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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

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