years old. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001772/

Well, what a wonderful man he is. Currently appearing in a two-man play on Broadway, he was interviewed on-stage at a New York radio show theatre. We did get an opportunity to talk with him, luckily as he didnít spend much time with us Earthlings. When we saw him enter the back of the theatre my wife was up like a rocket (boldly goÖ), and approached him at warp speed, introduced herself, turned to me and said this is my husband who grew up in where you did. Well, you could tell he was shocked; it was completely surprising (alien?) to him that he would meet someone in such a small gathering from his home town of Huddersfield.

So we discussed my grammar school days, the local football club of which he is an avid supporter, and his Chancellorship of Huddersfield University, a responsibility he clearly takes very seriously. He's very big on giving back, and at the University touts to students the benefits of higher education, what you can do, here are some examples of home-town made good boys and girls.

During his raconteuring on the stage he mentioned his school days, saying he went to a Secondary Modern, which he said was for those who didn't pass their 11 plus exam, and there's someone in the audience from my home town who did and went to a Grammar School which I'm very pleased for him. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secondary_modern_school
We really were so thrilled to have met him, a knight of the realm and all that. Very unassuming, down-to-Earth (so to speak) not a me, me type of person at all, very respectful of his roots, the people that encouraged him as a student, typically facing the "when are you going to get a real job" jibes of fellow Northerners.

Top man.

And a big thank-you to my wifeís colleague and friend for alerting us to this opportunity. You know who you are!

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