Controller sounded only slightly star struck. I had PAO tower ask me about the DA-40 when I was taking it back to my home airport after my private pilot check ride. They had only been around for a short period of time and were not well-known.
I also had a Boston Center controller ask me, "is something going on at Barnes? There's a lot of airplanes heading there for some reason." It was just 4-5 planes but we were all IFR, and all going from ASH to BAF, for a small VATSIM-related gathering. "Nah, nothing big, just a bunch of computer geeks getting together." He laughed. I asked if things were quiet at the time, and he said, "yep, but there's a big wave coming in shortly, so I'm just enjoying the break."
Controllers are human, too. Well, except for the N90 guys