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05-25-2007, 11:04 AM
An instance happened this morning that more or less made my day. Recently on another message board a discussion came up reguarding a poker hand that professional player Clonie Gowan was involved in. It sounded funny to me, and being curious I contacted her last night to inquire about it. I figured it would take some time to get some reply, and it may possibly even be some automated response or something from a publicist or whatever. To my surprise I awoke this morning to a very personal reply, answering my question in great detail and generally engaging in an online conversation with me! I've played semi-professionally for a while, and as such I can only imagine how busy she really is between playing, television appearances, doing advertisements for sponsors, etc. but she was kind enough to take even a few minutes of her time to talk to me... which I found very refreshing!I mean, after all even my state's own senator Mr. Jeff Sessions only sent me a generic letter not at all addressing my concerns when I have contacted him before.
This got me thinking about other times when celebs or otherwise famous/ public figures went out of their way to make and individual feel kinda special. Dr. Cue came to mind easily, as I'm sure most of us here have some story relating to him!
I also remember years ago meeting actress Alyssa Reyes outside of Nickelodeon Studios when she was on their teen show "All that". She signed my autograph and we also began chatting. Her manager (I'm assuming that's who the gentleman was at least) was yelling at her about needing to go and in a rush. She continued to talk with me, more or less "hanging out"... all the while seeming to be getting deeper and deeper into trouble for getting behind schedule. Ah how I wish I had asked her to dinner or something back then... beautiful girl! But still made little ol' teenage Sack feel like he was important.
Also pro baseball player Marlon Anderson made me look like some big shot at a Braves game once... but I played ball with him and his brother and know his Momma and all, so that's tougher to count /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
So what about y'all? Any big people make you feel like you were belonging in an elite group? Kinda like a little kid meeting Kermit the Frog... that little excited feeling. I love stories like that, and hearing about celebs that are still down to earth enough to know who it is that really makes their paychecks. The next closest thing I have is Deeman let me hang out with him a few times... but I still felt he was looking down his nose at me... as it should be /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
05-25-2007, 12:56 PM
Outside of the pool world, I met George McGovern in the early 70's. He was nice and left us take pictures. I was an early teen at that time. Later I met Bo Diddley who was as nice as could be. I was at a backstage party for Little Feat and George Thorogood's band came and sat at my table and talked with Mrs. DG and myself. I met jockey Jerry Bailey and D. Wayne Lukas, and they signed an autograph but wouldn't talk. I also played basketball with Sam Bowie, who played for Portland, Lakers, and University of Kentucky. We went to the same school. He was two years behind me.
05-25-2007, 03:26 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote sack316:</font><hr>Deeman let me hang out with him a few times... but I still felt he was looking down his nose at me... as it should be /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Sack <hr /></blockquote>
<font color="blue"> Sack,
I've enjoyed every minute we have spent together and look forward to many more on my next trip to see you. I hope you never feel I would look down my nose at you. I save that for my relatives.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif </font color>
05-25-2007, 04:54 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Deeman3:</font><hr> <blockquote><font class="small">Quote sack316:</font><hr>Deeman let me hang out with him a few times... but I still felt he was looking down his nose at me... as it should be /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
Sack <hr /></blockquote>
<font color="blue"> Sack,
I've enjoyed every minute we have spent together and look forward to many more on my next trip to see you. I hope you never feel I would look down my nose at you. I save that for my relatives.... /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif </font color> <hr /></blockquote>
lol, thanks deeman... and of course I've never really felt that way. And I also have enjoyed anytime we've gotten to hang out. Next time you're this way make sure you give me a call... since I'm not working at the poolhall anymore I may actually get to play with you some instead of you watching me pretend to work!
Gayle in MD
05-26-2007, 08:06 AM
I've met so many celebrities it's hard to count them all. Mostly through my work with the USO, as a former hoofer, I've met people like Bob Hope, Anne Margret, danced with the June Taylor dancers, met Gleason, Ted Mack, Brooke Johns, Met the The Lennon sisters, Frankie Avalon, and Paul Anka, when singing and dancing on the Steel Pier in Atlantic city, as a teenager. Once ran into Eva Gabor in the ladies room at Constitution Hall during an Artur Ruebenstein concert,.... met and had a drink with Willie Nelson, at the Merry Whether Post Pavillion, in his travel trailor /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif, tap danced for President Truman, (I was really little then) President Eisenhower, President Kennedy and Jackie, a number of Maryland governors.
