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  • Eddie Gaedel - Either 1957 or 1958 I met Eddie Gaedel, the midget that Bill Veeck signed to pinch bat for the St. Louis Browns. I was doing advertising layouts at a Chicago Loop office when Gaedel delivered a package. I asked him why he didn't take a swing at a pitch (he walked on four pitches). His reply was a cute gesture and oral response that "they gave me a little bat." Nate B.
    Nate B. - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles - I was a Marine stationed aboard Camp Pendleton, CA at the time "Heartbreak Ridge" was being made. Clint and the cast came to our camp to spend the day with us, and to learn about the weapons and tactics employed by Marines. At the end of the day I was one of a few "defenders" on a hilltop position as the actors made an assault. It was very surreal firing blanks at Clint and company as they charged towards us. He seemed very nice and down to earth. I will never forget this once in a lifetime encounter.
    Former Jarhead - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Joan Fontaine - My cousin, who lives in Pebble Beach, CA, told me of an encounter she had with Joan Fontaine. Miss Fontaine lives near there in Carmel Highlands and goes out to eat occasionaly in Carmel. My cousin had seen her in several restaurants before and finally got up the nerve to go speak to her and get an autograph. Being the starstruck person that she is, she got a bit flustered when she went up to her and said "I just loved you in 'Gone With the Wind'" Ms. Fontaine got mad and said, "That was MY SISTER!" and then asked her to leave. Needless to say she didn't get her autograph. OOPS, wrong movie!
    Dean C - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • John Travolta - I was a doorman in NY city in 1981 when pulls up a limo and out pops Travolta. I said "Bon soir" and he and I chatted in French for five minutes. What a nice guy!
    - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • David McCallum - Was in Newark Airport in 1988,to pick up a friend flying in from Hawaii, Was walking towards the gate and in the crowd saw David McCallum, knew it was him right away, he looked just the same as Ilya in the Man From UNCLE, I asked him if he was coming off the flight from Hawaii and he said yes, and then I said "David McCallum, it's a pleasure to meet you" and shook his hand. Later when I met my friend we went to the baggage claim and there was McCallum waiting alone with a porter to pick up his luggage and we talked with him at length. My friend was kinda drunk and said that back in the '60s people used to think I looked like Ilya. When we finally said goodbye to him, and he shook our hands again, I recall him looking at us kinda quizzical, as to how we were such fans of the Man From UNCLE show. Remember this was 1988 and it was a pretty forgotten show by then and we were the only ones to recognize him. At any rate he was a cool person to meet.
    Michael - Posted: February 22, 2007

  • Johnny and June Carter Cash - Once when we stopped at a red light behind a small tour bus in Hendersonville, TN, I noticed June and Johnny in their black Mercedes. She was driving and had rolled down the blacked-out window to wave at the fans in the bus. Johnny leaned across June to join in the wave and the tour bus literally tilted to one side since everyone had moved over to that side to wave at them. Good folks.
    - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Billy Barty - I was 13 and working at the Humane Society in Denver. As a promotion for the movie "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood", the dog and his co-star, Billy Barty came to visit all the kids who volunteered their time at the Humane Society. I remember that the dog had his own limousine and most of us were more excited to meet the canine star, a beautiful German Shepherd. Mr. Barty was kind enough to sign autographs and did not seem at all put out to be upstaged by a dog.
    - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Arthur Fiedler - My father played trombone for Arthur Fiedler when I was a child. One day, when I was 5 years old, my father took me backstage to meet the great symphony conductor. Mr. Fiedler shook my hand formally and asked me about myself. I told Mr. Fiedler that I wanted to learn to play the harp someday, and he said, "What an ambitious little girl you are!" I will never forget it.
    - Posted: February 20, 2007

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