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  • Bob Costas - A few years back I was vacationing with friends in Indianapolis during a sporting event weekend. A late, late Friday night had us dining in the only local restaurant still open at that hour, and it was packed with late night crazy folk. Our booth was next to Bob Costas' booth, and we watched the parade of bystanders, some who sheepishly approached him, while others rudely interrupted him and his female dining partner. After one such long-standing and long-winded visitor, my friend got up and physically escorted the rambling person away, imitating a bodyguard, and then returned to his seat. Bob then says loud enough for most in the area to hear, but to no one specifically, "There are still some decent people who do the right thing." I replied aloud, "Yeah? But he thought you were Marv Albert," to which Bob answers immediately, "Better him than a Federal magistrate" (this was right after Marv's biting incident).
    Rick in Dayton - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Dennis Franz - A couple of months ago my boyfriend and I were riding our motorcycles down the main street in our town. We were stopped at a light and I noticed Dennis Franz crossing the street right in front of me! I said "Dennis Franz, hi!" out loud. He smiled and said "Hi, nice bike." I said, "Thanks!" I was just dumbstruck! At the next light my boyfriend asked me who that was. I said, "Don't you watch 'NYPD Blue'?" He said, "Yes." I said, "That was Sippowitz." I knew he lived in our little resort town, but never expected to see him just casually walking across the street by himself.
    Patty - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Clint Eastwood - When he was running for mayor of Carmel, California, he came to my grandparents house. He walked from his house to theirs - no entourage. He walked in & stood by the door, waiting to be noticed. When we finally noticed him, he simply smiled & said "Hi." My gradfather gave him a name tag to wear (as a joke) that said "Hello my name is....Make my day" & he wore it all night. When he left, he wanted the recipe for my grandmother's zuchinni bread.
    - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Gram Parsons - Became a good friend of Gram when he was in his late teens and living in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL in the early '60s. We played and wrote music together and formed a little band playing at socialite clubs, etc. We kept in touch over the years till he moved to California where he passed away 26 old.
    Rick Odum - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Liza Minnelli - Way back in the mid-1980's, I attended a Liza Minnelli concert at the Blossom Music Center in Akron, Ohio. I had the great fortune to have front row seats and sitting to my left was a girl about 13 with her father. At the girl's feet was a long, white box that obviously contained flowers for Liza. About halfway through the concert, just as Liza finished a rousing song-and-dance number, the girl reached down, picked up the box and placed it on the stage in front of her. During the applause, Liza noticed the gift and walked over to us. She knelt down on the stage, leaned over into the first row and shook the young girl's hand, thanked her and asked if her address was inside the box. The stunned girl nodded yes. Somewhere in this world a woman in her 30's probably has in her possession a lovely thank you note from Liza.
    - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Dave Dudley - In 1991 or 92, Dave Dudley did a free concert in the NCO Club at Hancsom AFB, MA. After the first show when he was signing autographs, I made sure that I was last in line. We talked while he signed my autograph, and then he invited me to sit down at the table. We talked for about 30 minutes until he started the second show. He invited my wife and I to stay for the second show, and we did. A real down to earth, nice guy.
    Leslie Peedin - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Kay Starr - Back in the mid-'50s, as a very young man, I worked for United Airlines Reservations in New York. While I often talked with famous people, my favorite was Kay Starr. Once our contact was made, whenever she would be in New York she would call me for her personal airline reservations, which were most often to Las Vegas, though many times also for family members, who would usually be traveling from Bristol, Tennessee to Vegas. Many times she would call me at home in the wee hours and we would chat for a long time. Schedules never permitted us to meet in person, but she once sent me an autographed photo along with a personal comment that I treasure to this day, though the ink has long faded to illegibility. She is a funny and sweet lady. She called me "Mr. James".
    Jim Smith - Posted: August 19, 2006

  • Laura Branigan - When I was 18, in 1984, Laura Branigan was in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania doing an interview for a local radio station. Me and about 30 fans waited outside the station for an autograph. About 5 minutes before she came out the police asked the owner of a grey Capri to move it.....it was me. I had to move it 4 blocks away and when I got back everyone was walking away. But, I yelled to her manager that I came a great distance to see her, and believe it or not, they called me over to her limo and she asked me to sit down next to her inside, she gave me an autographed album that read... " John, Love and thanks for waiting....Laura Branigan". I love that woman and miss her terribly...she was a doll and a wonderful person.
    John Glowaniak - Posted: August 19, 2006

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