His Biggest Fan

Last night Traveler Nell and I make our annual pilgrimage to the American Australian Association‘s Benefit Gala at Cipriani’s (this year at their 42nd Street location.)  It was a very good time with a very nice meal and pretty good entertainment.

The Torpedo meets Travelers Bill and Nell

The Torpedo meets Travelers Bill and Nell

We also met Australian Olympic Swimming Legend, Ian “The Thorpedo” Thorpe, or Thorpie as everyone called him.  One thing that struck me is that swimmers back in 2000 must have been tiny as I always recalled him towering over everyone.  In person however, he isn’t much taller than I.  He is an exceptionally gracious man who accommodated an inordinate number of photo requests.  As you can see to the left of this paragraph, one of these requests came from the principal of Traveler Bill Industries.

Also regarding Mr. Thorpe, Traveler Nell was able to keep my past Michael Phelps comments to herself.  (Unlike this past February when she told Phoenix Cardinal punter Bennie Graham how I “barracked for the Steelers!”)  As an aside is it me or does it look like someone is holding a Muppet up between Traveler Nell and me?

Finally, Traveler Nell had her photograph taken with two of the stars of Fox’s breakout hit, Glee who were on hand to introduce fellow co-star Amber Riley’s terrific performance, as well as with Rosanna Scotto of Fox5 Good Day New York morning program.   Check out the embedded video for Rosanna’s recounting of the evening which starts at the 1:22 mark. There are some errors in her recollection, for instance it is the “American Australian Association” not the “Australian American Foundation.”  Also, at the 2:28 mark she tells an anecdote with a couple mistakes, ie: it is JENelle not JOHNelle and the guy with her is her fiance, not her husband.  Everything else in that portion was correct.

NOTICE: Australian viewers with gentle sensibilities should stop listening immediately after the previous anecdote!  Don’t say you weren’t warned!

  • sandra

    Thank you Bill for bringing those mistakes to our attention. Wish I read this before I watched the clip.
    Couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
    Glad you had an enjoyable night.
    You both look great.