Annette Funicello and the other Mouseketeers - Disneyland in Anaheim had just opened, and I was thrilled to be there for my 9th or 10th birthday with my mom and brother. At the end of a very long "E-Ticket" kind of day we discovered that Mom's car battery was dead. We trudged across the parking lot to the Disneyland Hotel to phone my dad for help. While waiting for Dad, we all went out to the hotel playground. To our utter astomishment, there was Annette, Tommy, Cubby, Karen, Darlene and I don't even remember who else. Only the idols of my childhood. Nobody was a bigger Mickey Mouse Club fan than me. We all just played and pushed each other on the swings and were kids together. They were great. Really unaffected, great kids. No 10-year-old could ask for a better birthday present! - Priscilla
Muhammad Ali - While exiting a restaurant in Miami in the '70s, the door was held open by who I thought was the door man. I said thank you and he said, "You're welcome." After walking a few feet, I turned around and entering the restaurant was the one and only Muhammad Ali. I could not believe it. - Allen
Robin Zander, et. al. - Cheap Trick - my idols since 1977! I finally got to meet them 20 years later. After the show in NYC (in 1998) I was walking toward the subway when who did I notice walking towards me but my most favorite drummer, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick. I worked up the courage to say hello to him and ask for an autograph. He was kind enough to listen to me go on and on about how much of a fan I was and that I used to love it when he would throw his drumsticks into the audience after a show. I told him that I hoped to be lucky enough some day to catch one. Well, I nearly died at what he did next. He was carrying a small duffle bag and told me to wait a minute. He dug around inside it and took out a drum stick that he handed me and told me that I could have! Not only that, but it was one that he had used at the concert that I just saw! He was so sweet, kind, and very pleasant to talk with. I also met Robin, the beautiful lead singer. He was a little more shy than I thought, but very sweet as well. I had a disposable camera with me and he posed with me and asked me if it was ok for him to put his arm on my shoulder! He was a sweet, kind, and charming man. My all-time favorite band more than lived up to my thoughts of them. - Christine N. (NY)
Larry Hagman - I was receptionist/PBX operator for a luxury condominium building in Beverly Hills. I had to call all residents to tell them they had guests in the lobby. When I asked Mr. Hagman who I should announce him to he was rude, arrogant and not at all pleasant to deal with. This was after "I Dream Of Genie" but before "Dallas." - Anne
Robert Vaughn, David McCallum - In 1966, my dad, a writer, managed to get interviews with the two main stars of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", and took me along. We drove to the MGM studio in Culver City, and were escorted to the sound stage where "U.N.C.L.E." was filming. We sat and watched them work on a scene for a while, then there was a break and David McCallum sat down with us. At one point in the interview, he reached over, gave me a friendly slap on the leg, and said "I bet you didn't know that about me, did you?" Next, we went and sat with Robert Vaughn in his small dressing room. He asked if we would mind if he changed clothes, since he had only a few minutes before the next scene. He then stripped to his boxers and shirt and put on different slacks while he answered questions. Both men were very friendly and my youthful image of them as cool heroes was not spoiled one bit. - cdc
Martin Short - We went to go see Matin Short in concert, and he pulled up on stage and had a pleasant conversation with me. Then he told me to read a card. - Garland
Davy Jones, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz - I've met Davy three times. Before I met him, I heard that he could be quite ignorant, especially if he had been drinking. Well, to me, he's been great and a pleasure each time. * * * I met Peter in May of '86, on the second tour date of The Monkees 20th Anniversary concert. He was in a buffet line before the show and I was behind him. I said, "Mr. Tork," and he almost jumped out of his skin. I think he was surprised to be recognized. He turned around and just looked shocked. He got a little looser in the buffet line when he spotted some beets or something and said, "Ooooh, beets!!" * * * I met Micky after a solo concert in Bayonne, NJ in 1991. After the concert he was signing autographs. He seemed to be much more pleasant with the ladies. I asked him if "Circus Boy", the show he was on as a kid might ever be released on VHS, and he basically barked at me,"No, not a chance." At least he was right. I love him as a performer, but meeting him was disappointing. - David L.
Whoopi Goldberg - I was in a downtown San Francisco book store (on the street where the cable cars roll past loaded with tourists going to Fisherman's Wharf), when Whoopi Goldberg walked into the shop. Our eyes met and I smiled. She smiled and nodded, as if to say "Yes, I am who you think I am." I wanted to respect her privacy, so I did not approach her after that, although I'd love to know what book she eventually bought. - San Francisco Will
Eddie Van Halen - Around 1985, after a business meeting with Eddie and his attorney to discuss the making of a new custom guitar for him, Eddie was running late and had to run off to band practice. So he left immediately after the meeting, leaving me and my partner talking to his attorney for a few extra minutes. When we got down to the parking garage, Eddie was there, anxiously trying like hell to get ANY attendant's attention, so he could retrieve his car and still make band practice. Not getting any response from an attendant, he eventually retrieved his own car. Though now VERY late, he still stopped by the passenger loading area and waited long enough for an attendant to finally show up. He then actually APOLOGIZED to the parking attendant for retrieving his own car, and inquired of the man, hoping that wouldn't get the attendant in trouble - showing courtesy and concern for the man's job, like I had never seen before, or since. His humility and down to earth quality was so impressive, I've never forgotten that event. Especially for being the world famous 'Rocker', Eddie Van Halen. - Roger B.
Gerald Ford - My husand, a staunch Republiican, was invited by Gerald Ford to a bash in Washington because my husband contributed quite a bit of money to Republican coffers. So we went. The affair was held at the Capitol Club and the Vice President, Nelson Rockefeller, and his wife, Happy, also were there. I was actually allowed to take my little camera in and so got several good pictures of the President and his wife, Betty. As the President took my hand and looked into my eyes, I nearly fainted. He was very tanned and handsome and I could think of only one thing to say so I said, "You are much better looking in person than on television." I could have bit my tongue out. I wanted so badly to be erudite and impressive. He just smiled and said, "Thank you." Then Betty spoke to me and I was even more tongue-tied. I am a Democrat but I have always loved the Fords from that day to this, and was ever so glad to meet a president of the United States. - Mildred M.
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