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I don't know if it actually happened or not, but several years ago James Patterson was going to have a reading tour for one of his children's books, and was planning to go to military family libraries.       So many came to the huge public library, and there was never room for kids from the military base, so that was a nice change.  

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I forgot about Roslyn Sumners - met her after Stars On Ice in 1990, I think.  Didn't get an autograph or photo.  She was very nice.  Complimented me on my gold ice skate necklace.  All of the skaters mingled with the audience after the show.  I handed a bouquet to Tracy Wilson and Robert McCall - wish I had a photo of that.  😔

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28 minutes ago, cpcathy said:

I handed a bouquet to Jayne Torvill!

I got to know a skating coach years ago.  She had a national rep and invited me backstage after multiple Stars on Ice performances in the 90's.  I met virtually everyone including Oksana Baiul, Philppe Candeloro, Brian Boitano, Meno and Sand, Kurt Browning, Scott Hamilton, Kristy Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva. There were a bunch of others, I need to find my autographed programs to remember them all.  Because my escort was known by everyone (Carol Heiss Jenkins, US and Olympic Gold Medalist 1960), everyone was lovely, but it might've been because she was and is skating royalty.  She also coached Jill Trenary briefly and I met her, too.

Carol herself is quite the gal.  She's a cool blonde in the Grace Kelly mode, very petite.  But she is from NYC and has this gravelly voice and a thick New Yawk accent.  Big contrast.  Funny and irreverent as hell, too.  She is also the answer to a figure skating trivia question as her husband, Hayes Alan Jenkins is also an Olympic Gold Medalist (1956) and so is his brother David Jenkins (1960).  Hayes is also a very nice guy, hates Dick Button with a passion. Apparently Dick was not a very nice guy back when they were both competing.

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About 30 years ago,we were staying at the Las Vegas Hilton with our children.  Children were actually welcomed then and the Hilton had a day camp for them.  Full House was filming their LV episode at the same time.  Of course my 10 or 11 year old daughter was thrilled.   Along with about 30 other people, many young girls, we stood watching a scene of the cast going into the theater.  The only one of the main cast, the three male actors and the oldest two girls who acknowledged the fans was John Stamos.  He would wave to the girls and talk.  The others completely ignored everyone. My daughter was enthralled with it all especially when an extra in the scene asked her to hold her camera.  I think we stood there for over two hours watching.  I didn't like "Uncle Jesse" lighting up a cigarette but after he was so much nicer to the kids than anyone else, I  always thought of him fondly.

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If you're including Olympians, then I've met a few of the swimmers from the 2000 Olympics.  Mostly just long enough to ask them for autographs.  They were all really nice.  But, I was friends with someone who was friends with Brendan Hansen's family and after one meet, we all went to a celebratory dinner because he broke another record.  It was in a restaurant so we were in a room with many tables, and he wasn't at ours, but before I left I introduced myself and congratulated him.  What impressed me was that when I approached and got his attention, he stood up and talked with me.  Good old fashioned manners with that man.  Later, when in an online discussion with his mother, I complimented her on how well she raised her son.  I don't see manners like those (ones that go beyond the basics) very often. 

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Back in the early seventies, when I was about six or seven, my dad was the faculty advisor for the Black Students' Union at a small college. Somehow, he managed to book Muhammad Ali as a guest speaker. 

Since my dad was the host, I got the full behind the scenes treatment. The speech was held in school's gym, so prior to it, I got to hang out with Ali in locker room. He was totally charming. He made it feel like I was the most important person in the room.

He had me step on a scale for a pre-fight "weigh in" and then had the newspaper's photographer take a couple of shots of me pretending to throw a knockout "punch" to his chin. 

At the time, I knew he was a famous person, but it was only through time that I realized how important he was. I knew he was a boxer, but had never seen one of his fights. I didn't know that he was possibly the most recognized person in the world. And I didn't know that the reason he was on the speaking circuit was because he had been stripped of his title for his refusal to be drafted. 

It's a memory that got better the more I learned about him. 

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This is what I got...

