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  • Victor Borge - In 1967 I was a freshman at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Victor Borge came to town and was to perform at a theatre call "The Mosque." I had grown up listening and laughing at Mr Borge's comedy albums, and I wanted to see him in a live performance. I went to the show with my sister-in-law, and we laughed all the way through it. After the show we went backstage because no one said we couldn't, and Mr Borge's assistant said that Mr Borge would come out of his dressing room in a few minutes to sign autographs, but, he warned, "Mr Borge is a concert pianist, and therefore he does not shake hands. Please do not ask to shake his hand." I got an autograph on my program that said "Best Wishes--Victor Borge," and, politely following instructions, I did not attempt to shake his hand. Time flew by and in 1992 I was living near South Bend, IN. Victor Borge was coming to the Morris Center to put on a show. I got tickets and again laughed all through the show. Afterwards I went up on to the stage hoping to see Mr Borge. He came out on stage to sign autographs as the crew was taking down the equipment. As he came up to me--I was the last fan there--I said, "Mr Borge, I grew up listening to your albums, and I just loved them." He thanked me for the compliment and was signing my program when I added, "And I saw you in Pittsburgh in 1967 or so. You were as wonderful then as you were tonight. Thank you for 25 years of laughter." He looked at me intensely and replied, "Pittsburgh--oh yes, at The Mosque." And he reached out, took my right hand in both of his, and shook it, saying, "Thank YOU so much. I remember those shows. How wonderful to see you again." Well, I am sure he did not remember me from Adam or Eve, but I think I am one of only a very few fans that ever got to shake Mr Borge's hand.
    Tom Parkinson - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Donald Sutherland - I was working at Tower Records in Richmond Va. at the time, Donald Sutherland was filming nearby, he had obviously came in to purchase either some music or a book, I can't remember exactly, I was working the floor, politely going about my business, when I walked by him I said "Good Evening Mr. Sutherland" and he politely said 'Good Evening" .....simple as that.
    Jason - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Little Richard - I attended a Little Richard rock and roll show that was WONDERFUL, and I was able to sneak backstage with an original 1950's 78rpm record of his to sign. He was sweating a lot, and when he turned his head fast, some of his sweat squirted us fans waiting for him. He saw us brushing it off, and he said, "Don't worry-- it's HOLY WATER!!!". It was so funny, since he is a Deacon or Pastor of his church. We had a good laugh that day!!!
    Ben, 50's fan!!! - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • George Beverly Shea - I was a student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and also had the privilege of doing some part-time announcer work at WMBI radio. The job paid decently and helped with school bills, so I often stayed on campus and worked over holidays and summer. One evening close to Christmas, the Moody Network broadcast an hour or so of Christmas carols by request. The featured soloist was none other than George Beverly Shea, long associated with evangelist Billy Graham. I was really into Christian rock at the time but Mr. Shea had such a warm sincerity, he taught me to love the old-time hymns, too. I approached him before the broadcast and asked if he would kindly sign a record album cover or two. One would be for me, and one for my sister. Mr. Shea could have blown me off (as so many Christian "superstars" did in those days) but he took my hand, smiled and chatted with me for about ten minutes. He signed my records and talked about the old days when he, like me, was a WMBI announcer. I told him the difference was no one ever wanted me to sing! Mr. Shea, then no spring chicken, proceeded to give a thrilling "concert" in front of the microphone, with simple piano and organ accompaniment. The listeners were elated and we were deluged with requests. When he was done, he stepped back into the booth I worked in (preparing some news clips for the next morning) and said, "It was nice meeting you, Jim. The Lord bless you." Bev Shea is now (at the time of this writing) 98 years old and still my favorite. And yeah -- I like almost every kind of music, secular or religious. But I've never experienced such kindness and gentlemanly courtesy.
    J.S. - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Yma Sumac - My Mom took me to see this woman with the amazing vocal range at The University of Arizona in Tucson. After Ms Sumac was finished performing, we climbed up the stairs leading to the stage and I remember shaking inside as we approached her. She was so exotic and glamorous with her long black hair and long nails painted bright red...I thought she was beautiful! As we came up to her, she was smiling broadly at me...not at all bothered by the awestruck little girl atanding before her. She shook my hand and graciously signed her name for me. I never forgot her kindness!
    LK - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Sonny and Cher - Our local theatres were showing the new movie they starred in called Good Times, at the end of the movie a local radio station stepped in and announced we have a surprise please welcome Sonny and Cher, then asked if we had any questions about the movie naturally hundreds of kids and teens like myself raised our hands and low and behold I was chosen to come up to the stage and shake their hands and ask a question, I'll never forget how nice they were and how cute Cher was. The Rockne Theatre in Chicago 1967.
    JOE W. CHICAGO - Posted: January 24, 2008

  • Michael Constantine - Michael Constatine and his family were travelling on the Trailways bus in Reading, PA. I was an undergrad student at Kutztown State on my way to class when my friends and I spotted him. He was very nice to us kids, just like Principal Kaufmann on the hit TV series Room 222, one of my favorite shows.
    EDB - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Paul Newman - I was an electric meter reader in Chicago and one morning I was to read a bank of meters at a high rise in a mixed industrial and residential area. When I opened the door to the building I was told to hold on for a few minutes, for they were filming. At the time I was frustrated, for I had lots of meters to read and this would delay me even longer. After 5 minutes they opened the door and out walks Paul Newman. He looked right at me and said "Hi", with a big smile, and went on his way. I was surprised at how short he was in person but it made my day.
    - Posted: October 7, 2007

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