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  • Tom Hayden, Jane Fonda - It was around Christmas time in the early '80s and I was a young Marine going home on leave in full dress uniform. I was at the Salt Lake International Airport baggage claim, when I saw a woman who was making herself conspicuous by trying to be inconspicuous. She was wearing a very unflattering dress, a big hat, and sunglasses. I wandered over near where she was standing and saw a name written on some boxes near her. The name was HAYDEN. I knew right away that she was Jane Fonda. I walked away to get closer to the baggage carousel to wait for my bag. Then I saw her husband, Tom Hayden, so I got an idea. I walked toward Jane, with a smile of recognition on my face, blew right by her and walked up to Mr. Hayden. Totally snubbing Ms. Fonda, I stuck my hand out to Mr. Hayden and said, "You're Tom Hayden, aren't you?". After he got over the initial shock of not being recognized as "Jane Fonda's husband", he and I had a really nice chat for nearly a half hour. The whole time, she stood there quietly fuming. When I told my brother (a VietNam veteran) about this, he took me out and got me drunk - his way of thanking me for what I did to "Hanoi Jane".
    Ben - Posted: April 21, 2019

  • Jaclyn Smith - About a couple of months ago, I was shopping at Miskelly's in Jackson, I heard some people talking about something and walked over to where it was coming from. The next thing I knew, JACLYN SMITH was signing autographs and taking pictures with people. I have always wanted to meet her. So, I waited patiently for my turn. When it was my turn, I walked over to Jaclyn, shook her hand, and told her "Kelly" was my favorite Angel. In return, she gave me a hug. Then, I had my picture taken with her and recieved an autographed photo of her. She is SO sweet!
    - Posted: April 13, 2019

  • Gene Rayburn - It was about 9:10 on a Friday night, I had just came back from dinner in Westchester. I had parked the car in the garage around the corner from where we lived and were walking down the street, just steps away from our front door, when a man passed us. my wife said, "That's the game show guy." I then turned around, and at the same time, so did the guy. Lo and behold...it was Gene Rayburn from the Match Game, the classic game show from the 60's & 70s. His face lit up , and he called out, "How are you? Gene Rayburn." He stuck out his hand, and I shook it. He looked pretty good, that trademark smile that had the secrets of thousands of game show questions, answers and ad-libs behind it. I asked him how he was, and suddenly, his face darkened. "Not so good", he replied. Naturally, I asked what was wrong, thinking health, or professional problems. He started to cry. I looked at each other. "My wife just died." We each professed sympathy and condolences. He told us it had just happened a couple of weeks ago. "I can't talk anymore, but thank you for your concern. It was nice meeting you." He turned, sobbing and walked away. I then quickly invited Rayburn into into my house and we drank and talked with him about the memories he had with her and some memories from the Match Game as well. To this day, I remember that November 1996 day when I met the Match Game host Gene Rayburn.
    Mr. Stan Carter - Posted: April 13, 2019

  • Ernest Borgnine - I was part of a security detachment (crowd control) at the Blue Angel Marathon at NAS Pensacola, FL. Honorary Blue Angel, Ernest Borgnine was the starter of the race and MC. After the race started, he came by to meet with us. I found a piece of paper for him to sign an autograph. While I was waiting my turn, I was trying to think of something witty to say to him. When he turned to me, I was completely tongue-tied and couldn't say a word. All I could do was hand him the paper in my hand. He laughed, slapped me on the arm and said, "First time meeting a big star, eh?"
    AC - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Tiny Tim - Waiting for my flight at MCI Airport in Kansas City, Missouri, I saw Tiny Tim sitting by himself. I walked up and asked if he would autogragh my ticket jacket. He was a gentlemen and said, "of course". After he finished he thanked ME for asking. I thought that was very special.
    Bill & Eva - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Ted Kennedy - I was in Paris at the turn of the century visiting my girlfriend who lived there at the time. One day while taking a walk, around the corner from the Champs-Elysées, we bumped into Ted Kennedy and what might have been an assistant. He was wearing sweat pants. I was surprised to see how short he is. My girlfriend asked for a photo and she got next to him to be in the frame. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of power so I didn't get the shot. To this he said "well maybe next time". I thought how nice it was for him to actually take the time for us, especially since he wasn't exactly dressed for a photo!
    M.W.R. - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Lou Costello - A man I worked with some years ago was raised in Patterson, New Jersey, birthplace of Lou Costello. During WWII he was in the navy stationed in San Diego. One day while talking to a fellow sailor he had grown up with he impulsively blurted out, "Let's go see Mr. Costello." They arrived at the front door in uniform and were greeted by the butler when a familiar voice from inside asked "Who is it?" He yelled, "We're from Patterson!" The comedian then invited them for lunch and they spent the afternoon sharing childhood stories.
    - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Nanette Fabray - While working in San Francisco as a young man I was sent to the bank one afternoon. Feeling rather bored and depressed I looked up to see a yellow cab round the corner. Hanging out of the front window, grinning and waving, was someone I recognized from both TV and the movies. It was Nanette Fabray! That small gesture to her fans put a smile on my face for rest of the week!
    - Posted: January 24, 2008

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