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Old 06-26-2013, 04:34 AM   #41
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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.
I met Reggie Jackson when he was with the A's in the corridor of a stadium when I was 11. Just me and him. I begged several times for his autograph, but he was in a big hurry to get out of the stadium, and he repeatedly said no. One final effort, and I got in front of him to slow him down, and he countered the last plea with, "What'd I tell you boy?!". He looked very large at that moment. Now when I see him on TV, I think he looks pretty small, old, and feeble, and I can probably kick his butt.

I was equally persistent with Joe Torre when he was Cardinals star. He politely refused an autograph several times as I followed him around the stadium. Two weeks later, in an interview, he said he never refused an autograph, especially kids.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:02 AM   #42
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Met "W" at a U of Texas basketball game when he was Gov. He sat a table court side most games. Guess he didn't have a lot to do.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #43
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First time in 1943 0r 1944. She sang at a War bond drive in my hometown in Rhode Island, where we had to bring old pots and pans to put on the collection pile. It meant something to me at the time... 7 or 8 year old... because she was always on the radio. Seeing her in person was a big deal. She had a radio campign for Savings Bonds that totalled $39 million. I still have a $25 bond that I (my dad) paid for @ $.10/week in grammar school (cost $18.75). The ROI on Bonds was well below the going interest rates of the time, a matter of "patriotism"... Imagine that!

The second time was in 1968 at the Mirror Lake Inn at Lake Placid, in the Adirondaks. It was at breakfast, and she and Ted Collins were at the next table. (You're too young to remember him.) He was a producer, actor and owned the Boston Yanks football team, and was Kate Smith's 'companion' for 50 years.

She was having scrambled eggs, slathered with Vermont maple syrup.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:41 AM   #44
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As a musician trumpet player, Maynard Ferguson was my idol since junior high. I was a total band nerd so naturally a musician was my idol. Anyway, a buddy of mine gets into Maynard's band in the 80s and tours with him for a few years. This buddy becomes the musical director for a college nearby and has Maynard and his band in for a concert. He calls me up and asked if I could be Maynard's driver for the evening. I was able to have a one on one talk with my idol for about an hour. Most of you have probably never heard of Maynard but he was and still is the "Bruce Lee" of trumpet players. I got to meet another famous person who is my all time favorite comedian. Mister "warmth" himself Don Rickles. I was able to meet him in Las Vegas in 2008. He is a real nice guy nothing like his act. Well, he did insult me with a totally politically incorrect cut down but I was incredibly flattered!!
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:24 AM   #45
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I worked as an up close and personal body guard for Adam Sandler for a couple hours. He's not just "on" for the camera. He is hilarious in general and had a funny response to every question or remark I made.
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I wrote a traffic ticket to a congressman but I forgot which one.
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I met with Larry Ellison once while working on a large Oracle project. Our CIO was friendly with Larry and talked him into meeting with the team to inspire the troops.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:11 AM   #48
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I have had meals with James Whitmore (character actor, played Brooks in Shawshank) and Willis Reed (NBA great), not at the same time. Both were close family friends of close friends of mine.

With Whitmore it was at a malibu restaurant that was used as part of the movie "the player", outdoors with outrageous views of the coast. With Willis, the funniest part was seated he doesn't look *that* big. When a 5 foot nothin waitress came to take a picture with him, the look on her face when he stood up and towered over her was very funny.
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I wrote a traffic ticket to a congressman but I forgot which one.
Speeding or illegal parking perhaps?
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #50
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My closest brush with fame (and maybe prison) was knocking VA Gov. Linwood Holton down the steps at the Mosque in Richmond when I was about 14. We'd gone there on a school field trip to see 1776 (the musical), and I was horsing around and jumping down multiple steps on the way out. Slammed right into him and he fell backwards down a couple of steps. Luckily he had some well padded lackeys to land on, so he wasn't hurt. I got grabbed by security and escorted to the school bus. Back then I didn't even get suspended. Today I'd probably have been tried as an adult.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:23 AM   #51
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I had the ocassion to briefly speak with jazz bassist John Clayton. Very nice man.

Former pro football player Mike Tilleman is a close friend of the family. Really cool guy. I remember as a kid he would walk up to greet me, and very gently tap me with his shoulder. That "tap" was nearly enough to knock me off my feet. The guy is huge!
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Oh..not a brush with fame but a close brush with fame.

I was at a B. Dalton Bookstore (this was a while ago), looking for a computer book when there was a long line of men with magazine in hand. It took me awhile to figure out what the occasion was but they were in line for Jenny McCarthy. This was when she was just starting out (I assume promoting a pictorial).

I didn't get an issue and wait in line with the rest of the guys as I was just looking for a book on my lunch break from w*rk.
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It's fun reading all of these accounts.

In the 1990's I worked for a retail establishment in Hollywood (the one in Los Angeles). We had a "buy 10 get 1 free" card. I heard from one of the employees who was working at the register that Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder), when asked if he'd like a buy 10 get 1 free card, said that he would. We thought it was pretty cool that one of the richest guys in the world was partial to a deal like that
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DW and I had our picture taken on our honeymoon on Kauai by Gary Busey. We walked up to him, camera in hand, and he seemed quite surprised that we wanted him to take our picture instead of us taking his.

Other than that, I briefly met Dana White, the president of the UFC, just about every UFC Hall of Fame member and a number of fighters for the company. I even trained at the same gym as Clay Guida, a top 10 ranked featherweight. I never trained with him, merely in the same facility.

Lastly, I share a mutual friend with Tony Khan, son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, and have have hung out with him on a number of occasions and met his father once.
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I was one of the security staff for a Blink 182 concert. I was stationed outside of Travis Barker's (drummer) dressing room, checking passes for people entering the area. He had a drum set in his dressing room and he warmed up on the drums for about 20 minutes before it was time for him to go on stage. It was quite a thrill for me because one of our sons is a drummer and I knew who Travis Barker was. When it was time for his band to go up to the stage area, he and his crew went right past me and I got a good look at his very famous tattoos.

Another band called "My Chemical Romance" was there, too, but I didn't recognize any of them, just knew the band name.
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I was standing on the street in Apia, Samoa in 1976 when the Queen of England, of all people, came by. I was the only one around. We looked at each other and waved. End of story.
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I've gotten to know a couple stunt guys. One old-school fella who played the guy in Poseidon 1972 movie who fell into the glass when the boat flipped (did many things into 2010).
Another played stunt double for Nic Cage and many other things (Wipe-out TV show stunt director)
Both very nice guys.

Also met Michael Jackson's kids, mother and cousin. They seem pretty normal considering what they've gone through...
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I was hugged by Charlton Heston at a fundraiser once. Got to go to a private concert with Garth Brooks, Yogi Berra, and numerous famous baseball players in Las Vegas.
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Just remembered...~ 1967 Bo Diddley and a couple of his band members in my car.....the company I worked for at the time wanted him to promote a guitar.....(and, to tie this into another thread, when I picked them up......they had adjoining rooms with the girls.....the girls were cooking fried chicken in the room)
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Saw Joe Nameth in a bar once a long time ago and made eye contact with Tiger Woods when he was practicing sand bunker shots at the Memorial many years ago.
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