By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Some guys collect baseball cards, some rebuild old muscle cars.
Just about everyone has a passion.
The passion of Bob Pivoroff of Quincy, however, goes above and beyond the outside interests of most. While most passions are simply the extension of some sort of hobby, Pivoroff's passion is a hobby on steroids.
Pivoroff, 41, moved to Quincy about five years ago from the Philadelphia area. His day job is working in a local group home. When not at work, he pursues celebrities and public figures -- all over the country. His goal is to have his picture taken with as many as possible.
"I have thousands of photos with celebrities," Pivoroff said.
Pivoroff's passion is a well-planned one. Over the years -- he's been doing this more than half his life -- he has learned how to form effective game plans to make sure a trip to the Grammys or an important political event does not become a waste of time and money.
"I've been stopped a few times by the Secret Service," he says. "Once I explain what I'm doing, they usually (understand)."
He has had his picture taken with the likes of Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, five U.S. presidents and many other political figures. He's posed with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger and dozens of other pop stars.
"When trying to meet these celebrities, I've waited at (such events as) the Kennedy Center Honors, Grammy Awards, MTV VMA Awards, presidential Inaugurations, the NBA All-Star Game, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, (Washington) D.C. charity dinners and L.A. charity dinners," Pivoroff said.
Pivoroff said he monitors event calendars all around the country, especially those in the Midwest, now that he lives in the region. He admitted it was easier to track down more big-name picture possibilities when he lived in a major metropolitan area like Philadelphia, which is less than 100 miles from New York.
Pivoroff's 5-year-old son, Lukas, is occasionally part of his dad's road show. Pivoroff has taken a picture of Lukas with a wide assortment of celebrities, ranging from former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to pop singer Kesha to guitar god Jeff Beck.
Some of Pivoroff's favorite celebrities -- those who have been especially friendly and inviting -- are Jay Leno, LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan, Muhammad Ali, James Taylor, Steven Tyler, the late Johnny Cash and Robin Williams. Those who were especially tough to deal are Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Jerry Lewis, David Crosby and Madonna.
Pivoroff also keeps a list of celebrities he wants to get, but for whatever reason his efforts have not panned out. Those include Tom Cruise, Taylor Swift, Brad Pitt and Adele.
Along with the opportunities to travel to major events and rub elbows with big-name public figures, Pivoroff said he has also "made a lot of friends" over the years.
The one big drawback to Pivoroff's passion? The cost. Those travel expenses are not cheap. That aside, there's not much he would change. One look through one of his photo albums, and it's easy to see why.
How many other people in Quincy have had their picture taken with Willie Nelson and Rod Stewart?
"A lot of it is private detective type of work," he said. "I enjoy it. It's kind of an adrenaline rush."