During the years of our Graphic Arts business, because we designed and produced the covers for Washingtonian Magazine, and The New Republic, we met most of the politicians of the mid sixties to mid seventies era, Including Gene McCarthy, and Henry Kissenger, Ted Kennedy, at their annual Christmas parties. Jim, in his present profession, has done work in the homes of many many political people in the Washington area, one of the most famous was Gordon Liddy, who BTW, was extremely nice, as was his wife. As a teen I worked summers for the Republican National Committee, my Dad did all their printing, so I knew most all of the Republican political figures in the early sixties.
My former pool team members who were Capital Policemen, and also some who worked in the Senate Office Building in the Air conditioning and wood-working depts., get me into any of the hearings I wish to attend, such as the 9/11 investigation, Watergate, Iran/Contra, and I met several of my heros of the Watergate Era, such as John Dean, (Just long enough to shake his hand) Senator Ervin, with whom I had lunch at the Monacle Restraurant, thanks to my buddies who told him he was a hero of mine, and Tip O'Neil, who was a friend of my Dad's, and often had dinner with us at his favorite restraurant, The Oakland Inn, just outside of Washington D.C.
I recently met Jane Fonda, Susan Sarrandon, her husband, (Can't think of his name right now) and Sean Penn.
When my daughter worked at Fox News here in Washington, I met many political and media people, like, for example, Dan Rather, and most all of the National and Washington news commentators, and since I'm a member of the Washington Press Club, I have met loads of famous authors, mostly political people and journalists, who have made appearances there, too many to name, but just to shake their hands, and listen to their lectures, and also at the Washington Book Store, Politics and Prose, which isn't really like meeting them, either, just shaking their hands, or having a book signed, people like Isakoff, Corn, Dean, Woodward and Bernstein, Madeline Albright, Hillary Clinton, and many more.
I must say though, that my most recent thrill was recieving a call back from one of my heros, Helen Thomas, the Dean of the Washington White House Press Corps, after leaving her a message on her voice mail, she called me back and we had a nice chat, and we have plans to meet for dinner, perhaps, here at my home. I hope it comes off, as I can't think of anyone I would rather have dinner with, than Helen Thomas, the only journalist who asked the important questions of George Bush regarding our occupation of Iraq. Also, I have two friends who are Senators, with whom I can argue politics at lunch, and part with hugs and kisses, unlike here, where one is condemned for ones views. I also met the President (PM) of Italy, Burlesconni, whose son was engaged to marry my cousin's daughter, until she threw him over for an Italian Soccer Star, LOL, and he, Burlesconni, is the Godfather to their son, (She married the soccer star, and now has a child) How I wish I could talk with him (Burlesconni) again about the phoney Niger documents! He is friends with my Uncle, and if he comes back to the US again, he will stay with Uncle, and I'm promised the opportunity to meet with him again.
Of all these opportunities my favorite experience was playing Chopin's' Nocturne in E Flat, on the same piano played upon by Eddy Duchin, and Cole Porter, at the Waldorf Astoria, on my last trip to NY, and meeting Karen Corr and Julie Kelly, at Frans workshop was fun, but I must say, if this dinner with Helen Thomas comes off, it will be by far the greatest thrill of my life, right up there with attending one of Reubensteins' last concerts, as far as meeting celebrities count. There is really no one I would rather chat with than Ms. Thomas, who has lived the history of all the presidents in the White House since Eisenhower.
Gayle in Md.
05-26-2007, 10:36 AM
I have known many people famous for different reasons,from science,to entertainment,to business. I will only mention one. John Lennon,at the home of the parents of Brian Kass,the first CEO of Apple. We talked for about three hours,waiting for the others to arrive. Brian died of liver failure,and his former wife Joan Collins picked up the tab for the funeral. Joe Kass,Brian's father,and I kept in touch until he was well into his eighties.
