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Posted: 5/6/2003 5:50:28 PM EDT
I am 42 next month, & done a little traveling, & on occasion I have seen famous people. I once found a wallet as a small boy which contained an Elvis autograph. At a car show I saw Lou Farigno on a small stage. I don't really consider seeing a Celeb the same as meeting a celebrity. My wife met Nick Noltey in a mall while shopping. She accidently stepped on his foot & bumped into him nearly knocking him on his but. She was very embarrassed, & wasn't sure what his name was till she got home, & described him to my family. At the time he was signing an autograph for a kid. Then in 1998 I was at the Wal-Mart on the afternoon of new years eve, getting paint for a mural that my youth group was going to do on the youth room wall that night. I looked up & there was Kirby Pucket of the Minnesota twins. I walked up introduced my self to him & his wife, & shook his hand. I was good friends of the people who had just sold him their home on Deer lake  for about $285,000 as a summer cabin. So I told him that & welcomed him to the area. It was really fun to meat him. I'd say that's the only Celeb I ever met, except for Buck Berry, & Bozo the Clown as a child, & I doubt anyone here knows who Buck Berry was.

Have you ever met a celebrity? Who, & where?
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 5:55:50 PM EDT
I met Kristen Davis at an autoshow. Her eyes are as big in real life as they are on TV. Very pretty girl.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:00:20 PM EDT
met terry labonte when i was too young to remember and my dad was still sponsoring the car his business partner drove

other than that, no, what the hell would a celebrity be doing in south texas?
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:08:42 PM EDT
I met Yanni after a concert and got him to autograph my sheet-music book.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:10:01 PM EDT
Suzanne Vega gave me the flu once. Does that count?  
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:13:22 PM EDT
Oliver North - Booking signing
Buzz Aldrin - Booking signing
Chuck Yeager - sat next to him on a flight to denver, most amazing 90 minutes of my life
The Cure - backstage at a 'meet and greet'
Duran Duran - backstage at a 'meet and greet'

By far, Yeager was the most interesting, I had a change to talk with him.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:16:43 PM EDT
Don Garlits
Shirley Muldony
Dick Lahay
Darrel Alderman
Scott Geofreon
Ron Colson
and many more drag racing stars.

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:18:14 PM EDT
Met the guitar player from Oingo Boingo- one of the best, IMO!  THE absolute best, though, was Bonnie Raitt.  Got a personal autograph for a good friend of mine wishing him happy birthday.

Very cool!
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:20:09 PM EDT
Dolly Parton, Eddie Levert (of the Ojays), John Pauper, Kevin Bacon, Maria Carey, Brenden O'brien (STP Producer), Luther Vandross....etc and so forth.

I used to work for one of the biggest studios in NYC.  Many of the people I've worked with were pricks while a number of them were real honest people just doing what they love.

Dolly was a trip.  I met her at her limo to take her up to the studio one flight of stairs up.  I said, "Well we can take the elevator or it's only one flight of stairs up...."  She said, "Oh hell take the stairs, it'll help me build up my chest."   Thank God I was already headed up the steps when she finished so she didn't get to see my jaw hit the floor.  [:D]
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:20:37 PM EDT
Ron Howard, Bill Paxton, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruze, Tommy Lee Jones, Klinton and a few others. Bill Paxton very social. Ron Howard was not. Tom Cruze was super cool. Tommy Lee Jones was pissed because he thought we stole his sunglasses. Clint Eastwood said "Thank Ya Gents" after he posed for a pic with us..but still kinda stand offish. Klinton shakes hands like a girl. Went backstage with all the guys from Queensryche....Completely Badass. That is all the name dropping I can do...LOL.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:21:28 PM EDT
I ran into Eddie George in a parking lot while he was trying to get directions. I met Travis Tritt  and Dimebag Darrel from Pantera at 2different guitar shows in Nashville-they were both browsing for old guitars. I met supermodel Molly Sims at a drugstore 2 years ago. The town where I went to college is where she grew up and she was visiting her parents and buying a copy of 2 mags she was on the cover of. Edited to say: she is even hotter in person.
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I used to be a theater stagehand and movie set carpenter. I've met many, many celebrities. While most are polite while they're in public, many of them are total assholes any other time.

