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Chip

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I used to work for the Cleveland Indians and Browns and have met and talked to more ball players and musicians than I can remember. Someday I should put a list together.

A few of my favorites…

The Temptations and Four Tops played after a Browns game and I got to hang out on the field and talk to them. Eddie Kendricks was super nice and invited me to escort them to the stage. Sadly he passed away a few weeks later.

The day after Cal Ripen broke the streak the Orioles played in Cleveland and I happened to be standing by the press room door at Jacobs Field. When Cal and our head of PR approached I opened the door for them and said congratulations to Cal. He turned to me with tears in his eyes, shook my hand and said thank you. He was so shaken by everyone’s reactions to him.

Some of my favorite musicians include…
Phil Leah, Graham Nash, Marty Stuart & Vince Gill.

And this happened to my son Max a few a days ago…

He was over at our local golf center hitting a couple of buckets of balls after practice for the high school team.

There was a group of three old timers in the bay next to him who were amazed at Max crushing the ball and struck up a conversation with him.

One of three asked Max if he knew who the other guys were and he said the one guy looked familiar.

They were Gaylord and Jim Perry!!!

They had blast talking with Max and watching him hit balls. Gaylord gave him a nice pep talk about doing his best and practicing and he’ll go far.

Max unfortunately didn’t even think to take a picture with them. It’s funny I’ve had several brushes with fame and have done the same thing. Just caught up in the moment I guess.
 

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Early 1980s at Logan airport. I'm awaiting a flight when another flight is about to depart and they are waiting on stragglers. Joe Perry comes hustling up after everyone else and heads straight into the plane.

At the Holiday Inn pool north of downtown Savannah, GA in June 1981, some guys are cutting up listening to an interview on the local radio station. I overhear enough to realize they are members of the band Loverboy, who are listening to two of their compadres promoting their show.

These are really minor brushes with semi-greatness. By contrast, in 1990 I attended a meeting at a company I worked for. One of the other attendees, an advisor to the chairman, was John Ehrlichman. WTF? Brushing elbows with a convicted Watergate conspirator?
 

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Met Paul Newman at Road Atlanta 1982. We talked for close to 30 minutes. Super nice guy and,after asking,I took a couple of photos.
I was a M-B mechanic for Toy Caldwell and Doug Gray. Real down-to-earth guys. Met George McCorkle and Jerry Eubanks one day. Hilarious story with this meeting.
Met Darius Rucker and the rest of the band. We were eating lunch when they came in. They sat at the table behind ours so we talked. Again,a funny story concerning this meeting.
My wife and my oldest daughter lived in NYC for the summer 1997. They saw and even chatted with several well known celebrities,mostly actors/actresses.
 

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I met Joe DiMaggio when I was 12.

I was on the road with Jimi Hendrix for a week….my best friend’s sister was Jimi’s girlfriend….so Steve and I got to tag along for a week’s worth of shows.

I had breakfast with George Benson at the Anaheim Hilton during the NAMM show…there was a shortage of tables….I was up next and George was standing behind me….I asked if he would like to share a table and he said “ Sure…thanks!”.

I’ve met more music “stars” than I can remember….Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Frank Gambale, Robben Ford…sort of a crabby guy, Mark Tremonti, Paul Gilbert, Bernard Purdie, had a cigarette with Larry Carlton…a very nice guy, Tommy Tedesco…he was hilarious, Al Dimeola…kind of a weird guy, and probably dozens more that I can’t think of right now.

Oh yeah…how could I forget? Chet Atkins…a terrific guy and really down to earth….it was a joy talking to him.
 

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When I was a kid I had a neighborhood friend who’s Dad was a smarty pants rocket engineer, an Air Force guy. Designed and built satellites. They invited me to an air show at Edwards AFB one day. After the air show and checking out the Blue Angels up close, 20 or 30 of us were directed into a conference room where Neil Armstrong gave a very cool presentation. After the talk, he did a meet and greet. I was an Apollo/Space Station nut back then and had brought a few sheets of NASA stickers. He shook my hand and signed all of the sticker sheets. That was back when he still gave signatures. As a kid that was a pretty big day.
 

