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Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:19 PM


1. I played golf with Kevin Costner. (he's a dick)_

2. I j'ed up with Eric Clapton on a isolated beach in Antiqua (just me and him. He's awesome)

3. I got Richard Nixon's autograph.(he was very gracious. Looked scared)

4. I dated James Taylor. (a kind and gentle lover)

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5929)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:27 PM

I think I just saw the men in white coats on your doorstep! Thanks for the entertainment. Marsha

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:30 PM

I have a picture of me & Bryan Adams. (The 80's singer).

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:33 PM

1. I worked at a theater when "Sidekicks" came out and got to see Chuck Norris (he is short). Our boss said we would get to meet him but that was a lie. All LIES! Oh well, I survived.

2. I think we got Mickey Gilley's autograph when we were little in a restaurant. WooHoo.

3. I keep sending nekkid pictures of myself to Johnny Knoxville but for some reason he won't write back.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:43 PM

I was in a crowd scene in a frame of a movie that starred someone who was in a movie with someone who was in a movie with someone who was in a movie with Kevin Bacon.

And I live with a dog who wrote a book.

And I'm contemplating spending a year as Jon Bon Jovi for tax purposes.

Ducttape  (Level: 200.9 - Posts: 159)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:47 PM

hanging out backstage at a business conference with ann coulter (a kind and gentle lover)

riding a freight elevator with al gore (he's completely insane)

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:57 PM

Didn't you mean to say you rode an elevator with Al Gore (a kind and gentle lover)?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 4:01 PM

No respect. My first three were true.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 4:02 PM

My daughter has taken dance workshops from Brian Friedman (celebrity choreographer and judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" You know, the cute one). This was at the Monsters of Hip Hop workshops in Seattle. He kept singling her out and making her come dance with him in front of the hundreds of people and then walked with her later back to the hotel. Her dance instructor says everyone else was drooling and having fits but Rylee was cool as a cucumber and acted like he was no big deal. Turns out she didn't know who he was. She just thought he was some random dance instructor. After finding out she still doesn't care. She's 10.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 4:13 PM

Billy Martin crashed our wedding, if that counts.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 5:45 PM

Many celebrities stalk me - but that's another tale...

My step-mother played golf with Lee Majors - "A true gentleman." And every putt he made, he made the appropriate "de-de-de-de" Six MIllion Dollar Man noises.

And, many years ago, the Queen came to visit a new University near where I grew up. The local primary schools (ages 5-11) were invited to sit on the sports field as she wandered past. The local paper took a picture of her just as she walked past my little brother, who - being completely uninterested in the monarchy - was trying to catch the eye of a friend further down the line.
The end result looked very much like a young lad attempting to look up the skirts of an elderly lady...

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 5:59 PM

Wait a minute, wait a minute...why is no one mentioning being a fellow Sploofuser of me? Don't you know who I am?

Suzannec  (Level: 260.0 - Posts: 616)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 6:09 PM

I met Minnesota Fats (famous pool player) while going to school in Southern IL. He had a huge pool room enclosed by windows so we could easily peek in. He was outside feeding stray animals when his wife came out in a fur coat and said she was going to the store. She then drove off in a gold cadillac. He was very kind.
Also met Charlie Rich ("No One Knows What Goes On Behind Closed Doors") at Epcot Center. I didn't recognize him but my friend did who loved country music. He was very kind and offered to help my friend get in into the business. She didn't.
My sister met Joe Namath (football player) while he was rip-roaring drunk and he stared at her chest the entire time.

Greyghost  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 6:24 PM

Ok,my turn,lol.

1)Demi Moore
2)Bruce Willis
3)Sam Elliot
4)Robert Duvall

The first two are snobs,last two are yummy.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 6:29 PM

Okay, os here are the scores so far:

Kaufman: 1.85
Essebejesi: 1.15
Ducktape: 1.55
RevDodd: 1.90
Suzannec: 2.15
GreyGhoat: 2.35
Smaug: Eleventy thousand billion

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3845)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 6:47 PM

Aside from being interviewed by Bozo on Bozo's Big Top, I was once flipped off by Rod Stewart.

73boo  (Level: 12.1 - Posts: 14)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 7:10 PM

I have a few minor encounters to relate, though only one of them is mine. A few years ago when I was at culinary college in Kingston, Ontario, I and several other graduating students were selected to assist in catering a VIP reception at City Hall. Princess Anne was in town on "official business", and every important person in the province was invited. I got to meet the Princess, Dan Akroyd, and 3 members of "The Tragically Hip". It's kinda fun to say that I cooked for royalty!

In the late 80's, my grandmother was a contestant on "The Price Is Right". She won a car in the "3 Strikes" game, spun the Wheel and made it to the Showdown, but then underbid by several thousand dollars. Apparently she was so flustered by being so close to Bob, that she forgot to add the cost of a trip to Southeast Asia!

And finally, my brother once sat next to Chris Farley on a flight from Toronto to Miami. This was about a year before Farley's death, and my brother said he ate and drank heavily throughout the whole flight. My brother was a big fan and did great impressions of Chris Farley, and was quite happy to report that Farley was quite down-to-earth and very friendly.

73boo  (Level: 12.1 - Posts: 14)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 7:13 PM

I forgot to add that I once flew the Goodyear Blimp ... does that count for anything?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 7:14 PM

I wasn't done Smug. I was just trying to ease them in gently.

Michael Bolton asked my oldest daughter to come on stage with him when she was 10. She refused. Might have been the mullet.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 7:18 PM

Oh yeah, I convinced Eddie Money to give my friend Peggy a kiss and I said Hi to Jack Blades behind the stage at a Night Ranger concert.

Oh and when my oldest was younger, she was in a Sports Illustrated for Kids TV special with Dan O'Brien. Remember the Dan vs. Dave thing?

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 7:25 PM

Okay, bonus round. I broke Marshall (Someday,Some way) Crenshaw's nose by stopping a revolving door at Newark Airport in 1984. I was being a wiseass, and we fled the scene, but it messed up his concert that night.

It was on the news.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 7:34 PM

I was the inspiration behind Bon Jovi's song "You Give Love a Bad Name."