The nicest celebrity I ever met was Naomi Judd.

The rudest was a tie between Stephen Segal and Axel Rose.

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:23:39 PM EDT
Was it in Feb 2002?  I was on a flight from Chicago to Denver.

Chuck Yeager - sat next to him on a flight to denver, most amazing 90 minutes of my life
By far, Yeager was the most interesting, I had a change to talk with him.
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Funny, I work for United Express in Denver. Our Maintenance Auditor was on a flight with Chuck Yeager also. What was even funnier was the Auditor Jerry was reading Chucks book on that flight and had him autograph it after landing in Denver. I wonder if that was the same flight you were on?
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Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:25:28 PM EDT
I met Tom Selleck at a Volleyball game. He was the first celebrity I ever met. At that time, he was a big star. Magnum P.I. was at the height of it's popularity. But that was twenty years ago. Frankly, celebrity doesn't do much for me. I meet major sports celebrities just about every year during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement. There is usually some non sports celebrities who like to hangout with famous athletes. I say big deal. They get paid to entertain people. Granted, they get paid well but wealth is no reason to get excited over anyone. I find nothing to admire about entertainers, sports or otherwise.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:28:31 PM EDT
Sure have.

Steve Kupka, aka, The Funky Doctor; one of the founders/original members and Baritone Saxophone player for Tower of Power.  Got his autograph once, too.

J.P. Patches, Clown of the City Dump!
He's a local legend around here.  Just turned 75 recently and I took my little girls to meet him in person at a grocery store he was visiting to meet the kids of today and yesterday...J.P. drives a mint '65 Mustang.

That's my claim to fame rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:32:27 PM EDT
My first was back in 1991. I shot an interview with the actress Jane Wyatt for the pilot of a Entertainment Channel type show. She was the mother on Father Knows Best and she played Spock's mother on the original Star Trek. She was around 82 at the time of the interview, but still sharp witted for her age. Real nice lady. Made lunch for us even. I can say that Spocks mom made me lunch :)

Met Erin Gray (Colonel Deering on Buck Rogers In The 25th Century) when she did a shoot at a studio I was managing in 1997. Also met Robert Redford, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Ava Gabor, Merv Griffin and a few others in the course of my career in video production. Most of them are just regular people in a one on one. Pat Morita (from the Karate Kid) once bummed a smoke off me during a break.

There was one celebrity who impressed me so much I was in awe and pretty much speechless the whole shoot. We shot a video for Louisiana Pacific Lumber with US Air Force Brigadier General Chuck Yeager (Retired) at his home in Grass Valley, CA. The General was on their board of directors and they were supplying him with the wood products to build his new house. He in turn was doing a video talking about how great their "engineered wood products"--AKA particle board--are.

Recently "the biggest jerk I ever worked with' honor passed to former California governor and current Oakland mayor, Jerry Brown. Full of himself.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:38:59 PM EDT
I met David Spade at OHare airport, he was hitting on this girl and she wasn't biting. I met Rob Zombie and his old band White Zombie, nice people, he's not very tall. I've also met Colin Powel in the ER at Walter Reed. I gave him an EKG and he walked around shaking hands with his shirt off. I have seen every orafice of Strom Thurmond way too many times, I've even seen his poop and a picture of his brain. He's a terrible sexual harraser, none of the women nurses would work on him. I got to meet the President of Georgia sort of(just walked him in the door). There are others but this beer is clouding my memory.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:44:06 PM EDT
Back around '70, Mickey Rooney wandered into the supermarket I was working in.

I paralled him down the next aisle chanting the limerick of the day:

When I was walking to ST. Ives
I met a man with 7 wives.
I know this sounds absurd and looney;
But this poor man was Mickey Rooney.

