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  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer - I saw her at the Book Expo in Chicago two years ago. I was looking over some displays near an aisle when I heard a man saying, "Oh, Dr. Ruth, can I please have my picture taken with you?" I looked up and there she was, answering in her high, clipped voice: "Vell, hokay, but hurree it up becuss I em on my vay to de bassroom!"
    - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Dean Martin - in the mid-1960s, a girlfriend and I went to a famous Hollywood restaurant for a drink after work. As we were leaving, Dean Martin and his agent were entering the restaurant. Although we really could not afford to have dinner at this restaurant, we were mesmerized by Martin. Using the telephone in the ladies restroom, I placed a call to the restaurant asking if they accepted credit cards. When I found out that they did, I made an immediate dinner reservation. We were seated two tables away from Dean and were absolutely thrilled! I even worked up the nerve to stop at his table as we were leaving to tell him how much I admired him. His smile and graciousness lit up my heart. Many years later, as his son was buried in the Westwood Veterans Cemetery, an Air Force flyover screamed by just outside my 24th floor office windows. I said a prayer for both of them.
    Jo P - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Gregory Peck - My husband and I have been vacationing in Ireland for over 20 years. We found "our PUB" the very first time we went and became very close friends of the owners whose name I won't mention as I haven't their permission and Irish folks are funny about telling tales. They love to tell other people's stories (especially sad ones) but not their own. For years the wife had told us she was related to Gregory Peck, but she also told us she was related to JFK, the Pope, Bing Crosby, etc. We often joked with her asking if she was related to us. She thought she might be. After many years of chuckles at her expense we were sitting on our usual stools when who walks in but Gregory Peck, greeting our friend as his beloved aunt and asking after all their mutual relations. Needless to say we felt incredibily stupid and grateful that we had never said that we hadn't believed her. This pub has only eight stools, which were all filled with us disbelieving YANKS. He greeted each one of us, asked about our Irish connections and was the lovliest gentleman I have ever met and oh so handsome. One clue for those who care, the pub is in Dingle, County Kerry and Mr. Peck's connection to our friend was through the Ashe family. It was a memorable day. Slan, Bridget
    - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Joe DiMaggio - In 1962, Joe DiMaggio made a goodwill tour of military bases in Europe. I was in Spain as the dependent child of a military family. It was just after his divorce from Marilyn Monroe. Joe came out to the Little League field to introduce himself and give a personal greeting to those who would approach him. I handed Joe my outfielders glove and asked for an autograph. While he was signing mine, I told him that my father used to watch him when he played at Kizar Stadium in San Francisco when he played for the San Francisco Seals. Joe looked up at me and said, "Tell your father he is an old man!" Dad and I laughed and I never forgot.
    RDL - Posted: July 24, 2006

  • Mickey Rooney - I met Mickey Rooney when I was in the Mrs. America pageant in Las Vegas. He is a living example of how movie stars should treat their "public". He was friendly, charming, and I was very favorably impressed. He pinched our elbows and flattered us. When someone asked him how short he was, he said, "Well, after my last divorce, about $30,000."
    - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • John F. Kennedy - When I was thirteen years old, my mother and I went to see John F. Kennedy when he was campaigning for the presidency. After his campaign speech, Mr. Kennedy and his entourage walked within two or three feet of my mother and me. My mother was a strikingly beautiful woman, and as he passed her, Mr. Kennedy "looked her up and down." After he passed, my mother asked, "Was he looking at me?", and I answered with a resounding "Yes!"
    - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Morey Amsterdam - I was in St. Thomas US VI on Dronnegans Gade when I was stopped on the street by "Buddy" asking me about the best place to buy Waterford crystal. I told him the store to go to and he replied he was there but the wine goblets they showed him had air bubbles in the stem and he refused to buy defective crystal. When I told him that the 'air bubbles' were a sign that the crystal was blow by mouth by and artisan he looked at me like I was nuts and said he would never pay that much money for something he thought was defective. He was the classic Buddy and I left to wonder if this was the true Morey Amsterdam. May he rest in peace.
    Montague Jupp - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Tony Franciosa - I am an art restorer. One day in '03 I got a call from a Rita Franciosa to look at a painting. I drove to her house and she introduced me to her husband, Tony. We looked at some paintings and I took one home to work on. On the drive home I am saying to myself, "Tony Franciosa, Tony Franciosa... where do I know that name?" And then it hit me... TONY FRANCIOSA! He had looked familiar but it just didn't register. When I returned the painting weeks later, Rita wasn't home so I dealt with Tony. I got up my nerve and asked him, "Are you THE Tony Franciosa?" And he laughed and said yes. I told him my neighbor was in love with him. He laughed again. A VERY nice couple. I was so sorry to hear of his passing.
    Janice - Los Angeles - Posted: July 22, 2006

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