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25 posted 02-20-2005 09:00 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL, Raph gets blamed for lots of stuff, sometimes, he actually does start the ball rolling. thanks for the fun, Copperbell.
As for Roddy? yes, it was a crazy crazy funny night. I was working pt as cashier/hostess at a restaurant where many of the studio people hung out. One Friday night, the door opened, and in walked some apes LOL, the lead ape came up and grabbed me, demanded two booths and the finest food available on planet earth. I was laughing so hard I nearly wet my pants. I didn't know till they took off their heads (LOL) who they were. They all ate cheeseburgers and fries with shakes, and were quite noisey. But not one 'regular' customer complained. It was a funny night, and they all went out the door pointing to Roddy as the designated tab payer. He didn't want to pay for the whole crew, said his money was back at the studio in human pants. LOL. Eventually, the bill got covered even though the manager was ready to let them have that meal on the house, as they had entertained the whole restaurant and were very  obliging with the autographs-on-the-napkins routine. I forgot to get any autographs for myself!  End of story.
And yes, 'twas the old prankster Kesey himself I met at that famous bookstore, alongs with a few others, though I didn't know until much later. Those nights were always a little bit fuzzy. Even funnier? after listening to Monsier Ginsberg the guys all split to go watch...Ahem... Ms Carol Doda. No comment on that episode. LOL
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26 posted 02-20-2005 09:09 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Guess I'm just a party pooper. *chuckle* I was reminded of one time here in Yuma while I was working at Hastings Entertainment's local bookstore.  Leann Rimes apparently came in, being in town for a concert during the rodeo, I helped her out, rang her up, checked her purchases out, and passed her through just like I did to every other person, while making small talk, like I do with every person.  After she left, many employess were asking me 'Do you KNOW who that was?'.  Since she didn't pay with a check or credit card, I confessed my ignorance.  They informed me and all I could think to say was 'So?  She was a customer.'
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27 posted 02-20-2005 09:41 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

LOL, and that's life....
BTW, I hereby quote Jack Kerouac's attempt at a partial haiku, for those who need another good laugh.

Well, here I am, 2PM
What day is it?

I never could figure out if Kerouac was at the bookstore that night, but since he really loved Ginsberg and Kesey, he may well have been there. As I said, I was a bit fuzzy that whole weekend, though my ears absorbed the poetry readings and strange conversations I heard as if they were the essence of life's blood.
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28 posted 02-20-2005 09:57 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

Funny how foggy the mind can get just from time.  Back in college, I met two people: Mary Anne from Gilligan's Island (can't recall her real name) and Ray Bradbury.  Seemed embarrassing to me all the fuss that was made about them, even then.
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29 posted 02-20-2005 10:05 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I wouldhave loved a chance to chat with Bradbury!
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30 posted 02-20-2005 11:41 PM       View Profile for Copperbell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Copperbell

Midnitesun - that's great

I just remembered someone else I met - actually I got a hug from him and a great conversation.  Ron DiCianni - he's an awesome artist and a really nice guy.

Alicat... Maryanne - I wonder how old those guys are now - I used to love that show
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Probably most of these run ins were when I lived in LA.

I went across the street from my apartment at Overland and Palms to a 7/11 just as a black porsche pulled up with smoked windows. Out unravelled a very tall Chevy Chase. I got my cheap beer while he picked up a 6 pack of Heineken, a Mad Magazine, a National Lampoon. I stood behind him in line (tall skinny feller, unshaven making a movie with Goldie Hahn down the street at MGM) I asked him if he was "still trying to find humor there" indicating the National Lampoon which in my opinion had turned lame. He chuckled "yea" and I said "Now if you want to see humor look there" and pointed to the stack of Sunday papers whose headlines read "911 Dead in Guyana" (Jim Jones crowd)...Chevy gave me a worried look and nearly walked backward to his car.

