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I had grown up singing along with the radio, buying records, going to concerts and joining choirs. I had even sung a solo in a high school concert and another at college. I never could have imagined this particular opportunity occurring.
Jim Nabors called my university's music department and asked if there were some students who would sing Christmas carols at his front door as his holiday guests arrived. … Read more »
I was a member of the college choir, and it was required of us to perform at certain fundraising events. This was a doozy. Governor Ronald Reagan was speaking, and there were Hollywood royalty in the audience along with other venerable Republicans. I, being a child of the 'Sixties as well as the child and sister of conscientious objectors, and this being the Viet Nam era, was … Read more »
So, I went to a pink floyd concert while in grad school. thought it would be really awesome to add to the experience by having a nice little mind trip. so thinking who I can ask that would be able to help me out. So I see this guy with dreadlocks walking around before the show and I go up to him and ask him if he has anything. … Read more »
Working on getting the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed, I met Alan Alda. He came out early to support women in their quest to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. There he stood, handsome, tall and quite comfortable in his skin, my favorite MASH star, once again joining a battle.
As a video producer at Syracuse University, I’ve had the fortune of meeting some famous people. These figures include actor Dennis Quaid, Shaquille O’Neal and author Joyce Carol Oates.
However, of all the public figures I have met, no one has captured my attention like former House Majority Leader Dick Armey.
First off, I must give full disclosure. I am no Reagan Republican; in fact I … Read more »
This year I was a seatfiller at the SAG Awards telecast. On my way out after the show, I suddenly came face to face with Mariska Hargitay. Actually, I had to look up at her - with her heels, she's about 2 inches taller than I am. I told her that I had met her mother in 1956 when I was in the Army.
I had gone to … Read more »
To this day, I can’t see George Clooney on the big screen without thinking of the boy I crushed on in the sixth grade and the nice thing he did, many years later, for a very sick girl.
I grew up in the '70s with the Clooneys in Mason, Ohio. In fact, both our families belonged to this tiny Catholic church, St. Susanna. George's dad worked the bingo every … Read more »
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATTI was a show stopper when the audience sang it at the beginning of the 2nd act of her solo show 'Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda' in Toronto (Canada). Patti had to go off stage, shake off the tears of joy and return somewhat 'composed' to carry on! She is without a doubt the epitome of a consumate performer.
After 2 hours of hilarious antics and being the Divine … Read more »
BIBLE, no! Keep trotting, don't return.
I spent the summer of 2008 in New York City. I wasn't there for fun or a chance at fame, but to take care of my aunt who was dying of a brain tumor. My mother took the day shift, dutifully showing up at the hospice center in the Bronx. I had night shift, complete with a pull-out cot by my aunt's bed so I could be … Read more »
We're going to see Lombardi. I'm at the Circle in the Square box office. So is he. I'm picking up my tickets. He is too. We exchange a glance as you would when both at the wicket. I realize - it's Dan Laura - the lead in the new play Lombardi. No - he isn't a household name. But for anyone who watched TV in the 80's - he's … Read more »
I was on the downtown train to San Francisco and a man with a startling shock of gray hair stopped to ask me directions.I immediately recognized his gangly body and his unpretentious but inquisitive face.
He commented that the BART system couldn't compare to the New York Subway. I said something inane about how I had read his books and loved them and about how he probably didn't want … Read more »
This'll be more than six words but hopefully not by much.I briefly met the singer/actress Julie Wilson when I was in college (Nixon was president back than) and she graciously granted me time for a small interview. It helped me complete a journalism class assigjnment.
I worked briefly in journalism and did amateur acting, singing and standup comedy. I've also published a book and the only things I … Read more »
This takes me back to my college days. (I'm surprised I can remember back that far.) In one of our journalism classes, we were told that we had to get an interview with a famous person.
I was working my second food service job as a busboy in the Omaha Press Club when singer-actress Julie Wilson came in for lunch one day. Though or last … Read more »
My childhood memories include trick-or-treating in my apartment building. What made this special was that it was the home of Margaret Hamilton, the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West!
She was a delightful woman, approachable, friendly, and ready for Halloween candy seeking children. She would wear a costume and give candy generously.
Shook hands with JFK, never again.
Kansas (the band) came to my school earlier this fall for a concert. They had two concerts. I made all the gells and worked merchandising. I had a temporary boss named Steve who sold my small black t-shirt because we ran out. He sent one two weeks later. I got paid fifty bucks. Went to two free concerts. Went to my first (and second) concert ever. Fell in love with … Read more »
A man with a name that sounded like "Polfus" called for a piano tuning. As I pulled up in the back, an elderly gentleman with blue eyes, wild, wiry white hair, and one arm in a sling came out to greet me.
I followed him through a side entrance of a structure that may have at one … Read more »
Roger Baldwin was that spry nonagenarian who lived in the Thomas Kinkade-like cottage on the most breathtakingly beautiful pond I had ever seen. I was sure that the scenic view through the music room French doors that overlooked the trees and colorful flowers reflected in the still water, all were the source of his good health and boundless energy. I remember thinking, “If everyone had a view like this, there … Read more »
Three or four years ago, I was at the horse track in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with friends. I was sitting about 4 rows up relaxing, when I noticed this man walking through the crowd. There was simply something about the way he walked---he had a very confident stride, he was wearing a nice sport jacket over jeans and had some very cool black shades on, I just could … Read more »
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