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 8:28 PM

As a teenager I worked in a bar at Shepperton Studios - but the only celebrity I met (that I know of) was the Andrex puppy ...!

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3845)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 8:45 PM

I know eesus. You're not groupies! We understand . . . You told Robert Plant it, You told Elton John, You told all those big guys . . .Roger Daltrey never laid a hand on you!

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:01 PM

Oh, this is subtile, Tuzilla. You really do like that album; you've memorized it!

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:07 PM

I saw Elton John get into his Limo after a concert in June, 1985. He vamoosed and I don't believe he waved, either. I also played in a group on Everquest with Fred Durst. He wasn't all that great a player. I could have PKed him Yes, I'm a geek.

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:10 PM

I was the original duet accompanist with Willie Nelson for " To All The Girls I've Loved Before"

I was the inspiration behind the song, " My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys"

I'm also the reason Cat Stevens converted to Islam. I stole his girlfriend.

I was originally cast as the young thief in " Thelma & Louise" After I broke my arm in a water polo accident, I was replaced by Brad Pitt.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6803)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:12 PM

anyone who lives in NY gets to see celebrities all the time.
off the top of my head Ive seen Yoko Ono, Ben Chaplin. John McCain, Kyra Sedgwick, Dannt de Vito all on the street Willem Dafoe, Al Pacino.
But in NY its not 'col' to talk to any of the celebs. You jst boast about it afterwards.
I did buy Warren Buffett a Pepsi once though, and i do know Bill Gates via Bridge ... and people mistake me for Omar Sharif all the time

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:15 PM

Mine are all obscure and weird:

My brother cussed out Soupy Sales.

A Lennon sister puked in my grandfather's car.

After my grandmom died, we found personal polaroids of Leslie Nielsen. We have no idea how she knew him, but she had a lot of boyfriends.

I sold Barney videos to Thurston Moore.

If you don't know who the first two are, you're too young. If you don't know the last one, you're too old. Oh, and add "a kind and gentle lover" after Soupy Sales.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:18 PM

ooo I should also add that I got champagne sprayed on me (honest, it WAS champagne) by Bono during their traditional closing song (Party Girl) twice! And Joe Strummer told me and a few other people to "Get the F* back" after a girl broke her arm moshing (wimp!) during one of their appearances. This was in the Agora Ballroom...a teensy venue for a band like the Clash; not sure what they were thinking.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:19 PM

And now, for the totally trivial... I had an uncle who was friendly with Sam Levenson (who?) and so Levenson was at some parties I was at when I was a kid.

Oh yes, I have taught some actors that some folks have heard of - Mike Damus (of stupid Teen Angel fame), Victoria Platt (been on some soaps and on Bway). Having had thousands and thousands of students, I am sure that there are more, but I don't know about them.


Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 9:51 PM

As mother always told me (she usually meant ME) "One cannot appall the appalling"

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 10:15 PM

I'm not a groupie, Tuz, I'm a band-aid. Back then I was known as Penny Lane. I mean Thunder Road.

(And if you haven't seen Almost Famous, then this post isn't funny)
(If you have seen Almost Famous, this post may still not be funny)

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 10:31 PM

Okay, I'm thinking:

1. Doesn't really count but to answer from previous private message thread...My Dad met Rod Serling in an airport in Houson on a layover many years ago - My Dad and I have the same favorit episode and Rod said it was also his. "Time Enough at Last" - Burgess Meredith, the mild mannered bank teller who would lock himself in the vault to read - "the big one" goes off.. then he finds a blown up library, and after stacking up all the books, he breaks his glasses...runs in the family as it is my 16 year old daughters favorite as well.

2. On to me. Met Howard Keel & Jane Powell after a musical performance of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" at the Dallas Summer musicals.

3. When I was at SFA (Stephen F. Austin U) in Nacogdoches TX I helped with the concert that Heart put on - met them both - Ann was not nice - Nancy was wonderful.

4. Had backstage passes to a Willie Nelson concert at Billy Bobs. I'm a very tall person, and had on my 3 inch cowboy boots - I met Willie - and felt like an Amazon - very small person - really pretty hair.

5. Many small encouters while I worked for EF Hutton in downtown Dallas during the filming - Larry Hagman, Victoria Principal, et al.

6. Used to hang on on Greenville in a small bar with front row seats listening to and flirting with The Fablulous Thunderbirds (Jimmie Vaughan - Stevie Ray Vaughn's brother) - sat next to Stevie Ray one night but was too nervous to talk to him - what can I say - love blues musicians.

7. Went to New York - was thinking about moving there (isn't it ironic) - was squired around by an auditor who had audited my EFH office, and was sitting at a bar at Southside Seaport. A limo pulls up and this guy comes up and asks for a drink to go. The bartender says I just did a commercial with your daughter - it was Brian Dennehy - he smiled and me and I went - "Wow this is cool" - he said Texas eh...turned around and got back in the limo.

8. Pat Benetar when she sang at the "Agora" in Dallas.

9. Have met Christian bands / singers: Third Day, Steven Curis Chapman, Casting Crowns

10. Doesn't count for me, but I think is very cool - my Dad was in math class at Texas Tech with Buddy Holly.

I think there were two more, but unfortunately I was probably in a bar - many many many years ago - before I was respectable businesswoman and mother of two.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 10:33 PM

Oh, and I graduated from Bryan Adams and have pictures of me all over the place (the high school, not the singer). My only encouter with Bryan Adams the singer is when I have to respond to the people who write me at our Alumni website asking me why someone named high school after a singer.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 10:41 PM

Oh crud - I left out James Taylor - who dated my mother's sister - which was funny because she's like 5'2" - but it was a brief encounter - I was much too tall for him to have noticed me. I think he touched my shoulder, but probably thought I was too vain.

Oogie54  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 1120)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 10:41 PM

I was run off the highway route 66 by Wile E. Coyote chasing the Roadrunner back in '67, and used to go to parties with the great philosopher Alfred E. Newman.

Mebaja  (Level: 66.2 - Posts: 1)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 11:18 PM

I met Tony Stewart and his entourage. He is pretty nice once he realizes you don't care who he is. There were stalkers everywhere - unreal.

