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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more