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Old 06-25-2013, 04:10 PM   #21
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Was she [Heather Locklear] hot back then?
Cute and popular. Had a Farrah Fawcett style hairdo. We definitely travelled in different circles. I sat with my nerd friend discussing science fiction, and she ... did whatever popular, good-looking people do, I guess.

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:03 PM   #22
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Dennis Kucinich and Meg Ryan. Not at the same time.

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Old 06-25-2013, 05:34 PM   #23
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I met Willy Ley.
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Old 06-25-2013, 05:47 PM   #24
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Shook hands with Bill Richardson when he was Secretary of Energy. My robots and I were on the lab tour.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:22 PM   #25
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Had dinner with Liberace twice. Was at a Club Med in Bermuda with Johnny Rotten, kind of odd because he wrote an unflattering song about Club Med, he had been there for a month before I was there. Was a go for to Oprah Winfrey at a fund raiser in Baltimore for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. As a teen, I worked at a summer stock theater/concert venue, met lots show people.
For me experiences are not good or bad, just different
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:42 PM   #26
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Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. We are at a meeting and he came over to all the tables, shook hands and had pictures taken with him.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:46 PM   #27
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I met Jimmy Stewart in the LAX airport back in the 80's.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:55 PM   #28
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We saw who we thought was a rock star in an empty concourse of Chicago airport. DW goes into the restroom with the girls, and so I asked him who he was, telling him I could not put the name to the face. DW and girls come, and I introduced DW, "This is Lou Graham from Foreigner". And DW, in an now famous response, replied, "Yeah right". Lou took it well, and we all continued to chat. He asked us to watch his guitar while he used the pay phone (pre-cell days).
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:59 PM   #29
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I've attended several World Economic Forum events and have even spoken at three of them. At one, I was a panelist with Laura D'Andrea Tyson, at another, I was a panelist with Gordon Brown. I've been fortunate enough to be famous in my own right, in certain business circles anyway, and due to that, I've met presidents, prime ministers, other high ranking government officials, CEOs of such companies as Nissan and Sony, actors such as Keifer Sutherland, I had lunch with Bertrand Piccard about a year ago (pilot of the solar airplane that just flew across the USA), etc.

Sounds like a charmed life, no? Well, I was happy to give all that up to live a simple, FIREd life.

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Old 06-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #30
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I shook the hands that shook the hands of many famous people .
That's a good one. The guy I hired to inspect a house a bought in the 80's was Mario Lanza's neighbor and childhood chum in the 1930's before Lanza became famous.

Waved to and got a "How ya doin, man!" from Sammy Davis Jr.

Shook Frank Rizzo's hand at my policeman uncle's funeral when Rizzo was police commish of Philadelphia.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:25 PM   #31
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I remember back in the 70s hitch hiking through Southern CA. I asked the guy driving if he sees lots of movie stars.

Then we passed a car that had an Eight Is Enough bumper sticker. Man, I died and went to heaven.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:46 PM   #32
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When I first went to work for my last employer, one of our clients was Arnold Schwarznegger (this was before he was governor). My then-co-worker entered his name into the company search engine, then stared in awe when the name came up.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #33
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Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, I was rather active with the local chapter of The Concord Coalition, a federal fiscal watchdog group. I helped organize several events in Manhattan and on Long Island. I met several members of Congress along the way including Carolyn McCarthy (my member of Congress), Felix Grucci (the man who led the fireworks company and served one term in Congress), Gary Ackerman, Jerry Nadler, Chris Shays, and Rick Lazio. I also met former senator Warren Rudman (recently deceased), a co-founder of the Concord Coalition.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

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Old 06-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #34
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Met and spoke with Bo Jackson, Hershel Walker, and even wrestling legend, Lex Luger. Lex was very nice and welcoming. He even took time to introduce me to his wife.

I typically do not approach stars figuring they get too much of that. Some other close encounters include one event where I mingled amongst, but never introduced myself to, Cory Everson and Christopher Reeve.
Also used to work and walk near Busch Stadium and would see many of the Cardinal players and coaches signing autographs and talking to fans as they got to the stadium. Oh, and Ozzie Smith in the airport once.
Was also a neighbor and friend with LA Dodger, Mitch Webster. (he didn't live in LA during the off season)
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:23 PM   #35
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Living in Hawaii I have run into just about all the Lost and Hawaii five O characters.....of course there are a few that were in both..
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:36 PM   #36
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I sat next to Shirley Temple Black on a flight from SF to LA once. She was warm and charming, chatting through the whole flight.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #37
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I played golf with Flip Wilson (he was my partner) in 1982 in California in a benefit tournament. Mickey Rooney was in the foursome behind us and hit into us all day long. What a pain in the @$$ he was.
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Old 06-25-2013, 10:45 PM   #38
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When I worked for Digital Equipment Corporation back in the '80s, I walked into the smoking room and heard the other door close. The lone guy sitting at a table said, "Man, you just missed Grace Hopper". He said she was really fun to talk to and that they talked for 15 minutes.

I introduced myself and shook hands with Jodie Foster at a movie premiere. She didn't seem overly impressed with me.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:22 PM   #39
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I was called to jury duty in Santa Monica back in the 90s during the second OJ Simpson trial. I would regularly see the media characters and lawyers from that trial in the elevator and also in the front lawn of the courthouse when they were being interviewed by reporters. One day, we were told we were dismissed from the jury pool and I had lunch across the street at a hotel dining room. I saw some of the journalists and lawyers from the trial.

After lunch, I ended up in a line of people near the exit and OJ was going down the line shaking hands and signing autographs, which at the time I thought was macabre. When he came face to face with me I didn't do anything, didn't shake hands or anything. He looked into my eyes briefly and looked away. I didn't have anything at all to say to him.

Had other sightings mostly in LA restaurants: Clyde Drexler, Terry Bradshaw, Gov Gray Davis, comedian Kevin Neelan, Valerie Harper, "Niles" from Frazier, Wolfgang Puck, Gary Busey, Harry Hamlin, Dennis Quaid and Ellen DeGeneres. Had an interesting encounter with Bill Cosby in SF in the 80s at a restaurant. Robert Mondavi, Tom Smothers and Pat Paulsen at a Wine Spectator tasting in SF in the 80s. And Franco Harris on a sidewalk in downtown SD prior to a Super Bowl in the early 00's.

As long as I'm being silly with all of this, I remember getting autographs from the Swingin' A's of the 70s - Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Joe Rudi, Gene Tenace, Sal Bando, Catfish Hunter, Bert Campaneris, etc. Of course, that program got thrown out by my Mom years ago.
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:57 AM   #40
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I posted my list of the 8 or so billionaires (or near billionaires), I've meet and assorted other back in 2007. Since then, I have meet Steve Case, AOL founder, at local technology event in Hawaii, and one of the neatest guys Bob Cole, twice. Bob Cole is the 93 year young copilot of Jimmy Doolittle's raid on Tokyo earlier in WWII. There are 5 remaining survivors of the raid.

Oh and does the author of the Military Guide to Retirement, and prolific blogger count?

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