When Howard walked in, Gibson was in the back of the restaurant and one of Triple Moon’s managers, Renae Theiss, came up to her and said: “Turn around. Turn around. Ron Howard is here.”
“What?” Gibson said.
She said after Howard finished eating, she asked him if he would pose for a few pictures.
After denying “a few relatively famous filmmakers,” Vance said he shifted gears and agreed to talk with a few about turning his best-selling book into a movie.
That included Howard, the director of award-winning blockbuster movies like “Backdraft,” “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind.”
“Ron was just … this incredibly kind and thoughtful guy, but he also was doing something that I was trying to do with the book, which was tell a story about a group of people who don’t get stories told about them very often and he seemed very interested about approaching the project carefully and thoughtfully and compassionately and really just revealing … what he thinks is an important story and I obviously think is an important story, too,” Vance previously said.
J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling book "Hillbilly Elegy" and Middletown native, was the speaker for the 2017 Alex & Lena Casper Memorial Lecture Thursday at Miami University Middletown.