Burgess Meredith - Sometime in the early '80s, I met this kind, gentle man in Malibu, Ca. I was visiting the area in which he lived. He invited my brother and I for an iced tea. He lived in a beautiful, one-bedroom house on the beach. He showed me numerous items, including autographs of his past co-stars. I remember his cat named Charlie. I was very fortunate to have that short time with such a great actor. I also was able to take home with me an autographed photo. - DW
Henry Winkler, et. al. - The "Happy Days" cast had been in San Diego for some sort of benefit. It was about 30 years ago. My kids and I had been in L.A. and were on our way back to Vista and stopped at a Big Boy restaurant in El Toro. It was about 1 or 2 am. I took a picture of Henry Winkler with my two sons who were about 5 & 6. Erin Moran took a picture with my daughter. She was going to give the boys a kiss but they didn't want to. She said that they would sure change their minds in about 10 years. They were all very nice, except for Ron Howard, and he wasn't friendly at all. I still have the pictures and have decorated a bathroom in '50s decor and have the pictures in there. It makes good conversation when people see three of my kids with members of the "Happy Days" cast. - Alice
Maurice Gibb - I was working in Miami around 1979 and stopped in a sandwich shop for lunch. The place was deserted, all but for one customer sitting at the end of the bar. I glanced over and noticed it was Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees. This was at the height of their popularity and it was amazing to see him there having his lunch like a regular guy. I chose not to disturb him because he was entitled to enjoy his lunch just like anyone else. But I can always say I had lunch with one of the Bee Gees once! I was so sorry to hear of his passing a few years back - Rick
Frankie Avalon - I was at Bradley University in 1958 when my girlfriend, Carol, found out that Frankie was in Peoria, Illinois. We got real lucky when we discovered him leaving in his limo from a theater where he had been performing. Carol ordered me to take chase and I managed to follow him to a motel where I guess he was staying. He quickly went inside and by the time I had parked my car and we ran to follow him we literally ran into him as he come out again from around a blind corner. What an embarrassment! Carol quickly asked for an autograph but he looked really perturbed. He did finally give in to her wishes, though. I did get a lot of points with Carol for that one. - Donald
Florence Henderson - While working as a rooms manager at the Chase-Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, I met many stars. After meeting Florence when she arrived, I decided to bring my two young nieces to meet her. As they saw her coming, their eyes lit up when they recognized "Mrs. Brady". She couldn't have been nicer to all of us, and my nieces, both in their 30s now, remember it as if it were yesterday. She was great. - Ed M.
Jerry Reed - My wife and I went to a festival in Rocky Mount, NC and Jerry Reed was performing. He sang a few of his songs and told a lot of jokes that just split your ribcage as you listened and laughed. Afterwards he signed autographs and I saw my favorite entertainer up close and personal. What a nice fellow he is! - jms
Beulah Bondi - When I was in my early 20s, a friend and I would always walk to Hollywood and Vine and have a cup of coffee at a Walgreen's that was there -- now long gone! As we were walking home, when we crossed the street, a lady was sitting alone in her Mercedes in the middle of the intersection with a stalled car. My friend and I gave her a push out of the interstion and she thanked us most gratefully. I did a double-take looking at her -- it was Beulah Bondi! I'm an old film fan, and every time that I now she her in an old film--and she was is many!--I think of meeting her. She was just a really nice, completely honest sweet lady! - JV
Don Adams - My husband and I were in Reno and I didn't really know how to play craps so I was just watching the game. When the last person throwing the dice was finished he tapped me on the arm and asked me if I would like to shoot. When I looked up, it was Don Adams from "Get Smart". I was so surprised I couldn't even speak to him...I just stared with my mouth open. He was so gracious and asked me if I needed help, so he proceeded to explain the game to me! - Ruby
Lee Greenwood - I was part owner of a radio station in Florence, South Carolina. The local airbase was being renovated or open, can't remember exactly. Anyway, they had flown Lee Greewood in to sing "God Bless the USA". Afterwards, there was a reception. I was there with recorder in wanting to do an interview with Mr. Greenwood. This was at the time of Desert Storm and it was more emotional to have him there at the time. When I approached him, he was very curt and snide and informed me that he didn't talk to disc jockeys. Well, this disc jockey happened to be the Program Director and Vice President of the company. I promptly returned to the station and removed Mr. Greenwood from the station's playlist. That happened in 1991 and to this day, I have NEVER played a Lee Greenwood record since. - Bill B.
Frank Langella - My wife and I several years ago had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Langella in his role of Dracula on Broadway. After the show, he came out in a t-shirt and jeans and instead of getting into his limo, he stayed for 45 minutes signing autographs and doing photos ops. for the crowd of 50 or 60. Star quality!!!!! - Myles M.
Larry Brown - My wife and I and another couple were playing golf at Alvamar Golf Course in Lawrence, Kansas, while Larry Brown was the basketball coach at the University of Kansas. This was before KU won the national championship in 1988. On one hole we had all hit our balls onto the green and heard in the background someone calling, "Hey, come back here." Shortly, a large black dog came bounding onto the green and picked up all four balls in his mouth, followed shortly thereafter by his master. His master took the four golf balls out of the dog's mouth, wiped them off and handed them back to us. We exchanged pleasantries and he and his dog departed. After they left, my wife asked, "Was that Larry Brown?" I told her it sure was. Somehow we felt honored that Larry Brown's dog had our golf balls in his mouth. - Chuck C.
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