this week, we had september 8. [we also had sept. 5, which ironically is both the birthday of my rocker ex-bf AND the day we blessed baby j, but i digress.] september 8 was jonathan taylor thomas' 29th birthday. is it completely pathetic that i know this? not really. in fact i'd say it's proof that all those hours of celeb-stalking in my tweens have actually paid off -- at least i learned something!
i was a biiiig fan of JTT. like ob. sessed. i watched home improvement every week, plastered my walls with his face, knew that his real last name was actually weiss and that "thomas" was just his stage name. i had calendars and books and all sorts of crap.
then on nov. 12, 1997 my friend's mom pulled some strings and we got to go to a taping of home improvement. her friend-of-a-friend was the makeup artist on the show and she agreed to bring me backstage to meet JTT. i walked behind some sets, met heidi the tool time lady, walked down some steps and there he was. i remember something about him wearing a bomber jacket and eating a bowl of rice [he IS a vegetarian, you know]. also, i, at the age of 13, was already a few inches taller than his 5'7" frame [that's a dealbreaker, ladies].
i shook his hand and squeaked out a few words and heroically managed to not confess my undying love for him. he was adorable in person, if not dwarflike. then my time was up and i was ushered back to my seat, where i sat shaking like a leaf for the next few hours. no pictures were taken that day, sadly, but if there had been i'm sure you would have seen my face crack wide open from sheer bliss.
on my way out, the makeup lady handed me a home improvement hat signed by both JTT and zachery ty bryan [who guest starred on burn notice a few months ago, haha]. i'm sure that hat is currently sitting up in my parents' attic collecting dust, but i will make sure it never gets thrown away. i went home that night and put a plastic bag over my hand when i took a shower so his germs wouldn't come off. true story. i am so weird.
yeah, that was a good day.
whatever happened to JTT? i saw him guest star on an episode of smallville once. then i heard a bunch of internet rumors he was either dead or gay. whatevs. JTT, you'll always have my heart. [also, speaking of my junior high pop culture life, did you know the LFO guy died this week?]