The Ann Coulter comments made me laugh thinking about Henry Rollins and his "letter" to her.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 11:49 PM

I met the Canadian band The Guess Who in 1969. My girlfriend smoked a funny cigarette with Willie Nelson. Said he had on the best smelling cologne on she'd ever smelt. Does that count? Yeah Willie

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 12:03 AM

Okay--earlier I said I saw Michael Jackson at Disneyland--this was 20 years ago before the weird stuff hit the news. He had several kids with him. They all had on respirator masks and they got to cut in line.

We ate breakfast in Virginia and Willard Scott was at the next table.

Todd Snider once dripped sweat on me at one of his shows (and if you know who Todd Snider is, you are really cool).

We were friends with Lamar Muse, one of the founders of Southwest Airlines. He died in February. He was a salty old cuss. When I call my husband a dumb s**t, or he does the same to me, it is an allusion to one of Lamar's favorite terms.

And Barry--what do you mean you know Bill Gates through bridge??? Explain, please.

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 12:05 AM

My friends who used to live in California met the Jackson's at a Jehovah's Witness convention back when they were just starting to get famous. They used to be JW's. I know people now who have met Prince and even jammed with him. He is a JW now.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 12:24 AM

I dated David Pollock in 1981 before I married my first husband, and then again in 1995 before I married my second husband. He came to my 2nd wedding, and we remain friends to this day.

David Pollock played Rudi Stein in the ORIGINAL Bad News Bears movies, did some other TV and film stuff, then went on to become President of the California School Boards Association.

Really nice guy!

I have the autographs of every Dodger player from 1984 on a get-well card.


Sheri Ras.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 1:28 AM

This might impress someone...

I did marketing work for a sponsor of a Top Fuel dragster guy named Eddie Hill, who was awesome. Twice at different events he told "Big Daddy" Don Garlits to take care of me, and I spent the whole day with him. It was like walking around with Jesus.

also did a lot of work with Brooks Robinson, broke a lot of bread with him, great guy, very gracious...

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 2:04 AM

When I used to live in the Glendale/Burbank area, I used to run into Bob Hope all the time at the Pavillions on Alameda. The first time was the best, though. He was with his daughter and it was late at night, so not many people were in the store. I intentionally got in the check-out line after them. I can't remember what they were buying, but the cashier told him the total and he said "Uh-oh" in such a way as if he realized he forgot to bring in his wallet. And I thought, "Coool! I'm gonna get to loan Bob Hope money!" But before I could offer, he said, "Just kidding". The cashier laughed politely and I sighed heavily.

For you Star Trek (the original series) fans, I saw Clint Howard at the same store, again late night, and I had this overwhelming urge to say to him, "Excuse me, but you know where the Tronya is? I hope you relish it as much as I". Fortunately, I stopped myself because he probably would have decked me.

My wife has me beat though. One time when she was shopping at the very same store for a party we were going to have Jay Leno stopped her in the parking lot and went through our groceries. He was doing a skit on healthy food and made a big deal out of "the cheese log" he found.

She also pushed Karl Malden out of a crowded elevator.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6803)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 6:51 AM

SOMEONE please make a quiz out ofthis thread!!

Siouxsie; Bill Gates and Warren Buffett both play tournament bridge.
In 1994 I met Buffett and bought him a drink (no coke so he took a Pepsi happily). In 2001/2/3 I met Gates (his partner and my wife played bridge together) so I got to have one of those 'hello goodbye ' conversations with him.

Carysp  (Level: 31.2 - Posts: 2)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:51 AM

I `ve met
George Harrison
Mark Knopfler
Eric Burden
Brian Jones (The

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 387)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:18 AM

The closest I ever came to a celebrity was playing in a youth orchestra guest conducted by Aaron Copeland.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:36 AM

REckon I'll break out the heavy artillery...

Besides having Billy Martin stumble into our wedding recption (and at my mother-in-law's behest stay for quite a few drinks):

My daughter got a hug from Weird Al Yankovic and twirled on the edge of the stage at our civic park while Lee Ann Womack sang "I Hope You Dance."

My wife and I slept in the room next to Stryper in Hollywood and sat at the same table with a very drunk (rest his soul) Pat Paulsen.

Rode in an airplane from Atlanta to LA with Melissa Joan Hart (who wouldn't give our daughter an autograph! fooey on her)

Wrestled Ginger the world famous wrestling bear (not the Gilligan's Island starlet, alas)

Had my hand stepped on by Hank Aaron.

There are probably some others...

Greyghost  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:39 AM

This is by far the best thread yet,all is having fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(good idea about making a quiz from this)

Justin is either quaking in his boots waiting for the fireworks or dancing with glee that his "kids" are getting along.lolololololol

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6104)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:51 AM

These are the country artists I have seen in person that I remember, so it could be more!

Willie Nelson
Mickey Gilley
Merle Haggard
Dottie West
Shelley West & David Frizzell
Red Sovine
Crystal Gayle
Roy Clark
Jeanne Sealy

I've also been to Graceland (home of Elvis) in Memphis

I know these may not appeal to everyone, but they did to me.


Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:54 AM

I've seen a lot in person because I'm a concert junkie (no not a groupie, Tuzilla - geez) but I'm only listing the ones with whom I've actually had an interaction.

Next Friday I'm taking the kids to see Weird Al. If we hook up, I'll post the juicy details.

Greyghost  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:06 AM

The only reason i have met a lot of Celebs is because they film a Lot of movies in my little hometown.After the shoot they would stroll out and have a brew with us.Other than that you were tripping over them every time you tried to move.I was sure glad when that shoot was over.(Sam Elliot could have stayed) lol.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:27 AM

AWESOME Lodi - I grew up listening to Weird Al - mostly because my brother forced me LOL - Dr. Demento was a Saturday night tradition - for my daughter's 16th birthday this year he put together a mix CD for her of all her favorite Weird Al songs -- part of what we played at her birthday dance - it's so funny when the kids say - YOU listend to Weird Al - YOU listened to Aerosmith - YOU listened to Santana...

Which throws another reminder in the mix - pretty sure I was not totally lucid during this one - BUT I was 3 rows back from the stage at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas at the 1987 Texxas Jam -- killer concert - Boston - Aerosmith - Whitesnake - while I was not close enough to actually touch anyone - I did get Steve Tyler's sweat on me when he shook his hair -- does that count??

