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Feel like doing some name dropping?

Asked by Pachy (13866 points ) January 17th, 2013

Share with us the names of famous people you’ve met in your life. Extra points if you actually talked with any of them. BIG extra points if you developed a friendship or correspondence.

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SavoirFaire's avatar

I would love to tell you about the famous people I’ve met and talked to, but Emma Watson once told me that name dropping can be quite off-putting.

Aster's avatar

Talked with Dick Clark on the Bandstand set, Philadelphia.

tups's avatar

I’ve talked to some famous Danish people, but there’s no point in mentioning their names since you don’t know them anyway.

Pachy's avatar

@SavoirFaire, funny, she told me she’d be honored to drop my name anytime.

Aster's avatar

LIved 2 houses down from Dallas Cowboy Bob Lilly, went to the neighborhood Christmas party where he and his wife were and she took our photo together. Talked with his wife for half an hour.

Pachy's avatar

Ah, @tups, so you won’t deign to tell us… ?

Aster's avatar

Was introduced by my date to Jack Ruby who killed Oswald.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I have worked with and personally know some of this year’s Olympians and paralympians!

YARNLADY's avatar

I’ve already told the story of the December 2006 Yahoo!Answers award party when I asked David Filo, the co-founder of Yahoo, and then 75th richest person in America if he could fix my Yahoo e-mail account, which wasn’t working properly. He wrote my ID down on the back of a business card, and it was fixed a couple of days later.

I also gave him one of the coasters I made for the party.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room Well, the poor girl needs all the help she can get putting people off. She’s too popular for her own good. I imagine your name would do the trick, though! ~

KNOWITALL's avatar

Nah, I don’t like to brag, but I’ve met a few as I worked in a Lamborghini dealership for a few years, then in radio now for a decade.

WestRiverrat's avatar

I have hunted with the 41st President and his son’s VP, well they hunted, I worked the dogs and cleaned the game.

Same with Nugent.

I cooked breakfast for Carter when he was passing through to one of his Habitat for Humanity appearances.

bookish1's avatar

…You mean people who aren’t famous historians, right? ;) Cause I’ve met some historical rockstars… PM me if you really want to know.

I met Carl Reiner when I was a kid.
I attended a speech given by H.H. the Dalai Lama.

I have met Kurt Cobain, Graham Chapman, Walt Whitman, and Allen Ginsburg in dreams numerous times…

KNOWITALL's avatar

@bookish1 Are you serious? Kurt AND Walt…radical!!

I do like to tell people I met Jesus (haha) because I met Jim Caviziel (Jesus of Nazarether/ Person of Interest) when he came to buy his Ferrari. Sat on the floor cross-legged and just as sweet as he could be, normal guy.

tups's avatar

@bookish1 Did you meet them accidentally or do you master the art of lucid dreaming?

bookish1's avatar

@tups: I have had many lucid dreams, but I can’t say I’ve mastered it. It depends on what kind of tea I drink before bed I think, haha. These guys just appear to me from time to time :)

tups's avatar

I’ve done the dishes with Bob Dylan once.

if we’re talking about dreams

Pachy's avatar

@tups, and they dried blowin’ in the wind, right?

tups's avatar

No, unfortunately not, the weather said a hard rain was a-gonna fall.

Pachy's avatar

I talked to Gregory Peck on the phone; traded notes with Martin Sheen; directed Louie Nye, Jonathan Winters and pre-“Dallas” Linda Gray; chatted with Ronald Reagan; and sat within three feet of Orson Wells but was too nervous to introduce myself. If I list more names, you’ll think I’m making them up.

Allie's avatar

I’ve met Bill Clinton a few times when he gave speeches at our campus. I also met Al Gore once when he attended and spoke at a climate conference. And Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was Governator.

bookish1's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room : WOWZA!

I forgot, I’ve also met a couple of Nobel laureates, including James Watson.

jonsblond's avatar

I went on several double dates with the drummer from Mudvayne when I was in high school in the late 80s. This was before Mudvayne was formed. He’s a very talented drummer. The bassist also happens to be related to my husband.

About the same time in my life I partied with Richard Pryor Jr. a few times with some mutual friends.

Pachy's avatar

@tups, well, don’t think twice, it’s gonna be alright.

tups's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room No, it’s all about finding shelter from the storm.

Pachy's avatar

@tups, well, you’ve got to stay our of the idiot wind.

tups's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room Seems like a good idea, nobody wants to be tangled up in blue.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

The only living famous person I’ve met wouldn’t really even be considered famous, but I had my picture taken, and got to talk to Nathen Maxwell, the bassist for Flogging Molly.

