1902 marked the start of a two year Ping Pong
When they said sit down, Bruce stood up. Always a free-thinking rule-breaker here are some top facts:
#1 His questioning nature brought Bruce into trouble with authority at his schools St. Rose and Freehold Regional High. He said that in the third grade a nun stuffed him into a garbage pan telling him that was where he belonged.
#2 In another interview he said he was the only altar boy he knew of that got knocked down by a priest during Mass!
#3 He liked to be contrary and in ‘Growin’ Up’ he admits: “when they said sit down, I stood up.” He sang about his schooldays (and busting out of it) in ‘No Surrender’: “‘We learned more from a three-minute record than we ever learned in school”.
#4 He received his call up to Vietnam while recovering from a knee injury. This earned him a 4F. But a drummer friend was killed, and other friends went missing in action. He questioned it. College kids did not have to enlist. Was he, as someone with less money more expendable? He later met veteran Ron Kovac the author of Born on the Fourth of July, and sang at VVA events.
#5 His rule-breaking continued when he once tried to break and enter Graceland. An Elvis fan since the age of 7, Bruce was in Memphis on his Born To Run tour in 1976. Never one to miss an opportunity he hopped the Graceland wall and ran to the front door – only to get escorted out. Elvis had left the building and gone to Lake Tahoe.
#6 Fans in the back rows at concerts are sometimes upgraded by Springsteen’s famed man in black, who strolls through the venues quietly approaching fans, and moving them to front row seats.
#7 A fan once held up a sign saying HI BRUCE I JUST GOT DUMPED. Bruce called him up on stage for a hug and told him everything was going to be all right. He went on to admit that he had been dumped plenty of times himself, although he bet those ladies were sorry now!
#8 When already a huge star, Steven & Lisa Satanovsky saw Bruce at the cinema and offered him a ride home – on the condition that he came and met their mom. He agreed but she would not accept that it was really him. He had to show her his album cover and driving license to convince her. Bruce later said: “they were real nice. That’s something that can happen to me that can’t happen to most people. And when it does happen it’s fantastic.”
#9 He has performed in space. In 1999 Space Shuttle Discovery update reported that the: “astronauts were awakened to the song “Rendezvous” by Bruce Springsteen at 10:20 a.m“.