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I met River in person in 1989 when he was visiting friends in Texas. He and his friends came into this club in Austin. It was late at night, but I recognised him, and soon the buzz filled the club that River Phoenix was there. He and his friends sat at a table near the band. Later, I was in in the restroom, and who just happened to come in but River. He was, it appeared, feeling good but not drunk or anything, just relaxed. There I was, face to face with him and not knowing what to say, and he smiled and asked me my name and just started talking to me as if he'd known me all my life. I asked him if he liked Austin and he said yes. He said that he visited as often as he could and that his family had a place there, but he lived somewhere else.
It was a very nice encounter and memory. He seemed to want to know more about me than caring about talking about himself. My memory is a bit foggy after all these years, but I remember that he was such a nice person, and he made me feel like I was the celebrity. I will never forget that. Of course, we only spoke for a few minutes, but it seemed like thirty.
My only regret is that I didn't think to ask him for his autograph. He had a notebook and pen with him, but at the time, I just didn't think about it. It's hard for me to talk about River Phoenix, so many of my feelings are unexplainable, and that fond memory has seemed to escalate since he died.
One thing that struck me was his innocence. He exuded it. I even felt that when I watched him clear across the room. Or maybe because he was so physically beautiful. I feel so strange when I say that to anyone. Just that one encounter with River touched me for a lifetime.
MANY THANKS GO TO MICHAEL FOR HIS WONDERFUL STORY.
THE REAL RIV
A CHANCE MEETING WITH RIVER IN TEXAS - BY MICHAEL DORAIN