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Sun Jun 10, 2012, 08:40 PM

So. Was seated next to Robert Duvall the other night at a northern Virginia-area restaurant

Well, not *next* to him as in having dinner with him, but the restaurant is a series of rows of booths, each set of two booths separated by a low wall. My husband and I were having dinner in one booth, and Duvall and his wife were in the booth on the other side of the little low wall with some friends.

Was unexpected. I used to see a lot of people randomly when I lived in LA. But the only other person I've seen in the area where we now live (well, I heard him and only saw the back of his head because he was seated right behind me) was Sen. John Kerry, late last year.

I didn't talk to either one of them - they're in their private lives, so I leave them alone. But I grinned like an idiot for a few minutes.

Anyone famous you've seen lately in a completely random setting (meaning - you didn't go to an event to see the person)?

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Reply So. Was seated next to Robert Duvall the other night at a northern Virginia-area restaurant (Original post)
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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 08:42 PM

1. I used to live in Los Angeles, so ....

like you, I used to see many.

Nobody lately here in Maryland.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 08:48 PM

2. I saw Chuck Liddell (UFC fighter) at a New York Yankees game

 

He walked past our row. We all said "What's up, Chuck?" He gave us a hello. It was cool.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:21 PM

6. I don't think I'd recognize him. But he sounds like a nice enough guy

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 08:57 PM

3. Seji Ozowa bought my wife and myself dinner once.

 

We had just gotten married and most everyone from the East coast (where she was from) sent us $100.00 bills. We went to the Trident in Sausilito for dinner. I had exactly $101.00 on me. I bought a drink when we got there. $1.00. It was a long time ago. When we went to pay for dinner, they thought we were drug dealers and wouldn't take the $100.00 bill and they wanted my wife to leave her jacket as collateral until we could come back and pay them with smaller denominations. (It was a long time ago). Anyway, the guy at the next table and his very attractive date piped up and said that if I would write him a check, he would pay the tab. I had no idea who he was but I accepted his offer and as we were leaving the waitress told us who he was.

He never cashed the check and I still owe him a dinner.

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:20 PM

5. how fun

what a neat story

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:57 PM

11. I've had an interesting life.

 

Last edited Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:41 PM - Edit history (1)

edited to add: Stan Getz (Girl from Ipanima) Tried to buy my house in Mill Valley, Played in a garage band with one of the members from Journey, Jessie Westlake, whose father printed all the Fillmore posters was my best friend and Big Brother used to practice in a garage a few blocks from my house. The list goes on.

Not so interesting now.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:14 PM

4. I once saw Eddie Albert walking out of a store in downtown L.A.

but other than that I don't recall seeing any well-know Hollywood celebrities in completely random settings despite living in southern California for over 40 years. I did meet blues musician BB King in a music store in Oakland in 1970 and he remembered meeting me backstage at his concert in Paris the year before. In the 1980s, after I graduated from film school and went to work for Dino DeLaurentiis (actually his son-in-law who was a producer in Dino's studio DEG) I met quite a few like Schwarzenegger, Jerry Lewis, Jean Claude van Dame, David Lynch, Sam Raimi and many others. They were just like regular people (although on the occasion when I saw him Jerry Lewis acted weird as though he thought it was expected). But those were people I met as part of my very modest unimportant job as a lowly assistant to Dino's son-in-law. I could never afford to frequent places where these guys would probably hang out in order to regularly see them on a random basis. From what I've heard of him, Robert Duvall doesn't go for the fancy lifestyle of other Hollywood stars.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:34 PM

8. I saw Michael Keaton (right after Batman) and Adam Arkin (when Chicago Hope was big)

in LA - one held the door for me and the other asked me a question in a drugstore; others just in passing and honestly, I've forgotten many of them.

Saw Willem Dafoe walking down 14th Ave. in NYC.

I'd have cried if I met B.B. King. I love him.

Duvall is actually the neighbor of an old-Virginia (read: owns lots of land) family friend of ours -- he lives on many acres next to my friend's many acres in Virginia horse country. The restaurant we were at is just a Tex-Mex chain with entrees in the $15 range -- very low key and not fancy at all. According to our friend, he's a good neighbor and private and quiet, loves horses (you can tell he's a good rider if you've ever seen "Something to Talk About".

Where did you live in SoCal? I was in the Westwood/Santa Monica area in the 80s/90s.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #8)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:42 PM

9. I went to UCLA film school in the early 1980s

and later worked in Beverly Hills at the business office building owned by DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group until the late 1980s on Wilshire Blvd. near La Cienaga. But I had a long commute for many years, up from Orange County.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #9)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:46 PM

10. I went to UCLA, too. 1993-96 law school

Lol. Not a lawyer anymore. Didn't enjoy it.

