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  • Alan King - I was wandering about the East Village in New York City one night around 1988 or 1989 or so, when a large black limousine pulled up, and one of the rear windows rolled down. "Excuse me, do you know where Minetta Street is?" the gentleman asked, and I recognized him to be Alan King. Unfortunately, I had to tell him I had no idea, being from California and all, so he thanked me and drove off, but I stood there a bit dumbfounded; I think I said, "That was Alan King!" to some passerby, who smiled. A few moments later, I happened upon Minetta Street, a very small cul-de-sac type street, more like an alley--not really sure what he was looking for there.
    RCS - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Gerald Ford - I was on a flight from California to JFK back around 1986 or so, en route to medical school. When the flight landed, for some not-yet-obvious reason, the crew made us exit through the rear doors of the plane, rather than through the First Class cabin to the main exits usually used. After leaving the plane, I and a few other stragglers noticed some very serious looking guys in suits and trenchcoats, carrying walkie-talkies, leaving the main door, followed by a very tall grayhaired fellow I recognized immediately as Gerald Ford, still with his Secret-Service-for-life at his side. After he was led away, I asked an employee something lame like "Was that who I think it was?" "Yes it was", he replied. My brush with greatness. What are the chances?
    RCS - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Bob Newhart, Charles Bronson - I worked in my dad's bookstore, in NH, and Bob Newhart came in and bought a book for his son, who was attending a local private school. On another occasion, Charles Bronson, who owned a place in Woodstock, VT, came in to shop.
    - Posted: February 20, 2007

  • Jerry Jeff Walker - He'd just arrived at the Texas Chilimpiad one year (the men's companion to the Big Ladies Chili Cookoff at Lukenbach). He was standing at the gate watching people arrive. They were just announcing it was time to submit the judges' samples. We talked about the risk to his voice if he snatched some, but he said he could eat anything and still sing. He did and he did.
    Bill Wade - Posted: January 21, 2007

  • Marion Ross - I was working the day shift in master control at our local ABC affiliate one day when I looked out through the front door to see a white limousine pulling into the parking lot. Figuring that it must be "somebody" who had come to visit the station, I watched the front door to see who our distinguished visitor might be. A few minutes later, the front door opened and in stepped Marion Ross. For a famous person, she is very down-to-earth. She really is "Mrs. C." in real life!
    Scott Clem - Posted: January 21, 2007

  • Ted Williams - Must have been ca. 1949. I was a teenager awaiting the Shriners parade on State St. in Chicago in July. Suddenly a tall fellow, tieless in a sport coat and sport shirt jaywalked to the east side of the street near the Chicago Theater. I was leaning against a pole and this tall fellow leaned against a pole about 30 yards away.I recognized him as my hero Ted Williams. He looked at me for about 30 seconds and I looked at him. I was too bashful to say "hello Ted" and he finally went his way, knowing full well that I recognized him. I was waiting for the parade on the wrong street; should have been 2 blocks away on Michigan Avenue.
    Nate - Posted: January 21, 2007

  • Susan Sarandon - In a small town in Santa Paula, Susan was filming a movie and she was the most beautiful person. She took the time out to smile and wave at fans even while she was on telephone. She also took photos with her fans and was driven away with her small white pooch on her lap.
    Mickey - Posted: January 21, 2007

  • Greta Garbo - While standing on the Champs Elysées I was looking at a map when Greta Garbo got up from her table, at a sidewalk cafe, and came over and asked if she could help me. That was the first time I was ever excited about meeting a famous person and I've met many.
    Schnurri in Jackson Hole - Posted: January 21, 2007

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