I met Stevie Wonder a few years ago on stage at his Reno concert.  I was introducing a guest singer and he and I got to banter back and forth in front of thousands of his fans.  Pretty cool!  And while that was fun, we had a really touching moment back stage after his show.  My mom and I waited in line to get our picture taken with him and as soon as I walked behind him to smile for the camera, he grabbed my hand.  And here’s how our conversation went:

Stevie Wonder with my Mom and Me

Stevie Wonder with my Mom and Me

Stevie:  When’s your birthday?

Me: January 11th.

Stevie.  I knew that.  I could tell by your feel.  You know I love my mom.  Even after her death she remains the most important woman in my life.  Her birthday was January 11th.

We both just looked at one another in a shared silence.  Me holding back tears, Stevie seeing me with his hands.  He absorbed my presence.   I somehow brought him closer to his mom by sharing her date of birth.  It was a truly magical moment.

About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.


  1. Peg Buckner says:

    Wendy, that’s a “touching” story! What a beautiful connection and a once in a lifetime moment.

    A few years ago, my husband and I were lucky enough to meet Chris Isaak, backstage. He shook my hand as I was awestruck and signed a Cd for me. He then shook my husband’s hand and turned to me and said, “NEVER, leave this man!” It was just amazing that the momentary connection he had with my husband, revealed so much. He could tell that my husband’s character is precious and rare! Because my husband is 14 years older, than me, I think Chris was giving me his manly take on my awesome husband and cautioning me. I’ll never forget the instant connection my husband, Michael, made with our favorite star!

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