My Brush With Greatness Pt II

Famous People Who Asked Me For My Autograph

Last month I was asked, “Have you ever met anyone famous?” When I was in radio I was asked that question all the time and I was always able to come up with a bunch of names in a short period of time. Last month, it was really hard to come up with a name.

One reason I keep this blog is to keep a digital record of my life. The following list represents about 60 moments in my life when I encountered someone of prominence. So, now the next time someone asks me that question I’ve got cheat sheet.

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  • Alice Cooper – Musician, snakes, golf
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  • Arnold Schwarzenegger – Body builder, actor, Governor of California (R)
  • Barney Frank – Out of the closet US Congressman (D-MA)
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  • Bill Bradley – Former basketball player and US Senator
  • Bill Graham – Rock promoter, actor, deceased
  • Billy Dee Williams – Actor, Colt 45 Malt Liquor pitch man, Lando Calrissian
  • Bobcat Goldwait – Comedian, actor, game-show host
  • Brian Wilson – Beach Boys, solo performer, took too much acid
  • Bruce Willis – Actor
  • Bryan Ferry – Roxy Music, solo performer
  • Buster Poindexter/David Johansen – New York Dolls, solo performer, actor
  • Carl Lewis – Olympic gold medallist
  • Chase Utley – Phillies All-Star second baseman
  • Dave Edmunds – Solo performer, Rockpile
  • David Crosby – Byrds, CSN, solo performer, big-time ex-drug addict
  • Dee Snyder – Twisted Sister
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  • Dick Sargent – Darren Stephens (1969-1972) on “Bewitched”, deceased
  • Emo Phillips – Comedian, actor
  • Eric Clapton – aka God
  • Eunice Kennedy – JFK’s sister, started the Special Olympics
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  • Frank Zappa – Mothers of Invention, solo performer, deceased
  • Garth Hudson – Keyboard player for The Band
  • Difford & Tilbrook – Popular writing duo from Squeeze
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  • Graham Nash – Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash, solo performer
  • Gregg Allman – Allman Brothers, solo performer
  • Jersey Joe Walcott – Former heavyweight champ, deceased
  • Jimmy Page – Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, solo performer, session musician
  • Jimmy Rollins – Phillies shortstop
  • Joan Jett – Runaways, solo performer
  • Joey Krammer – Aerosmith drummer
  • John Entwistle – Who bassist, solo performer, deceased
  • John Mellencamp – Solo performer
  • John Sebastion – Lovin Spoonful, sang theme to “Welcome Back Kotter”
  • Julie Nixon Eisenhower – Nixon’s daughter married to Ike’s grandson, David
  • Maria Shriver – NBC reporter, daughter of a Kennedy, wife of Arnold
  • McLean Stevenson – MASH’s Col. Blake, deceased
  • Michael Bolton – Solo performer
  • Mickey Mouse – Do I really have to say
  • Mick Fleetwood – Fleetwood Mac drummer
  • Mike Schmidt – Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame third basemen
  • Mr. T. – The A Team, a lot of gold chains, Mohawk
  • Nancy Walker – Actress, the quicker-picker-up lady, deceased
  • Nick Reynolds – Washington, DC Disc Jockey; Music Director, deceased
  • Paul Carrack – Ace, Squeeze, wrote and sang “How Long,” & “Tempted”
  • Paul McCartney – Beatles, Wings, solo performer, deceased?
  • Penn & Teller – Magicians, rip-off artists
  • Peter Frampton – Humble Pie, solo performer
  • Randy Newman – Musician, Academy Award winner
  • Richard Gere – Actor
  • Richie Ashburn – Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame centerfield, deceased
  • Richie Havens – Folk singer
  • Robbie Robertson – The Band’s principal songwriter, guitarist
  • Robin Roberts – Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher
  • Ronnie Wood – Jeff Beck Group, Faces, Rolling Stones, solo performer, artist
  • Sgt. Shriver – JFK’s brother-in-law, started the Peace Corps
  • Soupy Sales – TV & Radio comedian, actor
  • Southside Johnny – Musician
  • Steve Buscemi – Actor
  • Steve Carlton – Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher
  • Steve Howe – Yes, Asia, solo performer
  • Wilt Chamberlain – Basketball player, seducer of women, deceased