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  • Hal Roach - I had the opportunity to meet Hal Roach shortly before his death in 1992. I come from a town in western NY, which also happens to be Mr. Roach's birthplace. He came to visit the area, and stopped by where I worked. Not only did I have the chance to meet him, but I also had my picture taken with him. He died a short time later, and was buried in my hometown. He was a very sweet, gracious man. It was a pleasure to have met him!
    Kris W. - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Don Ho - My two beautiful daughters and I became friends of Don Ho's after one of Don's Performances at The Polynesian Palace in Waikiki, Hawaii, when we went back stage with other fans to meet Don and have pictures that were taken by the show's photographer signed by him. When Don signed our picture, he struck up a converstion with my youngest daugther, Jennifer,age 14, when he learned she was a figure skater, and one of the many hopefuls to one day reach World and Olympic figure skating status. We lived in California at the time and Don invited us to see his show a month later in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel. After the show ended about 2:00am, Don and some of his performers in his show, came to the Ice Rink at 6:00AM in Las Vegas to watch Jennifer's skating program she had put together with music from the then very Popular Hawaii Five-0 television show. Jennifer dedicated her performance to Don, which fortunately, she completed her jumps without any mishaps and Don congratulated her on her performance. Thus began our long friendship with Don and his family and my family over these many years. It's hard to believe he is now gone - Aloha to a dear friend - from Jennifer, Diane and myself.
    Jennifer & Dolly Parkman - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Mae West - I was only 17 when the cast of "Myra Breckinridge" came to NYC to attend the premiere. Though I only got a glimpse of her, I really got to meet Ms. West the following spring when the senior class president wrote and told her that "a young man was going to impersonate her" in the Variety Show. When I was taking off a replica of one of her hats, I heard her familiar voice saying, "You shoulda left it on. We look almost like twins!" I turned and came face-to-face with the great lady herself. We spent over an hour talking, but before she left she took the time to autograph a poster that I had. I shall cherish that moment and the poster forever!
    Arthur B. - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Al Lewis - Back around 30 years ago, I was starting a dance studio with a few friends in Chicago. One of my friends worked for a lady whose mom was engaged to Al Lewis. So we thought it would be great to have him at our opening night. And he showed up! He was so nice, very funny guy, and boy he loved to talk. He was the most talkative guy I ever met. He smoked a lot too I remember. It was great to meet him, I wonder if he ever married that lady from Chicago.
    Rich - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Eddie "Rochester" Anderson - I was a young teen-ager when my father got us ring-side seats to see boxing at NYC's Madison Square Garden. This was a very different experience for me. Not only was this the first time I'd seen Professional Boxing but this was the first time I was so close to so many obviously wealthy people, both Black and White. There was an older man sitting next to my father and he was drunk. I heard him tell my father that he recognized Eddie "Rochester" Anderson from "The Jack Benny Show", in the seats to our left. The next thing I know this guy goes over to Mr. Anderson and orders him to "Come here, there's somebody I want you to meet." By rights, Mr. Anderson should have told him to go to hell. But he didn't. He came over to me and gave me the biggest smile and the friendliest greeting as he shook my hand. His eyes sparkled, his handshake was warm...and I couldn't help but notice that all the caps on his teeth were gold. I couldn't have been taught a better lesson by a kindlier gentleman.
    AndyM - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Vincent Price - While working at the large theatre space at my college I was assigned to prepare the lighting for a reading by Mr. Vincent Price. Afterward, he checked the simple lighting and then asked if I could bring him a pot of tea and two cups. He invited me to join him for tea. We chatted for over an hour about food, art, and touched on movies. He said his favorite role was in "Theatre of Blood" (new tab) where he combined Shakespeare and horror. He could not have been more pleasant and genuine.
    JMU - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Malcolm McDowell - In November of 1994, I was in Minneapolis Twin Cities Airport, on a layover en route home to California. I saw a rather striking looking, tall, white-haired gentleman, dressed in black, with a beautiful woman at his side. I recognized him immediately to be Malcolm McDowell, one of my favorite eccentric British actors. Since the timing was exactly around the opening of the film "Star Trek: Generations", in which he appeared, I would guess that he had been either on his way to or from the Opening Night ceremony in some large city. Oddly, few other people seemed to recognize him, or acted like they did. It was pretty cool.
    RCS - Posted: October 7, 2007

  • Patricia Neal - On this particular night I was in the theatre waiting for the show to start. I immediately recognized Patricia Neal entering the row in front of me. She sat directly in front of me. She dropped her ticket,I picked it up for her and we chatted before and after the show. Her beauty still shines and her spirit was lovely. I showed her to the back door after the show and we had a few laughs about life. It was a thrilling moment.
    J Eric - Posted: October 7, 2007

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