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  • Robin Williams - I own a video production company. One of our main sources of income is weddings. A few years ago we were taping a wedding on Amelia Island in Florida. We were told that Robin Williams would be a guest as he was a cousin of the groom and we were not to fuss over him. This resort is very protective of stars that visit. He mingled with the guests and everyone treated him like any other guest. Then when the opportunity was given to toast the couple, Robin did a hilarious off the cuff monologue. It was great and I got the whole thing on tape from right in front of him.
    Bob Z... - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Mr Fred Rogers - Back in the early 1970s my parents took my brother and I to the Old Hartford Civic Center to see Mr Fred Rogers. I got to sing his signature song "Won't you Be My Neighbor" with him. It was the most thrilling moment of my life as a child. And he was so friendly.
    Beth C. - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Lucille Ball, Ronald Reagan - It was in the '80s at Pope AFB in NC, Bob Hope was doing his show back then to celebrate the Air Force's 40th birthday, his guest stars were President Reagan, Barbara Mandrell, Brooke Shields and Emmanuel Lewis along with Lucy, I got the terriable task of directing traffic coming in for the rehersal and taping of the show, and in NC with the sun and heat I was sunburned, hot and tired. A limo pulled in and seeing them all day and knowing I could not see in I did not pay much attention to it. About 5 minutes later it was back, Out came Lucy with bottles of water for me and my freinds, she stopped and chatted as she passed them out, not only was I star stuck but I will never forget how nice she smelled, I kick myself for not asking her what she was wearing as I never have smelled it again. she was so nice, I told her how I love her shows, but not so much the "Here's Lucy Show" she laughed and said that it was not her favorite either, I asked her how Mr. Mooney was, she laughed and said as grouchy and lovable as always and then she hugged me. I got a photo with her. I also met President Reagan but it was only for a moment, I was a medic in the Air Force and after parking cars I had to go back to the clinic to work when in came about 10 guys (Secret Service) and a minute later in came President Reagan and Nancy. They chatted for a minute as they were waiting for his own doctor to do something. As luck would have it no one had a camera, but he did sign my Air Force hat. He said if anyone has a problem with it to tell them to call him. We laughed and he moved on.
    Kent - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • John Wayne - I worked as a PA on the set of "Rio Lobo" in 1970 around February at the Old Tuscon Studios. I met Mr. Wayne one night while he was filming a scene. We talked about where I was from at the time and he said he knew quite a bit about Buffalo, NY and the Roswell Cancer Clinic since he had had a lung removed there. Till this day most people when you tell them a story about meeting John Wayne don't believe you. I am still in the movie business so they believe me most of the time.
    Limo Tom - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Ed Asner - In 1973 my family and I were traveling by plane from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Ed Asner was sitting about 5 rows ahead of us and I was 12 or 13 at the time so I went up and asked for his autograph he wrote to a "Very nice young lady" I still have it and also on the same plane was Tommy Smothers but he was too busy to give an autograph.
    JANICE B - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Ted Williams - In the early 1990's while on vacation in Aruba, I was walking along a quiet stretch of beach with a friend. Walking in front of us we came upon an older gentleman of somewhat larger stature and a smaller woman. Immediately, even from behind, my friend and I both mentioned that the man looked like Ted Williams. Upon getting closer, we realized that it was most definitly him. My friend and I both pondered introducing ourselves to him or leaving him be. Though both of us being from New England and Red Sox fans we figured this would probably be are only chance at meeting the "Splendid Splinter". So upon reaching them we said hello to Mr. Williams and his companion and introduced ourselves. We walked with the both of them for about 5 minutes and talked of New England and Aruba and about how we were both Sox fans. A memorable moment.
    KSL - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - He was known as Lew Alcindor then--it was his rookie season in the NBA with the Milwaukee Bucks and the first NBA game I ever went to with my brother and parents when I was 13. The game was a home game for the Bucks in Milwaukee. I was so naive I even brought an autograph book and pen with me. We were waiting just inside the arena (I recall it was a cold, dark, and damp misty winter evening--raining, not snowing) with a few others for the gate to open for the ticket-holding public (had to watch warmups!) when outside on the street by that same entrance who came bounding out of a cab with a pretty, well-dressed young woman on one arm and a duffle bag in his other arm but Lew Alcindor himself! He said goodbye to his lady friend (maybe wife? I don't really know) after they both walked inside near where we were. Lew was waiting at a gate while a guard fumbled with some keys to open it for him (standing 7'2", he didn't need to show an ID to identify himself!). I walked about 10 feet over to him with pen and autograph in hand, extended them upwards toward him, and asked "Mr. Alcindor, can I please have an autograph?". He looked down on me and with a very quiet voice that I barely heard said "Not right now", and was soon off through the gate and heading toward the locker room. He must have been quite late, because minutes later when we were let in, all the other players were already on the court warming up and he was the last to show. The Bucks hosted the New York Knicks that night, and the game was on national TV on ABC with Chris Schenkel announcing. Lew poured in 41 or 42 points that night going against Willis Reed and the Bucks won--the Knicks were very good that year and went on to win the NBA title that season. I think there may have been a cover shot from that game on Sports Illustrated, too. Alas, no autograph for me but I have remained a Bucks fan over the years--and having attended probably dozens of NBA games since have never encountered another NBA player under quite the same circumstances again.
    - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Warren Moon - I am from Vancouver, Canada. On the Thanksgiving long weekend, my friends and I went down to Seattle to shop. I walk by a store in one of the local malls and Warren Moon was in there. I couldn`t believe my eyes. I went in the store and asked if he was Warren Moon. He said yes and he shook my hands. Warrren Moon is one of the few players that have won the Super Bowl and the Grey Cup [the Super Bowl in Canada].
    Dixon Cheng - Posted: February 22, 2007

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