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:32 AM

Ok - deep breaths everyone - Sir Sean of Connery.
As you probably know, he delivered milk as a boy to the whole of Scotland - about 40 million people in Edinburgh alone. ()

He was also a lifeguard at a local swimmimg pool, (Portobello) frequented by my grandparents.(I believe my mother was told off for 'bombing')
When he was made a Freeman of the City, the main roads through the city centre had to be closed - causing my late arrival at a very important meeting. (Pub crawl)
And during the Edinburgh premiere of "Entrapment" (don't bother - it's crap) he told me to , (and I quote)

That man's been a burden to my family for 50 years.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:37 AM

We love Weird Al. My son performed a breakdance routine to White & Nerdy at the school's talent show last year.

Here's a bit of personal trivia. What concert have you attended that would surprise most people?

Years ago when I was a single mom and my oldest daughter was very young, we moved to the city where we live now. She didn't want to move and leave her friends and our family but I convinced her that they had a lot of concerts here and that I heard New Kids on the Block were coming. She was excited, we moved here and she kept asking when the concert was. I'll be damned if they didn't put us on their tour and that found me standing in a concert ticket line for hours. But there we were, sitting there watching NKOTB. I was Mom of the Year.

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:58 AM

Didn't mean much to me then, probably means less to me now. When I was a kid, Detroit Red Wing hockey player Reed Larson had a cabin across the street. I wasn't a hockey player or fan myself, but the kids in my class who were, thought it was pretty cool.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 10:52 AM

In my hard-bodied 20's I met
John Travolta (bought me a drink)
Alan Thicke (drunk, kept bothering me)
James Brolin
Bo Derek
John Derek
Stuart Whitman
Robert Conrad
Joe Walsh (very fun...dated his best friend for awhile)
Johnny Carson
That's all I can remember from the fabulous 80s.
In June, I met Vince Vaughn, Terrance Howard, Robert Downey JR. and Jon Favreau. They were all (except Vince) filming Ironman in Caesar's Palace in Vegas.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:15 AM

Top of the list, I'd have to say meeting the Dalai Lama was the most memorable.

As a kid I shook hands with JFK on two different occasions.

I've met Mercedes McCambridge, John Denver (twice); knew all the Phillies in 1976 when I lived briefly in Clearwater and they used to come into CJ's Spaghetti & Steak Factory where I worked. Tim McCarver took a liking to me and gave me passes for all the spring training games. I got invited to all the parties and had an amazing time while it lasted.

I've met Pearl Buck, James Michener, Don Meredith, Pete Rose and Robert Conrad by having them for neighbors.

I've met dozens of race car drivers over the past 30 years, but so far, not the one that matters to me most.

Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:22 AM

The only time I've met a celebrity OUTSIDE of NYC was on a flight from Detroit Metro to Palm Beach, FL. I spent over 2 hours on the plane with Bill Russell sitting in the seat next to me, he listened to headphones most of the time but we chatted about golf for a while and he showed me 2 of his championship rings that he was wearing. (2 of 11)

The best time I've ever had with a celebrity, one who I believe to be most gracious, is Muhammad Ali. That was at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, of course. He travels with an entourage of security guards in 3 Hummer limousines. I had fun talking with him, like he was any other guy, (except I got his signature). It was interesting to shake the very hand that pummeled Joe Frazier (both in The Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden and the Thrilla in Manila), George Foreman (Rumble in the Jungle in Zaire), Leon Spinks, Floyd Patterson, Earnie Shavers, Ken Norton, and so many more.

Those are my 2 most memorable meetings because I've got a ton of respect for USA Olympic Champions (which both Russell and Ali are), and the legacy left by these guys in the Basketball Hall of Fame and Heavyweight Boxing, respectively.


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:24 AM

I was raised in Liverpool and grew up in Penny Lane, so I knew lots of people who
were connected in some way to the Beatles. When I was in my teens, I was invited
to a party at Brian's house. His High School friends were there, and one of them
FASCINATED me. Couldn't take my eyes off him -andhe was "looking back" some!!!!
Then we got to playing a game where the person outside the door called the number
of someone still in the room, and the person inside the room went outside,and they kissed.
So....the attractive guy had found out my number...and then he was outside the door....and he called my number....and I went shakily outside for my kiss....
and we ended up staying outside for 1/2 an hour....necking!!!!
Turns out his name was JOHN LENNON, and I saw him many times over the years at
the Cavern. BUT he was into BLONDS in those days and I was Eurasian. Who knew!!!!

Sometime later I was on a bus from downtown, met a strange looking young guy from
London -we started to chat and he was going to see a band from Liverpool(Beatles)
There was a party after the Gig and would I like to go with him....
Being a well-brought up young lady, I said no because we hadn't been introduced!!!!
We had a coffee together and went our own ways.... VERY much later I saw a picture
of MICK JAGGER as a young man with short hair....and realised it was him!!!!

Liverpool was a Happening place when I was young!!!!


1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5929)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:38 AM

Living in the Dallas area, you tend to run across people a lot. I met Chuck Norris one night while having Sushi...he goes to the place a lot. Been in the same restaurant with Jerry Jones.....the overdone facelift Cowboy owner. He was with some sweet young thing that was NOT his wife. Ross Perot is always around...thank heavens he is not running for President again. My best moment (for me anyway) was when I got to hug the neck of Earl Campbell, 1977 Heisman Trophy winner. The poor man can't walk now because he ran his knees out.....literally. One of the great football players of all time. They retired his jersey at The University of Texas. Ben ran into Marlon Brando once at an airport. They even chatted. hmmm, seems like there was someone else.....

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:38 AM


Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:43 AM

Agreed - Rowlanda wins by a neck...

Zoinkin  (Level: 38.2 - Posts: 33)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:44 AM

(Did we do this thread last year sometime or am I thinking of another site where I answered this?)

Otis Rush ( ) personally begged a friend and me to not walk out of a gig of his where he was too drunk and possibly stoned (or worse) to play properly.

A couple of college friends and I hung out backstage with the members of Gin Blossoms ( ) and drank their Jaegermeister while they were snogging groupies.

