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  • William Windom - Back in the '70s I was in college at Indiana State in Terre Haute, Indiana. My then-boyfriend and now ex went to see Mr. Windom perform "An Evening with Thurber" that was being held at the university theater. After the show, we ran around to the side to see if we could get a glimps of him. He came out with a small entourage and looked at us and a few others who were waiting and said, "Anybody need a ride?" We were too dumbstruck to say a word or ask for an autograph let alone accept a ride. I would go back in time and kick myself if I could.
    SM - Posted: May 31, 2006

  • Nelson Mandela - I worked as a banquet server at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel in the '90s. I had been watching and listening to Nelson Mandela from the back of the room. As he prepared to leave, I realized I knew the exact route his group would take out of the back of the ballroom. So I positioned myself there and waited. He walked by, shook my hand, and said "Thank you all for your wondeful hospitality." Mandela's a great man and that was a great thrill.
    Jeff Hickey - Posted: May 31, 2006

  • Phyllis Diller - My husband is a limo driver and one day he called me to tell me that he was taking Phyllis Diller to a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hilton which was across the street from my office. She was 83 at the time. I was able to stand with her at curbside while my husband brought the car around for her. I told her that she was always one of my favorite comediennes. She said, "Thank you, dear. That is so sweet of you to say." When my husband got home from work that day he handed me her luncheon program that she autographed, "Dear Paula, stay sweet. Yours, Truly, Phyllis Diller."
    - Posted: May 31, 2006

  • Don Ameche - I was working gates for a local airline when a skycap brought this frail man to our boarding area. Having time before opening, I walked over to see if there was anything I could do to assist him in boarding. I quickly realized this man as Don Ameche & struck up a conversation with him. After a few moments, I realized that he had similar vision problems to my mother. He provided me with imformation about support groups in the area which I contacted to my mother's aid. I found a man who was so gentle and personable. A year later, he died & I was saddened, remembering my experience. Years later, through a friend of mine, I came in contact with his son, Jim, recounted my experience & found a deeper respect for his father, who protected his family by not bringing his work home & kept his family seperate from the spotlight of fame.
    - Posted: May 31, 2006

  • Tina Louise - In 2000, I was working for a Federal government agency in Washington, D.C. My work station was near a gift shop where tourists bought various souvenirs. I was taken by the attractiveness of a lady in the line and I couldn't take my eyes off of her. Not only was she elegantly beautiful, but she looked very familiar. When I turned in the other direction, I saw a small crowd around a man whom I immediately recognized. It was Bob Denver from Gilligan's Island fame. He was clearly recognizable and was graciously talking to my coworkers. Quietly waiting in the hallway was Russell Johnson (the professor); no one recognized him! I later read that the cast was in town to accept an award. The beauty in line was Tina Louise.
    - Posted: May 31, 2006

  • Patty Duke - A few years ago I saw Patty in my local grocery store. I never thought I would be starstruck, but I was. I did a double take and my jaw dropped. I stood open-mouthed as she put her head down and quickly walked past me and out the door.
    - Posted: May 15, 2006

  • Roger Moore - My husband and I were in our 2nd year of college and one evening they announced on the news that a new 007 movie "A View To A Kill" was being filmed on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. So the next day we played hookie, drove 50 miles up to SF and we got to catch one scene being filmed before they broke for lunch. We followed the crew around to their meal tent and approached Roger Moore before he went inside. I asked for his autograph and as he was signing I couldn't take my eyes off of his handsome face!
    - Posted: May 15, 2006

  • Red Skelton - I was on the way (late) to an 8:00 History class in the middle of a Muncie, Indiana blizzard at Ball State University when I noticed a vague shadow of a person on the walk several yards in front of me. As I approached, a voice said "Excuse me, miss, do you know the time?" WOW! I remembered that voice as the only reason I was allowed to stay up past 8:00 at night; it was none other than THE man who was Clem, Gertrude & Heathcliff, Red and many others. And do you suppose he wanted to answer all MY questions about his characters or his art or anything? Nope. All he wanted to know was what I was studying and all about boring little ME. I'll never forget that warm wonderful encounter with one af America's great entertainers - I'll also never stop wondering why the heck he wanted to take his morning walk in the middle of a blizzard. H-m-m-m-m-m-m-m
    Terri - Posted: May 15, 2006

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