I went to high school with Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid). It was a large school and I only saw him in passing.
I saw Melissa Harris Perry walking Uptown in New Orleans.
I met and took a picture with Rachel Maddow at the Pride Festival in Seattle when she was only radio famous. That's back when Rush Limbaugh was known to say "Rachel Maddow?!?! Whoever heard of Rachel Maddow?!?!" So, I made a sign for the parade that had that on it.
I was a newspaper reporter, so I've met plenty of celebrities - Arnold Schwartzenegger, Marlo Thomas, Dick Sargent, and The Guess Who, come to mind. Once I stood in a line in a convenience store and the guy in front of me was Carroll O'Connor. He was the only celebrity I really spoke to - he'd bought film and was trying to figure out how to load his camera - we figured it out together and he was very pleasant and friendly.
None other than Rowan Atkinson. Blackadder or Mr. Bean, for those who only know his performances. He's an alumnus of my old school. At the school's last speech day before it closed, he came as guest speaker. I'd won the French and Spanish prizes for my year, and as I came to get my prizes off the big man, he said to me as I was shaking his hand, "So you're the master of languages?" I replied, "All the better to rule the world, sir." He chuckled.
I elicited a chuckle from one of the greatest living comedians. Whether it was sincere or not, I'm proud of it.
Several. Met Caesar Romero when I was a kid. While he was playing the Joker on Batman. My younger sister ate his breakfast while he spoke with my mother and grandmother. I was starstuck. He was really nice to us. Especially my sister. She was 3, and very cute.
Was in line at a deli, ahead of Chris Doering. At the time, he was still playing football at
the University of Florida. He was nice as well.
Had a conversation with Cheech Marin, while riding an escalator at McCarron Airport in Las Vegas.
Met Barry Sanders while waiting for a flight at LAX. He ended up sitting behind me, in coach, for the flight from LA to Detroit. He kicked my seat the whole way. I'm probably the only person on the planet who can say that "Barry Sanders kicked my ass cross-country".
What's really interesting/weird was, the night before, my ex and I had been talking about him.
Met the late David Canary (actor) while on line for a ride at a theme park in Springfield, MA.
So far, all my celebrity encounters have been pleasant. No one was an asshole.
In 1972, I had a beer with Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull in the Sandbox in Schwabing, Munich. He appreciated talking to somebody speaking English and was a real gentleman.
Later that year, a friend introduced me to Ravi Shankar in Amsterdam. Also a very nice man.
Before they were famous-as a college student met fellow student and aspiring comedien Jay Leno in Boston.
Personal encounters: Herb Reed of the Platters, Chilites, Luther Johnson, Bob Dylan, ElliotGould, Phyllis Diller, Michael Ontkean, John Cullum, Diane Lane, Howard Dean, Christopher Lawford, SamJones-Boston Celtics, Marcus Haynes-former Globetrotter/Magician. Steve Nelson, Bill Lenkitis (NE Patriots).
Almost forgot-worked with Marie Osmond 7 years ago And Livingston Taylor talkedto at small coffeehouse Folkway in Peterborough,NH
I went thru basic training with Drew Cary . But that was before he became famous .
I also almost got run over by Kieth Richards in his Rolls Royce while j walking in Seattle in the mid 90's.
I used to get high with one of the girls that played Tabatha on Bewitched .
I sat at a table with Carol Kane at a Moody Blues concert in Las Vagas in the 90's .
When you travel , you meet people I could go on all night , but I got to go to bed .
I have had many. I worked in radio in the 70s, 80s and 90s. I've met, hung out with, and partied with more than I can even remember. Yes, I lived a fantasy life. It was a lot of fun.
Celebrities are just people who were in the right place at the right time. They put on their pants one leg at a time, eat, shit, and do everything the same as the rest of us.
I was shooting stills on a TV special with Dick Van Dyke. He was pleasant, and quiet, off set.
And I built mechanical effects for a donut commercial with Gary Burghoff. He was bawdy, loud, and sidesplittingly funny, the diametric opposite of Radar. He has a withered left hand, usually covered by a clipboard or such in M.A.S.H.
At a nightclub I once worked at, The Ivanhoe, I met several muscicians. But Tom Waites was quite memorable as his curtain call had gone out & he was no where to be found. The scramble began, & then we got the call. He had been arrested as a vagrant outside the theatre.