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  • Dan Rather - In 1983, I encountered Dan Rather as he was leaving the Steak N' Shake restaurant in Alton, IL. He was in town to attend the funeral of his producer Lane Vernados' mother. Even though this was 12:30 in the afternoon, he was still back in New York to anchor the CBS Evening News that night. No, I don't know what he ordered, and no, I don't know the frequency!
    Ron Wilson, St. Louis, MO - Posted: June 13, 2006

  • Sam Moore - I went to an oldies concert in Cleveland with a reporter friend of mine around 1995 and got to go backstage and meet Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame. I told him it was an honor to meet him and he kind of shrugged it off and made some remark that it must be like meeting Elvis. Pretty arrogant for a has-been, I thought later. Then he went into a long story about a TV show -- "Hanging With Mr. Cooper" I think -- that had stolen his music for its theme song and he was going to sue. Oh, well. I still like his music even though a little bit of Sam was Moore than I could take (hee).
    Steve - Posted: June 13, 2006

  • Cary Grant, Dyan Cannon - In May of 1974 I was on a 2 week business trip to London. On Sunday morning I stopped at an outdoor cafe for breakfast and to read the papers. After being seated, the maitre d' asked if I would mind sharing my table (which is a common practice) and I agreed. To my astonishment the couple he seated were Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon. I stood up and introduced myself, and had one of the greatest hours of my life.
    STAN SHERMAN - Posted: June 13, 2006

  • Michael Douglas - I was having breakfast with my family at a Hojo's in Massachussetts. He was sitting in the booth right next to us with his son. Later on, he was standing in line behind us to pay. Suddenly he drops his keys and they fall right next to me. I pick them up and hand them to him. He said "thank you" and I responded "You're very welcome!"
    - Posted: June 13, 2006

  • George Burns - In the early '60s, I was working the main entrance at our state fair at which George Burns was appearing. The afternoon before his performance, a huge limo rolled up to the gate. As the driver's window descended, I leaned down to determine how many tickets would be required for the occupants. The driver and two other adult males said in unison: "George Burns!" and all pointed to a small man sitting in the back of the limo. I immediately recognized Mr. Burns with his trademark cigar, although he was without his toupee or makeup and appeared to be about 90 years old in this condition. (This was long before he actually reached that age.) He smiled and waved his cigar without saying a word, and I responded by motioning the driver through the gate.
    - Posted: June 13, 2006

  • Roger Troutman - I was a cashier in a grocery store and I was taking care of a customer return. He wanted me to open up the express lane so he could get out of there and not wait in line like all the other customers. He offered to "French kiss" me if I checked him out. He said "Don't you know who I am?" I said, "Yes", but he had to wait like everyone else.
    MMM - Posted: June 13, 2006

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger - Back in 1983 I was working at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah. While I was in the stall filling the toilet paper dispenser in one of the bathrooms, the stall door suddenly opened and standing there in a very stylish ski outfit was Arnold Schwarzenegger. He very politely responded in his heavy Austrian accent "Pardon me". I was finished so I left him to his business.
    SR from MN - Posted: May 31, 2006

  • Jay Leno - My husband and I were in line for the dinner buffet at the Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Jay comes walking out of the restaurant alone, obviously from just finishing dinner. (He had a show in the area later that night.) He was trying to walk out of the restaurant quickly but discreetly. But when people started to recognize him, he slowed down a bit to shake a couple of hands and then smiled, waved, and said hello to everyone before exiting. He came off as friendly yet humble. And yes, he does have a big head (and is shorter than you think).
    Anonymous - Posted: May 31, 2006

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