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The Most Intriguing Famous People I've Met

  • Feb 24, 2010
Having met hundreds of celebrities through living in New York, doing NHL reporting, working for Paramount, I limited this specific list to people who I had some semblence of conversation with and I find them intriguing. This is a first stab and as I think of more I will add to it.
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Lara Parker
Having attended several Dark Shadows conventions I got to meet Lara on numerous occasions. She is fascinating as a writer and a school teacher and a very warm and entertaining individual.
2
Kathryn Leigh Scott
Like Lara I have met Kathryn on numerous occasions and have enjoyed several of her books, especially The Bunny Years. Kathryn has fascinating stories working both on Dark Shadows and Star Trek TNG as well as starring in The Great Gatsby. She always has taken time to write a special dedication to me in all the books I have purchased from her.
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CoryBooker (Twitter Feed)
Cory is currently the Mayor of Newark, NJ. As a Toastmaster I love dynamic speakers. Cory is one of the most fascinating as well as entertaining public speakers I have ever met. He is very inspiring telling you that you are responsible for taking charge of your life and making change. He has made amazing strides in Newark, turning the city around in such a short time.
4
Lou Carnesecca
The Sweater coach from St. John's and the original coach of the then New York Nets, I met Lou at a St. John's alumni dinner at a former employer. I asked him about a former Net, Sonny Dove and this led to a lot of reminiscing about Sonny as well as Trooper Washington, and Rick Barry. Before I knew it we were speaking for over an hour. He was so proud of the new St. John's with their then new campus in Rome and new dorms. A truly warm individual.
5
Joe DiMaggio
I met Joltin Joe several times when he was spokesperson for The Bowery Savings Bank. He was always very patient and took his time to sign anything that employees gave him to sign. He wanted to know everybody's name and what we did at the Bank. I gave him a baseball to sign that had an array of signatures on it such as Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and Tom Seaver, which struck up a conversation of about 10 minutes. He will always be missed.
6
Joe Sakic
I interviewed Joe when he was a rookie for the Quebec Nordics (and I was in Quebec for the game during Carnival which was great!). He was a great story teller and I was able to get him to talk about playing a softball game against The King and His Court (kind of the Harlem Globtrotters of softball) and him getting struck out by a blind folded pitcher, pitching from second base.
7
Pat LaFontaine
I interviewed him when he had returned to the Islanders after being out with mononucleosis. He was still suffering symptons and was worried about his career. I related my own experience with the illness to him and we hit it off immediately. He wanted to hang out with me for drinks after I was finished with my work. We did get to talk about his being on the US Olympic team in 1984 and how it was to have to follow-up on that 1980 Gold Medal team.
8
Ron Greschner
Always a great interview, Ron had a funny way of telling stories. I remember him telling how he loved guns and how his wife model Cheryl Alt had bought him a shotgun for Christmas. Kept his sense of humor even when I interviewed him after the Rangers had been swept out of the playoffs by the Flyers.

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June 01, 2011
I'd like to meet Sakic. I've always respected him as a player. He seems like a pretty good guy off of the ice as well.
June 01, 2011
What was interesting was the night before, my partner and I went to a restaurant and we asked the maitre di how Sakic was doing and he said "he's right there if you want to ask him yourself " and sure enough he was standing there talking to another guy. The next night when I interviewed Sakic, I let him know I saw him at the restaurant.
 
February 24, 2010
I wish I met Joe DiMaggio!
February 24, 2010
I was extremely sad with his passing.
 
February 24, 2010
I always wanted to meet Lara Parker. Loved Dark Shadows!
February 24, 2010
She still attends the annual DS Festival. They are usually in the Summer.
 
February 24, 2010
Great list. I'm figuring mine out, too. Got 16 people, mostly TV celebs or authors of comic books.
February 24, 2010
I got to ask Stan Lee a question a couple of years ago at a Comics Con which was cool.
February 24, 2010
I have the opportunity to meet him in Seattle next month! I'll let ya know.
February 24, 2010
When I saw him he was touting his book of political joke word balloons. He told of his previous book of Kennedy joke word balloons that was due to come out a week after Kennedy was shot. Needless to say it was never published. He is a great story teller and his life is so fascinating.
February 26, 2010
Stan Lee, how cool is that? The only comic book person I ever almost met was Jim Steranko. He was editing this entertainment magazine that had run an article on an actor I was trying to track down for a fanzine interview. When I asked to whom I was speaking and I got "Jim SterankO" I nearly dropped my teeth. We talked for some time. This was back in 83 and there weren't quite as many female comic fans back then.
 
February 24, 2010
These are some very cool stories and I'm jealous that you got to meet Joe DiMaggio.  And have you noticed that the first two ladies look as great now as they did then?  I hope to possess their genes :P  Great list, Michael!
February 24, 2010
They looked even better when I met them in person. Thanks for your comments.
 
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