-Austin Peck (Days of Our Lives) at an event for As the World Turns, circa 2007. Came off as a total douche. I asked him what it was like to work with Ali Sweeney, and he replied, "Oh, I'm not on Days anymore. But you should watch my new show!" Douche.

-Keri Strug at a Capitol Steps performance in 2005. (They're a sketch comedy group that lampoons politics in Washington, D.C.) During the show someone outed her as being in the audience, asked her to stand up, and she was right behind me! I was 10 years old during the 1996 Olympics and it was so cool! (By this point she had grown her hair out to her shoulders and she looked really good!) I got to shake her head and tell her that she was favorite part of the 1996 Olympics. She thanked me and said that meant a lot. Apparently after the show let out she got mobbed by the Capitol Steps cast. LOL,

-This is more of an "overheard", but I was at Firefly Music Festival 2014 and I was sitting on a bale of hay around this tent that had been set up for smaller acts to play. Next to me, this very tall jock/overriped frat looking drunken guy in his 40's was trying to hit on these two girls that were like half his age, not very successfully. Later on, I realized he was Philadelphia newscaster John Clark, who does sports for NBC. I have never been able to take him seriously on the news after that. LOL.

-I went to a meet and greet and got an autograph from Lance Bass, not for me but my sister, (I am more of a BSB fan.) He was pretty nice.

-Also got the autograph of Matthew Quick, an author best known for Silver Linings Playbook during a q and a session at a local high school. He seemed like a pretty cool guy and he gave me some life advice.

-I also managed to get an autograph from Anderson Cooper, although I didn't get to speak much to him, He was kind of crowdrushed and I managed to get my book to him to quickly sign,

-Amy Schumer did college stand-up and I got to be treated to not just one but two different sets from her, circa 2009, She heckled me a little bit because I was dressed up as a cop for a play I was watching downstairs, and joked that I was going to use it to rape someone. LOL. 

-Melissa Rauch (now known for the Big Bang Theory) also did a set at the comedy club at my college circa 2009. I got to tell her how much I enjoyed her and Doug Benson on Best Week Ever, and I joked that he should do his Harry Potter impression but be naked on a house as an Equus joke. She was like, "Totally!" She signed a pack of cards that I had but I lost them, I believe.

-Didn't speak to Jill Biden, but I did see her at Delaware Tech once right during the 2008 election season.

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Many years ago I sat next to college basketball coach Bob Knight on a flight from FL to Indy.  The only time I spoke to him was to ask if it was ok if I put the window shade up.  (He said yes.)  He did have a lengthy conversation with another passenger about fishing and didn't throw any chairs.

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15 hours ago, tribeca said:

I really want to know @Bastet Vince Vaughn story.  

There isn't much to it because he was so tanked.  He was hitting on me at a bar in Manhattan Beach (or maybe Hermosa; I used to spend a lot of time in both with a friend who lived there and those nights kind of run together) with absolutely no finesse because he was leaning more than standing and had to concentrate on making his words come out; he was at that stage where you know you're too drunk but think if you really put your mind to it you can pull it off.  Someone that drunk is just gross, even when you might otherwise find them reasonably attractive, and I had no intention of giving up my prime spot because of some guy who can't hold his liquor, so I essentially told him to fuck off and his friend walked him out.

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On 10/10/2019 at 4:54 PM, doodlebug said:

I met virtually everyone including Oksana Baiul, Philppe Candeloro, Brian Boitano, Meno and Sand, Kurt Browning, Scott Hamilton, Kristy Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordee

That's fantastic. I absolutely idolized Kristi during the early 90's. I still remember checking the Olympic schedule and marking the figure skating days on my calendar so that I knew when to watch.

I "met" Susan Lucci for about two seconds years ago at Dancesport Studios in midtown Manhattan. I was arriving for my class, she was apparently leaving hers (I think she was to be a Dancing With The Stars contestant). We smiled and exchanged "Hellos". I was so floored I couldn't think of anything else to say.

She seemed lovely, but I was really struck by how tiny she was.

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