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  • Marlon Brando - I was in a California boarding school back in the '70s, right around the time "The Godfather" came out. Chris Brando, son of Marlon, attended the same school. Chris and I were friendly, and he hadn't killed anyone yet. One afternoon, as I was about to go upstairs to the dorm, the door opposite me swung open, and who was there but The Godfather himself, looking older and heavier than I expected. It was just the two of us in the stairwell. I focused on his short, gray ponytail. He looked straight at me, not at all friendly, and said, "Where's my son, where's Chris?" I was too flustered to say anything, so I pointed upstairs. I was just a kid, after all, and he was Marlon Brando. And that was the end of our encounter.
    Steve - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Karl Haas - I was working as a gas station attendant in Southfield, Michigan in the early 1970's when a brown Cadillac pulled in, its driver asking for a fill-up. As the tank filled, I checked the oil and, as I was about to close the hood, the driver stuck his head out the window and said, "Don't slam the hood, please." When he handed me his credit card to pay for the gas, I realized it was Karl Haas, whose radio program "Adventures in Good Music" originated at that time from radio station WJR in Detroit. After he signed the slip for me, I started to tell Dr. Haas how much I enjoyed his program, but before I could, the window zipped up and off he drove.
    L.T. - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Tiny Tim - In the mid '80s I was at JFK airport and saw Tiny Tim getting on the same flight as me to LAX. After we landed I was in a hurry to get off, so as to get his autograph. Then I spotted him giving autographs to a couple of people. I went up to him and asked as well. He signed my plane ticket and was very gracious. Very pleasant man.
    Diane F. - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Jerry West, John Wooden - In November 2002, three friends and I went to the John Wooden Classic in Indianapolis. John Wooden was sitting across the aisle and about ten rows down from us. During timeouts of the Purdue basketball game, they would allow fans to walk down to Mr. Wooden's seat and he would sign autographs. I had him sign his picture in my program and I said "Thanks Coach" and he replied with "You're welcome" with a smile on his face. As I was heading back up to my seat, my friend JP tapped me on the shoulder and told me to look at the man sitting in the seat directly behind our seats. It was Jerry West, he was there scouting for the Memphis Grizzlies. We asked Mr. West if he would sign our programs as well. He barely looked at us, but he did autograph them for us. My friend JP asked which Purdue player he was scouting, and Mr. West just laughed and said, "I'm really here for the Duke/UCLA game. And yes, Purdue did win their game against Louisville.
    Brian M Frankfort, IN - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Pearl Bailey - My mother and I were vacationing in Washington, DC in probably the fall of 1967 or '68. I can't remember the hotel where we stayed, but we happened to enter the lonely lobby just as Pearl Bailey was at the desk. She acted startled when we walked in, because I don't think she wanted to be approached. However, my mother went right up to her and said Hello". She was real nice about it. That night we went to see her in "MAME" in the theater across the street. Loved the show!
    cfg - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Del Shannon - I met Del Shannon while I was directing cars at a club called the Silver Moon in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was playing there that night in 1971. The band took a break, several cars left the lot and about 20 minutes later a brown 1968 Buick Skylark pulled up to me and it was Del Shannon. He said "Could you park this for me? I gotta get back on stage." He had a used guitar strap in his hand and said "Does your ma have a sewing machine?" I said yes. "Here, it's yours, thanks," he replied. I still have it 35 years later and never did sew the seam.
    Jake - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Burt Reynolds - In the 1970's I worked for a helicopter rental company at the local airport in Savannah, Georgia. Burt Reynolds started the filming of the movie "Gator" and hired my boss to do the helicopter scenes and also transport Burt and the rest of the cast back and forth for the filming. This went on for several days. At one point there was a football game on TV that Burt wanted to watch so he sat down on our lobby sofa and watched the game on our lobby TV. The other girl at work with me and I sat down on each side of him and he put his arms around our shoulders for a photo to be taken. It was great fun. He was very nice. The whole cast of "Gator" was very nice.
    DPS - Posted: November 2, 2006

  • Alex Haley - A date invited me to hear Mr. Haley give a talk at an auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After the talk, we went up to Mr. Haley to say hello. I also posed for a picture with him. In the photo he is looking at me as if he is admiring me. Actually, he was saying to me "Will you please keep still for the picture?" He was a very friendly person, and I have that picture to this day!
    Joyce - Posted: November 2, 2006

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