At the Orchestra

We’d like to thank Stephen for sharing this story.

I was 13 and it was towards the end of my 7th grade year. At the time, I played violin (3rd chair) in an orchestra of students in grades 7-12.

I was sitting in my seat on-stage when my phone vibrated. It was my mom texting to let me know where she was sitting. Looking over, it all clicked when I noticed Bill Murray was sitting right in front of my mom.

I proceeded to leave my seat, walk over to my mother, and confirm that this Bill Murray was both the famous actor and the father of a friend of mine in the orchestra. Overhearing our conversation, he asked me to sit next to him and we had a conversation about the orchestra.

Next thing I knew, everyone was tuning their instruments. At that point I was prepared to not play in the show – instead simply sitting where I was next to Bill Freaking Murray. I think he picked up on this, so he thanked me for my company, told me my tie was crooked, fixed it, and sent me on my way with the inspiring words “Get the hell up there!

I’ve seen him many times since, but this one stuck in my head. He was there to support his own son, yet still managed to squeeze in something meaningful to a young fan like me without taking attention away from the kids in the orchestra.

Bill Murray is the shit.

Bill Sung about My Town

Bill Murray and Dujuan Thomas
We’d like to thank Dujuan Thomas for sharing this story.

My ROTC group was in Charleston, SC for a trip. We went to the RiverDogs game and after a while I decided to wander around. I was about to take a panoramic picture of the stadium when someone said Bill Murray had just walked by. I told my friend and we went off to find him.

After a few minutes, we saw him sitting near the team’s dugout. By then, I was super excited! I was like “it’s Bill Freaking Murray!!” After watching some guy go down and talk to him, I finally gained the nerves to go down myself. I came beside him and said, “Hey Mr. Murray, sorry to intrude but I had to meet you.” He said “it’s alright, sit down with me the batter’s up.” Continue reading

Bill Murray @ JFK Airport

bill murray at jfk airport
We’d like to thank Victoria for today’s story.

I was sampling a chip product at JFK airport and Bill Murray came up to try some of the samples. He asked me what my favorite was so I told him to try a particular one. Some bystander who came over to the table was in shock that it was Bill Murray and asked if I knew who Bill Murray was. I said yes and took their picture.

Then I shyly asked if I could have a picture with him also and he ended up walking away to find a trashcan. He came back to the table to ask me to recycle and asked my name and where I’m from. I asked him if he was flying home to be with a valentine and he said he is going home to SC. It was the best Valentine’s Day. He may not know it but he was my valentine.