He got pissed off and ran down the aisle to stare at me. I looked like a saint, fiddling with the cans of veggies, so he ran to the next aisle, looking for the trouble maker.

Ten minutes later, I carried his purchases to his car.

I wasn't impressed.

There were a few others.

OTOH, you young guys don't even know who Mickey Rooney is.

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:44:35 PM EDT
My wife worked with Eric Heiden (won gold in speed skating at the 1980 Olympics) for a number of years. He was a doctor for UC Davis Med Center in Sacramento, California. Super nice guy and everyone liked him.

At the same hospital, she had the dubious honor of caring for Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams). Total shithead and an all-around BASTARD.

I met Louis L'Amour at a book signing once. I was the last in line and actually had a chance to just BS and hang out. He was a very cordial guy. He stayed and shot the bull as long as I was willing to listen.

My sister worked for the local minor league baseball team a few years back. Right after the OKC bombing, there was a celebrity softball game at the baseball stadium. They had Troy Aikman, Tony Danza, Walter Payton, and some others. Most of the people were pretty aloof, but Aikman stood out as the biggest dickhead anyone had seen in awhile (there weren't many Cowboys fans won over after his appearance). Tony Danza was a good guy, signed autographs and didn't hassle the staff. Payton was SUPER cool and hooked everyone up with signed footballs, jerseys, or whatever (his agent/manager didn't want him to, but he told her to get bent).

As another aside, my wife took care of Tim McVeigh's first attorney (the one before Stephen Jones), John Coyle. He's a big drama queen.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:45:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:48:17 PM EDT
OTOH, you young guys don't even know who Mickey Rooney is.
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Little short fucker. Played "Andy Hardy" opposite Judy Garland.

I have seen every orafice of Strom Thurmond way too many times, I've even seen his poop and a picture of his brain.
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That's a little more information than some of us needed.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:49:36 PM EDT
George Bush Sr. & Mrs. Bush
Gene Simmons
Ozzy Osbourne
Rob Zombie
Andrew Dice Clay
Chuck Norris
Martin & Charlie Sheen & Emilio Estevez
Robert Fripp
Gerald Levert

... having been in the entertainment business for a couple of years in college, I met so many artists and comedians, I lost count.

I dated Bush's great niece for about 6 months in 1990.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:52:08 PM EDT
I met and spoke with Don Roeser and Eric Blume (Blue Oyster Cult) on more than one occasion.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 6:57:44 PM EDT
Bill Gates
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You met [b][i][size=5][red]THE DEVIL[/red][/size=5][/i][/b]?!!!! [}:(] [devil]
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 7:08:13 PM EDT
I met Jack Palance when I was 15 at a MacDonald's on the PA Turnpike NE extension.  He was standing in line in front of us and he was cordial, shook hands etc.  I was a bit intimidated, you know the whole Stark Wilson thing plus he was taller than me and had that old time tough guy look.  Met Tom Kieffer from the band Cinderella.  He bought a Dodge Steath R/T at a dealership I worked at.  He was cool.  Signed lots of autographs and we talked guitars for about an hour.  Athletes; Seth Joyner, Mitch Williams, John Kruk, Eric Lindros.  I met some chic that appeared in Playboy.  She went to Temple and they did a profile of some NCAA girls and she was friends with a buddy of mine.  Saw Mark Harmon at O'Hare.  

