You'll have to wait till next week to read it but I talked to Rob Pattinson today. Oh ... my ... God.
Now, if you're my age that may not mean anything unless you have a teenage daughter who is in love with Pattinson, one of the stars of the movie "Twilight" opening Nov. 21. He plays the supernaturally beautiful vampire named Edward Cullen who falls for a human girl named Bella Swan.
To even score 10 minutes with him on the phone is a coup. Teenage girls have been lining up for hours, buying T-shirts and declaring their eternal love for him to TV crews as they wait to get a glimpse or score an autograph. Or breathe the same overheated air.
He was in Philadelphia and headed for the King of Prussia mall. A recent appearance at a San Francisco mall produced "pandemonium," according to one newspaper account as 3,000 people (mostly teenage girls) showed up. One fan reportedly broke her nose in the crush.
"Twilight," based on the Stephenie Meyer novel, also stars Kristen Stewart. I haven't seen it yet but I have read the first book and it seems to have the bones of a good vampire romance. Some theaters will have special midnight screenings on Nov. 20, just as they did with the new James Bond movie.
I am happy to report he was friendly and thoughtful, although a bit overwhelmed by the swirl of attention around him.