By Doug Oakley
It's not every day mere mortals get to meet someone famous, but 23-year-old Walter Adachi did Thursday in Berkeley when he sold U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor a book about magical horses.
Adachi works at Games of Berkeley, at 2151 Shattuck Avenue, where Sotomayor strolled in around noon on Thursday.
"She asked for a suggestion on what a six year old girl would want," Adachi said. "She was nice, she was friendly and we spoke a little bit about various activity books, and she decided the one on magical horses was absolutely perfect."
Sotomayor paid cash for the book, which cost about $20 he said.
Adachi said the justice's Berkeley police escort showed up early to do a security sweep, asked a few questions "and then she showed up."
Adachi said he sees a lot of customers come into the popular downtown store, but Sotomayor struck him as "friendlier than most."
Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, citing security policy, would not say what other stops Sotomayor made in Berkeley Thursday.
Sotomayor was in town to judge a UC Berkeley moot-court competition Wednesday night where law students argued a case in front of her, California Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan and federal appeals Judge William Fletcher.