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  • Richard Nixon - In 1965 my first job was as a mail clerk for The Irving Trust Company at 1 Wall Street in New York Bank. One night at around 6pm, riding in the executive elevators, a well-dressed man said, "You're not supposed to use these elevators." I said, "I know but I figure all the execs are home by now." He introduced himself to me as the president of the bank. For months I would run into him and one evening about 6pm he was standing with Richard Nixon and introduced me. Although never a fan of Nixon's, it's hard to forget.
    J.OM - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Lena Horne - In the early '90s, my mother and I saw her one-woman show at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. After leaving the theater, we saw a limosine and asked the waiting chauffer if it was for Lena and he nodded. So we waited with several others. When she emerged, she seemed so pleased to see us. She graciously gave autographs to all who asked and conversed with us like old friends for several minutes.
    TMB - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Leonard Nimoy - After the "Star Trek" series had ended, and his short stint in "Mission Impossible" was over; Mr. Nimoy did some off-Broadway shows. My Dad had an antique shop in the vacation town of Galena, Illinois. On a busy weekend, the word went out that Mr. Spock was in town (his gig was in Chicago). I saw all of the autograph hounds swarming him and his family. They really looked Hollywood. I thought that I would be cool and mention that I enjoyed his folk song album (Nimoy started out as a folk singer). When I said this, Nimoy looked at me and calmly replied, "SO...You're the one!" I was so flusterred, I never did ask for an autograph!
    Joe R. - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Dom DeLuise - In 1975 I graduated from high school. My grandmother was a fashion buyer for a chain of stores in West Texas. Twice a year (in New York City and Dallas) the fashion industry has a "market" where the next season's fashions are shown. As my graduation present, my grandmother got permission from her company to take me to New York City as her "Assistant/Junior Fashion Buyer". Miliken Fabrics, as part of their sponsorship during market, used to host a breakfast that not only included a fashion show, but also some entertainment. That year, they incorporated a skit into their fashion show, and that year's guest was Dom Deluise. This was a year after he appeared in the movie "Blazing Saddles" as well as a cancelled TV series called "Lots of Luck". Totally unrehearsed and unplanned, Mr. DeLuise was "chased" off stage (by "gangsters" in the skit) and ran through the audience. Much to my delight, not only did he "hide" behind my chair, but he also slid my chair out and sat in my lap!! Before he got up, he kissed my cheek and thanked me. That was a graduation present to remember.
    Deborah B. - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Don Ameche - During WWII Mr. Ameche picked me up in the California desert while I was hitching a ride to get back to San Diego before my ship sailed. We had a very pleasant conversation during the drive and I was pleased to find that he was a friendly and gregarious person. He couldn't take me all the way to San Diego, but made sure I had found a ride before leaving me. I made it back in time thanks to his kindness.
    M. Edgar (former Navy Seabee) - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Glen Campbell - I had the pleasure of meeting Glen Campbell after one of his shows he performed at the Crystal Grand Music Theater in the Wisconsin Dells on April 29, 2000. I was very impressed by Glen, he talked with me for about a half hour about music and other things unrelated to music. He posed for pictures, autographed some records and CD's I had brought along, and also gave me some guitar picks he used during his shows, which he autographed. Super nice guy who is very gratious to his fans.
    Kevin - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Hillary Clinton - I suppose it's boring to meet a political persona near election time, but this is a good one. So I went to see "The Pajama Game" on Broadway on Mother's Day with my mother. We had good seats: middle orchestra, maybe the 10th row? And, like every woman in the theatre, my mother has to go to the bathroom at intermission. Even though lines are always very long, she seemed to be taking much more time than usual. So, I turn around and I see this big crowd of people. The lights flickered for the beginning of Act II and the crowd died down. I realized that the only person that remained in the crowd was my mother, to which I said, "Oh, of course my mother would do that." Well, it turned out she was schmoozing with Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton. My mother had the two of them wave at me right before the orchestra started to begin playing. After the show we met up and had a quickie chat. She wished me luck in college. I wished her luck in the next election. Afterwords, I told my parents, "You know, we had better seats than they did. Although they were in the aisle, we were much closer up..."
    Kenny - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • George Peppard - When I was a young 16-year-old back in the '60s George was making a film called "The Blue Max" near my home in Ireland. Now I was serving my time as an apprentice projection operator at the Green Cinema in Dublin so on one of my free days my father took me out to where they were filming the scene where he crash landed the plane. When he finished the scene he was walking back to his trailer. He started to talk with me and I told him what I was working at and he talked about some of the things he was at and how he loved Ireland. To me he was a true gentleman.
    Eddie Mulligan - Posted: February 20, 2007

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