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Most famous person you've met?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by metalicaster, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Toto'sDad

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    I've met a lot of famous people in my life, but not meeting John Wayne probably bothers me the most. The reason being, I was across the street from where he bought gas on Main St. in Wasco California after he had been hunting at a duck club out on Corcoran Rd off Highway 46. A bunch of people went running over to meet him and get his autograph, this was back in about 1963 or 1964 so he was still a pretty big deal in those days. I was no more than seventy five or a hundred feet from him, maybe closer. Why I didn't run over and meet him I don't really know to this day. Maybe I was shy, maybe I just didn't want to add to his bother. I don't know why I didn't, but but I do know, I sure as hell wish I had taken advantage of the opportunity.

    I can still see him standing there big as life, looking just like John Wayne should. He was driving a metallic blue Buick station wagon. He seemed to enjoy the attention. One of my biggest disappointments in life is not meeting him. I have been and always will be a big fan of Mr. Wayne's and just watched "the Shootist the other night. It as it always does, brought back the memory of that day I could have met him.
     
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  3. strat a various

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    Lots of famous music people ... but the most interesting non-music folks: George Carlin (spent about an hour hanging out in the hotel room after one of his casino gigs ... quiet, witty) and Vincent Price (in a small plane over France, he was sort of mean ... called me a dirty hippy!).
     
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    Piotr Wiwczarek...(WHOZ DAT??!!) Leader, guitarist, and vocalist of the Polish death metal band VADER.
     
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    I interviewed John 5 the other week. Then he invited me to photograph his concert. Very cool guy. During the concert he spotted me, walked over and knelt down in front of me to do the solo so I could get a good photo.

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    Darth Vader. A bit of pee came out
     
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    Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Les Paul, Duane Eddy, Mark Knopfler, Slash, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson. Not sure who is the most famous, depends who you talk to. :)
     
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    Keith Richards. 1979, his car broke down so I gave him a lift for six hours. We talked about everything. He thanked me by inviting me to his castle in Worchestershire and I stayed for a couple of weeks while the band was recording in the left wing. He also gave me a fender champ.
     
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    Bill Frisell?
     
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    Yeah, Billy somethingorother!
     
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    Klaus von Klitzing (1985 Nobel Prize in Physics) for his birthday at his home and Kostantin Novoselov (2010 Nobel Prize in Physics) spending and long night drinking singing and play guitar about 2008 could work out?
    I was once facing Tommy Emmanuel in a hotel elevator in Bratislava without recognizing him... but that would not properly meet, in my opinion...
     
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    Bob Dylan.....
     
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    Wolfman Jack! Took his luggage up to his room as a bellhop at a hotel on the beach. He asked for me by name when he left to take it all back to his Lincoln with the bubble top back in the 70's.

    Same hotel about a year later. I was eating lunch in the restaurant with my mother (she was in convention sales). The Doobie Brothers were staying there then. Michael McDonald and "Skunk" Baxter comes in, has lunch with us and offered my mom a job in promotions!!! The Doobies bought me and my mom lunch!!!! Too bad she turned them down.
     
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    Thrilled me when I met him, too. My experience in meeting him was highly positive and he lived up to every expectation my then 11 year-old self had. I wanted to meet him, not so much because of his flying skill or Medal of Honor Recipient status, but because my mother gave me her first edition copy of Boyington's Baa Baa Blacksheep, saying, "This is a very well-written book, and one with a message that will be valuable to you." My mother was right, too... To this day, I still believe it to be a very well-written book. It was Gregory Boyington the writer I wanted to meet.

    I had my chance when my father took me to a thing were some former AVG "Flying Tiger" pilots would be in attendance, including the one (Bob Prescott) who happened to sign Pop's post-military paycheck. There was a chance that Boyington might show up to this shin-dig, so I brought my copy of Baa Baa Blacksheep, just in case.....

    Before I got introduced to him, many at this event cautioned me that he didn't have a lot of patience with children. One of the old AVG pilots (I don't remember which one; Dick Rossi, I think) is the one who introduced me, starting off with, "Hey, Boyington, this kid here has something you might want to see...," referring to my copy of his book.

    He seemed shocked that I had actually read it. But I had not only read it, but read it all the way through at least a dozen times by then. I could quote whole passages out of it. He seemed even more shocked that my parents let me read it, as it was not intended for a juvenile audience, and seemed moved by my story of how I got the book and what my mother had said about it. He asked me what I liked to do besides read dusty old books. I told him I liked to hunt. And that's what we talked about, mostly -hunting, and shooting guns. He eventually said he wanted to meet my father, so we wandered around the event as I attempted to re-locate him, and I introduced them after finally spotting my dad in the crowd. I must have made an impression because he basically just told my dad what a swell kid I was, how impressed he was that I seemed to get the point of his book, that he thought it was cool to meet a kid my age in to hunting and shooting, and so on.

    Boyington seemed to earn plenty of detractors in his life. He himself closes out his book with "Just name a hero, and I'll prove he's a bum." The man I met that day that I got him to sign my book was far, far from a "bum" to me. I remember him as a hell of a nice old guy.

    I saw him a couple of times after that first encounter. Positive experience for me, every time....
     
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    Trent Reznor, John Goodman, John C. Riley, Morris Bart and Angela Hill.
     
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    Buddy Miles brought the guitar that Jimi Hendrix gave him over to my apartment so that I could check it out & play it
     
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    Been working with famous people for over thirty years in roles ranging from sound or lights to production manager. [Removed content] Worked for lots of acts on their way up or back down as a monitor engineer so many musicians. Worked at a major North east university with speakers ranging from James Earl Jones to Dane Cook. Sat and watched Little Steven open up for U2 with Bono next to me. But the best one was when I was in college. Zappa came to speak and it fell to me to get him from dinner to the gig. Easiest and least crazy way was outside so we started walking. Just me and Frank. And the guy coming at us walking a pair of ferrets. Frank asks what they are, and I just happen to have a rooomate who has one. So for the rest of the walk and while he is waiting to go onstage we talk about ferrets. No talk about guitars or music, just about stinky, nasty rodents. It is a conversation I will always remember since he actually wanted to learn something from this 20 year old kid.
     
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    Hi Folks,
    If the "famous" person you met was a politician do us all a favor and just skip that one. If you post about a politician it will be removed as a political post. These days we are super sensitive on this front.

    PS. We've removed some posts and edited some posts here. Which is why I'm interrupting this thread.
     
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    I didn't realize that saying the "P" word with no names was taboo. Seems a bit much.
     
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