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  • Jay Leno - Jay Leno was only just becoming famous from his appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, when, as myself and two friends were entering a deli in New York, he and his wife were coming out. One of my friends and I immediately recognized him, and said "Hey, Jay Leno!" To our delight, he replied, "Hello, Fellow Thespians!" (We were not....) He laughed and joked, and introduced his wife, Mavis (who, to her credit was polite, but seemed bored at the gawking at her husband). The guy could NOT have been nicer or more genuine. So much so, that as we said goodbye, out other friend, who did not know who he was, turned and said, "Is that guy a friend of yours?" Needless to say, I was so impressed by his down-to-earth demeanor and that he made time for a couple fans, I am to this day glad to see his success.
    JCD - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • Brooks Robinson - In 1982, I was almost 11 years old and living in Waldorf, MD. My family and I were big Baltimore Orioles fans, and always watched Brooks Robinson (former O's 3B) commentating. That year a Crown gas station had a grand opening, and Mr. Robinson was appearing (he did commercials for them). My mom took me and my 2 brothers to meet him. She asked to have our picture taken with him. He said "Sure, and if it doesn't come out, come back and take another!" Also, the next year, he was doing another promotion, and my brothers and I went with my dad. Well, Brooks and my dad started reminiscing about baseball (my dad had a friend who was a sports photographer, so he got to meet a lot of sports figures in the 1960's). Much to my surprise, they started talking about when they first met back then at an O's game! I also remember that second encounter, because Brooks shook my hand, and said, "Who's this pretty young lady?" He is a true Southern gentleman!
    Carla - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • Redd Foxx - My wife and I were taking the NBC studio tour in Burbank with a small group, including our 9-month old daughter. The tour guide had cautioned us not to expect to see many stars, but we had already caught glimpses of Ed McMahon, Dom DeLuise and Charlie Callas before the tour stopped outside a soundstage, where the guide told us they were currently rehearsing "Sanford and Son." Suddenly the door opened and out stepped several actors, including Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson. Redd was extremely cordial, making conversation with several of us on the tour. When he saw my infant daughter, he patted her forehead and quipped to Demond Wilson, "she's good lookin'....for a white woman!" Everybody got a good laugh, and as we moved on, the tour guide told us we had seen more celebrities than any other tour he had conducted.
    Kelly's dad - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • Moe Howard - I was 16. A huge Stooges fan. My sister worked for a grocery chain in Beverly Hills, and I was waiting in her car. Then, I notice a yellow Toyota pull up behind me and Moe gets out. I had no idea this was going to happen. I get out to greet him by shaking hands. We talked for a bit and he invites my sister and I to his house for lunch, which unfortunately never took place. I will cherish that moment forever.
    Dave - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • Johnny Bench - It was in the 1970's and I was a BIG 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 cashing 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 ask to talk to him and before you know it he was on the phone and we talked for about 5 mins. He is a wonderful person who took the time out for his fans!!! Thanks, Johnny, You're The BEST!!!!!
    Dale - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • Myrna Loy - Sometime in the late 1970's 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 big. I excitedly asked her for her autograph, but felt badly when she said, "Oh, you don't know who I am." She signed my paper grudgingly. I felt badly, not because she was so cold acting to me, but because she assumed I didn't know who she was.
    PP - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • 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 long-time 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 Piekos - Posted: August 23, 2007

  • Charles Durning - I was checking out at the Auburn Mall Sears store in Auburn, Massachusetts, and noticed a man looking at tools. I mentioned to the cashier that he loked, "familiar". She replied that it was Charles Durning, the actor and said that he comes in here quite often since he lived just across the Connecticutt border. I replied that I had recently seen him in "Twilight's Last Gleaming" with Burt Lancaster 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. - Posted: August 23, 2007

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