As we entered the United Center, we spotted Meier at a broadcasting table. Tom walked up to him and started talking as if they were old buddies. I just figured they were, because I knew Tom did some work in broadcasting while in college and he knew some radio personalities. I just assumed he knew Meier, too.
Because of that, I followed Tom and talked to Meier, too. Actually, Meier probably thought I was goofy, when I explained I was a longtime friend of Tom. Still, Meier was very cool and took the picture with me, even though he was pressed for time while doing the broadcast.
Later, as I rejoined Tom, I mentioned that I did not know he knew Meier. He then stated that he didn't know him, but he spoke to him about some long-running radio jokes of Meier. Well, that explains why Tom did not introduce me to him!
In any case, it was great to meet this Chicago radio legend. Who would have thought that I would still be listening to Meier some 30 years after first hearing of him?! If Meier ever reads this, I want to thank him for so many years of great radio!
Garry Meier and me in Chicago, IL-March 2012.