Sunny2's avatar

Faye Dunaway and I were close enough for her to call me a bitch. This was before her movie days. She was very pretty.

Pachy's avatar

@tups, I should’ve given up this punning madness the fourth time around.

picante's avatar

I met and talked with astronaut John Glenn of Apollo 13 fame. He seemed very down to earth. ;-)

Mariah's avatar

Greg Hawkes of The Cars. I’m friends with his son.

Pachy's avatar

@picante, I’ll bet he was starry-eyed meeting you,

ucme's avatar

@Pachyderm_In_The_Room Jonathan Winters is a fucking legend, a true hero of mine…so jealous over here.
I met & kissed Princess Diana as a young teen when she visited my neck of the woods to open a new factory. The oppurtuity was there & you better believe I took it :-)

Brian1946's avatar

In December, 1967 we saw the Animals at the Whiskey A GoGo.
After their gig, the bassist and major Jimi Hendrix advocate, Chas Chandler, rushed up to where I was sitting and shook my hand.
I didn’t know him then and I still don’t personally know Chas, so the only explanation I can give for that is that I emanated such strong “I love Hendrix” vibes that they drew him to me like some majorly strong stoner tractor beams.

Sometime in the middle 70’s I was at a laundromat.
Somebody grasped my hand and started shaking it.
I looked up and it was Jon Voight asking me to vote for I don’t remember whom.
I said, “I’ll vote for him if you read my screenplay about a paralyzed Vietnam war vet”. ;~)

I was shopping at a Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks. I saw this guy wearing a hat that caught my attention.
I forgot what I asked him and what he replied, but Geena Davis joined our conversation.
Either she was fascinated with our conversation or she was with him; probably the latter. ;-)
I wound up asking her if there was going to be a “Thelma and Louise” sequel. She replied, “No, they were pretty much squished”.

I saw James Cromwell at a local health food store.
He was wearing a t-shirt advocating a Native American cause.
I said, “I like your t-shirt. I think the de facto genocide committed against Native Americans is shameful.”
He replied, “It wasn’t de facto, it IS genocide.”
I stood corrected and about 8 inches shorter than him.

I saw Jay Leno at the aforementioned Whole Foods in 2007(?).
I asked him if it was true that Conan was going to take over the Tonight Show in 2009.
He mumbled something as he made his escape.

I saw Leno’s band leader, Kevin Eubanks at a health food restaurant in West Hills.
I said, “I remember Jay making fun of your gesture of shooting a basketball. Where does he get off making fun of you? I mean, how strong is Jay’s game?”
He LHAO so I LMAO too. :-D

LuckyGuy's avatar

I saw Mr Rogers at my gate in the Philly airport!
(Won’t you be… my neighbor.)

You all may ask for my autograph now.

bookish1's avatar

@LuckyGuy : Dawwwww, that gives me the warm and fuzzies. Did he change his cardigan and shoes before getting onto his flight?

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Oh, I forgot! My husband used to live a few houses down from Mr. Peppermint! He talked to him quite a few times, and would see him walking the sidewalks sometimes.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Mario Van peeples flight from Kauai to Maui, nice talk on the plane.

Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars went to same high school and he use to buy imported car parts when he first started rebuilding sport cars at the company I worked for in Connecticut.

Sherri Alberoni one of the Mouseketeers went to school from 1st grade to 8th grade, use to “leg wrestle” ( don’t ask ).

Robert Cummins , I use to have tea and English muffins at “Coffee Dan’s in Beverly Hills with my dad and him. Actor from the 1940’sand 1950’ ( Dial “M” for Murder ).

Kardamom's avatar

Crosby, Stills and Nash, but not Young

All of The Monkees

John Phillips of The Mamas and Papas (and 2 of his daughters McKenzie and Chyna)

Brian Wilson (and both of his daughters Carnie and Wendy)

Jan and Dean

Larry Ramos and Russ Giguere from The Association

All of the original Byrds except for Michael Clarke (McGuinn, Crosby, Clark and Hillman)

Herb Pedersen of The Dillards

Spanky McFarland of Our Gang (the band, not the child actor from the movie series)

Scott McKenzie who sang San Francisco (be sure to wear flowers in your hair)

Pete Best (the original drummer for the Beatles)

Both of John Lennon’s sons, Julian and Sean

Louise Harrison (George Harrison’s sister)

