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  • Wilt Chamberlain - I was working at Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago in the early '70s. As I was leaving work, I exited the elevator and there was Wilt heading for the same exit I was heading for. He was alone. I eased in beside him and said "Hi, Wilt". He offered his hand and said hello. As we exited the store I lit a cigarette as was my custom then. He asked to bum one from me which of course I gladly did and I lit it for him and we stood near the corner of State and Randolph and talked about basketball for several minutes. I was amazed that he was giving me as much time as he did. Finally a car pulled up driven by a beautiful girl and he said thanks and bye and he left. I still have the cigarette pack. Amazing encounter with a very nice guy.
    J.C.D. - Posted: May 2, 2006

  • Donald O'Connor - In 1982, I was living in San Fransisco. For my 12th birthday, I got two tickets to go see a revival production of "Showboat", starring Donald O'Connor as Captain Andy. I was thrilled beyond measure, having seen the movie "Singin' In The Rain" more times than I can count and being a performer myself. My mother and I went to a performance, and she noticed that the stage door opened out to the street when we approached the theatre. I guess she made a mental note of it because she insisted on hanging out by the door after the show. It wasn't too long until Mr. O'Connor came out. We were in a small group of adoring fans and we all applauded when he appeared, but I was the youngest. My mother got a chance to get his attention, and told him that she remembered loving him from the Francis the Talking Mule days, and I enthusiastically piped up to tell him that I thought his performance as Cosmo was one of the greatest gifts to film and that "Singing In The Rain" was my absolute favorite movie. He began smiling from ear to ear and said, "Young lady, you have just made my day. And from one so young...I'd like to shake your hand. That's just wonderful." As we shook hands, I answered, "You've made my birthday!" He got into a limo and I tried to avoid washing that hand for as long as possible.
    - Posted: May 2, 2006

  • Gilda Radner - Being a young teenager in 1984 and in LA for the first time, I was awestruck walking down the sidewalk of Rodeo Drive looking at my surroundings. But I wasn't looking where I was going, apparently, because I walked right into this woman, and I apologized...looking up, it was Gilda Radner, wearing a summer suit, big hat and those round sunglasses of hers. "Watch where you're goin', kid," and she was gone, and all I could stammer to my family was, "I can't believe this..."
    - Posted: May 2, 2006

  • Perry Como - Perry, as a barber, in Canonsburg, Pa. worked in my second cousin, Steve Fragapane's barbershop. I remember, as a child, his singing as he cut my hair. His ambition at that time was to become the town's best barber.
    Angelo Frangapane - Posted: May 2, 2006

  • John Wayne - It was at the Orange County Airport, 1968 or '69. I drove down with a neighbor to pick up my Dad who was flying back from a business trip. Back in those days the baggage claim area was really outdoors just with a corregated roof over it. As my Dad was walking from the plane to the baggage area there was a bit of a commotion. This rather large man was noticable angry with the baggage personnel. His argument which we could all hear was that nobody was checking the baggage claim tickets and that "any SOB can take off with any old bag". The man had his back to me and was wearing a sport coat and hat. When he turn around it turned out to be John Wayne himself! Pretty exciting stuff for a teenager to witness. I think of that everytime I fly into John Wayne Airport. Today John Wayne Airport is small by most standards but it is enourmous compared to when the Duke was there.
    [Editor's note: Orange County Airport was renamed John Wayne Airport after John Wayne's death in 1979. As some longtime site visitors might remember, that factoid came into play in the DOA site's April Fools' Day entry from 2004.]
    - Posted: April 29, 2006

  • Bea Arthur - A few years back when Bea was doing her one woman show on Broadway, I met her at Tower Records in Lincoln Center. She was doing a CD signing of the recording of her show. What a class act!!! She was sophisticated, genuinely sincere, and very funny. I approached her with an 8x10 picture of her from "Maude". As she was looking it over she said with her eyes on the picture "That must have been '73 or '74." Then without missing a beat, she raised her head to me, with that slow burn of a stare, and said, "The year honey, not my age!" She smiled, winked, signed my picture, then posed for a photo with me. What a classy woman Bea Arthur is!
    - Posted: April 29, 2006

  • Terence Stamp - My mother, (living in the UK at the time) used to date Terence Stamp. He would tell her how he was going to one day be a well respected actor. My mother thought he was either full of himself or lying and dumped him!
    - Posted: April 29, 2006

  • Adolph Green - About twelve years ago I sold fruit and flowers at Metro stop in Washington. Mr Green passed in front of my stand. I recognized him but totally forgot his name. I told him that I knew he was one of the writers of Singing in the Rain (new tab), which I said was one of my favorite movies. Mr Green told me his name and was extremely gracious throughout the meeting.
    - Posted: April 29, 2006

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