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I didn't actually meet this person, and I'm not sure we can call him a celebrity, but I'm sure his name is familiar to all. Back in the late 1950s my older cousin was attending MIT in Boston and I was attending another school close by.  I would go to MIT on Saturdays to study at the library with my cousin.  One day as we were walking across campus an older man was walking in our direction.  He had bushy hair and was wearing a trench coat - popular in those days when the weather was cool.  My cousin asked if I knew who the man was and I said "no".  It was Dr. Albert Einstein! Of course I didn't actually meet him, but to this day, over 60 years later, I can still vividly picture Dr. Einstein walking across campus.

 

Then, on a lesser note, when I was in high school some of the cast of the Howdy Doody show put on a performance in our town and asked for high school students to volunteer to be ushers.  So I 'met' Howdy Doody and Claribel the Clown!  

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I was working as a waitress at a restaurant in Montana when one of my (much) younger co-workers asked me if I knew who Juliet Prowse was. When I said, "Yes", she told me that the actress was sitting at one of her tables. I went over to talk to Juliet, and got her autograph. 

Another time, in Reno, I was working at a men's clothing store when one of the customers told me he was Rip Torn. At the time, I did not know who Rip was, but as time went on, I heard a little more about him. 

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How could I forget Michael Parks of TV's "Then Came Bronson?" He was my heart throb, so I nearly passed out when my husband introduced me to him. Another night while attending a gala performance of groups from the 50s and 60s such as The Four Tops, The Temptations and more, we were headed backstage when I realized that my husband was behind me and I was walking next to Jeremy Irons. I said that I enjoyed his work; he smiled and nodded. My husband also met Joan Crawford when she was on the Board of Pepsi (long story) and sat next to many celebrities during his travels. The one that comes to mind is the soulful James Brown. I'm sure I could come up with more celebrities (like Phyllis Diller) as my husband worked in entertainment, but I promise to end here.
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I grew up with Canadian TV so am very familiar with Guy Lombardo, one of the greatest band leaders and violinist. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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Yes I have met several.  I grew up in NYC and I had my first celebrity encounter while my friend and I were standing online to get into a TV show.  Here coming down the street was Lou Christy and he stopped to say hello to us.  We were teenagers then so it was really exciting.  My second time was in, of all places, Macy's on 34th street.  Ran into Glen Campbell and he signed an autograph for me.  I also got an autograph from Rita Morena on a playbill for Chicago.  Great show to see in person.  I worked in a bank on Broadway and 90th street in Manhattan and there was a greek diner right across the street.  We went in there almost every morning to get coffee and in one booth every morning was Roy Scheider of Jaws fame.  He always said hello.  Another encounter was with a not so famous person but she was the coach of Kristi Yamaguchi, the ice skater.  Knew her for several years as she came into our bank on a regular basis.  So I was pretty lucky.  The funny part is I moved to California in 2005 and never met a single celebrity.  Everyone I met was very nice and always friendly.  Just like regular people.

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Chubby Checkers taught me how to Twist at my friends birthday party, her Dad was a movie producer.  And Bob Denver was my after school supervisor in elementary school.

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I just remembered I met someone in Hawaii when I graduated high school.

My dad asked me where I wanted to go, anyplace with you.  So, he took me to a nice restaurant by the beach.  I was so happy that I finally got out of jail ( graduated)!  I felt like I was imprisoned for so long.

All of a sudden, a man came on stage and started to sing.  Boy, he sounded just like Dean Martin, but it wasn't Dean Martin.  That voice was so beautiful. He came over to our table and asked what my name was, which to me was odd, then he asked me why did I come to this restaurant.  My Dad and Mom were smiling.  So, I told him I graduated and wanted to spend time with my parents because they are the ones who never gave up hope for me, pushing and guiding me to graduate.  Everybody was clapping.  My Dad asked me, do you know who is this man?  No, they smiled, again

He walked back to the stage and began to sing a wonderful Hawaiian Song, tho I don't remember the name of it, now.

My Dad said, " This is Don Ho"

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My brother and I went to see Someone at the airport.  We noticed that a lot of reporters were there and wondering who will appear.

We saw a small man get off the airplane, somewhat chubby also.  We thought to ourselves is this Perry Mason?  We looked at each other and said No way!  Perry Mason was a tall man, also not very chubby.

As he came down the steps, he was greeted by reporters and he began to talk - oh my God- yes- this is him!

So, Hollywood dressed him up to make him seem powerful in the courtroom!

The other person we met when we were so young was Pancho and the Cisco Kid, a favorite kid show back in the day.  They looked exactly the same as in the show.  We got autographs and pictures.  It was awesome!

I also met Cochise, the famous Indian, who played in the movies.  Don't know if he was ever an Indian in the first place, his skin was the same color as me,pale.

I stood in the blistering heat with hundreds of other kids waiting for a chance to say HI!  It was awesome!

 

 

 

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I met actors Christopher George and his wife, Lynda Day George in 1979.  I recognized her first from her time on the TV series Mission: Impossible.  I was at a Blue Angels airshow at Pt. Mugu, California and was in the Navy at the time.  I shared a house with a couple and her father was a crew member of Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130.  She arranged for us all to get VIP passes and I was an avid photographer at the time so I was ecstatic to have a prime photography spot at the flight line.  It was a windy day and as I squatted down on one knee to help steady my hands with the telephoto lens, I became aware of a shadow that moved over me.  I looked up to see Lynda leaning over me watching with her face about 10 inches from mine.  She started asking me questions about the camera and photography.  I was in awe.  Here was a beautiful woman who makes her living in front of a camera asking me questions about operating one for various shots.

 

I've met other famous people over the years but this one was the most memorable because they engaged me in a conversation rather than just a casual hello type situation.  I somewhat regret that I didn't ask for an autograph from them but I think that would have altered the situation from being a chance meeting and conversation to just another fan wanting to say they had met them.

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When I was in my teens, my family and I  were at the contemporary hotel at Disney world. My father and my one brother were up early for breakfast. My father observed a man in a robe getting his morning paper. He suggested that we go get his autograph. My brother and I had no idea who this was. He was an older man in his late 50 or early 60. When approached, he obliged us with his autograph and asked how we were enjoying  Disney.  After a short conversation,  we looked at the autograph and did not recognize the name. My father explained that he was Guy Lombardo who used to do the new year's eve celebration.  Very nice and personable man and we were glad to have met him.

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