Every year, my sister Nancy and her husband attend Homecoming at Western Illinois University (Dave's alma mater). This year, they saw WIU beat SIU 27-21, but more important to this blog, Nancy once again grabbed a Friendly Encounter opportunity.
Nancy is famous on Johngy's Beat for posing with various inanimate objects and animals in successful attempts to land herself in Friendly Encounters. Ordinarily, I wouldn't count such things as celebrity encounters, but I like her passion (and I love her dearly).
At the WIU game, Nancy found a new category of celebrity possibilities...a helium-filled balloon mascot! Nancy posed with a Colonel Rock (or Rocky) balloon. Rocky the Bulldog is the mascot of the Fighting Leathernecks of WIU.
One of these days, Nancy will pose with a legit celebrity, but it probably won't be as much fun. Until then, I will continue to feature her posed with whatever "celebrities" she finds. I have no idea what she will find next, but it will undoubtedly be fun!
Nancy Blais and Colonel Rock in Macomb, IL-October 2011.