Wednesday, September 22, 2004
New York Talk about a scrapbook.
He's only 2 years old, but Jeremy Zorek has already been photographed with dozens of celebrities as he and his stay-at-home dad wander New York with a camera.
"This just started as a lark and I was content with that," said Michael Zorek, who chronicles their adventures on www.whoisthatwithjeremy.com. But then "it took on a life of its own."
Jeremy's first flick was with NFL twins Tiki and Ronde Barber in July 2002, when he was just 4 months old. Zorek bought a souvenir Giants helmet and asked Tiki to autograph it. He happened to have his camera with him and later sent copies of the photo to friends and family.
Two months later, Zorek and Jeremy attended a book-signing by Jamie Lee Curtis. Someone yelled, "Take a picture with that kid." A few days later, a similar photo appeared in the New York Post with the caption, "Who is that with Jeremy?"
That photo also got passed around, and someone suggested Zorek create the Web site -- which now features the likes of Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Billy Joel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hugh Hefner, G. Gordon Liddy, Spike Lee, Bill Clinton and Elmo from Sesame Street.
In its first year, the site received about 1,600 visitors. Last March, someone mentioned it on a Web log, and soon the site was picked up by other blogs. It's received more than 300,000 visitors so far, earning Jeremy more than a half-dozen TV and magazine appearances.
Now Jeremy sometimes gets recognized by celebrities themselves, mostly from a widely circulated photo of him with Madonna.
"It blows my mind," said Zorek, recalling the time he asked Donald Trump to pose for a photograph with Jeremy. "I was flabbergasted that Donald Trump would have an inkling who my son was."
Jeremy has no idea what a celebrity is, his father said. "To him, taking a picture with Puff Daddy is the same as taking a picture with his Uncle Mark."