Where in Orange County? I spend a significant part of my grade school years in San Juan Capistrano...

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:17 PM

13. Santa Ana Heights

also known as the Newport back bay. It was a few square miles of unincorporated horse pens and old houses largely occupied by old timers and hippies, right under the John Wayne Airport flight path. At the very southern end there were some multimillionaire properties overlooking the bay, like the estate of the parents of Christopher Cox, a Republican big shot selected by George Bush as his SEC Chairman. The Heights in about a 900 sq. ft. house built circa 1900 is where I lived until a few years ago. Now I'm in Huntington Beach.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #13)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:55 PM

66. Yup. My dad grew up in Rialto when it was ALL orange groves; the state was so different then

Lots of open space, horses, farms...

I spent another significant chunk of my youth in Redlands, back when it still had orange groves.

I miss what southern California used to be - I visited in 2007 and was just saddened by all the building ...

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 01:39 AM

17. Saw Adam Arkin in Chicago..........

was in town for the weekend with friends. We stopped on Michigan Ave. to listem to some musicians, and Adam Arkin was standing next to me. This was back in '98, when he was doing Chicago Hope.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 09:29 PM

7. ...

........does John Edwards count?

(OK - I'm just clowning around. I have seen him a couple of times, I'm in NC, and a Democrat, after all)

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:17 PM

12. I was at a local Winn Dixie a few years ago and Marlo Thomas came in with Phil Donahue

It was about 10:30 at night and they came in to buy a bottle of wine, possibly on their way to a golf event in the Southern Pines area of North Carolina.

The cashier who was quite young had no clue who they were but the manager and I both recognized them.

They both looked great, BTW.

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Response to Digit (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 03:42 PM

39. I woulda died.

I've had a crush on Marlo Thomas since I was about 6. And I think Phil is a pretty cool guy too.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #39)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:45 PM

44. Love her.

She was Rachel's mom on Friends, so even my generation knows her!

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Response to YellowRubberDuckie (Reply #44)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 11:52 PM

56. I forgot about that!

I watched many of the early shows she was on including The Joey Bishop Show and My Favorite Martian. My favorite though was That Girl.

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Response to OriginalGeek (Reply #39)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 11:41 PM

55. I knew they did not want any extra attention

Plus it was a grocery store for crying out loud and I was just a customer in that store. She looked gorgeous and he was pretty damn handsome, too.

The store was pretty much dead at that hour and only the manager and myself realized who we had just seen.

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Response to Digit (Reply #55)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:46 PM

61. You made the right call

I would know intellectually not to bother them but I'm not sure I'd be able to not make a scene.

Of course, my dying might raise a ruckus. I'd try to keep the final throes away from them.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:24 PM

14. Was it at the Rail Stop in The Plains?

That's the restaurant he used to own in the small town near his Northern Virginia farm. I saw him there a few years back.

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Response to pinboy3niner (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:50 PM

62. no - it was at a No.Va. Sweetwater's, believe it or not

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Sun Jun 10, 2012, 10:34 PM

15. Johnny Roventini

Us kids were on are way home for lunch and Johnny was at the company store, he was very friendly and we couldn't believe that He was the same size as we were!

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:23 AM

16. Timothy Hutton a couple of years ago...

when they started filming "Leverage" in Portland. We were driving by and he was standing on a street corner texting someone on his cell phone.

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Response to AmyDeLune (Reply #16)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:02 AM

26. Speaking of stars from the movie "Taps", I shared an elevator with George C. Scott...

 

... during filming of the movie. Apparently several of the movie's principals were staying at the same hotel where I was attending a conference.

He was much taller than I expected. We exchanged a small smile and nod and both went on about our days.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:53 AM

18. I guess he is kind of famous, although I didn't know him by sight

I was eating at a big Christmas buffet in Dubai when a bunch of people came and sat at a table in the room. They were well dressed, and I figured that they were either Indian or Pakistani Christians. My Pakistani friend who was eating with my family leaned over and motioned to the oldest man in the group and he asked me if I knew who he was. I looked again but didn't recognize him, so my friend told me we were eating Christmas dinner in the same room as Nawaz Shariff, the former president of Pakistan. This was a year after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, so afterwards we joked about the danger of hanging out with Pakistani presidents.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 05:29 AM

19. too many...Senator Obama at the time at the airport..He asked

"do we have a problem here?

