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  • Robert Conrad - In 1983, when the Hollywood hype machine went crazy, promoting the new Alan Thicke show ("Thicke of the Night") as the heir apparent to Johnny Carson, I got tickets to one of the first week's shows. I went with a friend of mine. The guest STAR for that show was Robert Conrad, a childhood idol of mine, from "Wild Wild West". The show's opening skit was a play off the then-running, popular commercial for Duracell batteries. Robert would look all angry, daring you to knock the Duracell battery off his shoulder, saying "C'mon I dare you to knock it off..." For the show skit, he was tied up in a mock jail cell, with a very scrawny Alan Thicke, unconvincingly threatening to knock the battery stuck to Conrad's shoulder. Being in a front row studio seat, I let my frustration get to me and yelled out, "Kick his butt! Jim West wouldn't take that...!" Which brought a laugh from the studio audience, for the skit was abysmally slow and unfunny (the show NEVER came up to the hype). When the skit was over, between setting up for the next skit, I turned talk to my friend sitting behind me. About thirty seconds went by before I heard this commanding voice behind me say, "Hi! I'm Bob Conrad." To my amazement, I turn around to see Robert Conrad standing in front of me with his hand extended, to shake mine. I was floored. I shook his hand, whereby he then said, You're right, Jim West WOULDN'T take that crap." I just looked and said, "Hey, are you kidding me? Jim West would've kicked his ass." Mr. Conrad belly laughed and stood there speaking with me for about 3 minutes, where we talked about my favorite TV series. A few years later, I met him on three separate occasions, once during the '84 LA Olympics, where Mr. Conrad remembered me, and reminisced about the "Alan Thicke Show" event. He was so down to earth, and a regular guy. I'll never forget it.
    Roger Bibeau - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • President Gerald R.Ford - I was walking down the street in Hanover, NH many years ago and ran into the former president as he was leaving a speaking engagement at Dartmouth College. I stuck my hand out and mumbled something like good afternoon, sir, and he shook my hand, looked me in the eye and said "Hello , nice to meet you." He then resumed his walk down the sidewalk. I didnt want to wash my hand for weeks! I kept thinking I have shaken the hand of someone who has shaken the hands of many world leaders - Nixon, Brezhnev, Kissinger, Ike, all the senators, congressman, etc. It was a thrill I will never forget. I am glad he is still hanging in there.
    GEM - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • Johnny Weissmuller - I met "Tarzan" near Detroit, Mich. In the '60s when he was in person at his swimming pool company. He was very gracious & TALL! He was my hero as a child & I am proud to say I have ALL his TARZAN films! Good clean fun for us kids!!
    Billy Pote - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • Albert King - In the 1970's, while working as a guitar salesman in a music store in Fenton, MO, late one Saturday night a fat, cigar-smoking, old black man came in to look at guitars. It seems he was playing in the bar next door and was on short break. He sat down in a wide wooden chair with one of our Gibsons and plugged into an amp and started to play his ass off with some blues riffs. A few people gathered around him and he started to fall off to sleep with this bad smelling stogie still puffing in his mouth. As he started snoring his audience left except a few and one guy asked who he was. I proceeded to explain that this was Albert King, brother of BB and he was a blues guitarist. The old mans eyes cracked open just enough to look out as he said, "Man, I am the Blues." He then passed off to sleep again. He left later to finish his gig amd get back on his band bus for another show somewhere else.
    S.E.S. - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • Lloyd Bridges - A friend of mine and I had just checked into the Hotel Isabella in Mexico City. We were young wives and had decided to take a trip on our own. As I stood waiting by the front desk, I saw Lloyd Bridges across the room. He glanced at me, rushed over, took my hand, and said it was so good to see me. I was so startled, I didn't say a word (very unusual for me). But I wondered if he thought he knew me or if he just saw a fan gazing at him. A few minutes later my girlfriend and I got into the elevator and there was Jonathan Winters who glared at us the whole time we were there...maybe because we had punched a lower button and when he got on and punched 10 (or whatever) my friend, then punched 11 so we could ride all the way with him. We later learned there was a tennis tournament going on and that the Nelson young man who died in a plane crash (son of Harriet and Ozzie) was also in the hotel though we never saw him. I'm still regretting I didn't say something to Mr. Bridges, who struck me as a really nice man.
    Nancy Alley Evins - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • Alex Haley - Years back (I would really not say how long ago) when I was in High School, my mother, father and I were on our way back from California and we had a stop-over in Chicago. We were waiting at our gate for the plane to leave, when my father came back to the gate and said Alex Haley was in the airport. We went up, and met him and he was a very generious and kind man.
    - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • Ken Norton - My relatives were here from Germany pre-1986 and we went to Las Vegas. We had breakfast at Caesar's Palace. While at breakfast, my nephew argued with his wife and made her cry. After eating, we walked around and passed a gift shop where Ken Norton happened to be shopping. I got up enough nerve to say hello. At first he denied being who he was, but he signed a greeting card I had grabbed off the rack and autographed it to my nephew's wife. My nephew happened to be an ex-boxer. I saw Ken Norton one more time at Caesar's Palace but I didn't bother him this time. He was very courteous and a Great Boxer.
    John - Posted: November 27, 2006

  • Danny Thomas - I was twenty years old, a ticket counter agent at National Airport in Washington, DC, in 1969. A man came to the ticket counter and asked if we knew if Danny Thomas was in the airport, as he'd been scheduled to arrive on one of our flights. I offered to page Mr. Thomas, but the man didn't want that, as it might create too much commotion. So I offered to walk throught the terminal to see if I could find him, and sure enough, within about two minutes I spotted Mr. Thomas, approached him, and said, "Mr. So and so is looking for you." Danny Thomas, ever the graceful celebrity, put his arm around me and walked with me back to my counter where the friend was waiting. I was so thrilled I could barely speak, and I've always treasured the encounter.
    Sheila T - Posted: November 27, 2006

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