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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:52 pm 
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So, some pretty hilarious shit comes up during zoom get-togethers.

This is NOT one of those things.

(but I do have a little sloppy drunk pad with a list of some stuff that made me cry with laughter at the time, and scratch my head the next day. I've got psoriasis, though, so I always scratching'!)

ANYHOO

A few weeks ago, Ford Escape mentioned he and the party panther were pondering what to do with the San Clemente property (sorry, tenant dude.) I mentioned nice memories of San Clemente, as my dad's army buddy and best man was lead Secret Service agent on Nixon's place there, and we went to So CA every summer to see my maternal grand parents.

Which led to me telling how in the fifth grade, same SS guy had us come meet the sitting POTUS. Pretty out-of-the-ordinary shit for Taylorville's West Wildcats, to be pulled out of class by the school secretary to go meet the president.

Behold, little Bucky Beaver Savage Patty witnesses her first ever hand shake?

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(damn, i miss my mom)

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:54 pm 
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Now...tell me your zoom anecdotes, or share your encounters with celebrities or politicians.*

Or maybe, about how that one time, at band camp, when you "zoomed" a celebrity/politician?




*(please remember to keep ideology out of it tho'. As always, and even more so, FOM be neutral ground, yeah?)

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:48 am 
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In high school, the marching band was invited to hawaii for the 65th pearl harbor anniversary. One day, leaving to get food, I stumble across the one and only Mr. Lewis Black in the hotel lobby and got to chat with him while he waited for his cab.

He told me I should run away from the band so I wouldn't have to go back to Georgia.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:17 am 
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When I was about 8, I was in a pharmacy in Newport Beach, CA (where I lived) and accidentally bumped into a really tall guy. I just said "sorry" and wandered off, but my mom just stared at him. It was John Wayne.

Pretty much all my other celebrity sightings have been at airports.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:29 am 
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Somewhere in the crowd is a boy scout color guard...
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:53 pm 
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I used to live in and travel with, when I was a child, what can only be considered a cult. There were many celebrities, in the early 80's, that came to earn their spiritual credentials. I remember meeting John Belushi, Gene Simmons, Roberta Flack and others. I even got stood up for lunch by Eileen Brennan. One I remember the most was Tony Dow, Wally from leave it to beaver. I got picked to baby sit his kid while he was receiving his spiritual awakening.


Ah good times. Namaste

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:03 pm 
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My Grandmother grew up with the grandmother of Lauren Tewes. One Easter we got a call from THE Julie McCoy herself (as her grandmother was staying with us). I was the one that answered the phone, star struck and could barely talk. I was probably about 9 or 10 at the time.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:04 pm 
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So, on that trip to Havana, during which I got those nice shots of Polinesio, the former Trader Vic's there, I was walking through the lobby of the Hotel Nacional, just a few blocks from Polinesio, when I nearly collided with a tall African American gentleman (as in US of A). At first I didn't recognize him, but I said hello, and as I did, it dawned on me, that was the Rev. Jesse Jackson!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:32 pm 
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The Mayor Of Exotica wrote:
So, on that trip to Havana, during which I got those nice shots of Polinesio, the former Trader Vic's there, I was walking through the lobby of the Hotel Nacional, just a few blocks from Polinesio, when I nearly collided with a tall African American gentleman (as in US of A). At first I didn't recognize him, but I said hello, and as I did, it dawned on me, that was the Rev. Jesse Jackson!!!


Funny, when we were in Havana my husband and the friend we were traveling with saw Anthony Bourdain pass us as we were walking into the Riviera hotel! Of course they didn't said anything for a minute once he was well out of earshot so I missed him entirely and was super bummed (even more so now that he's gone). Who would of guessed Havana is a hot spot for celebrity sightings?!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:41 pm 
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My celebrity encounters are pretty few but I did meet Tony Hawk when I was a teenager at my local skate park (Kona in Jacksonville Florida) during a pro skate contest. My boyfriend at the time had the picture blown up and sent it to Tony to autograph. I still have the picture in a box around here somewhere.. maybe I'll try to dig it out soon!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:31 pm 
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During one family vacation to Washington DC in the 90s, my family came across Newt Gingrich and had our photo taken with him.

When Andrew Zimmern came to Atlanta to film an episode, he came to the always fabulous Buford Highway Farmers Market. There's a brief glimpse of antipants's blue shirt sleeve around the 2:10 mark of this video (https://youtu.be/VKnaeRgH8Tw). He was getting a bunch of limes for tiki drinks. But if you're ever in Atlanta visiting the Tongariki, definitely check out that Market. It's truly a treasure!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:58 pm 
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One morning at DragonCon, while setting up at our booth in the Exhibition Hall before opening to the hordes, I felt a large hand on my shoulder. "Excuse me, do you have any Rocky Horror Picture Show posters?" I turned and looked up at the very tall, silver-haired man: "Of course, Mr. Bostwick. Let me cut you a deal..."

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:06 pm 
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I've have a few run ins/happenstances with stardom in my life but the one that stands out the most was my "meeting" Christopher and Dana Reeves and their son at Disney World on THREE separate occasions over three years at the same restaurant! I first "met" them in March 1997 on the elevator to the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort. Christopher was already in a wheelchair by then but they didn't have anyone with them, no helpers, aides, etc., just their family of three. The next year, March 1998, during my annual college Spring Break trip, my boyfriend and I were seated near them at dinner, again, at the California Grill. And finally, in March 1999, my boyfriend and I were riding the elevator to the 15th floor of the Contemporary Hotel for dinner at the California Grill, joking about seeing Christopher Reeves every year at this restaurant and sure enough, as we were getting off, his family was waiting to get on to go back down! I never saw them in the parks or anywhere else on property other than those three times, once each year, during Spring Break, at the California Grill. So crazy!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:12 pm 
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MolokaiMaiden wrote:
My celebrity encounters are pretty few but I did meet Tony Hawk when I was a teenager at my local skate park (Kona in Jacksonville Florida) during a pro skate contest. My boyfriend at the time had the picture blown up and sent it to Tony to autograph. I still have the picture in a box around here somewhere.. maybe I'll try to dig it out soon!