for giving the CS person a hard time because they messed up my upgrade - I really had no idea who he was at the time

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 06:41 AM

20. completely random... I almost broke up REM in 1995

by almost broke up, I mean I almost killed (or severely injured) Mike Mills the bassist and I dont think it would have helped their music. I was in downtown Athens and I went to pull into a parking space on College St. I was a little late and in a big hurry so I whipped into a space. I had to slam on the brakes because this red headed dude was helping unload stuff from the side door of a van. I immediately felt horrible because I made the guy jump. I then felt tons worse because I recognized who I had almost hit. I apologized and he was very gracious. I slinked away to ponder how I would have been run out of town had I killed REM.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #20)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:09 AM

21. That's two of us. I almost ran over Michael Stipe in the Alps Village parking lot in 2002

 

I really wasn't paying attention and he stepped off the sidewalk.
"Oh fuck, I almost hit that homeless guy! Wait a minute, that's not a homeless guy..."

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:11 AM

22. Seen the President naked

 

East Bank Club when he was running for senate...didn't look.

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Response to AngryAmish (Reply #22)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 07:40 AM

58. You did??? really see him naked??

wow.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:02 AM

23. I'm a screenwriter and I used to live in Brooklyn...

 

so it wasn't uncommon to go to some industry-friend's Independence Day fireworks-viewing party and find myself in the same room with 4 or 5 minor TV celebs. Likewise, because my roommate was a crew member on a failed drama she worked on, I met Olivia Wilde before she became really famous.

Excepting those, I once saw Tim Gunn on the subway...and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard a couple times just around the city.

I miss home; I'd give my right foot to move back to NYC and stay this time.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:11 AM

24. Rod Carew came up and sat with us in the stands before the game

July 4th, 1977. The "crowd" was really small - maybe a thousand.
We came real early to watch batting practice - kind of a misty evening.
We had box seats right behind the Twins dugout.
Shortly after we came in, Carew came out and looked around at the crowd.
Then he walked over, climbed the fence and came up and sat down with us.
Mrs. Lib had no idea who he was. I was star struck.
We chatted for about ten minutes and then he was up for his turn at BP.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:59 AM

25. Dick Van Dyke, a midtown deli, in the wee hours of a morning

about 28 years ago...

Oh, and on edit: Gave Ed Harris a ride in my cab a couple of nights

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Response to annabanana (Reply #25)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:47 PM

45. I love Ed Harris

Incredible actor. I think I loved him most in Enemy at the Gates. Really one of my favorite WW2 movies because they actually had subtitles and foreign language.

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Response to YellowRubberDuckie (Reply #45)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:30 PM

52. and also ps a really nice guy

and a good tipper

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Response to annabanana (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:51 PM

64. Ed Harris. Swoon

Good thing I wasn't driving the cab!

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Response to annabanana (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 04:44 PM

71. I saw DVD in a parking lot one time. He was on foot and had to wait for our car to go by.

 

He sort of smiled at us. I looked at him and thought: "Holy crap. That guy looks EXACTLY like Dick Van Dyke." Then I thought, wait, I'm in L.A. ... that was Dick Van Dyke.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 12:46 PM

27. In Miami, across from my office where I worked,

I was in a booth next to Liza Minnelli and her then-boyfriend, the Australian, Peter. This was on 79th Street and Biscayne Blvd., which was popular spot for celebrities in the '60s. Then one day, I rode in the elevator with Anthony Quinn. He was a good friend with the owner of the company and was on his way to the penthouse.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 01:41 PM

28. Walked past Rob Reiner at a hotel in Kansas City 12 years ago....

thought to myself that it kind of looked like him and saw later on the news that he was in town for a benefit for Al Gore (2000 election), so then I rationalized that it must have been him. Wish I had had the nerve to say Hi. He wasn't with anyone, just looked like he was looking for a bite to eat in the shopping mall next to the hotel.

Pretty exciting as here in Kansas City you only see a celebrity by chance about once every 30 years.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:00 PM

29. Deepak Chopra in Melbourne, Australia

 

While we were having breakfast in our hotel. He was also on our flight back to the U.S. We left him alone.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:26 PM

30. Walked past Ted Koppel on a hiking trail

One of my favorite hiking trails is the C&O Canal, especially the part around Potomac, Maryland. Potomac is one of the neighborhoods where Washington's Elite live, including media guys, Dan Synder, and a bunch of Washington athletes. So far, though, he's the only celebrity I've seen on that trail. I passed him as he was hiking with some woman (perhaps his wife) going in the opposite direction. I didn't really recognize him until I was right in front of him. Just gave him a nod and he smiled and we went on our way.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:30 PM

31. Weird Al on the subway in DC. My girlfriend at the time and I...

 

Decided not to annoy him, as he was trying his best to remain inconspicuous. So we respected his privacy and missed our stop talking about it. We were supposed to get off at the same station as him.

