Martha Raye - Martha Raye was as funny and delightful in person she was in her many, many film roles. I was both enthralled and laughed a lot at her tales of the many USO road shows during her career. She indeed had a way with story telling that came naturally. She could belt out "My Funny Valentine" at a South Orange County bar with bar patrons howling with her antics while singing. She became a friend over the years and never lost that sense of humor. I am sure anyone who met this wonderful lady felt the same way. She will always be "The Big Mouth." - Mike
Roger Troutman - I was a cashier in a grocery store and I was taking care of a customer return. He wanted me to open up the express lane so he could get out of there and not wait in line like all the other customers. He offered to "french kiss" me if I checked him out. He said " don't you know who I am" I said yes, and he had to wait like everyone else. - MMM
George Burns - In the early 60's, I was working the main entrance at our state fair at which George Burns was appearing. The afternoon before his performance, a huge limo rolled up to the gate. As the driver's window descended, I leaned down to determine how many tickets would be required for the occupants. The driver and two other adult males said in unison: "George Burns!" and all pointed to a small man sitting in the back of the limo. I immediately recognized Mr. Burns with his trademark cigar, although he was without his toupee or makeup and appeared to be about 90 years old in this condition. (This was long before he actually reached that age.) He smiled and waved his cigar without saying a word, and I responded by motioning the driver through the gate.
Michael Douglas - I was having breakfast with my family at a Hojo's in Massachussetts. He was sitting in the booth right next to us with his son. Later on, he was standing in line behind us to pay. Suddenly he drops his keys and they fall right next to me. I pick them up and hand them to him. He said "thank you" and I responded "You're very welcome!"
Sam Moore - I went to an oldies concert in Cleveland with a reporter friend of mine around 1995 and got to go backstage and meet Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame. I told him it was an honor to meet him and he kind of shrugged it off and made some remark that it must be like meeting Elvis. Pretty arrogant for a has-been, I thought later. Then he went into a long story about a TV show -- "Hanging With Mr. Cooper" I think -- that had stolen his music for its theme song and he was going to sue. Oh, well. I still like his music even though a little bit of Sam was Moore than I could take (hee). - Steve
Cary Grant, Dyan Cannon - In May of 1974 I was on a 2 week business trip to London. On Sunday morning I stopped at an outdoor cafe for breakfast and to read the papers. After being seated, the maitre d' asked if I would mind sharing my table (which is a common practice) and I agreed. To my astonishment the couple he seated were Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon. I stood up and introduced myself, and had one of the greatest hours of my life. - Stan
Dan Rather - In 1983, I encountered Dan Rather as he was leaving the Steak N' Shake restaurant in Alton, IL. He was in town to attend the funeral of his producer Lane Vernados' mother. Even though this was 12:30 in the afternoon, he was still back in New York to anchor the CBS Evening News that night. No, I don't know what he ordered, and no, I don't know the frequency! - Ron
Mr T. - About 10 years ago a coworker asked me to video tape his daughter's wedding. I did and one Saturday about 2 weeks later, I was editing the tape and heard something on the radio about Mr.T appearing at a local book store to promote his comic book. I dropped everything and ran over with my camcorder to get him to tape a greeting to the bride and groom. This man was so kind and cooperative, I couldn't beleive it. He did about 3 1/2 minutes aimed at the newlyweds and I put it on the end of the tape (what a surprise to the couple seeing Mr. T with all his neck ware) I'll never forget that day and how nice this man was to us strangers. - Paul K
Joan Fontaine - I was called to work at a house, where an elderly lady was very nice. She offered to let me wander throughout the estate. I had no clue who she was at the time, and it was after I left that someone told me she was once an actress. A few days later, I finally realized who she was, while watching the movie "Rebecca" for the first time. - J.A.
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