My sister works for VNU, they are owned or they own BillBoard and her office is in the same building as MTV and JCrew.  She meets just about everyone who is anyone on a daily basis.  She just rode the elevator with Patrick Stewart a few weeks ago.  Off the top of my head she has met Anthony Hopkins, Emeril Lagasse, Angie Harmon, Julia Roberts, Christian Slater, Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, Brittany Spears, Halley Berry, the guys in Creed, InSync, Blink 182, Foo Fighters, Metallica, David Bowie, tons more.  She sees meets these folks and usualy has no idea who they are and calls me asking "who sings this song?" or "played in that movie?"  "Well, I met him/her/them this morning."  
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 7:18:52 PM EDT
I met Steven Tyler of Aerosmith at a gun show in Tulsa a couple of years ago. His wife's parents live here. He bought a pair of rubber nunchaukus for one of his kids.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 7:50:31 PM EDT
Well ,lets see.
Real People :
 Barry Goldwater (at a party at his house)
 Joe Foss
Race Car Drivers :
 Jackie Stewart
 Stirling Moss
 Aryton Senna
 Nigel Mansel
 Richard Petty
 Tony Stewart
 Bobby Rahal
 The entire Penski CART team
 And many more
Actors :
 Arnold Schwartzeneger
 Craig T. Nelson
 Jason Preasley
 Perry King
Assholes :
 Tom Cruse

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Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:00:16 PM EDT
I've known Cal Ripken since we were in grade school - he's one year older than me.

Known Brooks Robinson even longer - he and my mom used to do charity work together in the 1960's.

Haven't talked to either in many years though.

I was drinking beer with Lee Rocker (Stray Cats bassist) last Saturday night. Hell of a nice guy!

When I was a kid I met a few people that are very famous on this board, including Gene Stoner and Curtis LeMay, although I was too young to appreciate who they were. Stoner had been over to the parent's house for dinner many times in the early 1960's.

Others: Pat Travers, Artimus Pyle (Skynrd drummer), Steve Morse, Peter Tork, Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl), Eddie Murray, Ray Lewis, Billy Martin..  There are more...
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:06:10 PM EDT
I met George Lindsey(Goober Pyle), and Pat Buttram(Mr Haney on Green Acres and did many old westerns) at the Birmingham Airport, both very nice guys, stopped and talked to me for at least five minutes in the middle of the airport. Made me a fan for life.[:D]
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:08:33 PM EDT
Bob Dole (shook hands and a picture)-1987
President George H. Bush (shook hands after I yelled out to him if he'd shake my hand...he walked over and said, "Sure!")-2000

I'm sure I've met others...but those two come to mind.

My wife "ran into" Mel Gibson when they were filming the movie Maverick in Yosemite National Park...when she and her friends realized who it was, he waved back to them while getting into his car with his bodyguards.

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:08:38 PM EDT
Nont really a celebrity but I met Ken Griffy Jr. one year.

That was when he was playing for the Mariners and that season he said he would give out autographs to kids if they asked please.

I met him when I went to a game on my birthday. I told him it was my birthday and asked him if I could please have his autograph on a basebal that was had a picture of him on it.

He flat out said no and walked away from me.

What a stuck up ass.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:09:33 PM EDT
I also met Rob Zombie at Ozzfest last year. He was nice though.

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Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:16:13 PM EDT
As another aside, my wife took care of Tim McVeigh's first attorney (the one before Stephen Jones), John Coyle. He's a big drama queen.
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Hmm. I smoked pot once with Tim McVeigh's cousin, this 18 year old skater punk chick, in Albuquerque.  

Walked by Chelsea Clinton, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chile Peppers said "excuse me" as he took his leather jacket from the back of the chair I was sitting in in a coffee house.  Both these things happened in Juneau one summer.  Worked around the hotels there.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:21:21 PM EDT

A few years ago in my acting days I met many actors. I am thinking about getting back into acting this year so hopfully I will meet more
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Mom met Billy Martin (NY Yankees) at a KC steakhouse, got his autograph for my younger brother (a catcher like Martin was).

Friends dad sat next to Alice Cooper on a plane once.  More correctly, he met Vincent Furnier...he wasn't "in character" as Alice.

