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Posted: 9/26/2005 12:28:32 PM EDT
I was just shopping at the Pittsburgh Mills mall today and ran into Ben Roethlisberger aka "Big Ben" of the Steelers.

Kinda neat....had his "posse" of brothers with him....too bad he doesn't have any white folk to hang with.

Said his shoulder was doing fine....got a bi week so he must be out sewing his oats.

I ran into Mr. T in Chicago once a few years back and was suprised at how friendly he was...much nicer than Ben.

What say you?
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:31:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 12:32:24 PM EDT by fight4yourrights]
I'm not awed by stardom.



I was supposed to meet President Bush, 41, but my boss was running late.......



R Lee Ermy (great guy)


Joe Neamcheck (sp?) - nascar driver

few other nascar drivers
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:32:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 2:02:14 PM EDT by jcp84]
Seen quite a few of them, met the band Shinedown at a concert last year.

Oh, and Doug Robb from Hoobastank. I have a picture with him =)
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:33:18 PM EDT
William Shatner
Derrick Thomas
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:34:00 PM EDT
Ya..I hear ya..they are just flesh and bone like the rest of us....just fatter bank rolls than us is all.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:34:30 PM EDT
met Flea from the RED hot chilli peppers at a hotel I was workin on.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:34:46 PM EDT
I met Clinton a long time ago when he was Gov here. I'm so ashamed.

Tracy Lawrence, Brooks and Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, Cletus T Judd, and a few other Country singers. Back when I worked on the Ambulance here I was the only one that wanted to work the country concerts. So I got to meet a lot of my favorite singers.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:35:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By haloemt:
met Flea from the RED hot chilli peppers at a hotel I was workin on.

That'd be cool. Flea is the shit. He had more on than tighty whities though right?
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:37:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By haloemt:
met Flea from the RED hot chilli peppers at a hotel I was workin on.



I saw him and Anthony Kiedes (the singer) in Juneau, AK 10 years ago. Also saw Chelsea Clinton in the same town that summer.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:37:43 PM EDT
Rick Derringer, very cool guy. Bought a bootleg of an Edgar Winter/Rick Derringer show from him and got it autographed. I met Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper group) at the same show. Very mellow, a great guy to talk to and an amazing musician.

Ann Richards while she was still governor of Texas. Funny lady, even if you didn't agree with her politics.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:37:56 PM EDT
Jim Poole. Pro Baseball Pitcher for a half a dozen teams. Got an autograph and talked for a minute. I was about 15 though.

um.....thats about it.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:39:17 PM EDT
Too many to list... mostly authors and politicians.

I had dinner with the "Ultimate Warrior" from the WWF.



- BG
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:40:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BUSHMAN15:

I ran into Mr. T in Chicago once a few years back and was suprised at how friendly he was...much nicer than Ben.




He even had time for your jibba jabba? Marvelous!
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:41:45 PM EDT
I met actor "George Takai" from the old tv show "STAR TREK"
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:42:05 PM EDT
Ya...we were having lunch across from each other at a Finnagens.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:46:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:01:43 PM EDT by AR15fan]
Off the top of my head, between the USMC, and living and working in southern California

President Bush (the first one)
Gen Al Gray
Wayne Lapierre
Tom Seleck
JR Carrington (the porn star)
The blonde with the big hooters from Police Academy
Linda Hamilton
John Taffin
Peter Kokalis
Col Jeff Cooper
Ronnie Barret
Chief Daryle Gates
Sheriff Mike Corona
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
State Senator Tom Spitzer
Gavin Debreker
Eric Estrada
Imbroglio
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:49:46 PM EDT
John Travolta @ a health club, Ormond Beach, FL. Very nice, laid back.
Boxcar Willie @ rest area on I95. I was 7 or 8. Very cool back then.
Hank Williams Jr. @ work. He is a client of our office. A great American.
Phil Keaggy @ after concert in Pittsburgh. Great guy, phenominal guitarist.
Toby Keith after concert...partied on tour bus with band, Daytona Beach. Very busy, but cool.
Chris Whorley after concert party, Daytona Bch. Nice guy.
Hulk Hogan, Daytona 500. Great American. Took time to talk to all fans.
Little River Band (yes, all 4 members), after concert Party, Orlando. Skirt chasers.
Cordell Stuart, Las Vegas. Bumped into as they walked through casino.
Jerome Bettis, Las Vegas. Bumped into as they walked through casino.
Morgan Fairchild, Miss Teen USA, Daytona Beach, FL. High maintenance bitch.
Mark Martin, Rosario's Restaurant, Daytona Beach. Dick.
Kyle Petty, Rosario's Restaurant, Daytona Beach. Great guy. Came into the kitchen to learn how to cook. Lots of fun, great sense of humor.
Joe Piscopo @ a health club, Ormond Beach, FL. Dick.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:58:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 12:59:58 PM EDT by fatk1d]
Ted Nugent ... Book signing ... Shook his hand. Pretty nice guy.