Steve Forbes ( ) bought me a tie. An ugly green tie with the words "Capitalist Tool" written all over it in yellow. But I guess he buys ties and scarves for anybody he even runs into semi-professionally and probably writes it all off as a business expense.

Anyone in England know Jeremy Beadle ( )? Kelly and I will most likly meet him two weeks from today as part of a weekend get-together.

I met Ralph Nader ( ) but can't recall a single interesting thing to say about it. Other people said he was a snob, but it was things like how he refused to ride in a car that didn't have airbags which the people complaining about didn't even know enough about him to realize why he did that.

I was about a foot away from Bill Clinton (no link necessary, surely) when he was running for President, but I was in the press area and he was busy shaking hands of people in the crowd.

Seems like there should be more, but these are all barely on the cusp of interesting as it is. A lot of people I know had more interesting contacts with celebrities, but this isn't the Kevin Bacon degrees of separation game so I won't try to list those.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:47 AM

Wow....this group is like a Celebrity Magnet!!!!
You're all such interesting people....I want to get together with ALL of you
and get the details of everyone's encounters....
WOW SMOKE....JFK!!!! I would have loved to have met him, and talked with him
about his aspirations and plans for the States. Things looked so ROSY in the
60's and I wonder how different things would be now if he hadn't died.
BTW LODI, Bryan Adams is still going - just not in the pop world anymore.
He's a Canadian, and I saw him singing with Pavarotti once or twice.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 11:48 AM

Marsha, I just read that Perot OWNS the Magna Carta! Just abruptly took it back from where it was on loan to the National Archives and is getting ready to sell it. Blows my mind that someone can own and sell the Magna Carta! I hope Bill Gates buys it and gives it back to the Archives.

Siouxsie  (Level: 104.6 - Posts: 145)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 12:03 PM

The Magna Carta that is going to be auctioned is one of 20 or so--not the only one. And the proceeds will go to charity. Perot is the reason you can go to Austin, Texas, and see a Gutenberg Bible. The guy was a little too flaky to be President, but he's not a bad guy.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 12:55 PM

I guess that means Ross Perot
doesn't own THE magna carta????

He was just a Republican plant
to split the vote!!!!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 1:22 PM

Oh yeah, I have a Grease movie poster signed by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, plus an autographed pic of each. I didn't get them directly from them but from John's sister, Ellen, who lives about an hour north of me. She is always in musicals in the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. When I was a season ticket holder, I won the items in a fundraising auction. I saw her on stage but unfortunately, didn't get to meet her personally. She was a riot in Mame.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 1:29 PM

I shook hands with William Jefferson Clinton in the fall of 1996 at Washington Park in Michigan City Indiana. He stopped there on his way across the lake to Chicago in his 2nd term campaign.

I was an AGM at a small hotel there, and we were sold out for two weeks, as many of the security, and White House personel stayed with us and prepared for his arrival. We were given VIP passes to get within the hand shaking distance.

I was simply amazed at how much work went into preparing a small town for a Presidential 1 hour stopover. We had satellites all over our hotel, and cables running up the sidewalks, over the roofs, and everywhere, and we made a fortune in phone revenue.

I can't remember, but I believe he had been traveling by train that year, I kept a lot of memorabillia from the occasion, and of course we outrageously over-charged them. Gotta make budget right?

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 1:40 PM

This is a fun thread.

I just remember another. I was waitressing in the West End in downtown Dallas for a while at a start up cabaret - "West End Caberet". They had stage comedy and then a dance revenue (wow did I learn alot from those people!). But one of the dancers was the son of Lee Greenwood -- I'm actually going to dig up some pictures and put one up on my sploofus profile - probably by next week. Lee Greenwood came in to see the show during one of the weekend showings and I waited on him - as I recall (it's been about 20 years) - he didn't drink - but someone sent him a bottle of Dom Perignon and he shared with those around him - very very nice person - very nice tip too! I saved the bottle for a long time - but I think a boyfriend got mad one night and broke it - but that was a neat one that I remember fondly every time I hear my son belting out "God Bless the USA" (which he does frequently)

HOWEVER - John Lennon is winning - Even Steve Tyler's sweat can't beat that

Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 3:40 PM

I can't claim much in the way of connections personally, except to say that Bruce Jenner (U.S. Olympic decathlete) drove through the ticket gate where I was working at the Road America race track in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. But I know folks who have had much more interesting brushes.

My nephew took a leak next to Tom Cruise in a restaurant bathroom while he was in town for a race, the aforementioned, but on a different weekend.

I used to work with the older brother of Bill Berry, R.E.M. drummer.

While on the concerts committee at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, my friend Rich hosted after-concert parties that were attended by Kansas guitar player Rick Williams and The Producers keyboardist Wayne Famous. And since Rich is a musician and had his band's practice equipment in the basement, he got to jam with them. How cool is that!

I also camped in Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin at a campground that was recently camped in by Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers. Missed him by just a couple of weeks!

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 419)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 3:53 PM

Rael, did Tom make any hand signals or foot taps to your nephew? Hee hee.

Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 4:41 PM

Nah, my nephew is too tall for lil' Tom. Just the usual last shake (which, btw, doesn't really make a difference anyway; last drop is always in the pants for us guys).

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 5:46 PM

OK, since somebody else brought it up (I wasn't going to go there), I have seen Larry Craig before. But unlike Rowlanda's John Lennon experience, I did not make out with him.

Brunosexy77  (Level: 68.9 - Posts: 215)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 5:53 PM

I was in Ibiza for a holiday and we went to a party club and in this club I met Lene Nystrøm Rasted one of the Aqua band.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 6:11 PM

I have it on good authority that some jackass is going to buy the Magna Carta, stamp an asterisk on it, and shoot it into space.

Oh, and add to my list going to school with Paul Newman's kids and swimming in their pool.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 6:16 PM

Ooo...I forgot my 2nd degree encounter. When I lived in Virginia Beach, the nurse I worked with was the sister of Brad Greenquist ( best known as the creepy dead guy in Pet Sematary who follows Creed around everywhere, saying stuff like, "The soil of a man's heart is stonier..." while parts of his body fall off. Cool! I also remembered him as the bad guy in The Bedroom Window. He's done a lot of stuff since, even stuff I've seen, but nothing as memorable as those.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 6:18 PM

Lodi: Well of course didn't meet him in a bathroom, did you?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:11 PM

I didn't. Or my story might have been more interesting.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:33 PM

Zoinkin, thanks for reminding me. I also met Ralph Nader on our college campus when we were going to start an "Action for Change" group. I remember that he almost works round the clock and said he catches catnaps in taxis.