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Lets see...

I met:

- Rodney Crowell after a show in Sellersville, PA. Talked with him for about 20 minutes.

- Delbert McClinton after a show at the Fine Line Cafe in Mnlps. Talked with him for about 20 minutes.

- Sonny Landreth after a show in Lancaster, PA. Talked with him for about an hour.

- Len Barry (Dovel's) a number of times when he was the bartender at the Khyber Pass in Phila. He wanted me to write songs with him... it never happened.

- I was (sorta) friends with most of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefers. Havent seen most of them for a while.

- John Lee Hooker at the Lone Star Cafe in NYC. Spoke with him for about 15 seconds.

- Clarence Gatemouth Brown after a show at Franklin & Marshall College. Bought an album and talked with him for about 10 minutes.

- Rory Block when I opened for her and did sound for her at the Lancaster (Pa) Dispensing Co.

- Russ Kunkle at Louies Backyard in Key West, Fl. Talked with him for a half hour.

- John Hammond (Jr) when I opened and did sound for him at the Lancaster (PA) Dispensing Co. I had lunch with him and his wife and daughter. Then, I spent an hour talking with him after the show.

- Vinnie (Mad Dog) Lopez at a gig in Mechanicsburg, PA. He was Bruce Springsteens original drummer.

- A lot of celebrities when I worked 5 years at a large resort hotel:

Red Buttons; Syd Charise; Tony Martin; Jackie Vernon; Soupy Sales; Henny Youngman; Woody Herman; Steve Allen; Johnny Ray etc.

And, I suppose that there's a few more that have escaped my memory...

imo.



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Mac Arnold is an approachable fella. Grear to talk to.
Same for his guitar player Austin Brashier and Mac's keyboard/bass/harp player Max Hightower.
 

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I met Ann Margaret, yup that one. Movie star. dancer, Elvis GF, etc.

Was taking my lunchtime walk when I worked at Litton on Industrial Blvd. in San Carlos, CA. 1988 or '89. This taxi pulls up next to me and a lady asks where the Circle Star Theater is. I immediately recognized her. She knows I know who she is.

What was funny was the taxi driver was pissed that she asked him to pull over and ask for directions, lol. And he was almost a cartoon character of what a taxi driver should look like. Fat, wearing a tweed cap and smoking a fat cigar.

She was gorgeous. I guess in her late 40's at the time. I tell her it's down the road about a mile on the left, she smiles at me and they pull away.

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For the youngsta's: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000268/bio
 
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I have a friend who races the Baja. He was at a bar with his team when a guy came up and introduced himself to my friend and told him he was a big fan.
My friend is pretty down to earth so he said thanks and went about celebrating with his team.
One of the guys on his team pulled him aside and asked if he knew who his fan was? My friend said he had no idea.

It turns out it was this guy.

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Even though my friend lives in Texas he had no idea who Sammy Hagar was. His wife played him "I can't drive 55" (oh and by the way my friend can't drive 55) and he looks at her and says, "that was the guy?"
Met Sammy in Marin when we were both mountain biking. Super cool guy. And like everything he owns, his bike was all red. He called it the red rocket.
 

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I've met a few, although in my case 'met' includes things like 'spent some time in conversation with', 'met at a party', 'hung out with backstage on several occasions', 'bumped into coming out of a shop', 'had a beer with', 'had a smoke with', 'waved at and got a wave back', 'stood next to at the bar'.

Some of them were several of the above at the same time

Anyway, here's the ones I can remember, there may be more:

Roger Daltrey
Pete Townshend
Ritchie Blackmore
Brian Robertson
Rick Parfitt
Mel Galley
Geordie Walker
Lemmy
Siouxsie Sue
Marco Pirroni
Kelly Jones & Stuart Cable (Stereophonics)
Sally Thomsett (actress)
Ned Beatty (actor)
 

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No musicians of note, but I shot hoops with David “Skywalker” Thompson for about 20 minutes one day. He was the guy who inspired Michael Jordan as a kid. Played for NC State when they knocked off UCLA in the NCAA semi-finals (1974) and went on to win the title. Was the first pick in the NBA and ABA drafts. Signed with the ABA, and then when Alvin Adams won the NBA rookie of the year, he thanked David Thompson for going to the ABA… You younger folks may have to look him up. It was after he’d been out of basketball for a couple years (this was in ‘87). I was working for the City of Issaquah, a (then) small city outside of Seattle and took a lunch hour at the park across the street from city hall, grabbed a basketball from Parks and Rec and was shooting hoop.

