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Tell us the dirt. Tell us about the times your paths crossed with a celeb good or bad. Doesn't matter if they're A List or F- List. I'll start. Living in NYC during the 70's and 80's and working in clubs and concerts gave me a few stories.

Chris Benoit - I considered Chris an actual friend and I believe he felt the same. When he got his first MSG title shot against The Rock, I was his guest for the after-party at the restaurant the WWF used to have in Times Square. Double murderer or not, Chris was one of the nicest and most gentle people I've ever met. He was very modest and unassuming and always asked me how my family was. To this day, conspiracy theories aside, I think he had one moment of madness which caused the disconnect in his head.

Faye Dunaway - Faye always got slammed as being a diva. I had numerous interactions with her in the mid 70's and  it was always the opposite. While I was in college for a year, I worked part time in this high end ladies shoe  store on 5th Avenue called Chandlers. Saw a ton of celebs come and go in there and everyone was nice. I was a lowly stock boy. I had to bring the shoes up from the stockroom to the customer. Faye liked her shoes. After I served her twice she would always ask for me. She chit chat pleasantly and was a pleasure to be around. One fine Sunday afternoon I'm hanging out in Central Park with my girly and this seemingly crazy lady comes running up to me with a baby carriage. It was Faye Dunaway! She said she saw me and just wanted her to day hi. I introduced her to my girlfriend and she was as nice as could be. I never saw her again after that but she scores high in my book.

Liza Minnelli - This one was truly bizarre. My cousin was getting married up in Buffalo where he was living at the time and asked me to stand up for him. I was honored and the whole Wong clan flew up there. Everything went smoothly and we all ended up staying until the following Tuesday. I had a 6:00am flight back to LaGuardia and was with my parents and my 90 year old Sicilian grandmother. The terminal was completely empty at the Buffalo airport and it was literally just the four of us. I'm dozing off when two ladies come into the terminal. One about my age (mid 20's) and the other a bit older but not as old as my mother. In an empty terminal, the older one comes up and sits RIGHT NEXT TO ME. No personal space no nothing. I grunt in disapproval but something told me to take a closer look at this slattern. I turn to look and at the same time she looks at me and gives me a smile. It was Liza Fucking Minnelli. So she smiles and said hello. I smile back and do the same. Now my mother starts nudging me and in a fake stage whisper asks me if that's Liza. I said yes but to leave her alone. So then  my Nana gets up, walks right in front of her and asks "Are you Judy Garlands daughter?" Liza smiles and says yes. Then my grandmother asks her her name and she responds. By now I'm guiding Nana back to her seat and apologize. Liza says no problem at all and that she was adorable. Kudos to Liza from me.
I've got a bunch more but I'm tired of typing. Let's hear your stories.

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Cory Wells of Three Dog Night lived in my hometown and in fact, two cousins of mine owned the homes on either side of him.  Cory was the kind of guy who probably had the dream life in terms of being a celebrity.  For a few months a year he could go on stage in Vegas or other places and be an accomplished rock star doing the nostalgia circuit, but when he came back to our shithole town you wouldn't know him from Adam.  He mostly went around in zubaz and a ratty t-shirt.  He loved fishing on Lake Erie (naturally, his home was on the lake) and often showed up at my uncle's hardware store looking for various bits and bobs related to his tackle and boat. 
 
Much of Corey's family lived in SoCal and ran in "those" circles.  One time, I was helping my cousin screen in the Florida room on the back of his house and he wandered off down the beach.  When he came back, he asked me, "Who's Cheech?"  Since he'd been an undergrad in the late '70s I was puzzled that he seemed oblivious to the name.  Anyway, I explained it to him and he said, "oh, Cheech's granddaughter is hanging out in the water with Corey's granddaughter."
 
After he retired from teaching, my dad worked one day a week at the aforementioned hardware store and between that and having nephews live next door, he became familiar to Corey.  When the old man passed away suddenly in 2006, Corey, in a very small-town fashion, quietly showed up at the funeral home to pay his respects and later donated a grand to the scholarship we set up in my dad's name.  To the best of my knowledge, he was just an all-around nice guy. 
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Not really a celebrity, but several years ago I was waiting for a flight at the Buffalo airport.  Our plane arrives and the passengers are filing off.  I'm wearing a Liverpool FC jersey that morning.  One of the disembarking passengers walks up to me and asks me if I'm a fan of Liverpool.  I say yes.  He then asks me I've ever heard of Everton.  This is like asking a Yankees fan if he's ever heard of the Mets.  "Do you know who Landon Donovan is?"  Donovan had just finished a stint at Everton at the time and I probably belied my annoyance when I answered that, yes, I knew him.  He started to walk away, but after a couple steps he turned on his heels and came back.  "I only ask because I'm Landon's father," he said.  Once he said that, the resemblance was obvious.  So we talked for a while.  He mentioned how he'd just been at Old Trafford the week before to watch a game.  He also talked about Landon getting a watch endorsement and how he was able to give his father any watch he wanted, no matter the price.  Nice fellow, if a bit odd. 
 
