Leonard Nimoy, et. al. - Back in the summer of 1987, the cast and crew of "3 Men and a Baby" were filming in Toronto. Since my mother was a Tom Selleck fanatic, we ended up following the crew around the city from location to location. They had a just wrapped a scene and broke for dinner. We were the only ones there. We got awesome pics and autographs from Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg (no Tommy that day) who were both sooooo nice to us all. Being Star Trek nerds, we were waiting for Spock to come out. Sure enough, he made an appearance and signed autographs coming in and out of dinner. My youngest brother Jordan was so small Spock didn't see him but when he did, he got a one-on-one picture with him as he was sitting in his limo. Definitely a classy guy and a memory I will never forget!! - Justin D., Toronto, Canada
Jimmy Stewart - While on vacation in Hollywood I purchased a map of the stars at the farmer's market. The four of us proceded to follow the route. We had just passed Lucy's house and lo and behold , the door opens and out comes Jimmy Stewart . He goes over to his flowers in the front yard. My wife, Bonny, urges me to ask him if we can take a picture with us. I said, "Don't bother him." She insisted, so she asked and he agreed. I have the pictures .What a nice man. - dja
John Wayne - My aunt is the biggest John Wayne fan there is (as am I)! She and my uncle were living in L.A. at the time (this event happened in the late '60s or early '70s). They were eating in a restaurant when in comes John Wayne and his party. My aunt was absolutely thrilled! While she worked up the courage to talk to him, my uncle excused himself to go to the men's room. As he took care of business, in walks the Duke wearing his big ten-gallon cowboy hat. He put the hat on a rack and entered a stall. Now my uncle is a very honest, very good man, but I guess we all have a little bit of larceny in us. You guessed it, he walked out with big John's hat. The hat is one of my aunt's most prized possessions! My aunt wrote to him and apologized profusely, offering to return the hat. John Wayne responded personally and very politely that he was glad to have fans as devoted as her and that she could keep the hat. In fact, he invited her to meet with him and personally autographed it for her! He was a true gentleman! - G.M.
Ken Stabler - I had walked into a sports bar in Birmingham, Alabama, sat down, looked around, and lo and behold there sat Ken Stabler, famous quarterback. As I lived nearby, I asked him if he was gonna be there for a few minutes so I could run home and get my framed photo of him as a QB for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He said he would wait, and when I came back I saw he had joined some acquaintances in a booth. When he saw me, he waved for me to come over and stopped his conversation he was having and pulled out a Flair pen. He autographed the photo after asking me how I wanted it made out. He chatted about the photo and the opponent they were playing when it was made. "Snake" is truly a down-to-earth big name. I'll never forget his friendly manner to a fan. - David
George Bush, Barbara Bush - Back in March of 2002 my family and I had tickets to the afternoon performance of "The Producers" on Broadway. Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane were in their last week of their contract and were leaving. Little is written about this but to actually see the two of them in the show was rare. At most performances one or the other was off. A Saturday matinee meant that we'd see one at least. To our surprise, after being seated in the fifth row, there was no insert in the playbill to say who was out. How could this be? Just before the lights went down there was a commotion in the back of the theater. Lo and behold, George and Barbara Bush were escorted by the Secret Service to their seventh row seats, right behind us. Broderick and Lane gave great performances and after intermission, when George and Barbara came back to their seats, the audience applauded. So, thank you, George. Because of you, we saw Lane and Broderick together. - Steve M.
Myrna Loy - Sometime in the late 1970s I was waiting in a back alley in the Broadway district to try to get autographs. I'm not sure if she was in a play, or if whe was with someone in a play, but Myrna Loy came out the back door. She was an older star even in those days, but I knew who she was anyway, because she was so important. I excitedly asked her for her autograph, but felt bad when she said, "Oh, you don't know who I am." She signed my paper grudgingly. I felt bad, not because she was so cold acting to me, but because she assumed I didn't know who she was. - PP
Charles Durning - I was at the checkout counter at the Auburn Mall Sears store in Auburn, Massachusetts, and noticed a man looking at tools. I mentioned to the cashier that he looked "familiar". She replied that it was Charles Durning, the actor, and said that he came in there quite often since he lived just across the Connecticut border. I replied that I had recently seen him in "Twilights Last Gleaming", with Burt Lancater, and had thoroughly enjoyed it. Almost immediately, Mr. Durning, who had silently joined the line said, "I really enjoyed working on that film. Burt was a brilliant actor to work with." We chatted for a few minutes, and he mentioned that he was in the store for hardware to repair some cabinets and stuff in his house. I thanked Mr. Durning for my night's entertainment and said I looked forward to his future films. Unfortunately, my transaction was done, so I nodded goodbye. He seems like a real down-to-earth type person and a fellow 'do-it-yourselfer'. - Steve B.
Peter Falk - Peter Falk came to our area because his hometown (Ossining or Tarrytown) was honoring him by naming a street after him. My dad is a huge "Columbo" fan and wanted to see him. I plotted to try to get a pic of my dad with Peter Falk. We drove over and took my mother, who has a form of dementia, with us so we wouldn't leave her home alone. When Peter came to the street, there were loads of elderly people there waiting who went to high school with him. I got my dad placed in the line of motion of Mr Falk, but just as I was about to ask him to pause for a pic with my dad, my mom sprang to life and jumped out and hugged him. Falk was confused because there were so many old people there that he hadn't seen for many years, so he figured my mom was an old friend and politely played along, saying, "Oh, it's so great to see you again, after all these years." So instead of getting a pic of Falk with one of his longtime fans, I got one of my him hugging my mom, who really didn't know who he was. He was gracious to a fault. - Paula P.
Johnny Bench - It was in the 1970s and I was a BIG Cincinnati Reds baseball fan and fan of Johnny Bench. How I wanted to meet him. So I decided I would save my money collecting pop bottles and cash them in and the next time here was a home game I would call him from a phone booth at the Stadium. I called the Stadium and asked to talk to him and before you know it he was on the phone and we talked for about 5mins. He is a wonderful person who took the time out for his fans!!!
Thanks Johnny. You're The BEST!!!!! - Dale
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