After a few minutes, a cop and a handcuffed prisoner from the jail in the basement of city hall came walking over. They were talking and started heading for the court. The cop asked me if this guy could shoot around with me. I said, “if it’s ok with you, it’s ok with me - you’re the one who has him in cuffs”. So he took off the cuffs, we started shooting and talking. He basically never missed, so pretty soon I was just rebounding and feeding him.

And it was David Thompson, who spent something like six months in jail after some pretty serious drug problems he had late in his career. He was in King County jail, which was overcrowded, so they farmed some of the lower risk prisoners out to local towns with a few extra jail beds. He was an incredibly nice guy, soft spoken, and he went on to lead a very productive life - he’s still involved in the athletic department at NC State, where he was a superstar. Shooting around with THAT guy was a hell of a thrill. I was a major fan of his as a kid…

-Ray
I remember watching Dsvid Thompson on the Sonics when I was a kid. He was a sky walker. Glad to hear he got his life on the right track.

Speaking of Seattle Supersonics, when I was a kid in the 70s, my neighbor showed up at our front door with Slick Watts, who was a friend of my neighbor’s sister. I was dumbfounded. Our dog Mitzie jumped up on his burgundy leather pants…
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I ran into Troy Aikman at a local subway sandwich shop. I knew he lived in my town and was with one of his kids after a soccer game. I gave him a nod but I didn't want to intrude so I just went about my business.

I told my wife I wish I had asked him "Hey, aren't you Brett Farve?"
 

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I jumped into a closing elevator in a hotel once in Boston and found myself face to face with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe, Natalie Merchant and Peter Gabriel as the doors closed. I looked around, shook my head and said "Nobody's going to believe this when I tell them. But while I have your attention, Peter I'm sorry for chasing your limo from the Uptown Theater to your hotel in Chicago back in the early 1980s. I just wanted to say thanks for the show".

Lou burst out laughing. Stipe just glared.
 
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I'm a car nut/vintage racing fan and back in 1998 my wife and I were visiting the Shelby American museum in Boulder, Colorado. Somehow in talking with the gentleman running the operation that day we managed to get on the Christmas party invite list. Got to meet Carroll Shelby, Phil Hill, Bob Bondurant, Dan Gerber and others at the height of 60's sports car racing. The stories they told were simply awesome, and we were lucky enough to make it back there for several years.
I've been there, great museum.
 

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I shook Bill Clinton's hand the summer of 1992. He was meeting with a displaced logging family in Eugene, OR. I just happened to stumble across a some black cars and some secret service and asked a small crowd what was going on. They said Bill CLinton's in that house over there. I stuck around until he came out, he walked through the small crowd and shook hands. My buddy kept yelling "what are you gonna do for me Billy? What are you gonna do for me?"
 

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Just last night I met and chatted with Ike Willis for about 15 minutes. He was Frank Zappa's main vocalist from about 1978 on. This happened way off in the woods of Zayante (in a steep redwood canyon near Santa Cruz) at a memorial service for the original guitarist of San Jose based Zappa tribute act "Stinkfoot Orchestra". They just finished up a two week tour of the Pacific Northwest.

Picture or it didn't happen. I asked Ike to compare my nose with Frank's. "About the same" he concluded. Sorry for ridiculous selfie face. I don't do selfies and had my wrong glasses on so I couldn't see wtf I was doing. By the way, this 15-piece band is absolutely killer and you should go see them.
Cool,

When I lived in Portland 20 plus years ago Ike played in a band with Terry Robb, an amazing guitarist. I used go seem them live quite often.

 




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