Met Vince Edwards at a girlfriends house. He was dating her roomate and a very fine gentleman indeed...... One time I said to the girl riding with me "look at these two A......s, they think their Starsky and Hutch" because of the car and when it got next to us it was them. Sold some lumber to Uncle Martin from Patty Duke Show (forget his name)..Was buying a punching bag in a karate supply store and John Saxon was there. He started staring at me and he wasn't smiling. I stared back and he looked away.....Was in Alice's Restaraunt in Westwood when Greg Sierra sat next to me at the bar. (He was Julio in Sanford and Son as well as many other roles) We talked for awhile and some big black dude came up and starting fawning on him eventually offering to share a few lines with him. Greg invited me and we went upstairs to the rest room. I pocketed the guys' stash and he looked silly running around the mens room wondering what he did with it. After he left and we were back sitting at the bar I showed Sierra I'd swiped it and he thought I was nuts.....Met Tom Harmon at the lumber yard, nice man....Had a Rolls Royce pull up alongside a buddy and I in Houston one summer day. Diane Keaton was driving it and she looked over and gave us a big old smile.....numerous sports personalities. Pete Rose (jerk), Willie Stargell (the greatest), Johnny Bench (nice guy), Jack Ham (steeler HOFer), Jeff Bagwell (his rookie year signing autographs with no one in line while Whitey Ford had them lined up around the block...told Bagwell we were expecting alot from him and he called me 'Sir,"'.....Stan Musial (uncle to a childhood friend) Had ringside seats for Holmes-Tex Cobb (much better fight than was reported) got close up pictures of Holmes, Greg Page, James 'Quick' Tillis, Angelo Dundee, and Renaldo Snipes. Was right in ther faces calling their names and Snipes gave me a dirty look (have photo), Holmes just looked. Mel Brooks sat in the next booth at a diner, just nodded to each other I'm not to good at being a fan,bothering folks. Billy Conn, late Pittsburgher and world light heavyweight champion who damn near beat Joe Louis and took the heavyweight crown would hang out once in awhile in a bar I'd frequent in Squirrel Hill (the burg), nice man. Sam Hazo, the last poet to be named state poet laureate (Pa) was a friend of my old mans. I saw him a few winters ago when I attended the vaunted International Poetry Forum he manages    http://www.thepoetryforum.org/poets.html

I could probably bore you with more but I'll stop here.


Jeez how could I forget Mayor Richard J. Daily of the Chicago Democratic Convention repute? I was on crutches walking in Point State Park. We looked off a ways and saw a large entourage heading toward us. There was a mayors convention in the burg and Daily was taking some air. He must have had twenty bodyguard types around him. We approached each other on the sidewalk and just as we got in front of each other we stopped. I looked at him, he at me and we both nodded then moved on.
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32 posted 02-21-2005 12:48 AM       View Profile for Copperbell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Copperbell

wow - quite a few RS. grinning about your conversation with Chevy Chase
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33 posted 02-21-2005 01:20 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I've met a few celebrities in my day too.  It seems too long ago to make it worth listening too really but sure seemed important at the time.  Funny though, I thought they were more impressed by me, than I was by them     They are all just people that happen to make more money than us that's all, and of course some happen to be pretty talented too of course.

Of all I did meet no one impressed me more than the Dalai Lama.

Enjoying your thread Copperbell.  
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Thanks Copperbell. I've got a million stories, all true. (oh yeah, let me throw in George Foreman, he bought his Benzes at our dealership and was a very approachable man. You just had to withstand the glare of his jealous salesman)

Sharon, you are being modest. You told me once you met the Beatles. Surely that's a story worth sharing.
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35 posted 02-21-2005 09:30 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Sharon, fess up Lady . . . if you met the Beatles, I wanna hear about it . . . hiding anything else?  Like Nelson Mandela up your sleeve?  

*smile*
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OK, Sharon, don't forget...I already know about the 'X files' and David, and still have that photo. LOL
But I totally understand how meeting the Dalai Lama could overshadow all the others, and wish I had been there, too. I'd trade hundreds of other memories for one moment, for the chance to see his glowing smile up front and personal. But there are some, like Kesey/Ginsberg, the Apes crew, and drinking/dancing with Joe Cocker that I will forever cherish.
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37 posted 02-21-2005 10:12 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

Joe Cocker!!! The Dalai Lama !!!!

I have seen the greatest minds of my generation destroyed by madness . . .

Oh, how this rings true today.

Please do tell . . .
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38 posted 02-21-2005 12:44 PM       View Profile for Copperbell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Copperbell

Mysteria, perhaps you could give us a short list

It seems that everyone is a little curious
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I've met Brooks and Dunn. That was short and sweet introduction. I met the grandfather from Charles in Charge.

My brother in law and sister know Jerry Rice. My nephew plays soccer with his son. Also my brother in law owns his own business here in Calif., so one day Roger Craig called my bro in law to work on his car and they have been friends ever since. I saw him once but have not met him yet.
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40 posted 02-21-2005 07:10 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Hey, let's start with famous Passions people, I have met:

Nan, Kit McCallum, Elizabeth Santos, Midnightsun, Marti (NewEnglandlazurlu), Ruth (HootOwl) Michael (Balladeer), Seymour and Isabel Tabin, and a couple of others who will remain nameless    


Tell you what I can put something into prose how's that?  Far too many things to take up a lot of room here, but later okay I have a sinus infection and feel pretty rough, but I will do it is you really wish to hear it.

