He Sure Looks Familiar

Y’all might have noticed, I love telling stories about my little brother, Ken. This one is about Ken’s encounter with a celebrity; he’s always been kind of the star-struck sort, and as you will see, he is, at times, at a loss for words. (NOT!)

He Sure Looks Familiar


Little brother’s always been the star-struck kind

Celebrities make him grin and stutter

I like to tell of a particular occasion

When he took some impressionable folks

To a restaurant where Cowboys

the football kind—frequently dine

It happened that they were there

In such numbers, in fact

That the place was full and no table was available

For little brother and his entourage

Not one to be  easily discouraged

He insisted they should wait

And It wasn’t long until the place began to empty

The “civilians” stared at semi-familiar faces

One very familiar countenance happened to stop near brother

Eyes lit with almost recognition

Little brother snapped his fingers and said

Don’ tell me, don’t tell me, don’t tell me

Then grinning ear-to-ear said proudly

I know! Lipton Tea!

Mr. Meredith was quite amused


Copyright © 2013 C Mashburn


Sharing this with the talented folks at dVerse Poets Pub this evening on their Poetics feature.


  1. Mary said

    Very cool story indeed. LOVE the last two lines.

  2. heidi said

    That’s a great story, Charles!

  3. ha. we know them by their endorsements….its funny the basketball coach at my HS was named Don Meredith as well….he would not have taken it kindly…ha….cool story man..

  4. Grace said

    I could imagine this happening ~ Fun one Charles ~

  5. zongrik said

    my grandmother LOVED Lipton Tea


  6. kelly said

    Ha, great job with this! Smiling….

  7. …loved the tuttering… it was like me i’m reading here…haha… awkward moments when how excited you are to see a celebrity & then when it happens you do crazy stuffs… aww… have a great remainder of the week… enjoyed this Charles… thank you… smiles…

    • Thanks, Kelvin. I enjoyed the prompt. Could not think what to write at first, then remembered this story.

  8. ha ha…my husband is like that…he can’t help himself… me I just freeze…Wonderful write Charles!

    • I’ve only come in contact with a few, and I usually try to give them their space. They’re just people when you get right down to it.

  9. aka_andrea said

    Ha! Love it! Nice twist at the end.

  10. kkkkaty said

    Ha….I’ll bet he got a lot of laughs…great anecdote.

  11. Rowan Taw said

    Lipton tea – what a great response!

  12. claudia said

    haha..very cool…thanks for the smile..

  13. Clever final lines ~ so funny Charles 🙂

  14. Tino said

    Being a Brit, I am not familiar with the cowboys these days, more of a redskins man myself 😉

    It was still funny though, but I still have no idea who Mr Meredith is/was.

    • I knew some who are not familiar with American football–not to mention, as old as Ken 🙂 –would not know who Joseph Don “Dandy Don” Meredith was.
      Joseph Don “Dandy Don” Meredith was an American football quarterback, sports commentator and actor. He spent all nine seasons of his professional playing career with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ~ Wikipedia
      I was a die-hard Cowboy fan when he was playing–1960-1968 (I was 10-18)–and he was known more for his character than his prowess as an NFL quarterback.
      He did commercials for Lipton Tea, late in his career, and was a color commentator after his playing days were over. He worked Monday Night Football with Howard Cosell, and the fact they were polar opposites made the booth more exciting than the game at times.
      And, by the way, I have to admit I’m more interested in the Redskins these days, as well. Love to watch RGIII!

      • Yep, I needed that background to make sense of the poem. Thanx

      • Sorry. I probably should have provided the background sooner, but I was waiting for a comment such as Tino’s. To have explained it in a prologue would have spoiled the surprise for those who know who Dandy Don was.
        Thanks for reading, Sabio!

  15. Bodhirose said

    I do remember Don Meredith. Your brother had a lot of gall to say what he did…all in good fun though and nice that Mr. Meredith smiled.

    • I don’t know that I’d call it gall, but maybe something that rhymes with it. 🙂

  16. Truedessa said


    I read the story and I found it interesting. I was thinking football and I’m glad you elaborated on the background. A celebrity sighting,

  17. Raivenne said

    Hahahaha! Oh my stars, I totally forgot Meredith did commercials for Lipton Tea until the moment I read the words and it all came back to me. That’s awesome. I don’t know if little brother did it on purpose, but I sure would have. Thanks for the grin!

    • Nope! I can assure you he didn’t do it on purpose. It was just one of those times when the name wouldn’t come to him, but the ad would.

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