05-26-2007, 05:43 PM
Name dropper !!!!
I once met Kermit the frog....and used to see a thin Ted Kennedy walking through Boston Commons....once was in a food line at the airport a few people behind John. Jr.
Did I mention I met Kermit the Frog?
Deeman's about the only celebrity I know of now, and he's unknown outside of Ala, and Texas....
I'm not sure though that I can forgive your stint working for the Republican Party...have you confessed to your God, and done penance for that?
The June Taylor dancers?????? That was way before my time...
05-26-2007, 05:46 PM
Geez Sack, what did you expect from a Republican Senator?....you're lucky it didn't come with postage due...and that's only because they have franking privileges.
Gayle in MD
05-26-2007, 05:46 PM
They were around long after Gleason was off TV.
I'l love to meet Kermit!!! I got a feeliong he's hot! /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif
05-26-2007, 05:50 PM
Jackie Gleason is kind of a tie in here...he was both a decent pool player and a golfer...even appeared in some movie once about pool.....
I once saw him beat Arnold Palmer in a made for TV 9 hole match...getting a stroke a hole.....
Wonder if Mr. Sands would offer me the same bet???
05-26-2007, 10:12 PM
Meeting Kermit was a huge deal to me when I was little! "It's not easy being green" still gets me a little misty eyed /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif
And Deeman is well known outside of Bama and Texas. He's big in Japan, he told me himself!
And wow Gayle... you know a lot of folks hun. Remind me to never get on your bad side.
05-29-2007, 01:21 PM
Met & liked Johnny Paycheck & Johnny Johnson & Jeannette
Met & kinda liked Ted Nugent & Efren Reyes
Met & disliked Jay Rockefeller
Knew & didn't like Terry Bowden
05-29-2007, 02:56 PM
I had the fortune to work as a valet attendant at Foxwoods Resort Casino before joining the service. While I was there, I ran into a few celebrities, passing by and actually providing valet services for them. Had the opportunity to meet James Garner, Jim "The Anvil" Niedhart and Owen Hart (RIP), as well as half of the New York Knicks and some of the Lady Huskies such as Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, and Kara Wholers. NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB players always stopped in at Foxwoods on their way from NYC to Boston or vice versa. Never really had a chance to talk to them, but they were always around. Among some of the celebrities that I've seen, one that stands out the most is the one with the Golden Wheelchair; Larry Flint. He pulled up in a super stretch limo, and about ten of his models stepped out of the car. Then, as they were walking in, two of them stayed by the car to pull the wheelchair out. He had them roll him over to where all the valet jockies were waiting for cars to get and handed all of us a hundred dollar bill. (oh yeah, we all got kisses from the girls too...woohoo!) Kenny Rogers was a fixture at Foxwoods and everytime he performed there, he would go to the "back room" (what the employees only area is called), and mingle with the employees in the main dining facility. Real nice guy. I do have two stories from my time at Foxwoods regarding celebrities....
First one was only right after I had switched to the brand new Pequot Towers Hotel that had just been finished. Myself and two others were coming back from our "lunch" (worked midnight shift, so it was around 3 in the morning). Now, the ocrridors in Back Room can be pretty convoluted and twist around alot. Well, I cut to the inside of this one corner and ran right into someone, knocking them on their ass. Immediately, they began spouting what sounded like greek or something. He was surrounded by security guards, who were all wide eyed and at least one was trying not to laugh. Apparently they were escorting Yanni around the Back Room to the employee elevator to his suite, and I just happened to knock him on his ass. YAY ME!!!!! The security guards just told us to get out of there, and nothing more came of it.
Another time, I had to bring a car to one of our other valet ports, (Foxwoods had three at the time, I think they're up to four now). I was walking back to my own port after the delivery and was passing through the area where the tour busses park. Standing outside the tour bus was none other than Lee Ann Rhimes. So I took about 15 minutes to stand and chat with her. Now, this is around the time when she was only 15 and had just really made her splash the year before...maybe 1997-8'ish. I cuoldn't believe a 15 year old had that much maturity...on top of being extrememly pretty. I felt just a little dirty walking away from the conversation, but all in all, was very impressed meeting her, and that she took the time to talk to just an ordinary casino worker.
