You know that game, “if you could have dinner with ANYONE in the world, living or dead— who would it be?” Well, that person for me— since I was age 10 and saw her do her solo show, “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”— was always, unquestionably, Lily Tomlin. THAT was the moment, there at the Denver Center, when I looked up at her on stage and said, “THAT’s what I want to be when I grow up.” And I never vacillated once since. Had pictures of her up in my locker, won the school talent show doing her monologues, and channelled her when I wrote & produced my own. Well, last night, it actually happened. I had dinner with my idol. (ARGENTINE STEAK-dinner, no less!) I’m done. I can die happy now! Thank you, Bob Bergen for giving me this opportunity, Patrika Darbo for making (despite the fires!) my dream come true, and to my fellow Television Academy PGEC board for your service & friendship. Enjoyed breaking bread with you too! (Just haven’t been obsessed with you for the last +30 years… till now!).