One of my childhood heros!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…
The photos are at my daughter-in-law's place, but her mother was a very good friend of Robert Mitchum and his wife. My DIL's mother would often speak of Robert Mitchum, and I thought she was just going on. One day when we were over at her home, she had some photo albums out, and sure enough there she was all dressed up like a movie star with old Bob smiling away. There was even like an 8x10 of the lady, her husband and Robert and his wife (at the time?) dressed in evening clothes. Tuxedos and gowns.
Same answers I always give. Jackie Chan, Debbie Harry, Gene Simmons...and if you go to the NAMM Show it's like cheating, because so many musicians are hanging around. I still in a line in Starbucks behind this woman who looked like Alicia Keys, and a guy passes the other way and says "Hi Alicia". I miss that show, will go again some time.
The reason I put the question mark behind his wife was because of the penchant for movie stars changing mates. Mickey Rooney once said he didn't fill out the marriage license if he didn't have to, that way, he could use it on the next marriage.Mitchum only had one wife, but he cheated on her constantly until he was no longer capable of cheating.
I encountered Gene Simmons when I was a clerk at Tower Video on Sunset Blvd. Unlike many of my celeb encounters from that job, this one doesn't involve porn. I was manning one of the registers. Simmons and Shannon Tweed are renting are buying. She turns around and looks over her shoulder and says to Simmons, "Does my button look too big?" Gene replies, "No, guys like butts like that" (or something to that effet), then turns to me, points at her butt and says, "You like it, right?" I believe I responded in the affirmative.
I once had the singular experience of having lunch with Michael Kamen and Quincy Jones, they both wanted to know about the new Yamaha 02R, at the time we had the only one in the US. I think Quincy paid for my sandwich as we had started talking while in line at the cafeteria.