Tried to get Milton Berle's attention backstage after a performance. Some friends and I decided to sing to him, "We love you Miltie, oh yes, we do, we love you Miltie, and we'll be true, when you're not near us, we're blue, Oh, Miltie, we love you."
It worked. He came over, shook my hand, chatted for a bit and was very nice.
(sounds lame, you had to be there...)

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 7:52 PM

I'm getting into this somewhat late in the game, and most of mine aren't all that impressive, but here goes:

I live in Nashville, so I've seen a few country stars, though many of them I wouldn't recognize. But I've acted in a few music videos and so have seen John Anderson, Delbert McClinton (who I later saw in line for early voting), Josh Gracin, and Pam Tillis. I had actually seen Pam before because for a few years Mel Tillis (her father) and his family lived down the street from us, and I knew all his kids.

I also went to church with and to school with the kids of Ray Walker, who is a member of the Jordanaires, who sang backup for Elvis Presley, as well as many other recording artists.

I was an extra in an unsold pilot for a sitcom starring Jim Nabors back in the 80s, and it was directed by Bert Convy, known by most for hosting game shows such as "Win, Lose, or Draw." And the announcer/warm-up guy on the show was Gene Wood, who announced for many game shows and who I listened to tell stories about his career during down time.

At a theatre here in Nashville, where I am currently in rehearsals for a show, I was in one production and saw a few others with Melinda Doolittle, from this past year's "American Idol," in the cast. And I have to say she is every bit as nice a person as she comes across on TV.

I knew a couple of successful actors before they had their successes, though neither is what you would call a huge star. The summer after I graduated from college I went to a summer acting conservatory in Woodstock, New York, and one of the other students was Park Overall, who went on to play the nurse Laverne on the sitcom "Empty Nest." And a few years later, on my first professional acting job, one of the other actors was Alan Ruck, who later played Cameron in "Farris Bueller's Day Off" and was a regular on "Spin City."

I also seem to have a knack for knowing relatives of famous, or semi-famous, people. One of the other actors at the theatre where I worked with Alan Ruck was the brother of one of the members of Styx; I've also worked with the son of the lead singer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, and I've acted in a couple of shows here in Nashville with the brother of current Presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

And those are my brushes with greatness (or semi-greatness) so far.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 8:00 PM

Oooh, thanks, Tallacter, that reminded me that I worked with Janine Turner's niece...could there be a six degrees of separation thread in our future?

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:10 PM

Oh wow - Pepperdoc - a light just went off in my head although I don't know why it took that with the six degrees of separation...probably just my tracking problems...but this one is cool - lasted an entire evening and my whole family was involved.

In the mid 80's my family and I were involved with Friends of the Dallas Zoo and we did a fundraiser downtown. Our guest speaker was Joan Embry...(I hope I don't have to explain her!) - My Dad and little brother flew up to Oklahoma to pick her and fly her back down (got pics of that too - will dig them up) - and we got to hang out with her - VERY cool person -- that's probably why I didn't think about it - because she was SO down to earth.

I even pet a boa constrictor although snakes are on my "I know they are useful but I still don't like them" list...and it was actually surprisingly interesting - no slime involved...I'm pretty sure that ends it - as sad as it was that I remember last - that was definitely my most fun and memorable. (I almost got trampled at the Texxas Jam - so that was not a good kind of memorable...Steve Tyler or not)

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:15 PM

Whatever happened to Joan Embry?

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Fri, 28th Sep '07 9:30 PM

Sadly I haven't met many celebrities here in WV. But when I lived in Nashville I did get a chance to meet Blessid Union of Souls at the Green Hills Mall back in 1995. Elliot was way cool, such a sweetie. I still have my autograph CD cover.

Factacular  (Level: 164.0 - Posts: 15)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 2:50 AM

Hello! I haven't had too many celeb encounters, let's see...
the guy who played on Little House on the Prarie, and was a football player, was on father Murphy...saw him on the street, very tall. My cousin began talking to him, he was terrified. I told my cousin to cool it-we were all teens--he was so grateful. Perhaps he didn't think anyone would recognize him in the middle of the night in Canada.
John Travolta, and his wife? the VAncouver Jazz Festival. Looks as you see him, only more three dimensional. Chin dimple is enormous. Eyes are very, very blue.
David Suzuki...on Kitsilano Beach. Nice guy, saw me recognize him, didn't want to be rude, but didn't really want to talk to me, so I didn't talk to him. I never bother celebrities.
Wayne West Edmonton Mall, going up the escalator, I was going down. When he played for the Oilers. I guess even hockey players have to shop, sometimes.
Margaret the U. of Alberta.

These are just random sightings...wonder what they are doing now.

PS: I also did see Princess Diana and Prince Charles, but that was a public appearance. What struck me is, they are both really quite tall, she even more so than he. Also, he was not as funny looking as he seems, really quite handsome. This was right after they were married, the public was quite enamoured of them. I was working for the government then, and we got the afternoon off to go see them, otherwise I doubt I would have.

My husband is a contractor who did work for Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn...he said they are very pleasant. I didn't see them.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.3 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 3:20 AM

I've enjoyed reading this thread...brings back memories...

When I was a little boy, I met Tex Ritter, singing cowboy movie star, father of John Ritter. I still have the picture he autographed "to my friend Ronnie"...

Very indirect contact, Prince and I both graduated from Minneapolis Central High School...about 15 years apart...

I shook hands with JFK and Henry Cabot Lodge (Nixon's running mate) in the 1960 Presidential campaign...

During the Beatles 1965 US tour, I sat on the dugout at Metropolitan Stadium in suburban Minneapolis where the Fab Four ran on and off the field...could have reached down and touched them (but of course did not)...they were laughing and very was I...

I stood up from the third row during a lull at a 1966 Mamas&Papas concert and called out "I love you Mama Cass". She called out "Great! Where are you staying?" I had an altered level of consciousness and couldn't follow up on that, plus all those ushers were trying to get me down off my chair...