Outside of the casino, I haven't had the opportunities of course to meet quite as many celebs. Though while I was going to language school out in Monterey, Califonia, we had a consistant visitor to our dining facilities. The former mayor of Carmel, California, Clint Eastwood. He would make a trip about once every 2 months, work permitting, up to the Language school and have lunch or dinner with the soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines stationed there. I had the opportunity to sit at his table one time, and I must say...Clint is THE MAN. He loved to joke around, and was always claiming to be the coolest guy in Hollywood...and he proved it by being able to pop a cigarette from his breast pocket into his mouth. (you may have seen him do this same thing on the David Letterman Show) He remains to this day, the most down to earth celebrity that I have ever met. I think the funniest thing that happened when he was dining with us, was someone asked if he was going to eat the bit of garlic bread he had on his plate,and if not if they could grab it as there was none left on the food line. He looked at them, eyes growing narrow, and just like in the movies said, "Go ahead, make my day..." We all busted out hootin and hollerin as the person who asked just let the matter drop, growing red in the face, and chucklin a bit to himself. Mr. Eastwood laughed and gave him the piece of bread. Those are my stories...look forward to reading more of these...deffinitely interesting.
05-29-2007, 03:32 PM
Great story on Clint. I forgot, I just met Chelsea Clinton last weekend in NYC at the International food fare. I took a picture of my daughter with her.
05-29-2007, 10:17 PM
Dagwood's mention of wrestlers reminded me of something I completely forgot! It may have been a story I've told here before, but just in case I'll tell it once more.
Must have been over ten years ago, me and a buddy were at the Waffle House late one night for a bite to eat. ECW was still on it's own and growing at the time, but not something that was televised on any station around here yet. So honestly we had no idea what anyone looked like from that federation... but we knew they were in Montgomery doing a house show that night. In walks a couple of guys who are obviously wrestlers.
Well, obviously we didn't know much about ECW other than that there was this huge buzz about it, and that Tazz was "the man" at the time. So we walk on over to where they are sitting-- proceed to exchange greetings, and ask if they work for ECW... to which they said they did. Next my buddy (thank God not me) asks, " So then, do you know Tazz?" The short and very stalky fellow looks at us, smiles, and says "I am Tazz". Boy were our faces red!
Anyway, he let us sit and chat with him for a bit while he waited on his food and was an extemely (get it?) nice guy. He could easily have blasted us for now knowing who he was, but he carried on the conversation as if it never happened. I don't recall the names of the other guys, but looking back I think one of them may have been Spike Dudley. At any rate, all those guys were really nice... and I'm very pleased to see them enjoy the success they have gotten since those days. They deserve it!
05-30-2007, 07:03 AM
dg-in-centralpa I would spend summers at Saratoga Race Track with my two granddaughters, the Paddock is in the picnic area. They would have the Jockeys autograph their program. This I over heard from a Jockey, up here in Saratoga were treated like Gods everyone asking for autographs, down in NYC they want top kill us.####
05-30-2007, 07:25 AM
Gayle Marjorie Merriwhether Post was my favorite Socialite I was always trying to teach her pool at Mar-a-Largo but we could never get together.
Jane Fonda and I both graduated high school in Troy in 1955.
If Wolfdancer can forgive the RNC bit I guess I can.####
05-30-2007, 01:46 PM
Gayle is not a name dropper. She. like me, has known quite a few famous people, in her case more than I have. Unfortunately most of the recognisable people i have known, more than just a passing handshake were Democrats, leftists or otherwise downright crooks. /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif
I have had smoe pleasure at meeting folks of some fame but to this day enjoy the folks I mett in the oddest places even more. The stranger the person, the more I seem to like them. This may be part of the reason I am so well armed but get in remarkably few disputes.
I will now formally apologise for my former support for the Republican party. I now consider them sniveling whimps who would rather tax than fight.
I will not give you a stroke a hole but maybe a ball or two in nine ball....This from the most famous loser in Alabama..... /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
By the way, I have been thrown out of better countries than some of the states I now visit. Alabama has no specific laws against me so I like it here.
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