I’ve told this story before, but as a kid I was getting autographs after a San Diego Clippers game. They had played the Chicago Bulls, and we were all anxious to get their best player -- Reggie Theus (this was before they got Michael Jordan). It wasn’t that he was on the all-rookie team, or an all-star two different times, that one woman wanted his autograph. She was more impressed with his good looks. I watched as she kept going on and on about how great he played that night (he didn’t, only scoring 9 points). He was sitting in his car, smiling, and she wouldn’t let him go. Finally, she asked if he wanted to go hang out at a club (after asking for his autograph). He thanked her but said he had to go.
I thought about that when I heard about David Hasselhoff getting married for the third time. Now, most people are going to flip because of the age difference (he’s 66, she’s 38). I was happy to find out his fiance of a few years is at least 10 years older than his daughters, but it was creepy to see that one of his daughters has the same name -- Hayley (she’s 25). It’s odd enough if you’re dating a woman almost 30 years younger, but then one that has the same name as your daughter? In high school I once dated a girl named Judy. That was the same name as my mom, and that was creepy enough. It probably only worked because I called my mom “mom” and not “Judy.” But I digress.
Are you wondering how the Hoff meet this Welsh model? Well, she asked for his autograph in a hotel back in 2011. He was judging the show “Britain’s Got Talent” and they were doing auditions. She went up and asked for his John Hancock, and instead got his….[oh calm down, Steve; I wasn’t going to write that]...phone number. You see, he replied with the line, “I’ll give you the autograph on one condition. You give me your number.”
Five years later, they were at a picnic in Malibu when Hoff popped the question.
An old girlfriend of mine, who is still a good friend, did something else with David Hasselhoff. At some local event a few years ago, he was doing a fundraiser. If you donated a certain amount of money, you and five of your friends could have dinner with him. I don’t remember the amount she paid for that honor, but it was thousands. I gave her such a hard time. I mean, I once paid $500 to have dinner with Paul McCartney, but that’s a friggin’ Beatle. And a more popular singer. Well, except in Germany.