I ran into a few others here and there but my best memory is relatively recent. I became enamored of the Grateful Dead along the way, and went to a bunch of shows, but never got closer than the audience to any of the players...After Jerry died the surviving members toured one summer as The Dead, and I got a limited-access back stage lammy, which meant I shouldn't bother anybody. I was just standing around goggle-eyed before the show when Phil Lesh came strolling by. "Hey Phil" I said. "Hey man" he said. "Thanks for all the music!" I said. "You're welcome, my brother" he said, as he continued his stroll. I'll probably be boring the rest of the people in the nursing home with that story.

Thanks for all of your stories!

Achad  (Level: 213.6 - Posts: 661)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 4:32 AM

Rowlanda, I'm shocked! Necking with John Lennon and turning Mick Jagger down. Wait 'til Yoko and Jerry catch up with you!
During my time supplying antiques to the infamous we had various Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United players (and their wives) as customers as well as 'stars' from English soaps such as Coronation Street and Brookside.
Madonna bought a Victorian bath and Bill Gates has an altar by Pugin that we converted into a fireplace!

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 5:27 AM

Wow! No way to top Rowlanda's making out with John Lennon!

But here's my list of "celebrities" I've talked to or interviewed for the newspaper where I work (some of these may need to be identified for you younger whippersnappers): Art Linkletter, Willard Scott, Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Monroe - the father of bluegrass, country star Eddie Rabbit, New Jersey principal - Joe Clark - whose story was told in "Lean on Me," and astronaut James Lovell.

I went to concerts to see Barbara Mandrell (one of th best performances I've seen before or since), Charlie Pride and Kenny Rogers (when he was still a good-lookin' man -- btmps ie., before too much plastic surgery -- and I saw Bob Hope; almost close enough to touch him.

When I was in junior high I got to see The Brown Bomber Joe Lewis. fight. He was in trouble with the IRS and so he went from small town to town doing boxing matches. Joe Lewis walked into the ring. In came his opponent. The bell rang, Joe Lewis walked out into the ring swung at his opponent, the opponent fell down and that was the end of the match. I'm not sure his fist even connected with the other guy. The match probably lasted all of 30 seconds.

Chubby Checkers stopped at my son's diesel shop to have him fix their touring bus; does that count?

Duckysezso  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 20)
Sat, 29th Sep '07 9:45 AM

Aside from meeting local celebs that would mean nothing to anyone outside of St. Louis, I did get to be a background extra in a St. Louis Muny Opera production of Annie with Martha Raye as Mrs. Hannigan. She gave all the kids a head pat and a "Good job, Kid". I had no idea who Martha Raye was at the time, so imagine how impressed I was! Also, I worked at a movie theatre and met Larry Conners, a local news anchor who was the reporter who broke the story in Texas that became "The Best Little Whore House In Texas". He hates it when you don't give him free popcorn refills.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 30th Sep '07 1:15 AM

I love the words in OOGIE54's profile
and they seem very appropriate here...
"The older I get, the better I used to be"

Bobbsey  (Level: 158.8 - Posts: 251)
Sun, 30th Sep '07 2:54 AM

that's a coincidence kaufman, my cat has read your dogs book!!!!!!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 5:59 PM

Kimoira requested the thread where Rowlanda shares her Beatles story, so here it is.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 6:03 PM

Gee thanks!

Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Thu, 6th Dec '07 6:26 PM

In 1975..(or was it '76?) The organist from the J. Geils band,Seth Justman, grabbed me up on stage and kissed me at the end of the show. A deep kiss I might add.
They were and are a great band!

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 4:42 AM

I don't think anyone can top Rowlanda, but Mr. Winkle did lick my hand.

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 6:29 AM

I met Michael Irvin (Dallas Cowboy) He is an A.Hole. I did a table dance for Larry Allen
also a Cowboy. The guy from the nanny, also played Shane Donovan on Days of our lives. I cant think of his name,I sit on his lap and had picture taken. Also won won a Wet T-Shirt
contest judged by Grand Funk. And met Troy Aikman he dont sign autographs.Only for kids.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 6:50 AM

Similar to a scene from L.A. Confidential, I commented to The former Supremes' star that she was a poor Diana Ross impersonator. I once dated the Go-Go's and was the co-owner of a lawn mower repair business with Cher.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 8:20 AM

Shirley MacLaine's going to be reincarnated as me.

Kimoira  (Level: 215.1 - Posts: 1201)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 1:44 PM

Thank you Pepperdoc!

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 1:58 PM

Helen Reddy bought clothes at my yard sale. She did not roar.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 2:48 PM

No way, Lodi! For real?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 3:48 PM

No, I was just trying make you all think I was cool, hanging out with Helen Reddy and all.

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3845)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 4:10 PM

My step dad still has one of the coolest I know. He grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. Albert Einstein regularly walked by his house on the way to the university. Einstein was not just the famous genius guy we read about, but also a good family man and by his own admission deeply religious. He enjoyed talking with children more than adults, who he claimed boring because their minds were so closed. This meant he would often stop and talk with my step dad and the other neighborhood kids, even toss around the ball on occasion.

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Fri, 7th Dec '07 4:29 PM

Wow Tuzilla, that's the #1 encounter in my book!!

Frannie  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 68)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 10:59 AM

Except for Tuzilla, I've got you all beat. I'd have beat him too except that I never did get to meet my all time hero, Churchill. Anyway...there he was running up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. ART GARFUNKEL! Yeah, you read that right, ART GARFUNKEL! He completely ignored me even though I was wearing my very cool lime green coat at the time. Now that I think about it, even my husband ignored me when I wore that coat.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 11:01 AM

The things we do for men, Frannie. And they don't even appreciate it.

Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 6:27 PM

Unfortunately, I was in Nashville with an ex, and his low-morals sister was pushing backstage at some country music fest thingy. The show had opened with Lee Greenwood singing that "Proud to be an American". As I'm standing there in a hallway waiting for her, a crowd of bodyguards and guys in really tacky suits come down the hall, then next thing I know, this guy stops in front of me, big grin on his face & says, "would you like an autograph?" (Lee himself) I looked him dead in the eye and said "Am I supposed to know who you are?"
He looked mildy shocked. I thought it was funny as h***.

