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#5610 - Sat Mar 09 2002 10:47 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Living in Jersey as I do it would be strange if I hadn't come across some of the cast of Bergerac, in particular John Nettles who played the lead role - he was very pleasant when I got chatting to him one day when he was going to be giving prizes to some children, I also used to see him in the local supermarket doing his weekly shop! Sean Arnold who played Crozier, well what can I say other than he thought that he was someone grand - and he wasn't!

Like most people in the UK, I have seen virtually every member of the Royal Family at some stage, the nearest was when my daughter was awarded her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award which meant that she (and a guest who was me) went to St James Palace - there were loads of youngsters collecting their awards but it is arranged in such a way that they stand in a crescent shape with the Duke of Edinburgh in the middle, none of them is more than a few feet from him as he speaks to them. The guests were on the other side of the room but placed in such a postition that we could see our own child. We were lucky to be in the Throne Room, they also used a number of other rooms. For those who might wonder, there was a lot of red and a lot of gold paint, all the chairs the guests had to sit on were painted gold, carpets were red.

When I was about 14 I stayed in the same house as Joe Brown and the Bruvvers who were popular at that time, the house was owned by a man who later was shot and killed in the pirate radio stations war.

The ex-formula one racing driver Derek Warwick was dishy, he awarded prizes at a Christmas Fayre held at my daughter's school, his daughter was in her form.

I used to frequent a pub in Hamble which is in the south of England, one day for fun I helped out behind the bar as a friend of mine was working, the then Prime Minister, Edward Heath, came in looking for his yacht crew, he had lost them - what an arrogant man!

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#5611 - Mon Mar 11 2002 06:28 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Your reference to the Bergerac fellow, what a doll, reminded me of some guys I'd forgotten!

As I lived in a vacation paradise, Hawaii, where some films were shot, I met Tom Selleck a couple of times, he's just as nice as he looks.
He was just doing his shopping in the department store like everyone else.
I met Jack Lord doing his shopping in the supermarket, you know the Hawaii five o dude. He was wearing an aloha shirt and extremely high shoes, he isn't as tall looking in person, and pushing a cart.

I've been on stage with Herb Ellis, jazz guitarist, as a band member, great guy.
Kai Winding, a trombone player, same story.

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#5612 - Mon Mar 11 2002 08:23 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I've met quite a few famous people but I'm sure none of them remember me....

Matt Dillon (very nice), Kevin Dillon (a little smug), Richard Harris (he mistook me for a houseguest he was due to greet at the airport. I guess he'd never seen her), Marvellous Marvin Hagler (the boxer--he tried to pick me up when I was about 17!), Bob Vila (of 'This Old House' fame. I met him in a casino. He couldn't figure out how to work a slot machine, believe it or not. I was tempted to make some sort of tool-related joke, but wisely, did not. He was extremely polite), Sting (also very nice--and absolutely striking in person), Lou Gossett Junior and Jonathan Silverman, while they were filming a movie in Vancouver (Gossett was charming, Silverman was okay), three of the 'Kids In The Hall', Jean Chretien (our Prime Minister. I actually got to sit alone with him in a restaurant. He was lovely), a bunch of Canadian politicians that I'm sure no one wants to hear about, and finally, I ran into Tony Randall--quite literally. I was dashing through an airport to catch a connecting flight, and ran right into him, nearly knocking him over. I couldn't really stop longer than to apologize, but my recollection is that he was incredibly polite, friendly and composed. He looked exactly like the roles he plays on TV--He was perfectly groomed and dressed, wearing a hat, with an overcoat folded neatly over one arm. That's about all I can remember right now...

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#5613 - Mon Mar 11 2002 08:48 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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hello.. mostly evryone i've met has been a musician. i met Wes Borland, b-real of cyprus hill (lol dont ask), Sevendust, Orgy, Bono and Larry Mullen of U2(so amazing), stone temple pilots at a record signing, Cold (duno if anyone knows them), Union underground (or them)... well i guess i get around..lol

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#5614 - Mon Mar 11 2002 09:10 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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In NYC, I rode in an elevator with Mr. Whipple and no, he didn't squeeze my Charmin...LOL

Joe Montana
Doug Bradley...aka 'Pinhead'
Larry Storch
David Prowse
Tom Savini etc.lots more celebs at the Chiller Theater convention.