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I went to grad school in DC and had the opportunity to briefly meet several high-up political people.  The one that bugged me most was when I was working on Capitol Hill and got to spend an hour with the chairman of the committee I was interning with, Chuck Hagel.  You meet so many oleaginous people in DC but Chuck was the worst I came across.  I suppose that's how you get to be a Senator.  I had to take a shower after spending an hour listening to this guy big himself up through a series of anecdotes and a thin veneer of staff-supplied knowledge.   Still, I'm sure he's a piker compared to others in that town.   



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I went to a strip club in Toronto and sat in sniffer's row for Ginger Lynn.  She was doing a tour in the early 1990s and came by my neck of the woods. On the third song, she took her panties off (ya they go full nude in Canada) and handed them to me saying "here you go, Sweetie". After the show,there was a meet-n-greet and I told her that she was my favorite as a kid going through puberty, when I was stealing mags and videos from wherever I could find. She seemed genuinely touched and gave me a hug.

I kept the panties in my closet for about two years.
I don't know if the "girl-next-door" is a a work, but if it is, she was keeping it kayfabe that night.  I wasn't disappointed and the brief interaction remains a highlight of the 1990s for me.

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Qaenos wrote: I went to a strip club in Toronto and sat in sniffer's row for Ginger Lynn.  She was doing a tour in the early 1990s and came by my neck of the woods. On the third song, she took her panties off (ya they go full nude in Canada) and handed them to me saying "here you go, Sweetie". After the show,there was a meet-n-greet and I told her that she was my favorite as a kid going through puberty, when I was stealing mags and videos from wherever I could find. She seemed genuinely touched and gave me a hug.

I kept the panties in my closet for about two years.

I don't know if the "girl-next-door" is a a work, but if it is, she was keeping it kayfabe that night.  I wasn't disappointed and the brief interaction remains a highlight of the 1990s for me.


And the panties are still always around whenever you need to release. Got it.

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I got behind ('good guy') Scott Steiner at a Roy Rogers on the New Jersey Turnpike coming home from a Meadowlands show.
WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE OUT OF THE 'FIVE PIECE CHICKEN" he screamed at a fast-food worker.

How about a 4 piece chicken?

Not good enough. He didnt give anyone a frankensteiner though or a tilt-a-whirl suplex though.

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beejmi wrote: I got behind ('good guy') Scott Steiner at a Roy Rogers on the New Jersey Turnpike coming home from a Meadowlands show.
WHAT THE HELL DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE OUT OF THE 'FIVE PIECE CHICKEN" he screamed at a fast-food worker.

How about a 4 piece chicken?

Not good enough. He didnt give anyone a frankensteiner though or a tilt-a-whirl suplex though.

How can you run out of a 5 piece if you you still have pieces of chicken to put in a 4 piece?



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Qaenos wrote: I went to a strip club in Toronto and sat in sniffer's row for Ginger Lynn.  She was doing a tour in the early 1990s and came by my neck of the woods. On the third song, she took her panties off (ya they go full nude in Canada) and handed them to me saying "here you go, Sweetie". After the show,there was a meet-n-greet and I told her that she was my favorite as a kid going through puberty, when I was stealing mags and videos from wherever I could find. She seemed genuinely touched and gave me a hug.

She’s been genuinely touched a lot. 



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Qaenos wrote: I went to a strip club in Toronto and sat in sniffer's row for Ginger Lynn.  She was doing a tour in the early 1990s and came by my neck of the woods. On the third song, she took her panties off (ya they go full nude in Canada) and handed them to me saying "here you go, Sweetie". After the show,there was a meet-n-greet and I told her that she was my favorite as a kid going through puberty, when I was stealing mags and videos from wherever I could find. She seemed genuinely touched and gave me a hug.

I kept the panties in my closet for about two years.
I don't know if the "girl-next-door" is a a work, but if it is, she was keeping it kayfabe that night.  I wasn't disappointed and the brief interaction remains a highlight of the 1990s for me.
If this story is even 75% true, it's still probably the best post I've ever read here. Ginger's hardcore movies were my favorites when I was a kid.



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30 yrs ago I took my GF to dinner in Los Angeles. Went to take a leak. While in there Pat Sajak walks in and takes a leak next to me.

That's how shitty my life has been.



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In 1993 I was in college. Also played a shit ton of golf, my friend and I, and sometimes his sister, played golf at least three times a week...Saturday and Sunday we did 18, and during the week at least once per week we would go out at 5:15 and depending on how busy it was/time of summer, we could play anywhere from 12-18 holes at the 9 hole price of $8 on the city course. Well, the best course in Stamford CT did not take walk ups, you needed a tee time. So at 7am, on my way to school, I stopped to get a tee time. And for whatever reason that day I was wearing my Badstreet USA shirt. A bunch of old guys were hanging out talking about meeting Joe Klecko and “he’s a lot stronger than that guy”. I didn’t ask, just booked and paid, and walked to the car. The parking lot was between holes 9 and 10, and all I hear is “Badstreet? Don’t you belong in Atlanta?”. And I looked over and Curt Hennig was heckling me. So I walked toward his cart and said “how ya doing, man?”. His response? “Better than you!”.