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Response to Comrade_McKenzie (Reply #31)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:48 PM

46. I tend to wink at people.

I'll catch their eye, and wink like "I know who you are, love you, but I'll respect you enough to leave you the hell alone."

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:32 PM

32. you should have acted out this scene:

Trapper John: Well, what's the matter with her today?

Hawkeye Pierce: I don't know, I think it's one of those ladies' things.

Trapper John: It's not like her to act like this. She's a bitch, look at my new flannel coat. She's going to have a nervous breakdown.

Hawkeye Pierce: She can't even get out of the door, look.

(Hawkeye sits down with Frank)
Hawkeye Pierce: Morning, Frank. Heard from your wife? A bunch of the boys asked me to, uh, ask you, Frank, what Hot Lips was like in the sack. You know, was she...

Frank Burns: Mind your own business.

Hawkeye Pierce: No Frank, you know, is she better than self-abuse? Does that- does that big ass of hers move around a lot, Frank or does it sort of lie there flaccid? What would you say about that?

Duke Forrest: What's Going on over there, is he getting pointers or something?

Trapper John: Oh no, Hawkeye's trying to get him on an appearance tour.

Duke Forrest: Ohhhh, is that a fact?

Hawkeye Pierce: Would you say that she was a moaner, Frank? Seriously Frank. I mean, does she go "ooooh" or does she lie there quiet and not do anything at all?

Frank Burns: Keep your filthy mouth to yourself.

Hawkeye Pierce: Or does she go "uh-uh-uh"?

Frank Burns: (Frank leaps over the table and attacks Hawkeye)

Hawkeye Pierce: Get him off me! I've got glasses. Get him off me!

Duke Forrest: What's going on, Frank? That lesson one?

Hawkeye Pierce: Frank Burns has gone nuts! I'm wearing glasses, for God's sake.

Trapper John: Watch out for your goodies, Hawkeye. That man is a sex maniac; I don't think Hot Lips satisfied him. Don't let him kiss you, Hawkeye.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #32)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:42 PM

36. Speaking of Hawkeye Pierce

My cousin worked in a liquor store in Connecticut (or package store, as we call them in CT) many moons ago when Alan Alda's daughter was going to the local college there. He came in one day and bought some alcohol from her. Said he was very nice, but I don't think they chatted all that much. Not sure if it was for him, or for his daughter.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:32 PM

33. On an airport rent-a-car shuttle

former independent presidential candidate John Anderson was on the shuttle with me. Completely forgot which airport I was at, but I was not with my family, so it must have been a business trip. Odd place to find a former presidential candidate... I didn't even know it was him until somebody else asked him if he was John Anderson.

Not a huge celebrity, but he did get over 6% of the vote as a former moderate Republican turned indy in the race in 1980.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #33)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:42 PM

78. Heh ... you had me flashing back to some Doonesbury cartoons ...

Mike was the **only** attendee at an Anderson speech ... he stomped and clapped and shouted "We want Anderson! We want Anderson!". When Anderson thanked him for attending, Mike offered him a lift to his next gig.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:34 PM

34. Sonny Jurgensen

In a tennis shop decades ago. I've never been a fan of football, so I wasn't as excited as the shop employee.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:35 PM

35. I've seen a couple.

We were on vacation in Sanibel Island, FL and saw Wilford Brimley in a restaurant.

Another was we were walking around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis and walking in front of us on the path was Joel Coen and Francis McDormand.

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #35)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:51 PM

63. cool! Really like McDormand and Coen. My brother in law's father looks just like Brimley

but he's very liberal.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #63)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 04:02 PM

68. The Coen brothers grew up here.

They were in town filming "A Serious Man."

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 02:49 PM

37. Sam Kinison in a dept. store in Victoria, BC.

We weren't that close, but made eye contact, I gave him a "hey nod", which he acknowledged.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 03:35 PM

38. you mean you didn't ask him if he wanted to cut the deck of cards for a poke?

just kidding, i appreciate that you didn't want to bother him in public!

love that man.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 03:50 PM

40. I was at an Italian restaurant in New York last year. A mere 3 tables from where I was - Wayne Gretzky.

Yes - the Great One was literally sitting like 20 feet from me. I feel privileged.

