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I met Anthony Bourdain in an elevator at the Dallas airport American Airlines lounge around 6 or 7 years ago.

Just him and me.

He looked familiar, but I couldn't place him. I don't watch television, so I hadn't ever viewed his programs, but I had read and enjoyed a couple of his books, and had seen his book jacket photo.

I cocked my head a bit in puzzlement, and he recoiled slightly in apprehension. He seemed relieved when the elevator doors opened and he hurried off.

A short time later I realized who it was.

I wish I had recognized him at the time so I could have told him how very much I had enjoyed his books.

If memory serves, it was Bourdain's "Kitchen Confidential" that turned me on to Emile Zola's "The Belly of Paris" and George Orwell's "Down and Out in Paris and London." Both great reads.

RIP Mr. Bourdain

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