Peter Gabriel
The Tubes....many times..
Iggy Pop

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#5615 - Mon Mar 11 2002 09:49 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I live in Indiana, so I don't get the opportunity to meet a whole lot of famous people. There have been a few, however.
The most recent "encounter" was in June, 2001. The Monkees were in concert in my town, and my friend and I attended. Afterward, we went to a nearby bar to have a couple of drinks. We had been there about 45 minutes, when Micky Dolenz walked in. Most of the people in the bar had attended the concert, and everyone was very excited to meet him. My friend and I got his autograph, and were able to chat with him for awhile. He was quite nice, and very personable. He stuck around for quite awhile and played pool with some of the patrons in the bar.
A few years ago, I won backstage passes to meet Joan Jett and Cheap Trick, who were appearing in concert together in my town. My husband and I got a limo ride there and back, and were able to meet and talk with each artist for a considerable amount of time. They posed for pictures with us, and signed autographs. We even got to sample some food and beverages from their buffet table! After meeting everyone, we were able to watch the concert from the "wings" of the stage. A very exciting night!
Several years ago--around 1986, perhaps? My husband and I took in a movie one Sunday afternoon--Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome. We were standing in the concession line, when I happened to notice a guy in a "Crosby, Stills and Nash" t-shirt. It looked just like Graham Nash, and I knew they had played a concert in my town the night before, although I hadn't attended. I told my husband I thought it was him, but he said it couldn't be. Just then, we heard a guy (a bodyguard, I think), say "Hey, Nash--what do you want to drink?" Then, I KNEW it was him. We followed the guys into the movie, and sat a couple of rows behind them. I think I paid more attention to him than I did to the movie. Anyway, after the movie, my husband and I met up with them in the parking lot, and chatted with Graham for a bit, and got his autograph. He seemed like a nice guy.
There are a few "lesser known" celebs that I've met, but this is enough for now. I think I've gone on long enough.
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#5616 - Mon Mar 11 2002 09:55 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Ok, everybody's met the Monkees except for me! It's not fair!!

They were supposed to tour, but they had a fight (I think it was Mike's fault - but I don't care, I love him the best) and they cancelled...

WHY HAS GOD FORSAKEN ME!!!!

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#5617 - Mon Mar 18 2002 07:05 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Since Toronto has become coined as "North Hollywood" you'd think I would have met more celebs than I have, but then again I don't live in T.O. anymore. No, I met my celebrity in Newmarket (my home town), where I was taking an extra job for Christmas (the yongest HAD to have a Nintendo 64 lol)! Anyhow, here I was sitting in the food court at Upper Canada Mall waiting for my shift to start at Laura Secord (yuck), when all of a sudden I see a guy sitting across the way, and he looks just like Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Thunderheart, Secrets of Forensic Sciences...). Wow, I thought, that's Graham Green eating at my food court!!! In that moment, even though my mother loves him, I decided to be cool and not approach---the man was having lunch, afterall! The next thing I know a young girl does approach him and I found myself feeling sorry for the dude.

It was time for work, and I am not into adoring people just cause I saw them in the movies, ha, ha, ha, so off I go to sell chocolates and icecream.

When I got to work, I couldn't wait to tell the girls of my sighting. But no sooner did I get my green apron on, then there he was with his wife(?) asking me for two vanilla cones!!! [Eek!]

Calmly and very [Cool] ly, I made those cones and all that is running through my head is it is almost Christmas and how thrilled my Mom would be if I could give her Graham Greene's Autograph...So I asked. He was very put out and I was pissed, (don't like to have my pride questioned)! He gave it to me on one of the small L.S. baggies and then walked away without a word. Hummmph.

Too be fair, I later read in the tabloids that he had a nervous breakdown, or some such, later that month. Compassion ruled and I forgave his lack of respect. [Wink]
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#5618 - Tue Mar 26 2002 07:59 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I've met numerous celebs but the one that most sticks in my mind is Sir General Michael Jackson and his wife,they attended my sisters funeral back in 2000.My brother-in-law is his right hand man.I'm not bragging just telling the truth!
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#5619 - Sat Mar 30 2002 01:11 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I have only met two very famous people in my life so I have no trouble remembering them.

