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  • Bert Parks - We owned a Chinese restaurant in Encinitas, CA from 1987 thru 1991. During this time Mr. Parks used to eat at our restaurant. He was always friendly and of course we always enjoyed having him visit us. We never bothered him too much, but if we were not busy he would chat for a while. I remember him most from the Miss America pageants.
    Joe Cook - Posted: August 5, 2006

  • Johnny Bench - I took my then 9 month old son to an autograph session in Baltimore that featured Johnny Bench, among others. I spent years playing baseball, including in college, modeling my catching style after his. For that reason, you can imagine how big a thrill it was to finally meet him. I am standing in line with arm loaded with my son, his diaper bag, a sharpie and various items for him to sign. JB sees my arms are full so he immediately stands up and asks to hold my son. He held my boy and played with him as we stood and talked for about 5 minutes about baseball and kids. This despite the fact that there were still 100+ people in line behind me. What a class act! They don't make them like that anymore.
    Robert Young - Posted: August 5, 2006

  • Darren McGavin - Back in the '70s I was shopping with my then-husband in Hollywood when we heard a very distinctive voice calling "Bijou". We both looked and there was Darren McGavin and his wife Katie Brown picking up their dog - think it was a poodle. My then-husband started gushing about how much he liked him and enjoyed his work and Darren just stood there smiling and thanking him.
    Judy - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Debbie Reynolds - In February of 2006, I attended the one woman show of Beatrice Arthur at a small theatre in Hollywood. As we were waiting for the show to begin, I turned as there was a bit of commotion behind me and realized that Debbie Reynolds was sitting behind me. She was extremely gracious to all those sitting around her and talking quite a lot with the man sitting next to her (we assumed he was with her), but when she left, he stayed and said he hadn't met her before that night and was so THRILLED that she was so nice to him!
    KSW - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • McLean Stevenson - I had the honor of shaking the rather large hand of McLean Stevenson in the early 1990's. I was at the Orlando, Florida airport and he was the spokesperson for an airline there. He was coming out from behind the counter with two big guys and I asked him for a shake. He looked down at me and did so. We talked for a moment and he had to rush back. A real nice man.
    - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • John Lennon - The winter of 1973-74, I was a teenager working as a janitor at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway the night John Lennon showed up. Head shaved, he was accompanied by a nicely dressed, polite, but BIG body guard, plus three beautiful ladies (built like dancers, one blonde, one Asian, and one Latin). Don't know what their relationship or role was, but I could guess. Lennon sat at the bar and kept the jukebox busy, playing Paul's post-Beatles music. He got pretty drunk and returned on the last car to the valley station, before we closed.
    rls - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Jonas Salk - I went to Warm Springs, GA for the 50th anniversity of the death of FDR to see President Clinton speak. I got to be right at the walkway, where all the guests were to walk in. I saw Pres. Clinton walk by, very impressive in person. But before he arrived, the line had stopped as people were being seated. Before me was an elderly man with a straw hat. Our eyes met and I nodded a hello and he nodded back. We stood staring at each other thinking "Do you want to talk?" We never did. After 5 minutes we smiled and nodded again and he moved on. Later, looking at the program, I noticed to my horror I had been standing in front of Jonas Salk. What questions I could have asked!!! One of the greatest men in the 20th century! All we did was nod. But still a great day I will never forget.
    - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Bo Diddley - A few years back I had the pleasure of meeting Bo Diddley. He's awesome, really nice, doesn't talk much, but of course it was after a concert at a local casino. I was amazed at how many were at the concert and so on a five minute break I just lifted the album up to him and he saw it. I was happy, very happy... and well he told me to come near the stage, so I did. He told me after the show he would sign it. After the show there were a lot of people waiting so security cleared them out, except for me and 10 others. They brought us down in groups of five. There bo was waiting and so he signed my album. What an awesome fellow. It's an experence I will never forget.
    Autogfan06 - Posted: July 24, 2006

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