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Have you unexpectedly met someone famous?
Monkeyman
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Joined: Mar 04, 2003
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2003-08-07 4:57 pm   Permalink

I am starting this post in reference to the Baron Munchausen thread in which Tikibars met Terry Gilliam by surprise in a bookstore.

I would like to add a new story.

I was on a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon in 1982. It was a 13 mile hike one way from the South Rim down to the Havasu falls (not lake Havasu) in the Havasupai Indian reservation.

The scout troop I was with was spread out along the trail and I was hiking alone. I saw 3 people hiking the other way. It was a black man and 2 American Indian women. The guy had the most bizarre hair I had ever seen. Sort of like a old style floor mop dyed black (I later learned that they were Dreadlocks). Hey said "hey" and I said hey and that was the entire exchange.

When I arrived at the indian village a few hours later my first stop was in their little cafe. I noticed that this guys picture was plastered all over the walls. I asked the lady behind the counter who that guy was and she said "Peter Tosh". He had just put on a small concert for the indians and was hiking out to get the true experience of the canyon.

It wasn't until I started listening to reggae music many years later that I even realized who he was and how bizzare it was to seem him there.


 
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badmojo
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Posted: 2003-08-07 6:41 pm   Permalink

I used to work in an Army Navy/ Sporting goods store. One Saturday I was manning the Register(Damn, all my stories start this way!), and this familiar looking guy comes up to the counter with wife and kids, and asks to see our sleeping bags. After showing him our selection, he asked what our cheapest ones were. $34.95. He then asked if there was a thrift shop or Salvation Army in town where he might find some used ones. I answered no, and after much deliberation, he settled on the one for $35, and a cheap $5 indian blanket. When he gave me his credit card, I realized who he was. Remember the TV show Sledge Hammer? The main character David Rasche! I know it's been awhile since Sledge Hammer has been on the air, but shit, can he really not afford decent sleeping bags for his kids, and want to buy used!?!?

 
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sungod
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Joined: Feb 07, 2003
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From: Tampa Bay/New Port Richey
Posted: 2003-08-07 6:44 pm   Permalink

Back in about 84, I was standing at a urinal in a Minnesota airport when a guy walks up to the one next to me. Next thing I know something wet in falling on my shoe. I turned to yell at the guy only to find it was Telly Savalas from Kojack. The wet liquid was from his martini and not what I thought. "Sorry guy" was all he said and staggered out the door. Sungod

 
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Jungle Trader
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From: Trader's Jungle Outpost, Turlock, Ca.
Posted: 2003-08-07 7:03 pm   Permalink

HEY, I went out with Michelle Pf........oh shut up about that JT!

I did have a few beers with Mike Greenwell and Ellis Burks (both formerly with the Boston Red Sox) when they were in Zooport Beach at Mutt Lynch's. They were in town for an Angels game and wanted to check out the beach bunnies. Very nice guys btw.
Also sidled up to Lonnie Anderson at a roulette table in Tahoe.


 
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Joined: Jun 03, 2002
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-08-07 7:07 pm   Permalink

I met MrSmiley! Yes, the "Famous Mr. Smiley!"

Actually, being here in California and in the media world (and a Hoity Toity), I've had the opportunity to meet my fair share of celebrities, but the person I'd have to say that I found very interesting was Hugh Hefner while I was attending a Hispanic Playboy party and UNEXPECTEDLY (haha!) lots and lots of The Bunnies were present. The really cool thing was that if you asked any one of them where "The Grotto" was or where to get a drink or even where the bathroom was, they put there arm through yours and personally escorted you to where you wanted to be (umm...so to speak). Believe me, I asked where something was every opportunity I got! But I should stop now, since no one REALLY wants to hear the juicy part.

On to other celebs.....

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badmojo
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Posted: 2003-08-07 7:18 pm   Permalink

Shit! I almost forgot the best one! Before I was born, my Mom used to do some babysitting at the Buddhist Commune outside of town. The Dalai Lama was visiting, and during his stay he stopped by the daycare, and to my mom's ammusement, he blessed her. She then told one of her coworkers who exclaimed it was a great honor, since he usually only blesses children. DUHN-DUHN-DUUHHN!!!!! It was the next week she found out she was pregnant with me. I know, sounds Hokey as Hell, but I swear it's true.

 
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Kailuageoff
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Joined: Mar 27, 2002
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From: Honolulu Lounge,Lewes, DE
Posted: 2003-08-07 7:40 pm   Permalink

I've met quite a few political and entertainment types though my job, so those don't count. Two purely chance encounters were: meeting Mohammed Ali as I was walking out of the Fairmont hotel. It would have been better if I had met him in the Tonga room, but I was already on my out of the hotel.
I also partied and talked philosophy with Ian Gillan(lead vocalist for Deep Purple) at his place one night. Kind of a strange experience. It was sort of like that scene in Easy Rider where everyone is sitting around the campfire talking about space aliens.
Oh yeah, I also met Sven-tiki at Hukilau #1, and Otto VS at Hukilau #2. I felt so unworthy...

