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  • Billy Martin - My brother-in-law was at a wedding reception when he spotted Billy Martin having a drink at the bar. He showed Billy his Yankee tattoo (the hat logo), which happens to be on his posterior. Billy gave him a big hug. He was probably the only person ever that mooned Billy Martin that didn't get slugged.
    Tim H. - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Betty White - Anyone who watched Betty White as Rose on "The Golden Girls" remembers how she always referred to things that happened "back in St. Olaf...". In the early 1990s when I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, it was pretty common to have people joke as to whether we knew "Rose." Imagine my suprise when I attended a concert on campus of the famous St. Olaf Choir and who was in attendance but Betty White herself! She joined in the rousing chorus of our campus cheer "Um Ya Ya" at the end of the performance. Later, my friend and I went to get ice cream at the campus union and as we came out, we saw Betty White getting into her limo, not 10 feet from us. It happened so fast we didn't get a chance to ask for an autograph but the memory of Betty singing "Um Ya Ya" with us Oles is good enough for me!
    - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward - It was at the Botanical Gardens in Montreal, Cananda in Aug. 1998 when my wife and I spotted Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. I asked if I could take his picture and he was soooo nice about it and said yes. So I took it. He smiled and then waved to me as he walked away. He's one of the nicest people I have ever met. I couldn't get Ms Woodward's picture, she was taking care of their grandchild. Two incredible people. Not Hollywood snobs!
    Carl R. Feathers - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Ricky Skaggs - I work for Seminole traffic engineering & one day I was working on the traffic lights at the control box on the side of the road, one of my fellow workers yells my name, "Hey, Ricky!" I said "What?" & he said "No, not you." Ricky Skaggs was standing behind me looking at what I was doing with the traffic lights. He was doing a concert at the local hangout called The Barn, this place actually looks like a little red barn. Many famous singers come there to perform, Ricky Skaggs asked me how do I make the traffic lights work & I told him all about it, the next person to perform at The Barn is Mark Chestnutt, maybe I can do the same thing & have Mark Chestnutt come out & ask me all sorts of questions too.
    Ricky - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • George Maharis - On a class field trip when I was in the 5th grade back around 1957, or '58, we went into New York City, to the Diamond Exchange, Chinatown, and Greenwich Village. In Greenwich Village, at an outside eating area of a coffee shop, we were told we'd meet a special guest; and the person turned out to be George Maharis, who was in a very popular show back then - "Route 66". I remember two things about that visit: He wore an ascot, and for about 15 minutes he was very cordial to a bunch of grade school kids.
    JD - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Joe DiMaggio - Joe used to own a restaurant in San Francisco. My wife and I had just finished our meal and when the hostess asked us how it was, my wife jokingly said, "Tell Joe it was delicious." The hostess pointed a few feet behind us and said, "Why not tell him yourself? He's sitting right over there." I knew Joe was a private person, but he was very polite when we approached his table. We spoke for a few minutes, but NOT about the Yankees, Marilyn Monroe or Mr. Coffee. He posed with us for a picture and signed some autographs. A very classy and gracious gentleman.
    BV - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Mildred Natwick - It was 1985 and I was working as a supervisor in the Gift Wrap Dept. of Bloomingdale's in NYC. My job had me on the selling floor checking on the various wrap desks and one day this very dignified and petite older woman (imagine a Fifth Avenue matron in a tweed suit) approached me and asked for directions to the department that sold fur hats. Then (and still now) being a struggling actor and devoted film and TV fanatic I immediately recognized this woman as being Mildred Natwick. I loved her in the 1970's mystery series "The Snoop Sisters" (with another favorite actress of mine...Helen Hayes) in addition to the movies she did in the '40s, '50s & '60s. I've encountered other celebrities at the store, as a waiter/bartender and on film sets and have always been a bit tongue-tied, but this time I very calmly said, "If you follow me, Ms. Natwick I'll show you the way." The look on her face was priceless...a combination of shock and surprise at being recognized, though I also noted she blushed and had a bit of a smile at the same time. I think she was delighted at my recognizing her and knowing her name since she hadn't been in any major productions for several years. I showed her the way to the fur department and told her that they should be able to help her there and wished her a pleasant day. I've thought of this incident several times over the years, wondering if she really did get a thrill at being recognized in an unlikely location like Bloomie's...and also whether she ever found the hat she was looking for. You see, it dawned on me awhile later that there was a separate department for women's hats. Hopefully the folks in the fur department helped Ms. Natwick find her way to the proper department. I'm sorry I didn't personally take her to find the hat...maybe the additional time with her would have given me time to build up my courage/nerve to tell her I enjoyed her many performances over the years. Hopefully my recognizing her and knowing her name was an indication that I was a fan.
    Hal P. - Posted: July 21, 2006

  • Yogi Berra - I was 14 and the NY Mets were flying out of LaGuardia Airport. When I approached one famous (now Hall of Fame) pitcher for an autograph he very rudely said, "NOT now, can't you see I'm busy." Well, as I was walking away, Yogi called me over and gave me an autograph and had a few other players sign also...What a great guy.
    Paul - Posted: July 10, 2006

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