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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 03:54 PM

41. PeeWee Herman some 20+ years ago

My wife and I were on a Valentine's Day date at the Bubble Room and he was in there running around taking video of diners and doing that Pee Wee laugh and he stopped long enough to shake my hand. I was a fan then and I still am.


My wife used to work at a gift shop/newsstand in the airport and she met lots of folks including; Sean Connery, Tyra Banks, Carrot Top, David Faustino, Insomniac Dave Attell, James Marsters, Jonathan Slavin and she thinks Weird Al but she's on the fence over whether it was really he.

She thought Slavin, Dave Attell and Carrot Top were definitely the nicest and most fun to wait on.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 06:58 PM

42. I stood right next to Robin Yount and Bob Ueker at a baseball game last week.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:02 PM

43. He has a 'gentleman's ranch' in the area.

We stayed near his place a few years ago.
Saw some long horned cattle in his pasture.
I think he's a right winger.

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Response to trof (Reply #43)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:49 PM

47. He is a right winger...

...but I don't think he's obnoxious about it. They say he's a great guy to work with.

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Response to YellowRubberDuckie (Reply #47)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 02:07 PM

75. He's one of those "Obama is a Moooslim Sochialis'!!!" right wingers

 

It goes way back with him; he mocked Brando for his humanitarian concerns on the set of The Godfather.
Duvall is a great actor, but he is lifelong idiot and scumbag.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 07:53 PM

48. Gregory Hines in New Orleans

I was sitting in a cigar bar/coffee place in the Quarter, looking out the open shuttered doors, when he walked by on the sidewalk. As I was staring, my brain was going "that's...that's...that's...," he glanced over and nodded a hello. Kind of him.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:02 PM

49. funny

my daughter is TSA at Phoenix Sky Harbor, called the other day to tell me Sarah Palin just went through security, and she (my daughter) had to check SP's ID... said she had on cool cowboy boots but gave her a 'look' when she complimented them

I (literally) ran into Sen. Pat Leahy at a grocery store when I went back to Vermont for my son's graduation 2 weeks ago... (not uncommon though to see him around)

Luis Guzman used to come in and visit his kids at the school I worked at

Some celebrities hang out in Vermont (especially Stowe where my kids worked) and they would come home and tell me

(will not disclose who propositioned my daughter while in Stowe )

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #49)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:53 PM

65. oh, come on! Tell! Tell! Or at least... give a hint?

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #49)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 04:46 PM

79. Did Sara show her long form birth certificate ?

I couldn't have passed up that opportunity for some serious hassling, even if it meant unemployment. I've been unemployed a lot, it doesn't scare me anymore.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:13 PM

50. Chef John Besh

at the coffee house. John Goodman and James Carville at a book store (separate occassions).

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Response to revolution breeze (Reply #50)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:01 PM

53. I've seen Carville coming out of a Barnes & Noble in DC near K Street...

seems like he likes bookstores

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #53)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 09:45 PM

54. Barnes and Noble

New Orleans

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Response to revolution breeze (Reply #50)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 11:52 AM

73. I nearly squished Carville while he was jogging

In New Orleans. He ran out into the street from between 2 SUVs without actually stopping to check traffic.

I also periodically see him coming out of a particular Starbucks.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 08:24 PM

51. The cast of Dallas, now that the show is being revived

I used to go to a Chinese restaurant in LA where occasionally Larry Hagman would come in on lunch break pulling various members of the Dallas cast with him.

Robin Williams used to run at the same track as I behind Fairfax High School; I had a brief conversation with him about "Moscow on the Hudson". We also admired some escaped cockatoos in the local palm trees next to the track.

David Brenner almost had a fit trying to avoid eye contact with me in an elevator. I saw Jeff Bridges and Clint Eastwood up close at a political event. I saw Martin Balsam walk off a set a few feet away from me.

I attended a church popular with certain celebrities in Los Angeles. The most important person I met was actually Rosa Parks, who visited one Martin Luther King day. She was very gracious and very tiny! Other people I saw there included Dyan Cannon, her daughter whose name I forget, the daughter of Dyan and Cary Grant, Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Barry Bostwick, Veronica Porsche, ex-wife of Muhammed Ali, and her sullen teenage daughter Laila Ali. I also saw Nancy Wilson there several times. Our choir got to sing with some great visiting soloists, including Ben Vereen, and Carl Anderson, the original Lazurus in Jesus Christ Superstar, and the best live singer I have ever heard.