ETA: They had a huge sign on the front of the bookstore saying, "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED"

People were bringing in lower receivers and stocks etc. for signing though.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:58:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 11:09:13 PM EDT by mejames]
Anna Kournikova - at an autograph session.
Arnold (The Governator)

I have also met a few lesser celebs over the years, and some sports figures. I am sure there are more, but I can't remember them all.
Chuck Connors (at the airport)
Martina Navratilova (at an airport)
Sinbad, Carrot Top (in Vegas)
Walter Koenig (Chekhov from ST:TOS)
Charles Simonyi (Microsoft billionaire)
Summer Sanders (Swimmer)


Edit to add: I got totally drunk with the band Filibuster after their gig one night.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 12:59:22 PM EDT
Met Forrest Sawyer at a gun show in Tampa.
Met Ray Lewis at my gym once.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:01:00 PM EDT
Ben Stein! @ Penn State. He is really awesome, and wears sneakers with his suit, hehe.

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:01:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:02:34 PM EDT
Kid rock and richard simmons, yes he did have those little shorts on
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:02:48 PM EDT
Partied/met/hung out with the following bands in my music biz days:

Pantera
Skid Row
Testament
White Zombie
Weezer
Concrete Blonde
Trent Reznor

too many to mention.... most were no big deal.... just regular people trying to make a living.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:03:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:04:44 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:04:26 PM EDT
The biggest I would have say is Clint Eastwood and the rest of the cast of "In The Line Of Fire." I was in elementry school at the time and our school was asked to be extras for the DC scenes.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:06:41 PM EDT
Wow, the list I could make.

I'm bouncing for a company that does concerts, and movie shoots.

Right now we are do "Invicible" the story of Vince Papale, a Philadelphia Eagles player. I met Mark Wahlberg.

I've also met Tren Reznor from Nine Inch Nails. Gene Simons, Geoff Tate from Queenryche, Marilyn Manson, Bam Margera, and Metal god Tom Araya of SLAYER!

I worked the back of stage right at Live 8 in Philly, I met Will Smith, Richie Sambora, I waved to Stevie Wonder, but I don't think he saw me.

I almost got into a fight with Jay-Z's head of security, but he wouldn't take the swing when I told him to. There went that law suit!

There are more, but I need to get ready to leave for an overnight at the movie shoot right now.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:07:18 PM EDT
I sat at table next to Jonathaon Pollard while visiting a buddy in prison....does that count?

-HS
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:07:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:10:51 PM EDT by Lumpy196]
Tom Selleck and Jill Eikenberry (LA Law). Both had vacation homes in my my home town.
shrug BFD.

Met Mohammed Ali 2x in the South Bend, Indiana airport. Sad to see him in the condition he was in. His wife was incredibly graceful, if not very protective.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:07:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:16:39 PM EDT by jimtash9]

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
I'm not awed by stardom.



I was supposed to meet President Bush, 41, but my boss was running late.......



R Lee Ermy (great guy)


Joe Neamcheck (sp?) - nascar driver

few other nascar drivers



My dishwasher is Joe Nemechek's uncle. I didn't believe it at first either, but I've met Joe's parents and I've also met his pilots. They came and picked up my dishwasher and flew him to Lakeland, FL in his private jet when his father died. Nice jet btw.

