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  • Soupy Sales - I was working in a Deli in Ft Myers Fla. Soupy Sales was performing at the Comedy Club in the same shopping center. He called to order some fried chicken gizzards. I took his call, and when he came into the store I happened to be up at the service desk. He walked back with the store manager and I. He told one of the worst (dirty) jokes I ever heard.
    - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Robin Williams - My brother and I also ran across a famous comedian at LAX, on our way back to San Francisco. My dad had gotten us to the airport extra early and had gone off to browse the terminal, leaving my brother and I alone at our gate. No one else was there, EXCEPT Robin Williams. His hair was dyed an orange color, he wore suspenders, purple baggy "hammer pants", and carried a briefcase. He had been going in and out of a waiting area with the flight crew. He then sat down next to my brother and I. I was unfortunately speechless. I was 16 and my "nerdy" little brother was 12. I was so shy I stupidly told my brother not to bother him. Looking back, if he didn't want to talk he could have sat anywhere in the empty gate, instead of the seats next to ours. The best part was he actually got on our plane, sat in the front seat in coach (pretending to be asleep?) and was first to get off the plane in SF. I bet he just wanted to talk to some kids. Nice guy, though. Not too good to sit with us. This will be a lifelong regret. Especially after his passing. I truly was a huge fan.
    Mary - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • George Takei - I was a client of "Being Alive", an AIDS support organization in Long Beach, CA. George Takei was scheduled to give a lecture. I am a dyed-in-the-wool Star Trek enthusiast. He gave his lecture. I paid little attention to what he said. I was the first to raise my hand when he opened the Q & A portion. I asked him which television episode was his favorite as well as which feature film. He didn't hesitate in his answer. "The Naked Time" where Sulu was afftected by some sort of airborne virus and was running around the ship shirtless challenging the crew to duel. His favorite feature: "The Undiscovered Country" where Sulu finally becomes captain. His favorite line was near the end of the movie when Bones commented on his ship, the Excelsior, saying, "That's a big ship." Scotty retorted, "Aye, but not as big as its captain."
    Sulu Encounter. - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Cantinflas - I was a young 19-year-old, and working for Columbia Motion Pictures in New York City. I was with a coworker in the building elevator returning to work from my lunch break, at which time my friend elbows me, and says to me "Cantinflas is standing behind us". Little, at the time, did I know the name Cantinflas (the Charlie Chaplan of Mexico, and the highest paid actor at the time, one million dollars for a movie). Stupid me, I blurted out "What's a cantinflas!?", only to turn around and see this distinguished-looking man, smile on his face, while he was curling the ends of his curled up mustache. Boy, was I ever so embarrassed.
    S.J.K. - Posted: May 23, 2019

  • Wilt Chamberlain - I was a young Marine in Hawaii. I was walking in Waikiki with a friend of my dad's from Iowa. I said, "Wow, here comes Wilt!" He replied, "That is not him." I said, "Hi, Wilt!" He said, "How you doing, man?" I said, "Good." He replied, "What's with your friend?" I said, "He is from Iowa." He laughed.
    Dano - Posted: May 20, 2019

  • Hank Aaron - I worked for a now defunct bank in Atlanta, Georgia. One day I was coming back from somewhere and after parking in the underground garage I got on the elevator with one other person. Hank Aaron was standing there in the corner of the elevator all by himself. I wanted to speak to him and say something, but I was so nervous I just ignored him completely because I figured he didn't want to be bothered if he was coming to the bank to conduct business. To this day I regret not shaking his hand and commenting on what a great player he was.
    EI - Posted: May 19, 2019

  • Omar Sharif - My girl friend and I had just left Wembley Hall late at night after watching the All England Badminton Championships. I noticed a Rolls Royce with a royal pendant waiting outside the main conference hall. We went over to see Princess Anne and her husband emerge. Various film stars shortly followed including Omar Sharif with a beautiful woman on each arm. I approached him for an autograph for my girl friend and he asked for her name. 'Lavinia' I said. 'Vot a beautiful name' he replied and he wrote 'To Lavinia with love, Omar Sharif.'
    Len B - Posted: May 19, 2019

  • Bob Hope - I happened upon Bob Hope at Firestone Country Club as he was being honored as the Ambassador of Golf at the Annual Golf Stop at Firestone Country Club in Akron, OH. I mentioned that he was known as Packy East as a young boxer in Cleveland. He said: You are way too young to know that, son (I was 27). Very nice man; I enjoyed his work with the USO and Oscars and TV.
    Dan C - Posted: May 19, 2019

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