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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Scientist I Saw U!

posted by on March 12 at 11:09 AM

Attention quantum physics lovers! An urgent and rather twitterpating message from Slog comments fixture, Original Monique

Guess who I saw at the opera?

Stephen fucking Hawking.

Yes, it’s true. It was awesome. Totally surreal and someone that I never dreamed I would ever get to see in person…He is totally a hero of mine, and I respect him so much. Although I told the guy sitting next to us that he was there, the guy had no idea who he was. I couldn’t believe it. I wonder why he was in Seattle…

Steven Hawking? At Tosca? Quantum.

Thanks for sharing, O.M.!


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Wow, amazing! Does anyone know what he's doing here?

Posted by ellie | March 12, 2008 11:26 AM

Scientist I saw you. Heh. Don't think you'll go too far with this new column.

Recall seeing David Cox sitting alone on a sofa in the lobby of the downtown Westin. To the world, I imagine, he was just some poor old guy sitting in the lobby. To me it was: Holy shit! It's Sir David Cox! And I've never been the same since.

Posted by umvue | March 12, 2008 11:46 AM

probably microsoft or amazon flew him in to give their employees a pep talk.

he's just as much of a monster as hillary clinton.

Posted by max solomon | March 12, 2008 12:02 PM

The Seattle Opera's production of Tosca was fantastic - even the silver cast rocked the shit out of it.

Posted by Brad | March 12, 2008 12:02 PM

Actually his son lives here so he was probably visiting.

Posted by Goddez | March 12, 2008 12:08 PM

I once thought I saw Stephen Hawking in Portland, then I figured out that I was delusional and it was probably some other guy in a wheelchair. I guess I was thinking a lot about Stephen Hawking at the time, because I also thought he was in an episode of South Park... the story I had going in my head was so funny that I fell off the couch laughing! It had something to do with Stephen Hawking being a real ladies' man and him tooting around in his wheelchair with a hot woman on his lap....I :)

Posted by Kristin | March 12, 2008 12:15 PM

His son works in Redmond and has an office next to the husband of someone who works on my team.

Posted by Tiffany | March 12, 2008 12:16 PM

@Brad..AGREED! Tosca was great this year. And seeing Stephen Hawking made it even more epic. ;)

Posted by Original Monique | March 12, 2008 12:22 PM

I saw the guy from "Thank you for Smoking" in Pike Place Market.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 12, 2008 1:23 PM

Doesn't it seem like someone like Stephen Hawking should have paparazzi around him? Does my question indicate that I am a huge nerd??? heh

Posted by Kristin | March 12, 2008 1:35 PM

Yeah--I'm sure there's an absolutely huge market for "Stephen Hawking wheels out of exclusive nightclub", "Stephen Hawking seen shopping at Hermes on Rodeo Drive", and "Stephen Hawking captured topless at beach" candid shots....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 12, 2008 2:26 PM

Two years ago I saw Hawking rolling through the Red Light District in Amsterdam. What was really amazing was that it seemed like 90% of the people -- even the staggering drunk soccer hooligans -- recognized him.

Posted by gnossos | March 12, 2008 2:42 PM

Cool! But how many layers of rock do you have to live under to not know who Stephen Hawking is?

Posted by MichaelPgh | March 12, 2008 3:06 PM

What the fuck was Monique doing at the opera? Is she made of money?

Posted by Greg | March 12, 2008 3:28 PM

@ 14
yes, i've met her: made of money. she has a shiny new dime where her nose should be.

Posted by adrian! | March 12, 2008 3:45 PM

It was an awesome Tosca indeed. I went on Saturday (3/8) and saw a couple getting wedding photos taken, several ladies in ball gowns, and a woman wearing what I can only describe as a formal clown costume, but no Stephen Hawking. Perhaps he was there another night.

Posted by Kalakalot | March 12, 2008 3:53 PM

My dad and little bro are visiting from Dallas, so I've been taking them to all the sites. We bumped into Stephen Hawking getting a personal tour through the EMP's Sci Fi Museum on Monday. I also was dumbfounded to see him in person. And just five feet away from me. As we left, I have to say my redneck relatives were just as happy as I was about the chance encounter.

Posted by Jerry | March 12, 2008 4:18 PM

Did anyone see the Charlie Rose interview the other day? Hawking is not only brilliant, but funny.

Posted by homage to me | March 12, 2008 5:11 PM

Clearly Slog is a lot richer than I thought.

Posted by Greg | March 13, 2008 8:45 AM

I've seen "Tosca" about 30 times, and I must comment that the plunge of Michele Capalbo (silver cast) from the ramparts of Castel Sant'Angelo was the most perfect plunge ever. No hesitation, no diving board jitters, she just lay back and fell. I hope Hawking saw this.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | March 13, 2008 10:07 AM

Bizarrely, I spent the day with and had both high tea and dinner with Stephen Hawking a few years ago. He is quite charming in his way and I suspect really enjoys his celebrity status for the most part. Note: he's not the most graceful eater on the planet. Was he with the young cute nurse?

Posted by laura | March 13, 2008 4:25 PM

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