Jerry Lewis - I spotted Mr. Lewis in a drugstore in 1980. Judging by the locale, I can only guess that he had stopped there on his way to Atlantic City. I doubt I would have had the courage to approach him in any event, but he had such a mean look on his face that I would have been crazy to have bothered him. It is only in recent years that I read of his decades-long bout with chronic pain caused by a back injury in the mid-'60's.
Pat Boone, James Franciscus, Jesse Owens - In 1975, I worked for the airport security. In those days you had to hand check most baggage. I had the task of going through the bags of Pat Boone (nice man), James Franciscus, Jesse Owens (also a very nice man) and many others.
Lucille Ball - The first of several times that I met Lucille Ball was while she was taping the introduction of "Situation Comedies" segment of a TV Retrospective at Metromedia Square. It was a CLOSED SET but I was able to get access. I stood there in awe or her and after she taped (and critiqued) her segment a stage hand walked up to her to ask for her autograph. He said it was for his niece and she replied "Gawd forbid it should be for you!!" It was MY turn to approach her with a beautiful B&W photograph from "MAME" that she very obligingly signed and very graciously chatted with me for a few seconds before being interrupted by BOB HOPE. She Was A STAR!!!!!! - Stevie
Carly Simon - At Saratoga Flat track in Saratoga Springs, NY, sometime in the mid '80s, as people were walking from the paddock area to the track, I noticed a lady signing a person's program. She had just walked past us, within 2-3 feet. It was Carly Simon! Pretty cool! - Jim B, Amsterdam NY
Roger Moore - My husband and I were in our 2nd year of college and one evening they announced on the news that a new 007 movie "A View To A Kill" was being filmed on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. So the next day we played hookie, drove 50 miles up to SF and we got to catch one scene being filmed before they broke for lunch. We followed the crew around to their meal tent and approached Roger Moore before he went inside. I asked for his autograph and as he was signing I couldn't take my eyes off of his handsome face!
Patty Duke - A few years ago I saw Patty in my local grocery store. I never thought I would be star struck, but I was. I did a double take and my jaw dropped. I stood open mouth as she put her head down and quickly walked past me and out the door.
Red Skelton - I was on the way (late) to an 8:00 History class in the middle of a Muncie, Indiana blizzard at Ball State University when I noticed a vague shadow of a person on the walk several yards in front of me. As I approached, a voice said "excuse me miss, do you know the time?" WOW! I remembered that voice as the only reason I was allowed to stay up past 8:00 at night; it was none other than THE man who was Clem, Gertrude & Heathcliff, Red and many others. And do you suppose he wanted to answer all MY questions about his characters or his art or anything? Nope. All he wanted to know was what I was studying and all about boring little ME. I'll never forget that warm wonderful encounter with one af America's great entertainers - I'll also never stop wondering why the heck he wanted to take his morning walk in the middle of a blizzard. H-m-m-m-m-m-m-m. - Terri
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