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  • Rip Taylor - I bumped into Rip Taylor as he was walking out of a KarmelKorn in a mall in South Bend, Indiana. Kind of a surreal experience. This was about 20+ years ago, when he was hosting the $1.98 Beauty Show.
    CB - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Jan Stenerud - Around 10 years ago, I was at work in downtown Kansas City. I was dashing out, late as usual, to a meeting, when I ran into the elevator. I saw there was another person in the elevator, but didn't look up to see who it was at first. Then, I looked, and saw Jan Stenerud, the kicker of the Kansas City Chiefs when they won Super Bowl IV! I couldn't believe it and couldn't think of anything intelligent to say (we only had nine floors to go), but I finally stammered out that I had watched him play football from the time I was a little kid. He turned all flushed and stammered out a thank you. About that time, the elevator doors opened, and we went our separate ways. I didn't ask him for an autograph, because I didn't think he would want to give one to a blathering idiot. He was VERY gracious (and I think maybe a little pleased that I didn't bring up the Christmas Eve Miami game). What a great guy - class all the way!
    ADR - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Ara Parseghian - Growing up in South Bend, being a Notre Dame fan is a given. I discovered Notre Dame football in the late '60s, when Ara Parseghian was the coach. During my senior year in high school, I worked as a janitor in a bank building in South Bend. Coach had opened an insurance business in that bank building after he retired as Notre Dame's coach, and one evening, as I was riding on the elevator, it stopped on his floor. Who else should enter the elevator. I was struck dumb. I could only stare in awe at the bigger-than-life hero in the same elevator car as me. We rode down until I had to get off and do my job. I never said a word to him. Fortunately, I was able to share an elevator ride with him a couple more times, and I was able to at least introduce myself as a fan. He was very kind to me, a teenaged kid, and always had a kind word for me. He truly impressed me.
    J. A. S. - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Humphrey Bogart - When my mother was a teen, she got a 12-foot sailboat for her birthday. As she and a friend of hers struggled to get out of the harborage, they crashed into boat after boat, and most of the owners were not very pleasant about giving them a push off. Finally, she bumped into a large, beautiful yacht, and heard a very kind voice asking if they were hurt or OK. She kept her head down and mumbled something apologetic while the nice voice gave her a friendly push off. When she turned to her friend to ask her why she wasn't helping, her awestruck friend said, "But Barbara, that was HUMPHREY BOGART!" The next day, Mr. Bogart saw my mother trying again, this time alone, to get out of the harbor. As she came near his boat he called over to her, "Need some help? Let me come aboard!" He did, and taught my mother how to handle her little boat. She continued to be friends with him and Lauren Bacall for several more years, and another funny story she used to tell is about the day she split her jeans helping him step a new mast on his boat. He was always gracious and kind to her, and indeed to almost everyone around, as far as she could tell.
    - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Danny Thomas - We lived in the Yucaipa Valley area of California. Our home backed up to some foothills where I loved to ride my horse. This would be in the mid-sixties, since I left the area for Northern California in 1967. I took a longer than usual ride this day. I ended up coming down in the Cherry Valley area. I had been told that Danny Thomas' ranch was somewhere in the area, though I was not even thinking about it. I came to a fence line and was about to turn my horse around when I came face to face with Danny Thomas himself. I was speechless at first, then managed a shy "Hello". We talked for a few moments, then when it came time to say good-bye, I was again at a loss for the proper words to say. I fumbled around with Mr. Thomas, Sir, and at just the right moment to spare me further embarrassment, he said, "Just call me Danny. I may be Mr. Thomas or Danny Thomas to the world, but to God and people I consider my friends, I am just Danny. Take care young lady and God Bless." Needless to say, I don't really remember my long ride back home, but I do remember the way the soul of that man touched me. I will never forget.
    Jo Fanning - Posted: July 22, 2006

  • Merle Haggard - We took my brother-in-law Dave to a Merle Haggard concert in Missouri about 15 years. Dave, a non-country fan, came into the theatre a little late, explaining that he was just out in the lobby shooting the breeze with "some janitor." When Merle eventually came on stage after the opening act, Dave said "Hey, that's the 'janitor' I was talking to."
    Chris - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Edmund Hillary - I met Edmund Hillary when I was about 7 years old. My dad was working in New Zealand and I spent a few years there. My uncle had a property near to Edmund Hillary's and one day I was in the passenger seat of a 4 wheel drive and my uncle stopped at Hillary's place on the way to his. They made some small talk outside while I stayed inside the Land Rover, reading a comic book. My uncle introduced me to Hillary, telling me he was quite famous. I said hello then went back to reading the comic book without a second thought. If Edmund Hillary had in fact been Spiderman - I would have paid more attention at the time. I had no real idea really who he was at the time.
    - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Walter Pidgeon - Many, many years ago, he was appearing on Broadway in "Take Me Along." I was working on Fifth Avenue and took my lunch hour at approximately the same time each day and would pass him on the Avenue. We developed a "nodding" acquaintance. I would go back to my office and report to my co-workers my meetings with Walter Pidgeon -- so many, they wouldn't believe me. One day, we had all gone to lunch together -- and along came Walter Pidgeon. My co-workers were visibly astonished; he realized this -- tipped his homburg hat, bowed from the waist and pronounced in his booming voice, "Good afternoon, Ladies!" What a guy!
    Mary G - Posted: July 21, 2006

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