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  • Shelley Winters - In the Summer of 1974 I was sitting by myself eating a hamburger with French fries at a boardwalk table in Rockaway Beach Park, NY. I was immersed in my thoughts when I saw a hand dip into my plate of french fries, pick a couple up and dip them in ketchup. I looked up; it was Shelley Winters!
    Paul - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Jackie Kennedy - In 1974 I was in law school and to make some money I drove a cab on Friday nights in New York City. One evening, at dusk, I am riding up Park Avenue in the 60s...a very fashionable area...when I see a well dressed woman step off the curb on the complete opposite side of the Avenue. Being a true NY cabbie, I unhesitatingly shoot across Park Ave. on an angle and stop directly in front of her. As she gets into the back of my cab I look in the rear view mirror and can't believe my eyes. It was Jackie Kennedy (though by this time she had already been married to Onassis). In that famous "little girl's voice" Jackie had, she gave me her address which was an apartment building on Fifth Ave. across from Central Park. I tried to think of something to say, which had never been a problem for me before, but all that came out was gibberish because I was so nervous. I sounded like Gleason's Ralph Kramden character when he would sputter "Hummina, hummina!" Well I got her safely to her apartment and the doorman came over to open the door for her and she turned and said, "Would you like to come upstairs for a drink?" No, that part of the story did not happen, but the rest was true.
    Ira - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Harry Reasoner - I was at the airport in Columbus, Ohio, sitting at the gate. Next thing I know, Harry Reasoner sat down across from me. I recognized him immediately because he was on “60 Minutes.” Almost speechless, I asked him, “Are you Harry Reasoner?” to which he slightly grinned and replied, “That’s what they call me.” I told him I was on my way to Marine Corps boot camp. He just looked at me as if he didn’t believe me, probably because I was so young and skinny. But then he replied in an encouraging tone and with that slight grin, “Good luck.” Right at that moment, a voice on the airport PA system was calling for him to pick up the white courtesy phone. As he was getting up he said, “Well, gotta go.” Then he smiled and walked away. He was a nice guy.
    c woods - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Señor Wences - I can recall this guy visiting our grade school, throwing his voice very well, I can recall talking to one of the puppets whispering "Hi" to it. Though he was standing some 20 feet away his voice still traveled to the puppet with his voice saying "Hi" from the puppet. Great memories.
    - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Tammy Faye Bakker - When I was 6, my family vacationed at the Christian resort run by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. There, my mum bought me a signature "Suzy Moppet" doll. At 20, my grandmother heard that Tammy Faye was making an appearance at a nearby flea market, and we went to get the doll autographed. I am bipolar, and was overmedicated at the time, but Tammy Faye was incredibly warm and kind to me. I was very sorry to hear of her illness and subsequent passing. She was a great lady.
    Ricki - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Soupy Sales - I was working in a Deli in Ft Myers Fla. Soupy Sales was performing at the Comedy Club in the same shopping center. He called to order some fried chicken gizzards. I took his call, and when he came into the store I happened to be up at the service desk. He walked back with the store manager and I. He told one of the worst (dirty) jokes I ever heard.
    - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Robin Williams - My brother and I also ran across a famous comedian at LAX, on our way back to San Francisco. My dad had gotten us to the airport extra early and had gone off to browse the terminal, leaving my brother and I alone at our gate. No one else was there, EXCEPT Robin Williams. His hair was dyed an orange color, he wore suspenders, purple baggy "hammer pants", and carried a briefcase. He had been going in and out of a waiting area with the flight crew. He then sat down next to my brother and I. I was unfortunately speechless. I was 16 and my "nerdy" little brother was 12. I was so shy I stupidly told my brother not to bother him. Looking back, if he didn't want to talk he could have sat anywhere in the empty gate, instead of the seats next to ours. The best part was he actually got on our plane, sat in the front seat in coach (pretending to be asleep?) and was first to get off the plane in SF. I bet he just wanted to talk to some kids. Nice guy, though. Not too good to sit with us. This will be a lifelong regret. Especially after his passing. I truly was a huge fan.
    Mary - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • George Takei - I was a client of "Being Alive", an AIDS support organization in Long Beach, CA. George Takei was scheduled to give a lecture. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Star Trek enthusiast. He gave his lecture. I paid little attention to what he said. I was the first to raise my hand when he opened the Q & A portion. I asked him which television episode was his favorite as well as which feature film. He didn't hesitate in his answer. "The Naked Time" where Sulu was afftected by some sort of airborne virus and was running around the ship shirtless challenging the crew to duel. His favorite feature: "The Undiscovered Country" where Sulu finally becomes captain. His favorite line was near the end of the movie when Bones commented on his ship, the Excelsior, saying, "That's a big ship." Scotty retorted, "Aye, but not as big as its captain."
    Sulu Encounter. - Posted: May 23, 2019

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