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Joe DiMaggio - In November of 1991, I had to fly from San Francisco to Philadelphia for some training on some new point-of-sale equipment. While waiting for my luggage, I noticed a distinguished gentleman who looked familiar surrounded by a small group of people. After the crowd cleared, I recognized the man as Joltin' Joe himself. I smiled at him and nodded and he did the same to me. I had heard he was a very private man who really didn't like to be bothered. A few months later I was at the Presidio Golf Club installing the equipment and who came in and sat at the bar but....Joltin' Joe! He looked at me with a puzzled gaze as if he recognized me from somewhere. I said "Philadelphia, waiting for luggage, Mr. DiMaggio." He snapped his fingers, said "That's it!" He sipped his drink in silence and left. After that, while on service calls at the club, I would often see Mr. DiMaggio, usually sitting by himself. He never failed to smile and say hello. The last time I saw him was a few years before he passed away. He had finished his drink and left the empty glass and bar napkin on the counter. As I got ready to leave, the bartender handed me the napkin and said, "Joe told me to give this to you." On the napkin was his autograph with the inscription, "I know you were too respective of my privacy to ask for this." WOW!
R.A.S. - Posted: August 19, 2006

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