One Sunday, working as an usher, I escorted Jenny Garth down the aisle, arm-in-arm. This was during the height of popularity of Beverly Hills 90210, and I had no idea who she was, though up close she was completely gorgeous. I had to be told of her "importance'.

and, of course, I went to art school with some people who became famous later. The Talking Heads, Gus Van Sant, and art dealer Mary Boone, and children's book illustrator Chris Van Allsburg. Dale Chihuly was teaching glass there then, too.

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Tue Jun 12, 2012, 01:42 AM

57. Monte Hall, at the Dallas airport.

I think it was 1995. My sister and I were waiting to board a connecting flight, and we stepped outside for a smoke. Monte and his wife were just arriving at the airport. We said hi to him--or maybe just my sister said hi. Anyway, he smiled and said hello back to us.

How's that for a brush with greatness? Pretty lame, I know, but what can you do?

I also saw Victoria Principal at LAX, back in the early to mid-1980s. The woman was quite tiny and thin, almost to the point of emaciation. She had two bodyguards with her.

And I'm pretty sure I saw Vince Neil walking across Trafalgar Square, in late May of 2009, but we were pretty far apart, so I can't swear it was him. He had a bodyguard walking behind him and, on each arm, a blonde bombshell type in a minimal clothing (it was a very warm day) and spike heels.

Okay, one more: I passed Mr. T, while driving on the Harbor Freeway in Metro LA, again, back in the '80s. He was in a pretty snazzy convertible Mercedes, if I remember correctly.

I think that's about it for random celebrity encounters. But I'd like to meet Mickey Mouse, some day, because he's my cousin--well, my second cousin twice removed but that still counts, right?

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 09:18 AM

59. I had lunch or early dinner with Midnight Oil

at a truck stop in Canada several years ago. Man it was likely around 1988 or so, seems like just yesterday. We showed up while we were moving my brother, sat down and my brother said something like... "Jesus look at the size of that bald dude", I responded in my usual cool calm fashion... "Holy Fuck, that's Midnight Oil!".

Peter Garrett, turned around, smiled and asked us if we'd like to join them for dinner. We left with a CD and a band signed Diesel and Dust tour shirt from the bus. Damn but they were a nice bunch of guys.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #59)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 03:57 PM

67. Wow - Garrett seems like such a neat person. Isn't he something like 7 feet tall?

My husband is relatively tall at 6'4" and a brother in law is 6'7" - tall, but not enormous. I've met a few basketball players who are in the 7 - 7'3" range and they're just a whole different degree of big.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #67)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 03:38 PM

76. If he's not 7 feet tall

he's close to it, the man dwarfed both my brother and I. I'm 6'1" and my brother is around 6'3".

They were all great guys. At that time they weren't hugely famous, at least not in Canada so they weren't too worried about being mobbed. We talked about their trip through Canada and how much they were enjoying it, then when they had to get going they gave us a "tour" of the tour bus and surprised us with the free swag.

Every now and then I still wish I had of asked them if they needed a part time roadie for the rest of the tour.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #59)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:47 PM

87. Jon Stewart just pointed out that Fla. Gov. Rick Scott is the former lead singer of Midnight Oil

 

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Response to Arugula Latte (Reply #87)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 01:44 AM

92. I saw that last night - was wondering what were the odds of two Midnight Oil

mentions within a few hours... since the band disbanded years ago..

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 09:24 AM

60. My husband was seated next to Peter Fonda on a plane.

He was very conversational...and thirsty.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 04:07 PM

69. His wife, Luciana is very beautiful

I love their movie together, Assassination Tango.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2012, 04:09 PM

70. i met the star of green acres

arnold the pig one day
he seemed like a regular pig
not stuck up or anything

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:37 AM

72. I've met a lot of sports figures....

I bumped into evander Holyfield on a red eye plane flight from Houston to Atlanta, nice guy....I played high school football with the brothers of retired cowboys running back Robert Newhouse...he would also bring other cowboys and football friends to our banquets....I met Tom Landry, randy white, earl Campbell....also met several other nfl Players while I was stationed in Hawaii....they use local
Military personel for security at the pro-bowl...there are also several pro wrestlers that live in the Daytona area....Kevin Nash(diesel, big sexy) lives here...fmr wrestler Kevin Sullivan, the briscos live a few counties over....I've met Jerry brisco when I picked up an engine from their auto
Recycling yard...nice people....no one ever had an issue with me shaking their hands.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 01:58 PM

74. Alan Alda, Martin Sheen, Janeane Garofalo

Alda: On a street near Georgetown University (his daughter was a student there at the time).

