Celebrities are nothing new at the Consumer Electronics Show. But running into a celebrity live and in the flesh can still be unexpected and fun.
Previous years shows have featured actors including Tom Hanks and Will Smith, and several years ago, actress Eliza Dushku passed me in the entryway of the Venetian. This year, Bill Clinton, the former president, was supposed to be attending Samsung’s keynote address and musician will.i.am sat on a panel discussion about innovation and entrepreneurship.
But for me, the most exciting celebrity sighting this year was of Project Runway contestant Anthony Ryan Auld. Auld was at the Brother sewing machines booth in the Venetian conference center helping the company promote some of its new machines.
My wife and I have been big Project Runway fans and Auld was one of our favorites in recent seasons, so it was fun to see him in person. And better yet, it was unexpected. I just happened to have a meeting this morning at a booth that was right next to Brother’s. If I hadn’t, I almost certainly would not have seen Auld.
Auld very kindly took a picture with me — I’m sure it was one of numerous requests he’ll get while here. It’s a neat souvenir of this year’s trip.