George Kennedy - In 1981, I used to work for a flying club at Van Nuys Airport (Van Nuys, California). One day during my lunch break, a familiar voice asked if I could fuel up his Beechcraft Bonanza. I turned around to say that I was on my lunch break and saw that it was George Kennedy (Joe Petroni) from the "Airport" movies. I stopped eating my lunch and proceeded to fuel up Mr. Kennedy's plane. We chatted for a while that day and many more times after that. He was always very nice to me. - Joel B.
Alex Haley - A date invited me to hear Mr. Haley give a talk at an auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After the talk, we went up to Mr. Haley to say hello. I also posed for a picture with him. In the photo he is looking at me as if he is admiring me. Actually, he was saying to me "Will you please keep still for the picture?" He was a very friendly person, and I have that picture to this day! - Joyce
Del Shannon - I met Del Shannon while I was directing cars at a club called the Silver Moon in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was playing there that night in 1971. The band took a break, and several cars left the lot and about 20 minutes later a brown 1968 Buick Skylark pulled up to me and it was Del Shannon. He said, "Could you park this for me? I gotta get back on stage." He had a used guitar strap in his hand and said, "Does your ma have a sewing machine?" I said, "Yes." "Here, it's yours, thanks," he replied. I still have it 35 years later and never did sew the seam. - Jake
Pearl Bailey - My mother and I were vacationing in Washington, DC in probably the fall of 1967 or 68. I cannot remember the hotel where we stayed, but we happened to enter the lonely lobby just as Pearl Bailey was at the desk. She acted startled when we walked in, because I don't think she wanted to be approached. However, my mother went right up to her and said hello. Pearl Bailey was real nice about it. That night we went to see her in "MAME" in the theater across the street. Loved the show! - cfg
John Wooden, Jerry West - In November 2002, three friends and I went to the John Wooden Classic in Indianapolis. John Wooden was sitting across the aisle and about ten rows down from us. During timeouts of the Purdue basketball game, they would allow fans to walk down to Mr. Wooden's seat and he would sign autographs. I had him sign his picture in my program and I said, "Thanks, Coach" and he replied with, "You're welcome," with a smile on his face. As I was heading back up to my seat, my friend JP tapped me on the shoulder and told me to look at the man sitting in the seat directly behind our seats. It was Jerry West, he was there scouting for the Memphis Grizzlies. We asked Mr. West if he would sign our programs as well. He barely looked at us, but he did autograph them for us. My friend JP asked which Purdue player he was scouting, and Mr. West just laughed and said, "I'm really here for the Duke/UCLA game. And yes, Purdue did win their game against Louisville. - Brian M., Frankfort, IN
Tiny Tim - In the mid '80s I was at JFK airport and saw Tiny Tim getting on the same flight as me to LAX. After we landed, I was in a hurry to get off as to get his autograph. Then I spotted him giving autographs to a couple of people. I went up to him and asked as well. He signed my plane ticket and was very gracious. Very pleasant man. - Diane F.
Karl Haas - I was working as a gas station attendant in Southfield, Michigan in the early 1970's when a brown Cadillac pulled in, its driver asking for a fill-up. As the tank filled, I checked the oil and, as I was about to close the hood, the driver stuck his head out the window and said, "Don't slam the hood, please." When he handed me his credit card to pay for the gas, I realized it was Karl Haas, whose radio program, "Adventures in Good Music", originated at that time from radio station WJR in Detroit. After he signed the slip for me, I started to tell Dr. Haas how much I enjoyed his program, but before I could, the window zipped up and off he drove. - L.T.
John Cleese - On a return flight from London Heathrow to LAX in June '06. John is very good looking and very tall. No entourage, although there was another person on the flight he seemed to know and was chatting with. Went through immigration and customs in front of me; stood around waiting in the baggage claim area like everyone else. Seemed like a nice, unpretentious gentleman. - Priscilla
Marlon Brando - I was in a California boarding school back in the '70s, right around the time "The Godfather" came out. Chris Brando, son of Marlon, attended the same school; Chris and I were friendly, and he hadn't killed anyone yet. One afternoon, as I was about to go upstairs to the dorm, the door opposite me swung open, and who was there but The Godfather himself, looking older and heavier than I expected. It was just the two of us in the stairwell. I focused on his short, gray ponytail. He looked straight at me, not at all friendly, and said, "Where's my son, where's Chris?" I was too flustered to say anything, so I pointed upstairs. I was just a kid, after all, and he was Marlon Brando. And that was the end of our encounter. - Steve
Louis Armstrong - When I was about [?] we lived in Las Vegas, NV. A few of us kids would play out in the desert. One day we saw a man under a shade tarp and he was playing a trumpet. We didn't know who he was but we all sat around him and listened. After awhile my father came looking for me and he couldn't believe who we were with. But at the time, I didn't know what the big deal was about.
Dudley Moore, Susan Anton - Immediately after the 1983 Diana Ross concert in Central Park, I followed what seemed to be just a large group of fun-goers down Broadway towards Times Square. Then I got a good eye view of Dudley Moore and Susan Anton actually leading the crowd. It was FABOLOUS!!! Only in NEW YORK!!! - T-ROY
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