I saw him and his wife walking hand-in-hand down the street. I was on the other side of the street. Although I'm a fan, I didn't feel right crossing the street and imposing myself on him, so I just took notice and kept going.

Sheen: It was a demonstration in DC. He and his activist friend Mitch Snyder, who were on a hunger strike, walked right in front of me. People were clamoring to say hi to Sheen, so I shook Mitch's hand instead. I did admire him and was bummed when I heard about his suicide.

Garofalo: At an anti-war demonstration in DC. She was going to speak at the rally before the march. I had no idea she was going to be one of the speakers. I saw her just standing around with her assistant waiting to go on, so I walked over and talked with her. She was very nice...I also got a nice photo of us together. I'll post it later if I can find it.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 03:55 PM

77. Penny Marshall

At the batting cages one day with my brother-in-law, we were met by a smiling woman who offered us passes to a free screening of a new baseball movie. Of course we accepted, and went to the movie.

It turned out to be "The Natural." I saw Robert Redford enter the theater after the lights went down; he sat two rows in front of us.

After watching a great movie, we filed out and in the parking lot I ran smack into Penny Marshall. I didn't have the nerve, so a friend asked for her autograph for me. All I had was my checkbook, so I handed her the back of a blank check to sign. She said, "What am I endoasin' heah?"

Then she asked us, "What did you think of the score?" I ALMOST said, "It was 3-2, they won," but then she said, "You know, the music." Thank the maker that she clarified what she meant. I said I loved it. She must've been friends with the composer, who I think was Thomas Newman.

I've also met Paula Poundstone, and just like when I met Penny Marshall, I was reduced to a quivering mound of jelly, saying silly star-struck things. I am pathetic, 0-for-two when it comes to meeting people whose work I like.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:12 PM

80. I sat in a pew directly behind Elayne Boozler, didn't realize it ...

doesn't really fit the OP, though, because she was part of the reason I was there (a Kerry support meeting). :/ Last time I had seen her on TV, she had the huge blonde hair -- the woman I sat behind had short, straight red hair and a heavy tan. She was going over business with some guy in a suit, who I later realized had to be one of the people organizing the event, or her agent ... when the room had filled up, one of the organizers went up to the podium and introduced Elayne ... I was really surprised to see the woman in front of me stand up and march to the front of the room ! She was a *lot* shorter than I thought. (I mean, she played a character who had a fling with "Bull" (Richard Moll) on Night Court!)

I'm glad there weren't any touchy security people around -- I seem to be prone to walk into situations without realizing it. Going to get slammed to the ground one of these days just because I can't see what I'm getting into.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:18 PM

81. The Smothers Brothers at an airport

in the early 60s. Tommy flirted with me. I posted about it on a Lounge thread a while back, so I won't go into it again, except to say it was fun.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:22 PM

82. Robert Duvall has been quoted as

saying that the "party of Abraham Lincoln" was good enough for him. Words to that effect, anyway.

The first time I ever saw Robert Duvall in a movie was when he played Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #82)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:00 PM

84. I know... he is a Republican

Not sure if he's in agreement with all of the current nastiness; many 'old timers' (including Doris Day) were/are Republicans... I think it was a very different party, pre-Nixon (though Nixon looks positively liberal compared to some today).

He's 81, after all - certainly old enough to remember a different political climate.

And I have to say he certainly does not LOOK even remotely close to 81 (however that's supposed to look).

He's a compelling actor, whatever his political leanings.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #84)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:40 PM

86. I don't know either, and I too

have always liked him as an actor. He may be an old-time Republican like my parents were - Eisenhower Republicans. If they were living today they'd be Dems, I am sure of it. Maybe Robert Duvall is just a party loyalist and not a supporter of the current nastiness.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 05:47 PM

83. On the train between Washington DC and New York: Bill Clinton and Carl Bernstein

I had never met Carl Bernstein before, and I had met Bill Clinton plenty of times before, but still, it was a LOT easier to get close to Carl Bernstein than it was to Bill Clinton!! LOL

Other than that, several German politicians none of you except Miss Honeychurch has ever heard of, Newt Gingrich (I know, I know! LOL), Rachel Maddow (GREAT counterbalance to Gingrich--she even said "Hi, I'm Rachel." ), Dr. Ruth, who is an old friend, but she is sorta famous and I did run into her in a restaurant once when we had no idea the other was going to be there.

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Response to DFW (Reply #83)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:01 PM

85. you and Dr. Ruth are buddies? Lol! She must be a hoot.

I'd have loved to have seen Clinton.

