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RoscoeElegante

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Her, of course. Floridly so.....
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(But I just made that up....)
 

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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…

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I just remembered another one - actor/comedian Dave Thompson - met him at a party. Nice chap, is what I remember.

He was the original 'Tinky Winky' Teletubby. He got fired.
 

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Way back in another century u was working the main gate at the Stephenson County fair in Illinois. I look up and here comes two carloads of the nights entertainment. The Golddiggers. They were associated with Dean Martin on his TV show. Really nice girls. Also very good looking.
 

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I waved hi to Peyton Manning and his brother Eli on the tarmac at the Tri Cities Airport in Tennessee.

I was with a bunch of fellow Army aviators, getting the helicopter refueled.
We were about twenty meters away from the NFL quarterbacks and their drivers and support guys.


Eli waved back, and Peyton straightened up to render a sharp salute to us, and then he went back to issuing orders to his staff, right before he and his brother climbed on the biz-jet.

Funny.
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I came across Neil Young sitting on a sea wall and staring at the ocean in Bermuda. Early 90s I guess. We looked at each other and I knew it was him. He knew I knew it was him. He kinda had this look on his face like please leave me alone. I left him alone. You do not mess with someone’s staring at the ocean time.
 

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I met Marty Stuart once a long time ago, and didn't know who he was nor did I know he was famous. He was playing at a local bar and afterward he was signing autographs. I brought him a napkin to sign and I was trashed beyond belief. I was talking really loud in his face and I could tell he was not pleased... I was being nice (I think), but that look on his face.... :D
 

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Oh yeah, I was in an antique shop in Manhattan, down near GV, I looked up and there was Harvey Keitel right in front of me. He was with a boy, maybe 8 years old, I assume it was a grandchild. As with many of the meetings discussed in this thread, he was, let's say, less thrilled about running into me than I was in running in to him. I couldn't help myself; I blurted out, as quietly as I could, so as not to draw unwanted attention, something like, "Wow it's nice to see you, I really enjoy your work."

He gave me a warm smile and a quiet "Thank you", then we moved on. What a cool character he is.
 

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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.

Mitchum only had one wife, but he cheated on her constantly until he was no longer capable of cheating.

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.

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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.

The lady I wrote about is gone now, but she lived quite an interesting life. She was a child in Liverpool during WW2. Her family moved her to Wales, but she wanted to come back, and they relented, and she spent the rest of the war there. Once she remarked, we went to bed one night, and in the morning, the pharmacy down the way was just gone!

She was a classy, classy gal. She really fit in in the picture with Mr. Mitchum. My wife and her were fast friends from the first time they met. I really, really miss her, you don't often meet someone like her with the life's experiences she had.
 

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I've met and interviewed numerous celebs over the years, but the one that sticks out in my mind at the moment isn't even that significant.

On Monday, I was at the Burbank Airport with my mother, just having returned from Colorado Springs (via Denver) from my uncle's memorial service at the Air Force Academy. Standing at the curb, waiting for my wife to pick us up, I noticed this unattractive woman standing at the open back hatch of her car, waiting to pick someone up. After a few moments, I figured out it was Jenji Kohan, creator of the TV shows "Weeds" and "Orange is the New Black." Her father was a well-known TV writer Buz Kohan and her brother David Kohan co-created "Will & Grace." This was not my first encounter with her. Back in the '90s, a screenwriter friend of mine hosted a poker game every few months with regulars that included the co-writer of "St. Elmo's Fire," and she was a guest one night. She was not funny. She was not interesting. She was only memorable because she later became well-known and successful.

Another poker game related story... In 2013, I was at this luncheon with the cast and crew of "Nebraska" on the Paramount lot. I was seated between Bobe Odenkirk and June Squibb, who played the mom in the movie. After the meal, I'm talking to Will Forte when Dan Harmon, the creator of the TV series "Community," drops in for some reason. I was really into "Community" at the time, and I immediately dropped Forte like a bad habit, so I could talk to Harmon. He's accompanied by this exceptionally tall guy I recognize from somewhere. I wrack my brain and become convinced that he was this guy who attended one of those poker games, some 20 years previous. I get home and search IMDB. I'm not sure how I figured it out, but I found that he had been an assistant to the producer of my screenwriter friend's film back in the day. And it was the guy! He's gone on to co-write the three most recent "Spider-Man" films.

At the very end of the "Nebraska" luncheon, I approach the writer-director Alexander Payne. In 1990, I had attended a screening of his graduate thesis film "The Passion of Martin" at UCLA. I had already graduated from UCLA film school by that point, so I'm not sure how I happened to be there, but I was. After the screening, I was in the lobby talking to Payne with some film school friends. Naturally, I brought up something about the movie that bugged me -- always a good idea! His student film co-starred Lisa Zane (sister of Billy Zane, of "Dead Calm" and "Titanic" fame). At the time, she had just co-starred in the movie "Bad Influence" with Rob Lowe and James Spader, in which she appeared nude. (Doctor's son Payne obviously had more bucks for his student films than I did.) In Payne's film, there was a scene where she should've been nude, but covered herself up awkwardly. I mentioned this annoyance to Payne, and he said, "She wouldn't give me nipple." Flash forward to the "Nebraska" luncheon nearly a quarter of a century later... I recount the above story to Payne and he says, "Yeah, I'm still pissed about that."
 
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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.

When I interviewed Quincy Jones, he told me I was "a real 360 dude." It took me a week to figure out that he was telling me that I was well-rounded.
 

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When I was a junior or senior in high school, I was sitting in an English class watching the clock until I was released from custody. During class, the Chair of the English Department opened the door, looked in and around, pointed at me, and told the teacher "I need to see Michael, right away." I thought "What the hell have I done, now?" and went out into the hall with her. She got right up close to my face and said "I need someone who can think, and talk, and you're it."

An hour later, in front of a student assembly of around 800 people, I walked out on stage with Kurt Vonnegut who had returned to his high school for a visit. For maybe 10 minutes we talked, unrehersed and unprompted, about what 1970s students were like vs. when he was there. We talked about the political and social motivations of students and various other things. It was casual and easy.

Of course when I was in the Chair's advanced composition class I didn't get any consideration for knowing how to think. She still gave me Cs on my report card: I'd get As on my compositions, but Fs for the rough drafts I refused to write.
 

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I was an extra in a movie shot outside of Tucson Arizona, Aces Iron Eagle III where I met Louis Gosset Jr. and had a good face shot scene with J.E. Freeman. Both seemed really down to earth. The movie was crap, but had a lot of well known stars.

Didn't really meet him, but saw Anthony Zerbe at Sabino Canyon. He was obviously not wanting to be noticed, but couldn't miss him.

I had a teacher, Don Starr, at Pima CC that was a regular on Dallas for several seasons. He had been on many TV shows with many well known stars and had some wild stories about them.
 




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