I also ran into Jimmy Walker at the Crystal Palace casino in Nassau. He was getting on an elevator when I realized who he was and I gave out a big "what's up J.J.". He smiled and said hello and that was it.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:07:43 PM EDT
I met Elvis.......last night. I made him a cheeseburger and fries in my dream.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:09:12 PM EDT
Oliver North bought me a pizza once.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:09:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:23:26 PM EDT by macman37]
I got Eric Heiden's autograph at a bike race in Detroit in the 80s. Still have it around somewhere. He was very nice.

Edit: Funny secondary "meeting"

A buddy had tickets to a race at Michigan International Speedway, oh, had to be 8 years back now. Including pit passes. I have been in the pits before but not just before the Trans Am race. So I head to the bathroom to relieve myself and I swear, 5 of the drivers come in in their driving suits to do the same. Some big names too- too bad I'm not enough of a race fan to know the guys. They were funny, short-ish regular joes. Jeff Gordon IIRC was there. My buddy was like "Did you see who you were peeing with?" I was like "Uh, some drivers?"

And I also stood (outside) next to the pit reporter for ABC, Jack Arute. You know how he wears a flameproof suit like the drivers (or did there)? His film crew didn't wear that stuff- I thought that was funny.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:12:06 PM EDT
I gave Franklin Graham a ground tour of a C-17. Super nice guy.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:12:21 PM EDT
Bob Munden. Not exactly a celebrity, but still pretty cool.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:15:44 PM EDT
Last 3 POTUS
Arnie
Gwen Stefani
Tori Amos
Sublime (before Brad died)
Kid Rock/Little Joe (just before died)
Fred Durst
Ted Kaczynski (had to stripsearch him many a time)
Most of the late 70's Steelers (Bradshaw, Greene, Swan, Hamm, Stallworth, Blier)
Alot of 80's wrestlers (Randy "machoman" Savage, Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Ric Flair, Jesee Ventura, Bob Backlund)

Just the ones I could remember...



Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:16:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dvr9:
<snip>
Joe Piscopo @ a health club, Ormond Beach, FL. Dick.



I used to go to comic book conventions with my Dad before there were dedicated sci-fi conventions. I met almost all ofthe cast of the original Star Trek series, plus Gene Roddenberry, D C Fontana and a few others. Also met Martin Landau and Barbara Bain from Space:1999.

I've met tons of baseball and football players in Kansas City. The one who impressed me the most as being a really nice guy was Bo Jackson. The guy simply loves playing with kids. He is a really kind and decent man.

The biggest tool in KC sports is George Brett.

I saw Tom Cruise at LAX about 15 years or so ago. Shrimp.

I met about every IMSA sportscar racer between 1986 and 1990, including Mario Andretti. Easily the most gentlemanly of them all was Derek Bell. His partner for years, the late, great Al Holbert was a brilliant guy but could be a bit brash. He was a really neat guy to talk to about esoteric technical things, though. Pretty damn brilliant engineer, but taken from us too soon in an airplane crash.

Talked to Paul Newman many times at IMSA races. Pretty good race car driver. Genuinely funny guy. I understand he does some acting.

I met a bunch of astronauts in the early days of the Space Shuttle program, including John Young, Robert Crippen and Dick Truly. Astronauts can drink their body weight in alcohol.

Got to meet a lot of music artists in the early 80s too, as I would help a friend of mine set up for shows at the Uptown Theatre in KC. Arlo Guthrie, Anthrax and PeeWee Herman stand out.

I met Robin Olds. Cool guy. Lady killer.

However, the most impressive "famous" guy I ever met was Joe Pesci. Total class act all the way. This guy sings like an angel. Extremely cordial.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:17:35 PM EDT
I flew from Portland to LA with Woody Harrelson. He slept most of the way with his head on my shoulder. He was drunk, smelled bad, was not wearing a shirt or shoes. I woke him up in LA, he got up, staggered off the plane and that was the last I heard from him. He doesn't call, he doesn't write.

Patty
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:18:06 PM EDT
Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Sinatra, Kissinger, more performers than I can remember. Reagan was the best of all.

Sam Donaldson was the person that I wished I had not met.