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Response to Flaxbee (Reply #85)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 06:47 PM

88. We go back a few years

Not as many as she has had, but she just turned 84 last week. She IS a hoot. A lot of fun. And still very much the Jewish grandmother. My wife and I were with her at the Frankfurt Book Fair a couple of years ago, and she was leading us around to some of the Israeli publishers she knows, when she spied one of the stands with free snacks. She dove in, wrapped up some food, and told us to pack it into our small bags so we wouldn't have to buy anything on the train back up to the Rheinland. Always gives me a handful of her "Sex for Dummies" keychains to hand out to my friends, most of whom have two by now. Her office in New York is a 5 minute walk from where my elder daughter lives, so we always see each other when I'm there.

All the other times I met up with Bill Clinton, it was at events where we were both expected to be there. The first time was a private thing with just my family, him and Al Gore, which was VERY cool. But once time, maybe four years back, I was on the train from New York to DC, and I heard a voice behind me and thought, hey that sounds just like Bill Clinton. I turned around, and it WAS Bill Clinton. Before I could chat, though, his Secret Service detail escorted him to the first class car, for which I did not have a ticket. Amtrak had two very tough-looking women guarding the entrance to the first class car. Still, after we were underway, I made my way there, told the women straight out I had no ticket, but that I just wanted to say hi to Clinton, and that we knew each other. They were VERY skeptical (wonder why? LOL), but luckily I had some photos of me together with him and Hillary, and that convinced them to let me in, and we chatted a while before I feared overstaying my welcome in the "elite" car, and made my way back to my car. When we got to DC, the first class car was at the end, so I got out first. I had a LOT of luggage, so I waited for a porter. Clinton had no such worries, so he and his entourage walked right by me, and straight out of the station. Still, as he passed me, he turned, slowed down and waved to me, which got me a bunch of "who the hell is that guy" looks, which amused the hell outta me.

He is every bit as personable and as bright as he seems on TV, and when people say he has a rock star aura about him, it's no exaggeration.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 07:49 PM

89. I once saw Garrison Keillor in my parking ramp

It was a hot day and he was wearing cut off jean shorts. That's something you don't see every day.

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Wed Jun 13, 2012, 10:45 PM

90. Robert Duvall quotes

If you haven't seen this page containing some of his quotes, I thought you might like to:

http://quotes.lucywho.com/robert-duvall-quotes-t2043.html

excerpts:

[blockquote"They should keep their mouths shut." - on Hollywood political activists

"One guy asked me, `How can you be an actor and be a Republican?` I can vote either way. But how can you boil it down to political affiliation? All the atrocities against blacks in the South were committed by Democratic sheriffs."

"God does guide the lives of individuals and does fill them with the Holy Ghost."

"The greatest king of Israel, King David, the author of the Psalms, sent a man out to die in battle so that he could sleep with his wife."

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Thu Jun 14, 2012, 02:10 AM

93. I sat near Tom Brokaw and his wife at the race track a few years ago.

My Dad knew everybody, so he was often able to "borrow" the mayor's box at Saratoga Race Track, my hometown, and we loved seeing the horses, visited there with him since we were kids. The boxes are the best seats in the house, can't be bought, people usually have to inherit them, so we occasionally saw the rich and famous. The women with the big fancy hats sit in the boxes, LOL.

Tom Brokaw and his wife were seated in a box the next row, back and to the left, so I had to pass right by them anytime I got up to go anywhere. I didn't bother him, just smiled and nodded and kept going, but he gave me a real glare, anyway.

The thing I remember was what they were eating. He had a fruit and cheese plate and she had a hamburger. He was pounding on the bottom of a ketchup bottle trying to get some out for her, LOL.

Later, I complained to my friend about Tom Brokaw's unfriendliness and she defended him, saying that he was probably losing and was apparently on a diet, too.

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Thu Jun 14, 2012, 09:55 AM

94. I knew Pope Benedict

When I was studying for an MA in History of Religion at Harvard, a then Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Regensburg came to lecture on Luther from a modern Catholic viewpoint. This was the then Father Joseph Ratzinger. I spent a couple of hours in a small group discussion with him on his belief that the Augsberg Confession was wholly compatible with present-day Catholic belief.

He spoke excellent English, but unfortunately has exactly the same accent and speech patterns as Henry Kissinger.

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Response to Flaxbee (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 10:56 AM

95. George Clooney, on Thankgiving Day 1996

We ate at a restaurant near his parents house. He was in the yard with his dad, playing a game of catch. I had a lot to be thankful for that day!

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