Same friend & I met & hung out with all the guys from Type O Negative..was just hanging out with the rest of the metal heads/punks/freaks next to a bus outside the hall after the concert in Lawrence, KS.  Peter Steele came walking down the alley from the back theater door asked the crowd to let him him grab a bite to eat & get out of sweaty clothes first, then he & the rest of the band hung out with everyone, signed autographs, took a schnort off of the wine bottle that was circulating the crowd & were generally cool all around.  Very cool guy.

While waiting to go inside a different concert hall the previous summer (another Type O concert, in Lawrence, KS also) saw & met one of the guys from Fishbone, the ska group.  Little brother, future sister-inlaw & I were just bs'ing around with a friend of theirs we met there by accident & this black guy with a funky hairdo walked by.  I said to my brother "that dude looks like the guy from Fishbone", he overheard us & stopped, turned around & my little brother was "holy shit! it IS the guy from Fishbone!".  He came over, shook hands & BS'ed for a bit.  They were in Lawrence for a concert a day or so later in the week & he was checking out the local sights.  

Younger brother also met Glenn Danzig at some signing at a record store.  

5th grade music teacher became Miss Missouri.

Friend's sister knew Mancow (radio shock-jock) in HS.

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:31:11 PM EDT
I saw Snoop Doggy Dogg one night at Mohegan Sun Casino. I said his name and he and his bodyguards looked at me and I ran away!

And I also saw Ned Beatty while I was playing the "Brave Firefighter" game, also at Mohegan Sun. I was kind of suprised to see him in the gameroom.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:31:44 PM EDT
Hey Riff, didn't you meet "The Ramones"?
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:32:24 PM EDT
Since politicos count:

Congressman JC Watts (at a dinner in Milwaukee)
Then-Gov Tommy Thompson (at GW's innaguration)

I also saw Dick Cheney ride by in a suburban (also Innaguration weekend), and saw GW get sworn in (the reason I was there)...
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:33:43 PM EDT
Hey Riff!

Use the Space Bar, its free. [:D]

Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:39:28 PM EDT
I met Peter G.Kokalis at Knob creek once.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 8:41:58 PM EDT
I met and had lunch with George Dubya Bush when I was in high school when he was running for governor.
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Hey Riff, didn't you meet "The Ramones"?
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Unfortunately, no.  The one time I actually had a chance to see them in concert (first lollapalooza tour) I didn't know I was going 'till my buddy showed up & said "let's go" because he had an extra ticket.  After getting a late start & trying to find parking the Ramones were finishing up their set as we were walking to the gate.  [:(][>(]  And to top it off the rotating band was The Coucteau Twins , when I was hoping for Devo.  Sure glad I didn't pay any money for the concert.  We bailed before Metallica finished their encore (been there, done that, let's beat the crowd outa here).  Stood in line for about an hour & a half to meet Ozzy after a concert.  He called it quits before we got even halfway thru the line [:(!]  That sucked bigtime, especially since I actually wanted to meet Geezer Butler (original Black Sabbath bassist), who was touring with him & was at the autograph meet & greet.

Mom used to work for a national moving company & talked to Rae Dawn Chong on the phone, who was helping her dad, Tommy Chong move (from where to where I can't remember).
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 9:08:19 PM EDT
Wow, you guys sure know how to make me feel pathetic! My celeb encounters are pretty slim compared to almost everyone who posted thus far. Like Sukebe said though, they are just people. When I met Kirby Pucket I will admit I was a little in awe of his celeb status. I really don't know why though. I'm not really that big of a sports fan even. It must just have something to do with meeting someone you have known of in a good light for a long time in person.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 9:14:03 PM EDT
Working in Sonoma and Marin counties, "celebrities" are an occupational hazard. (Deleted)[:D]
I can't think of any I met outside their homes so sorry, no stories. I found the business people much more interesting anyway.
Link Posted: 5/6/2003 9:31:29 PM EDT
I was born and raised in S. California, and worked in Holly wierd alot. Meeting celebs was no big deal. Finding one that impressed me was a whole 'nother story.

If you look real close, you might see me in several t.v. shows and one or two movies as an extra.
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