In previous jobs I've had opportunities to meet several "famous" folks.
Back in the late 1980's I met with Glen Campbell twice. Very nice man and very down to earth.
I've met Dick Van Dyke...he was owner of the radio station I worked at. Okay, but he was battling alcoholism at the time and had a bit of a temper.
I met former congressman, JD Hayworth. Real laid back fellow.
Met several pro athletes....Tom Chambers, Dan Marele, Connie Hawkins. Phoenix Suns radio announcer Al McCoy.
Met and worked with Hugh Downs of NBC News. Met and worked with Joe Garagiola (Sr). All were most cordial and gracious. (Joe even offered me a job with NBC Radio in New York, but was unable to accept...new fiance at the time didn't want to move. Big mistake on my part...not accepting the offer and marrying her...thank goodness she's an ex).
I've been fortunate to meet and chat with several "famous" folks, and never got the impression from almost all of them that they were stuck up at all.
Junior Seau. Met him at Disney when he knocked my 4 year old daughter over and kept walking as if nothing happened. I chased him down and called him an *******. His entourage covered me. I told them all he doesn't get to act like an ass just because he is a football player. He later came back and said he was sorry. All was forgiven. -- jim
Robert Vaughn - he was eating at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, my wife spotted him, got his attention and asked him quietly if he was RV, and he nodded and said 'shhhhhh' so no one else in the restaurant would know.
Annette Bening- she was sitting in a doctors office. Pretty lady, very earthy, very tall.
Hmmm.. the famous people I've met are not conventionally famous people.
I had dinner with Phil "Bad Astronomer" Plait, and he was a really nice, geeky guy. We disagree on Doctors Who.
I met physicist John Wheeler, who I'm not sure was a nice guy or not. He was way too smart for me to understand what he was saying, though he did have good Feynman stories.
I met Carolyn Porco, head of the Cassini Imaging Team (all those Saturn pictures). Very nice and with a good sense of humour.
And I was once in the same room as Stephen Hawking, but didn't get close to him. A friend of mine, though, was working in Cambridge and had Hawking drive over his foot without an apology. He took it as an honour to be jostled by the great Hawking.
Me and Charles Barkley had a chat at 7 Bridges Golf Course during the Micheal Jordan Classic. I was building a deck right off the 3rd green and he stopped over and said 'All my friends are pigs!' cause he had this cop guarding him, I was alone so I said 'at least you got friends'. Then he walked over and we talked for awhile (he was a onesum) till he went to the next tee and said 'watch this!' And he sliced it horribly into the trees, waved goodbye and took off in his golfcart with his police friend. Over all he was very nice and easy to talk to.
I also met Mancow a few times because we were remodeling the house next door for nine months. He was very nice and gave me a movie prop from the 'Saw' movie. It was a very realistic rubber hammer so I throw it at widows once in awhile to freak people out. His wife and kids took Stanledo to play with their minature Doberman 'Peanut' a few times, they had a riot.
Charlie Harper purchased my band's album and a T Shirt when we supported the UK Subs at a gig in Manchester a couple of years back.
Charlie's probably not a well known name in the US, but if you're in the UK, and love Punk Rock music, then Charlie is pretty much the most famous person around...he's known here as the grandfather of British punk rock. Still touring and playing over 100 gigs per year, of fast punk rock, in his early seventies. He's a fantastic bloke. Always has time to speak with everyone about music.
I met Wavy Gravy at his 'Hog Farm Picnic', he stood right it front of me with a microphone and told stories to the crowd for 1/2 a hour or so. The drummer from Green Day (he had green hair) was there also and it was a very fun time for everybody.
I rubbed elbows with Allanis Morrisette at about 3 in the morning during a 'Galatic' rave in Calavarus County. I acted like I didn't know who she was so she could enjoy herself like everybody else.
Incredibly, I've met Curt Schilling about 8 times! Believe it or not he is very nice.
I have one regret, have any of you guys met Sinatra?
I sat next to Barbara Eden the "I Dream Of Genie" star for about 4 hours in a Vegas casino, she didn't know how to play blackjack so I helped her on her hands. Some drunk guy at the table harassed us both while we talked. She is so very beautiful and downhome, my heaven would have her at a blackjack table.
She was 19 when I met her and just getting started in movies and TV.
OOPs looked her up on Wikipedia and she was in her late 20's when I met her, but she told me she was 19, well a beautiful woman is entitled to a little lie about her age, and she carried 19 quite well.
Curt Schilling when he was with the Phillies & played ASL once at the local club. I didn't know who he was, and he didn't appreciate my "help" with his play ;-) Later on he came to a Winter Offensive or two & told stories of his wild times as a player in the minor leagues.