Bumped into Marilyn Manson in an underground bar in New Orleans late one night. Almost didn't recognize him without the makeup.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 8:53 PM

While in the Marines, my son hung out with President Clinton and guarded Al Gore (not from Bill ). He hung out with Julia Roberts at a dance while she was filming Steel Magnolias. And he hung out with Joe Lieberman and danced with his wife a couple of times.

I taught sectionals to Nora Jones while she was in Middle School choir, and became a teacher because of one of my students, Jace Everett, both of whom have won Grammy Awards.

I'm friends with Marvin Matthews, but he's only known to a handful of people who were into Christian music in the 90s.

I have a friend who was within a few yards of JFK when he was shot in Dallas. She says EVERYBODY in the area knows there was a shooter on the grassy knoll. They were all shocked when the authorities denied the second shooter's existence.

I accompany for a man who is a 4-time Grammy award and 2-time Dove award winning record producer.

I've had a fun life! And still am!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 8th Dec '07 9:45 PM

I forgot - my daughter-in-law's friend dates Randy White. Randy gave my son a bull (not THE bull).

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 6:25 AM

Totally agree with you JJ....
Life is to be lived....

Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 5:53 PM

Ok.. really don't get many A-listers down in New Zealand, but i've got a couple...
1. was out dancing with my flatmates in wellington, flatmate dancing on podium, passed out - Viggo Mortensen (the King in Lord of the Rings) caught her as she fell off.
2. Sitting in a cafe in surrey, england, and Dame Judy Dench was at the next table
3. my favourite was working by myself in subway, and the entire NZ cricket team came in - i didn't let them have their sandwiches until they'd given autographs - my they are sexy boys!

Leeze83  (Level: 35.2 - Posts: 70)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 5:59 PM

oh! and elijah wood asked my friend to ride in his car during the parade for the premiere for "the return of the king", but the security guards weren't too happy about the idea - sigh! he could have introduced us to orlando bloom!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 8:56 PM

I'm so jealous! I'd give it all to be caught by Viggo Mortensen...yum....

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 9:04 PM

Oh Viggo.........I think I'm going to need a moment to myself.

Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 9:40 PM

Viggo is better than Orlando Bloom in my book!

Allena  (Level: 268.6 - Posts: 1417)
Sun, 9th Dec '07 10:12 PM

Wow … a thread that will be famous … can’t wait for Justin’s input.

Shook hands with Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower, before he became President. He never called back
Danced with Joan Baez … Bob Dylan was no where to be seen
Spoke at length with J. Paul Getty. Biggest disappointment - outliving his friends.
Listened and talked with Alfred P. Sloan (General Motors) Think out of the box
Sang with Pete Seeger
Had breakfast with Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary
Ate dinner with James MacArthur (Hawaii Five-O, Helen Hayes’ son) he drinks
Let Norbert Weiner tell me how to derive the theory of relativity
Introduced Ted Kennedy at a McCormick debate (before he was elected Senator)
Played gin rummy with speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill
Played piano for Arthur Feidler at the Boston POPs
Drank with Mark Russell (Pub. TV), political satirist (this is one talented guy)
Ate lunch with Arthur F. Burns, Fed. Chairman (more than 10 times)
Hugged Dolly Parton (don’t ask … but I think they are real)
Had dinner with Brian Lamb (yes … he really reads all of those books)
Kibitzed Omar Shariff (if you have to ask, you wouldn’t understand)
Shook hands with Tony Blair … we didn’t speak
Shook hands and spoke at length with Prince Harry
Played on the same trivia team with Kaufman, Iautah and Chickfbref1 (different times)
Smaug … took Puff down and scared Smaug into coming back

All of these are true except one … guess!

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 8:18 PM

Growing up and working in Chicago: Here it goes and it's all "True".
At 13, I was on Jack Paar Show with Danny Thomas and Bob Hope got autographs.
At14, Same Show with Toni Bennett
At 16 Fabian Forte, downtown Chicago- Johnny Crawford from the Rifleman
I joined the Navy at 17 for four years then I got involved with trucking until 2001. Here is a list of people I came in close contact to, close enough to say hello or shake hands. Richard J Daley, Richard M. Daley, Harold Washington, Shelly Hack, Richard Gere, Oprah, Margaret Whiting, Kim Basinger, Dennis Farina, Hugh Hefner, Michael Jordan, Mac Davis, James Caan, Jesse Jackson, Emperor Hirohito, The King of Denmark (don't know his name),Kirk Douglas, Harry Caray, David Hasselhoff and Kit, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Ernie Banks, Mel Gibson and this is a fact "Princess Diana" in 1996.
This is a list of a humble teamster in the city of Chicago. There a lot more sports figures, not listed.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.3 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 8:34 PM

Papermanbill--What were you doing on the Jack Paar show? Was that the old Tonight show?

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.2 - Posts: 6104)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 8:34 PM

Jim and Liam, you have both met some very interesting people!


Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 8:40 PM

Yes, it was the Old Tonight Show. They came to my neighborhood as a favor to Sam Giancana and one of the McGuire sisters. There was a local church that had a pizza fair and it made it nationally every year on that show for about five years.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.3 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 9:28 PM

That had to be Phyllis. My father knew a man who was once married to one of the other two who was scared to talk about it. Sam had a way of getting things done.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 9:29 PM

My encounters seem so small, but--I used to run into Fats Domino in Winn-Dixie. I let him get ahead of me in line. I've talked with Chef Paul Prudhomme. I talked with this great guy, Clem Driesward, who said he was a pitcher in the 1946 World Series for the Red Sox. And, there is some guy at the bar who says he's famous, but I don't believe him.

Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Tue, 11th Dec '07 6:43 AM

I forgot to mention I met and talked with Zach Randolph(New York Knicks,formally the Portland Trail Blazers) 2 or 3 different times
He's from my hometown and geez he's a big guy! Sweet but a bit dim.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 11th Dec '07 7:36 AM

Oh wow - I just remembered something in reading everyone else's threads. I met B.B. King a little hole in the wall in Dallas where I bartended when he came in and jammed with the band that was playing there - that was VERY cool!

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