Colin was bragging to his boss one day, "You know, I
know everyone there is to know. Just name
someone, anyone, and I know them."
Tired of his boasting, his boss called his bluff, "OK,
Colin how about Tom Cruise?" "Sure, yes, Tom and I
are old friends, and I can prove it."
So Colin and his boss fly out to Hollywood and knock
on Tom Cruise's door and sure enough, Tom Cruise
shouts, "Colin! Great to see you! You and your friend
come right in and join me for lunch!"
Although impressed, Colin's boss is still skeptical.
After they leave Cruise's house, he tells Colin that he
thinks Colin's knowing Cruise was just lucky. "No, no,
just name anyone else," Colin says. "President
Clinton," his boss quickly retorts. "Yes," Colin says,
"I know him, let's fly out to Washington." And off they go.
At the White House, Clinton spots Colin on the tour
and motions him and his boss over, saying, "Colin,
what a surprise, I was just on my way to a meeting,
but you and your friend come on in and let's have a
cup of coffee first and catch up."
Well, the boss is very shaken by now but still not
totally convinced. After they leave the White House
grounds he expresses his doubts to Colin, who again
implores him to name anyone else. "The Pope," his
boss replies. "Sure!" says Colin. "My folks are from
Poland, and I've known the Pope a long time." So off
they fly to Rome.
Colin and his boss are assembled with the masses in
Vatican Square when Colin says, "This will never
work. I can't catch the Pope's eye among all these
people. Tell you what, I know all the guards so let me
just go upstairs and I'll come out on the balcony with
the Pope." And he disappears into the crowd headed
toward the Vatican.
Sure enough, half an hour later Colin emerges with
the Pope on the balcony but by the time Colin
returns, he finds that his boss has had a heart attack
and is surrounded by paramedics. Working his way
to his boss' side, Colin asks him, "What happened?"
His boss looks up and says, "I was doing fine until
you and the Pope came out on the balcony and the
man next to me said, "Who's that on the balcony with
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Twisted Straw' ]
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