[ This Message was edited by: Kailuageoff on 2003-08-07 19:42 ]


 
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kahukini
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
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From: Saint Louis
Posted: 2003-08-07 7:44 pm   Permalink

I had a religion professor who was in charge of organizing a speech event for the Dalai Lama when he was a grad student at Harvard, he had worked out every detail, and finally the day came for him to arrive, and as they were about to shake hands my professor suddenly realized he had no idea what to call him so he said "hello dalai" which he knew was a mistake when he heard himself saying "hello dolly." dalai lama gave him a quizical look.
as for another weird birth anecdote, my dad was infirtile according to his doctor, so he and my mother went to a "christian" soothsayer, a lady who claimed she could see the future and was known for this kind of thing, she said not only were they going to have a kid, but that she knew it would be a boy, and it would be within the year, and that he would be a great christian soldier... 75% accuracy, that can't be chance!

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tikichic
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Posted: 2003-08-07 8:07 pm   Permalink

As far back as I can remember, my parents have been antique collectors. When my brother and I were young, my parents would sell at the All American Show in Glendale and bring us along. My brother at the time was a vintage Beatles collector and sold a few items at the show. Before the show opens to the public quite a few stars pay for an early entrance fee. You never know who will show up and one funny looking guy with makeup on, a flannel shirt and a high pitched voice wanted to buy an item from my brother. It turned out to be Michael Jackson along with 2 of his body guards! Michael bought a Beatles item from my brother for $20 and didn't know how to write the check. He had to have his body guards help him.
This sale was before Michael's Thriller ablum came out and my brother asked my Dad if he should keep the check or cash it? My Dad said to keep it but my brother wanted the money and cashed it. Big mistake! He could've made some nice cash after the Thriller album came out.
Robert Blake (Baretta) would frequent the show often too. The man that had a table behind us at the show was a Beverly Hills dentist and Blake was one of his patients. Blake would come to the show to play with all his toys and just talk to everyone.


 
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Traderpup
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2003-08-07 8:27 pm   Permalink

Well, being a Hoiti-Toiti and all, we constantly run into celebrities.... you can't swing a dead cat without hitting one around here! But here's the most memorable:

SantaCon 2002: A group of Tiki Centralites, all dressed as Santa, enjoying coffee and donuts at LA Farmer's Market, are greeted by Huell Howser! He was doing some holiday shopping, and just happened to run into us. We all warmingly greeted him, and then proceeded to chew him out for not covering California Tiki events for his TV show! And then posed for a picture:



 
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Basement Kahuna
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Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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From: Jawja Province, Isle of North America
Posted: 2003-08-07 8:51 pm   Permalink

We got a call at the furniture store I worked at briefly when we first moved to the mountains here for a delivery on a sleeper sofa to Lake Burton, a fairly exclusive mountain lakes community up here. Went out on the call...turns out it was to Fran Tarkenton! He has a lake house here...A very cordial guy. Drank one of his Diet Cokes! Michael Jordan has a sprawling house on an airstrip up here, too, though I've never met him. Bert and Lonnie (long ago), the Warren Buffett family and the drummer from AC/DC also had/have houses right up the road from us in Highlands.

 
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mrsmiley
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Posted: 2003-08-07 10:01 pm   Permalink

I met Dinah Shore and Olivia Newton John at a special reception at the San Francisco Int'l Airport around 1976 when Qantas flew six? Koalas that had been donated to the San Francisco Zoo.
My dad met (and got the autographs of ) The Monkees around 1969. He also met Muhammad Ali (the four foot tall version--long story).

But my bathroom story is...I met Uri Geller in a bathroom in San Rafeal, and NO I did NOT look around the urinal to see if his...uh.. "spoon" was bending.
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Posted: 2003-08-07 10:26 pm   Permalink

Does it count if you work retail and they come into your store? I worked as a record salesman for years, and had the great pleasure of meeting and dealing with John Rhys-Davies ("Indy!") and Ned Beatty, both tremendous gentlemen.

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emspace
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Posted: 2003-08-07 10:26 pm   Permalink

Does it count if you work retail and they come into your store? I worked as a record salesman for years, and had the great pleasure of meeting and dealing with John Rhys-Davies ("Indy!") and Ned Beatty, both tremendous gentlemen.

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CaseyJPS
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Joined: May 14, 2003
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From: Palm Springs
Posted: 2003-08-08 12:12 am   Permalink

Does it count if you've worked in places that were natural attractions for "famous" and "infamous" people? Generally speaking, most any front-line hotel employee could write a novel about the bitches, buttheads, classy, classless, tramps, socialites, REALLY nice, as well as desperately insecure and NASTY parade of "celebrities," CEOs, politicians, and international diplomats we've all assisted, conversed with, and flirted with over the years. We've gotten a few at the CTR, but Charlie and I both spent some 35+ years in SF in hotels (Mark Hopkins, Stanford Court, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Nikko, Hyatt, Claremont, Prescott and on-and-on) and it was understood that you never spoke about any of it (publicly).

The really good stories are usually about the insecure ones who are trying very hard to be "somebody." Overall, I would say Anna Nicole Smith ranks right up there with Mr. Field (owner of a world famous Circus) for being obnoxious and nasty without provocation (or was it Feld?). I'd still like to throttle the little F...ker and that was over 20 years ago.

From boyfriends (of straight stars) to pianos to drunken celebrity chefs to toilets reinforced with two-by-fours, it can be a blast. (One of the few perks in exchange for slave labor.)

Most beautiful in person: Candice Bergen. Most overwhelmed by: Lucille Ball at 7:00am coyly chatting me up telling me to put the ashtray on her account, 'cause it would look good in her New York apartment.

Throw me a few names and I'll see if I can make one of them stick...


 
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