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I refuse to believe Hennig was up at 7am. :)



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April 16, 1973 Omaha, NE

During an intermission I ventured down to the lower region of the Civic Auditorium. I noticed a caged off area near the dressing rooms, and standing there was a husky, brown-haired mustached 23 year old wrestler I had just seen in the opening match. We talked briefly and he seemed very nice and thanked the 14 year old fan for the chat. I wished him well for the rest of his wrestling days. We parted on good terms.


His name was listed as "Rick Flair". He dropped the "k" and turned out pretty decent I must say.

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Blazer wrote: I refuse to believe Hennig was up at 7am. :)
Maybe he hadn't gone to bed yet :)



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Celebrities are in short supply in the Twin Cities, so pro wrestlers and athletes make up the entirety of my interactions with celebrities.

Hulk Hogan during his AWA days was paying the tab at a restaurant as my family went in for lunch one Saturday afternoon. I was in awe as a 10 year old and he was very kind.

When Summerslam '99 was in Minneapolis, I met Mick Foley for a second and gave him a "Bang! Bang!" he smiled and replied in kind, so thumbs up from me.

Kent Hrbek was a local Twin Cities kid who grew up to become one of the all time favorite Minnesota Twins players. I think it's because most fans have never met him in person. I ran into him on two separate occasions and he was pretty arrogant and rude to anyone who approached him outside of his own circle.

Vikings legendary DE John Randle was a great, regular joe kind of guy when I met him once through work early in his run with the Vikes.

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The only semi-interesting story I have is Howard Stern.  I was invited to someone's wedding who worked on his show near the tail end of his terrestrial radio career.  He was a friend of a friend who I used to occasionally watch UFC with and go to concerts with (with our mutual friends always there too).  I knew in passing that he worked for Stern, but it never dawned on me that he'd be at the wedding.  I don't think anyone will be surprised to know that he made it all about himself.  The wedding guests weren't allowed to take pictures for fear that ones of Stern would get out and we were told that the professional photographer would send us all the pics we wanted.  You can imagine how that went over as everyone was ignoring that order and taking any pics they wanted, and Stern's handlers were running around trying to tell family and friends of the wedding party to stop taking pics when Stern wasn't even in the fucking room.  It was a circus.  During the reception, he stayed at his own table with his people surrounding him to make sure no one could talk to him and he had his head down with his stupid sunglasses on (in a nearly dark room) the whole time, until he left early and everyone was so glad he was gone and we could have fun.  Absolutely no one cared that he was there, gave 2 shits about him, or wanted him there, but he was paranoid that someone might actually talk to him.

A co-worker 10 years ago was childhood friends from Phoenix with Amy Davidson of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter".  We went out to Happy Hour after work one night and she was in town and came.  She was low-key but we got a few John Ritter, Katey Sagal, and Kaley Cuoco (before she was really huge) stories.  Davidson was really struggling in her career at that point and had just done a made-for-TV-movie or something and she was a little down about that.  She seemed to have a realistic outlook and was hopeful that she could survive off of her "8 Simple Rules" residuals if nothing else came along, but she was clearly a bit bitter that Cuoco got "The Big Bang Theory" very quickly because she was "the hot one".  Unfortunately, all these years later and she never really did get anything else of note.

Met LL Cool J at a strip club many years ago.  He was flashing the hundreds and was in full party mode.  Nice guy though, he was a happy drunk, buying rounds and signing autographs in between getting raped by super aggressive girls who knew that he was the gravy train.  The rest of us got the left-overs.

Met David Cone and David Wells on Halloween or the night before in the '90s at the China Club.  I was surprised that Cone was the more outgoing one and Wells was pretty sullen and quiet.  Both were drunk but Cone was in the chatty stage and Wells might've been in the "almost passed out" stage.  But we talked for quite a bit and they were cool.  I tried to not come across like a Yankees mark or annoy them with baseball questions so we talked about NY nightlife mostly and I remember a conversation about imported vs. domestic beers.

My club promoter friend ran an Astoria nightclub called Island and I was in another business with him.  I helped him out on some promotion that included having Kim Kardashian make an appearance for 15 minutes at midnight on New Year's Eve.  The nightclub was a disaster as was everything else that this guy touched, and we are no longer friends, but that's a different story.  Anyway, Kim K strolled in at 2:00 AM so you can imagine the panic as we had a completely jam packed club counting down to midnight and no guest of honor in the zip code.  When she got there, she was the pretentious cunt you'd expect her to be, and she literally didn't know that she wasn't in Manhattan, which was a little funny.  She wasn't even drunk, just stupid.

Had a very random run-in with Jerry Rice simply walking down the street in midtown Manhattan.  I'm not a huge Rice fan and I don't know how I recognized him.  He was in a 3-piece suit, clearly coming back from a meeting (this was post retirement) and I was going home from work.  I did a double-take, wound up waiting on the same street corner as him for the light to turn, and just turned and said "You're Jerry Rice" without being 100% sure he was.  He laughed and said "Good eye" or something and I had absolutely no idea what else to say so I just awkwardly complimented him and then we crossed the street and that was that.  Not my finest celebrity interaction, but I could pass him in the street 1,000 times and probably not realize it 999 times.      


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