Robert Goulet - The wife of a friend of mine used to work for US Air. A few years ago, Robert Goulet and his wife came up as a random luggage search. Annie was sort of stuck between embarrassment and awe. The Goulets were very gracious about the search and Annie managed to hum a bit of "If Ever I Would Leave You". Mrs. Goulet said, "See honey, you do still have fans!" - James
David Ogden Stiers - In the mid to late '70s I happened to be in a JC Penney's in Eugene, Oregon when I spied David Ogden Stiers AKA Charles Emerson Winchester III from "M*A*S*H" fame looking through some LPs. (Pre-CDs, LPs were made of vinyl and played on a traditional "phonograph", a turntable with a very sharp needle.) I approached him and said, "Uh, sir," and he said, "Yes?" and I said, "I really enjoy your character on the hit TV show 'M*A*S*H', what are you doing in Eugene?" He replied with some difficulty, because he indicated he just came from the dentist, "My parents live here." I shook his hand and thanked him for his accomplishments and contributions to my weekly television enjoyment. And left him to his shopping. - Dennis
Harvey Korman - On one of our trips to Las Vegas, I noticed Harvey Korman walking around the casino at Harrah's. He seemed to be walking back and forth and kept coming back to where I was sitting. He finally came up to me and asked me if I could direct him to the hotel lobby and I walked with him to the hotel desk, all the while chatting and I told him how much my family and I had enjoyed his performances on "The Carol Burnett Show". He was so nice - and much taller than I had imagined. A very nice person. - P.J.P.
Joey Buttafuoco - I was having breakfast with my girlfriend at the time on my birthday [5-16-95] at a diner in Seaford, Long Island . We were in the first booth by the register and I was facing where I could see the register and Joey and Mary were paying the bill [actually Joey]. I, of course, told my girlfriend. I said in a semi loud voice - CHILD MOLESTER [did not have to yell]. He ignored me probably because he was used to it. I was hoping he would hit me and I would be set for life, because of lawsuits and publicity. LOL
Mickey Rooney - In the early 1970s, I was visiting a friend at St John's Hospital in Santa Monica. Standing alongside me on the elevator, unbeknownst to me, was Mickey Rooney in his Nehru jacket, turtleneck and love beads. One gentleman made the comment, "Even Mickey Rooney comes here." It was then I noticed Mr Rooney as he waddled out of the elevator.
Patrick Swayze - In spring of 1988, my (then) girlfriend read that the cast of "Road House" would be in town at a local high school to play a benefit softball game. They were filming in the foothills above Clovis, Ca. My girlfriend wanted to go to see Patrick Swayze. So I took my camera and we went. I got some nice pictures of Sam Elliott and he waved and said hi. He spent most of the day talking with and signing stuff for the fans. Then about halfway through the game, Patrick Swayze arrived with Kelly Lynch. They just kind of walked from the first base line, behind home plate and up the third base line towards us. People were yelling and waving at them but they seemed kind of stand-offish as they came our way. As they got near, I shouted "Hey, Mr. Swayze, how about taking a picture with my girlfriend?" Expecting him to brush me off or, at best, say something like "Not today", I was shocked when he stopped, took my girlfriend's hand and told me, "Real fast." For a moment I was caught off guard, but recovered in time to take a nice shot of him and her. I ended up making over a dozen copies of the photo for friends and family. I still have the photo, but not the girlfriend. - Jeff
Tupac Shakur - I was in Vegas to see the Mike Tyson fight. The tickets were too much $ so I waited in the MGM Grand. I went out to the street to see [Tupac] loaded into the ambulance. I didn't realize who it was till the next day when I heard it on the radio. - Glenn
Harry Caray - I was in Chicago for a conference at the Palmer House Hilton. At dinner that night (Miller's Pub and Restaurant around the corner), I was busy watching a football game on the overhead TV with a friend. Suddenly I hear a half-belligerent voice asking me, "Are the Bears on?" I looked down to see Harry Caray. To my surprise, I shouted "Harry!" and offered my hand which he shook. He and his wife were then seated at a booth. He proceeded to belligerently ask the staff to move to a booth where he could see the game. All the while, his embarassed wife kept saying "Harry! Stop!" It was a fun surprise to see a classic personality like Harry Caray in rare form. He died less than a month later. - Mark (Cottage Grove, WI)
Robert Ryan - While an airman assigned to March AFB, my girlfriend invited me to attend a lecture given by Robert Ryan at a local church. His subject was disarmament - he was for it, I was not. I went and listened to what he had to say and then, after the crowd was gone, we approached him to meet and shake hands with him and talk a moment and he agreed to my taking a picture. I liked him as an actor, but not his liberal political leaning. - Dick R.
Buddy Hackett - My girl friend and I were in Philadelphia job hunting in the early '70s. It was a rainy day,we were at a corner and a limo drove by and splashed us. Now we are wet and muddy. We went into a resturant to clean up and dry off when the limo driver came in and said his boss would like to talk to us. So we went out to the limo and Buddy Hackett opened the door to say he was sorry. He also gave each of us $100 and told us to buy a new dress on him. This was 35 yrs ago and I will never forget. He was a great man. - Sue M.
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