These pictures are of David Duchovny (worked with him on X-files a few times when they shot the show in Vancouver,) and the others are James Coburn and Lou Gossett Jr. from a special movie we did for HBO about oh, 14 years ago.  I met tons of people in the business I was in, as I started out in radio, then t.v., then film, and commercials, but I don't want to bore you guys either.  I hesitate to tell my story as I worked for a television station that was sold, and I can't even prove who I was back then LOL, but I did have my own t.v. show, well two actually at a station in North Dakota, KCND-TV, and my job was doing the weather for The Johnny Carson show for about two years as well as a show called, "Around The Country" I co-hosted with Dick Vincent.  Anyway, travelling back and forth you get to The Tonight Show offices, I meet lots of people.  Like I said, they are only people that make more money than we do honest!

Yes I did meet the Beatles in the 60's when their plane landed in Winnipeg.  I worked for a radio station and went out as part of the news team sent by CKRC-radio to try to interview them.  As you can imagine in the 60's a woman in this field was ignored, so I got shoved by those brutes down the stairs of the plane.  I felt a hand grab me, it was Ringo Starr, who led me to the top step, where I got a one-on-one interview alright with each Beatle, and I felt dang smug about it to.  But the story didn't end there. The story gets better as we arrived back at the station!   I have to take this all to prose if you guys are interested in celebs.  My visit to Woodstock was another highlight of my life actually.

I have been so blessed with a wonderful life and still do enjoy it, though I retired from all this about 10 years ago now.  To be honest - the world of celebrites is really plastic to be honest.

I will work on something so if you have questions about any of them that I can answer, I will.  Thanks for your interest.
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As a working musician, I was priveleged (sp) to meet many famous musicians: Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Loverboy, Molly Hatchet (the rehashed version), Tesla, Strawberry Alarm Clock (the 1997 version), Styx, Queensryche, and several others.

Since my time as a wrestling manager, I have met Rob Van Dam (He's friends with my trainers), Gene Snitsky (who lives about 5 miles from me), Shawn Michaels Again... friend with my trainers), Brett Hart, The Samoans, Big John Stud (When I was a kid), Hulk Hogan, DA Thunder (old WWF), The Executioner (Old WWF), La Parka (WCW), Dennis Diamond (Old WWF), Rikki Lane (WCW), Rocking Rebel (ECW), The Dark Patriot (ECW... my trainer), Damian 666 (ECW), The Blackharts (old WWF... Gangrel was one, the other is also one of my trainers). Most of these are still running the Indie circuit. I was able to have Rikki Lane, Damien 666, Rockin' Rebel, and La Parka all beat me senseless in the ring (And I'm only a manager!!!! lol)

Others:
Steven King, Somtow (another author), Gary Gygax (of Dungeons and Dragons fame), Annie MacCaffery, Ike Asmiov (About a year before he died), and Frank Herbert (not too long before he died)

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42 posted 02-21-2005 10:08 PM       View Profile for Copperbell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Copperbell

Cloud nine - I know someone who met them as well. (Brooks n Dunn)

Thanks Mysteria for sharing; you've had an interesting career...

You as well Ringo...when I was a kid I decided I was going to meet Bon Jovi - I haven't yet however
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Molly Hatchet yay!
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44 posted 02-21-2005 10:48 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

I had posted as many as I could remember in a little story in the prose section.  After thinking about that, I decided against posting something so personal here so I have deleted it.  If you are interested feel free to email me and I will will be glad to send you the story of those people met over a 50 year span. Thanks again.

Ringo I would give my eye teeth to sit down with Stephen King by the way, as I think he is a genius.


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Stephen Kingggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!!
The Beatlessssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!

yes, I know that world is sriously plastic, but these guys are not.

How amazing, God I would love to pick their brains for maybe a few seconds.

Sharon, you know you are getting an email from me.   *grin*

Fascinating stories . . .
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Well I do church with Paul Harvey almost every week in the winter. And Senate Chaplin Black will be doing our church service next month. And I've talked to Mysteria several times on the phone!

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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The BEATLES??????
I missed that one on my first read....
Sir Paul is the reason I've stayed with that blamed instrument all these years...
WEll, I USED to like you, Mysteria!!! (lol... Just joking)

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48 posted 02-22-2005 07:25 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

King, as in...THE STEPHEN? would be willing to camp out for a WEEK in front of a bookstore if I knew for sure I'd get to meet him. LOL
My bookshelves are filled with King novels, as my daughter and I are both fans. *sigh*
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Ed, I used to listen to Paul Harvey every single morning . . .

Kacy, OMG I know!  I have all of King, I want to go to Bangor, Maine sometime . . .
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