Dean Martin - In the mid-1960s, a girlfriend and I went to a famous Hollywood restaurant for a drink after work. As we were leaving, Dean Martin and his agent were entering the restaurant. Although we really could not afford to have dinner at this restaurant, we were mesmerized by Martin. Using the telephone in the ladies restroom, I called the restaurant asking if they accepted credit cards. When I found out that they did, I made a reservation. We were seated two tables away from Dean and were absolutely thrilled! I even worked up the nerve to stop at his table to tell him how much I admired him. His smile and graciousness lit up my heart. Many years later, as his son was buried in the Westwood Veterans Cemetery, an Air Force flyover screamed by just outside my 24th floor office windows. I said a prayer for both of them. - Jo P.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer - I saw her at the Book Expo in Chicago two years ago. I was looking over some displays near an aisle when I heard a man saying, "Oh Dr. Ruth, can I please have my picture taken with you?" I looked up and there she was, answering in her high, clipped voice: "Vell, hokay, but hurree it up becuss I em on my vay to de bassroom!"
Joe DiMaggio - In 1962, Joe DiMaggio made a good will tour of military bases in Europe. I was in Spain as the dependent child of a military family. It was just after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe. Joe came out to the Little League field to introduce himself and give a personal greeting to those who would approach him. I handed Joe my outfielders glove and asked for an autograph. While he was signing mine, I told him that my father used to watch him when he played at Kizar Stadium in San Francisco when he played for the San Francisco Seals. Joe looked up at me and said, "Tell your father he is an old man!" Dad and I laughed and I never forgot. - RDL
Bo Diddley - A few years back I had the pleasure of meeting Bo Diddley. He's awsome, really nice, doesn't talk much but of course it was after a concert at a local casino. I was amazed of how many were at the concert and so on a five min break i just lifted the album up to him and he saw it I was happy very happy and well he told me come near the stage so i did he told me after the show he would sign it, after the show there was a lot of persons waiting so well security cleared them out most except for me and 10 others. They brought us down in groups of 5 persons where Bo was waiting and so he signed my album its his i know i got it in person even with one hand sighing and one hand holding pineapple what an awesome fellow its an experence I will never forget. - Autogfan06
McLean Stevenson - I had the honor of shaking the rather large hand of McLean Stevenson in the early 1990's. I was at the Orlando, Florida airport and he was the spokesperson for an airline there. He was coming out from behind the counter with two big guys and I asked him for a shake. He looked down at me and did so. We talked for a moment and he had to rush back. A real nice man.
Gregory Peck - My husband and I have been vacationing in Ireland for over 20 years. We found "our pub" the very first time we went and became very close friends of the owners whose name I won't mention as I haven't their permission and Irish folks are funny about telling tales. They love to tell other people's stories (especially sad ones), but not their own. For years the wife had told us she was related to Gregory Peck, but she also told us she was related to JFK, the Pope, Bing Crosby, etc. We often joked with her asking if she was related to us. She thought she might be. After many years of chuckles at her expense we were sitting on our usual stools when who walks in but Gregory Peck, greeting our friend as his beloved aunt and asking after all their mutual relations. Needless to say we felt incredibily stupid and grateful that we had never said that we hadn't believed her. This pub has only eight stools - all filled with us disbelieving Yanks. He greeted each one of us, asked about our Irish connections and was the lovliest gentleman I have ever met and oh so handsome. One clue for those who care, the pub is in Dingle, County Kerry and Mr. Peck's connection to our friend was through the Ashe family. It was a memorable day. - Bridget
Darren McGavin - Back in the '70s I was shopping with my then-husband in Hollywood when we heard a very distinctive voice calling "Bijou". We both looked and there was Darren McGavin and his wife Katie Brown picking up their dog - I think it was a poodle. My then-husband started gushing about how much he liked him and enjoyed his work and Darren just stood there smiling and thanking him. - Judy
Jonas Salk - I went to Warm Springs, GA for the 50th anniversary of the death of FDR to see President Clinton speak. I got to be right at the walkway, where all the guests were to walk in. I saw President Clinton walk by, but before he arrived, the line had stopped as people were being seated. Before me was an elderly man with a straw hat. Our eyes met and I nodded a hello and he nodded back. We stood staring at each other thinking "Do you want to talk?" We never did. After 5 minutes we smiled and nodded again and he moved on. Later, looking at the program, I noticed to my horror I had been standing in front of Jonas Salk. What questions I could have asked!!! One of the greatest men in the 20th century! All we did was nod. But still a great day I will never forget.
John Lennon - The winter of 1973-74, I was a teenager working as a janitor at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway the night John Lennon showed up. Head shaved, he was accompanied by a nicely dressed, polite, but BIG body guard, plus three beautiful ladies (built like dancers, one blond, one asian, and one latin). Don't know what their relationship or role was, but I could guess. Lennon sat at the bar and kept the jukebox busy, playing Paul's post-Beatles music. He got pretty drunk and returned on the last car to the valley station before we closed. - RLS
Debbie Reynolds - In February of 2006, I attended the one woman show of Beatrice Arthur at a small theatre in Hollywood. As we were waiting for the show to begin, I turned as there was a bit of commotion behind me and realized that Debbie Reynolds was sitting behind me. She was extremely gracious to all those sitting around her and talking quite a lot with the man sitting next to her (we assumed he was with her). But when she left, he stayed and said he hadn't met her before that night and was so THRILLED that she was so nice to him! - KSW
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