I met Tony Hawk too!!! Here in WI though, at a mall (circa 1988/89), but also for a skate competition sponsored by Swatch! It was held in the parking lot and surprisingly there were very few people there. Maybe just a few dozen or so. Sadly, it was long before cell phones and digital cameras so I have no photos of the event. He did, however, have more than enough time to talk to everyone and sign all sorts of promo stuff for us, Swatch merch/advertising, T-shirts and a Thrasher Magazine. LOL. Good times.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:35 pm 
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MolokaiMaiden wrote:
The Mayor Of Exotica wrote:
So, on that trip to Havana, during which I got those nice shots of Polinesio, the former Trader Vic's there, I was walking through the lobby of the Hotel Nacional, just a few blocks from Polinesio, when I nearly collided with a tall African American gentleman (as in US of A). At first I didn't recognize him, but I said hello, and as I did, it dawned on me, that was the Rev. Jesse Jackson!!!


Funny, when we were in Havana my husband and the friend we were traveling with saw Anthony Bourdain pass us as we were walking into the Riviera hotel! Of course they didn't said anything for a minute once he was well out of earshot so I missed him entirely and was super bummed (even more so now that he's gone). Who would of guessed Havana is a hot spot for celebrity sightings?!


Havana was, and is still a place of great historical and cultural importance. The whole city is a UNESCO site, which gives it that designation. Plus, it's the object of much curiosity among the in crowd. And I mean the wayyy in crowd.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:03 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:20 pm 
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In 2012, they were filming Perks of Being A wallflower here in Pittsburgh. It was Memorial Day weekend and a good friend of mine worked on the film. The cast and crew had nowhere to spend their holiday off during filming so my friend asked if they could come barbecue and play guitar and hang out at my house (I have a sizable yard and garage space for musicians to play in). Long story shot, by the end of the night, Emma Watson and I were singing karaoke together. Her body guard was not amused.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:33 am 
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I've only had a few. One of the most memorable was having dinner in a Thai restaurant in High Point, NC when Martha Stewart and her entourage came in and sat right next to us.
I nodded hello, but it was the end of a LOOOOONG day (about 16hrs at work) so that was the extend of it. They were all totally lit by the time we left.

I've met and been interviewed by John Oliver as well.

Most of the rest were walking past people in an airport or similar.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:52 am 
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Now...tell me your zoom anecdotes, or share your encounters with celebrities or politicians.*


Picture it, Miami, January 1989. I'm working security at Super Bowl XXIII at Joe Robbie Stadium. I get lucky and they give me the job of VIP elevator operator. Easy job - just check to be certain people getting in are wearing VIP tickets around their necks, and let them on the elevator and push the button and HOLD IT UNTIL THE ELEVATOR STARTS MOING to take them to the box seats. Simple, right?

After the game was over, two guys in suits walk up to my elevator door and tell me to stop right there on the VIP level and hold the elevator. One guy looks at the other and says "do you think it will be ok to let him stay in there?" (motioning over to me). Suited man #2 looks me up and down and gives a shrug. "Sure, I guess".

Well next thing I know President Carter and First Lady Rosalynn step into my elevator. I realize the suit guys are Secret Service. They tell me I can stay in but they have to operate the elevator. So suit guy #2 hits the door close button followed by the "L" lobby button, but doesn't know to hold the door close button down till the elevator starts moving. Doors close, elevator moves what feels like an inch, and then stops. We are stuck. Me, Jimmy, Rosalynn, and suit guys 1&2. Suit guys are asking me what happened and I told them he was supposed to hold the button down. He asks me what to do now, but I explain "I don't know, I always did the job right". Suit guy #1 sounds panicked and starts calling on his radio. Jimmy and I make eye contact and I can see it in his eyes as much as he can see it in mine. Suit guys should have let me press the button.

It felt like forever, but was probably only 30 seconds or so. My brush with greatness.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:46 am 
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In the fall of 1991, I had just returned to college after a summer of scooping ice cream and teaching ballroom dance lessons. I get a call from my dance studio asking if I want to go with them to Puerto Rico for a 5 day trip. Basically they had enough female students pay for the trip that they needed another guy to go. I was able to work it out with my profs, so I got to go. The group was 9 or 10 retired ladies (students) and 5 instructors. We did tourist stuff during the day, then went to dinner and out dancing afterward every night. The last night the ladies called it a night earlier than the other nights and one of them tipped me $20, so I went to the casino with one of the other instructors. I played blackjack at the $2 table and was up to $80. We decided to have a nightcap at the bar that looked into the casino. The place was dead. It was a Tuesday night in the slow season. All of a sudden this group of leather and acid wash jeans clad dudes comes strutting into the place. They cased the joint and quickly walked back out. Really weird. A few minutes later they come back with none other than Mr. Rico Suave himself, Gerardo. He goes into the casino with 2 or 3 dudes and 5 or 6 of em head for the bar. This must have been right after that song was the hit of the summer and we had been calling our friend Erica, Rica Suave since school started up in the fall. I asked one of the entourage if he thought Gerardo would sign an autograph for her. He asked, but Mr. big shot couldn't be bothered. Before calling it a night, I took a walk through the casino. He must have known his 15 minutes were almost up. He was only playing at the $5 blackjack table. I could've joined him, but decided against.

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