Gregory Peck - In the fall of 1990 I was given an opportunity to intern at CNN's then show "Showbiz Today". As interns, we were able to go on a lot of ride-alongs to see the various reporters do their job. One day in particular, our interview was Gregory Peck, at his home in the Hollywood Hills. As everyone prepared for the interview I sat down on a nearby couch, watching all that was happening. At that point, Mr. Peck called to me and asked if I wanted any water. When I responded, "No thank you," he said, "Are you sure? I could get my housekeeper to get you something." (Keep in mind, he didn't ask anyone else.) Being that I was only 20 years old at the time, I didn't know much about him until years later, which I regret. He has now become one of my most favorite people of all time, mainly because in the craziness of all the interviews he was doing that day, he still had time to make sure I was OK. - Carrie
Muhammad Ali - In the early '90s myself and 2 friends drove from our neighborhood in downtown Chicago to the far south suburbs to get Muhammad Ali's autograph. Upon arriving the crowd was so large, the trade show discontinued autographs. We adjourneed across the street to watch the NCAA tourney at the Holiday Inn. I'm standing at the bar talking with one of my buddies when he starts shadow boxing with someone across the room; to my surprise my buddy and the Greatest were doing the most memorable shadow box I have ever witnessed. Muhammad Ali autographed bar checks(the only paper immediately available) for us and couldn't have been more gracious and friendly. - George
Richard Bright - I had the pleasure of working with Richard over 20 years ago. I met his lovely wife and remember how happy he was that they were going to have a baby. He was a kind, professional and loving man and just before he died, he came to my thoughts and I was wondering what ever happened to him. I was so saddened to find out that he was killed shortly thereafter. I regret not getting in touch with him when I thought of him.
Vincent Price - Being a big time monster fan, I always spent Saturdays at the local theater in Elmira, New York, where I would enjoy the talents of Vincent Price, and the other horror stars of that day - Mr. Price being my favorite. In the mid 1960s he came to do a lecture in Corning, NY..and I was fortunate to see him. As he was walking back to his limo, he decided to take me by the arm (I was 13 at the time) and all the way out of the building and to his limo, he talked with me...politely disregarding the multitude of microphones that were pushed at him..and for a few minutes it was me and my hero..I still recall that conversation, and what he said. One of the nicest people I ever recall meeting. - R.D.W.
Laura Branigan - When I was 18, in 1984, Laura Branigan was in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania doing an interview for a local radio station. Me and about 30 fans waited outside the station for an autograph. About 5 minutes before she came out, the police asked the owner of a grey Capri to move it.....it was me. I had to move it 4 blocks away and when I got back everyone was walking away. But I yelled to her manager that I came a great distance to see her, and believe it or not, they called me over to her limo and she asked me to sit down next to her inside. She gave me an autographed album that read... "John, Love and thanks for waiting....Laura Branigan". I love that woman and miss her terribly...she was a doll and a wonderful person. - John
Kay Starr - Back in the mid-fifties, as a very young man, I worked for United Airlines Reservations in New York. While I often talked with famous people, my favorite was Kay Starr. Once our contact was made, whenever she was in New York she would call me for her personal airline reservations, which were most often to Las Vegas, though many times also for family members, who would usually be traveling from Bristol, Tennessee to Vegas. Many times she would call me at home in the wee hours and we would chat for a long time. Schedules never permitted us to meet in person, but she once sent me an autographed photo along with a personal comment that I treasure to this day, though the ink has long faded to illegibility. She is a funny and sweet lady. She called me "Mr. James". - Jim
Dave Dudley - In 1991 or 1992, Dave Dudley did a free concert in the NCO Club at Hancsom AFB, MA. After the first show, when he was signing autographs, I made sure that I was last in line. We talked while he signed my autograph, then he invited me to sit down at the table. We talked for about 30 mins until he started the second show. He invited my wife and I to stay for the second show, and we did. A real down-to-earth, nice guy. - Leslie
Liza Minnelli - Way back in the mid-1980s, I attended a Liza Minnelli concert at the Blossom Music Center in Akron, Ohio. I had the great fortune to have front row seats - and sitting to my left was a girl of about 13 with her father. At the girl's feet was a long, white box that obviously contained flowers for Liza. About halfway through the concert, just as Liza finished a rousing song and dance number, the girl reached down, picked up the box and placed it on the stage in front of her. During the applause, Liza noticed the gift and walked over to us. She knelt down on the stage, leaned over into the first row and shook the young girl's hand, thanked her and asked if her address was inside the box. The stunned girl nodded yes. Somewhere in this world a woman in her 30s probably has in her possession a lovely thank-you note from Liza.
Gram Parsons - Became a good friend of Gram when he was in his late teens and living in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in the early '60s. We played and wrote music together and formed a little band playing at socialite clubs, etc. We kept in touch over the years till he moved to California where he passed away 26 years old. - Rick
Clint Eastwood - When he was running for mayor of Carmel, he came to my grandparents house. He walked from his house to theirs - no entourage. He walked in & stood by the door, waiting to be noticed. When we finally noticed him, he simply smiled & said "Hi." My gradfather gave him a name tag to wear (as a joke) that said "Hello my name is....Make my day" & he wore it all night. When he left, he wanted the recipe for my grandmother's zuchinni bread.
Dennis Franz - A couple of months ago my boyfriend and I were riding our motorcycles down the main street in our town. We were stopped at a light and I noticed Dennis Franz crossing the street right in front of me! I said "Dennis Franz, hi!" out loud. He smiled and said, "Hi, nice bike." I said, "Thanks!" I was just dumbstruck! At the next light my boyfriend asked me who that was. I said "Don't you watch NYPD Blue?" He said, "Yes." I said, "That was Sippowitz." I knew he lived in our little resort town but never expected to see him just casually walking across the street by himself. - Patty
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