Michael McCartney (Paul McCartney’s brother)

Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Wings

Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers

Billy Preston (one of the 5th Beatles)

I have autographs from all of these folks. Most of the ones that have an association to The Beatles I met at Beatlefest, although I met Billy Preston and the Lennon brothers at their own concerts. The rest of them I met at their own concerts, mostly during the late 80’s and early 90’s.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I forgot Jennifer Aniston, Brittany Spears and Pamela Anderson I get emails EVERYDAY from them!

augustlan's avatar

All of mine are old-timers I met when I was a kid: Sonny and Cher, Bing Crosby, Marvin Hamlisch, and several others. Robert Goulet offered to adopt me, and once publicly embarrassed me at a concert. I last saw him when I was in my late 20s, probably. I grew up in a theater family. When I was in my teens, I routinely saw Washington Redskins players at our local grocery store, too. Didn’t ever talk to any of them, though.

Pachy's avatar

@augustlan, mine are too. So here a few more…
– Ed Mahon told me he liked some copy I had written for him
– I met Joel Grey at a party
– I did a commercials with Richard Basehart (He was in “Moby Dick”) and Roger Staubch
– Had dinner with Tab Hunter
– Shook hands with Tony Bennett
That’s enough for now…

wundayatta's avatar

Judith Berman
Melissa Scott
Nalo Hopkinson
Walter Jon Williams
John Kessel
Nancy Kress
Joan Slonczewski
Robert J Sawyer
Cory Doctorow
Joan Vinge
Poul Anderson
Lois McMaster Bujold
Alan Dean Foster
Greg Bear
Bruce Sterling
George R.R. Martin
Isaac Asimov
Orson Scott Card

Ten lurve for anyone who knows what this group of people has in common.
I spent a few minutes with each, sometimes chatting, sometimes saying hello. Does anyone know the context?

wildpotato's avatar

These are only the people I’ve talked to:

Q-Tip, can’t say where.
Joyce Carol Oates at a book signing.
David Sedaris at a book signing.
Brian Jacques at a book signing.
Eric Kandel (a Nobel laureate) at a dinner for my dad and other guest speakers who appeared on an episode of the Charlie Rose Show.
Jürgen Habermas, a famous philosopher, at a CUNY talk – just shook his hand. I’ve also taken classes from several well-known philosophers.
James Marsters (Spike on Buffy), Brian O’Halloran (Dante from Clerks) and Phil LaMarr (you know, Marvin, who got shot in the face) at Comicon.
Richard Kind at a restaurant opening. He was with his kids and I didn’t want to bother him, but my little cousin wanted to go over and my uncle pushed me to accompany her as backup. It was one of the more embarrassing moments of my life: when we walked up and started stammering at him his face fell and he looked so put out and I felt mortified and thankfully my aunt pulled me out of there in a hurry.

“Meeting” the Disney characters at the parks as a little kid was like meeting famous people, and I bet most of us have met them. I remember that Jafar made me cry.

gondwanalon's avatar

I played in a band for a huge crowed just prior a presidential campaign speech delivered by Robert “Bobby” Kennedy (1968). I wanted to shake his hand but he took off right after his speech. One month later he was shot.

I saw Bob Hope at the MaChord Air Force Base in 1992. He gave a short speech for the troops.

Pachy's avatar

I danced with Elena Holly… Buddy’s widow.

Pachy's avatar

Great job, everybody. Big points for all.

picante's avatar

Wundy, I believe your folks are authors and, more specifically, of the sci-fi genre. Do I get my ten lurve?????

wundayatta's avatar

You do, @picante, you do!

I spoke to all of them as they signed my copies of their novels. Since I had a dozen of orson scott card’s novels, I got to talk to him for five minutes.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@wundayatta I AM SO JEALOUS!!!

picante's avatar

I’m jealous too! And I’m wallowing in the luxury of my 10 lurve ;-)

Aster's avatar

Whitley Streiber who wrote “Communion” which was made into a movie signed my book at Book People in Austin, Texas and my s/o took our picture together.
If we are going to mention people we simply saw then Pat Boone waved to me at a shopping center, I saw Bob Hope at an airport and Sinbad at our mall.
Frankie Avalon sang on stage at our junior high auditorium and I saw Fabian on a small stage at a Catholic Church high school. He was extremely close to us. Mike Nesmith , one of the Monkies, went to my Dallas high school and I saw him in the halls frequently.

blueiiznh's avatar

The guy who’s company logo was a cute little apple.

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