CWO
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:19:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NorCal_LEO:
Last 3 POTUS
Arnie
Gwen Stefani
Tori Amos
Sublime (before Brad died)
Kid Rock/Little Joe (just before died)
Fred Durst
Ted Kaczynski (had to stripsearch him many a time)
Most of the late 70's Steelers (Bradshaw, Greene, Swan, Hamm, Stallworth, Blier)
Alot of 80's wrestlers (Randy "machoman" Savage, Jimmy Snuka, Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, Ric Flair, Jesee Ventura, Bob Backlund)

Just the ones I could remember...







Normally I hate music like they put out. I really liked them though. They really had something going. One of the few people that OD'd on Heroine that I wish hadn't have.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:19:39 PM EDT
Col. Bud Sydnor of the Son Tay raid and James Mercer, singer song writer from the Shins.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:33:12 PM EDT
I used to shoot (photograph) motorsports for a living, so I've met most of the NASCAR, CART, IRL guys and a of couple F1 guys. Of all of them only Buddy Baker (old time NASCAR putz) was a major dick

Split a 6-pack of Budweiser with Paul Newman in turn 1 at Lime Rock Racetrack in CT during a race, about 20 years ago. (It's a long story) Pretty cool guy for a lib though.

Got to take a hot lap at Talladega with Richared Petty once too. Scared the shit outta me.

FB
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:34:16 PM EDT
Greg Norman
Willie Nelson
Cal Ripken Jr.- (super nice guy)
A Couple different Nascar drivers

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:36:15 PM EDT
George W. Bush

Ed Rendell

Brooke Shields
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:36:20 PM EDT
Let's see...

dpmmn
DevilsAdvocate
m-dc
twonami
BulletCatchR
sully
Lur­ch
InUhBadNayBurHood
Fedgunner


Shall I Continue?
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:40:01 PM EDT
Adm. Jeremiah Denton.

Almost got to meet Dizzy Dean, but his wife got sick and he didn't come over.

i had Johnny Unitas' autograph, but my mom ran it through the washing machine.
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:43:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:46:31 PM EDT by dvr9]
Reading a few of these posts reminded me of a few more.

Dick Marcinko at a few Team Reunions in Ft. Pierce, FL. Tremendous man. His love for this country is amazing. Drank beers with him and several other unnamed Hero's. Had the privilege of buying a few rounds of beer for them all. The are all great men whose humility floors me.

Shaq, helped him pick out some ammo at Bass Pro Shops in Orlando. Great guy, loves kids and fans.

I am distantly related to the drummer from Blink 182, Travis Barker. Never met him though.

I met Ginger from Gilligan's Island in a Dr.'s office in Ft. Lauderdale. Very nice...holding up well (was about 6 years ago).

Latoya Jackson...long story. Psychotic bitch. If Michael is half a crazy as she is, no doubt in my mind he is a peter diddler/puffer.

ETA: How could I forget Dick Trickle. He would show up at a one of the bars I used to work at in Daytona Beach and bum booze all night. He would let you take a pic of him for a drink. At the end of the night he would try and go home with the biggest beast in the place.

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:46:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain…



w00t!


I've met Queen Margrethe of Denmark - and both her kids (went out partying with prince Joachim once, when we were in sergeant's school together).
Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:50:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/26/2005 1:52:04 PM EDT by five2one]
shook hishand at my college graduation (May 1999). I tried to give him advice in case he became president.




oh yeah, and LT used to come to some of my highschool games. He was way cool.

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:51:13 PM EDT
Baxter Black, had dinner with him when I was in college

Met Wilford Brimley in a small cafe in New Mexico

Met Gary Busey at a bar here in Tulsa, yes, he's as odd as he'd like you to believe

Talked with Red Steagall for about 45 minutes after one of his shows, a great man with a deep love of America

Ron Jeremy, at a hotel in Arlington, Tx....I was gonna shake his hand but thought better of it

Link Posted: 9/26/2005 1:52:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Lumpy196:
Tom Selleck and Jill Eikenberry (LA Law). Both had vacation homes in my my home town. shrug BFD.

Met Mohammed Ali 2x in the South Bend, Indiana airport. Sad to see him in the condition he was in. His wife was incredibly graceful, if not very protective.





...interesting.

Selleck had a vacation home in my hometown too.

St. Simons Island, GA.
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