Fred Hayes [Smile] (came to speak at the University in town, and there were only about 15 people at the lecture he gave, so afterwards my family went up and my brother and I got to talk to him and he autographed our Apollo 13 books- he signed mine "Good luck!" Which I thought was a bit odd knowing the kind of luck he's had- not only with the whole Apollo 13 mission but also a few days before he came to do the lecture he had visited his grandson's school and fallen off the stage so he had a large bandaid on his forehead)

Jesse Ventura [Mad] (came to my high school to give a talk. It took all my willpower to not boo him loudly and walk out) although my craving to express my displeasure at Ventura was satisfied when a number of Advanced Placement Government students asked him a bunch of government questions that he couldn't awnser.

and there I go I've done it. I told myself I would get to bed by 12:30 and it's 1:12. It's off to bed for me..
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#5620 - Sat Mar 30 2002 03:08 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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no one famous really(movie wise)..only Canuck hockey stars the 'Sedin' twins, Brendon Morrison got a pic!, and Matt Cooke(also got a pic with! [Big Grin] )
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#5621 - Mon Apr 15 2002 11:29 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I went to school with Patsy Palmer. For people who have never watched Eastenders it'll mean nothing, but for those who did she was Biance and was famous for shouting "Ricky". She wasn't in my year, but was in my younger sister's class and her real name was Julie Harris....not quite so glam.

I've also met Nigel Havers - not very momentous as he asked me where the toilets were. No quite the charmer!!

My old man says to say that he's met Prince Charles and the Queen Mum whilst he was in the army. That's showing off!!
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#5622 - Tue Apr 16 2002 04:17 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I was a television and video recorder engineer for many years. During the line of duty I said hello to Roger Moore and Richie Blackmoor ...and mended the televisions.
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#5623 - Fri Apr 19 2002 08:09 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Professionally, I have had the pleasure to meet two chemists who are arguably the most influential people in their fields for the past 30 years; namely, Allen J. Bard (electrochemistry) and Al Cotton (inorganic chemistry).

I have also attended a lecture by a Nobel chemistry laureate whose name escapes me at this time. His work was instrumental in determining the extent of ozone depletion in the atmosphere during the late 70s.

On a more musical note, no pun intended, I shook hands with and got an autograph from my guitarist idol Al DiMeola. He is an influential jazz-fusion guitar player with amazing technical ability.

I never met her, but I came across a movie shoot for Shelley Long of Cheers fame who was making a movie on the campus of my alma mater, the University of Minnesota, in the early 90s.

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#5624 - Fri Sep 24 2004 04:00 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Look what I've found! I could have started a new thread, but then no one would have been able to see the earlier selection as well. This has become a bit of a hobby of mine, partly as I've always wanted to be famous myself and this is the next best thing.

Firstly, as we had a family guitar and music shop I served in for 10 years when I wasn't studying, and all the major guitarists were customers, including John Williams and Julian Bream, as well as Lonnie Donegan and many less well known but regular contributors to TV such as Freddie Phillips who played all the music for Camberwick Green. Tom Conti also spent over an hour with me in our practice room trying all the concert guitars but couldn't make up his mind to buy one.

Otherwise, I have a long list which I'll prune of fairly big names I've met from an early age one way or another. I'll start with Clement Freud, who was at an exhibition when I was about 8 and my mother pointed him out and said I should get his autograph, which is lost in the files of time. Then Roy Hudd was signing books at a book fair. Ron Moody was a family friend, who I saw a few times, and he was the star guest at my barmitzvah.
At that time I was in an amateur production of Oliver,and we had a lesson from Lionel Blair, who was great fun to be with. I was in an antique market with my father who said "look who's opposite", and it was Liberace! I went up and said hello, and he shook my hand and was very cheerful and friendly. I was so surprised I actually forgot to ask for his autograph.

In more recent years there has been a fairly steady procession, the most recent being my dreamed about meeting with Big Brother contestants (as described in the TV forum), when I met (and was filmed for TV) 4 members outside the studio at the finale. Just before that I'd exploited my discovery that in a certain theatre the actors all eat in the main canteen, and tailored my visits to coincide with hopeful glimpses of my favourite people. I saw a number rehearse as well (till the director finally saw me and chucked me out), including the best of all, Patrick Stewart, also Sue Johnson, and in the canteen saw Ian Lavender, Neil Hamilton and Kate O'Mara, and actually went up and spoke to Ann Charleston, who was Madge from neighbours. And finally, any British UFO enthusiasts will know Nick Pope, the Ministry of Defence UFO man, and national authority. When he was first on TV I said 'That's my friend Sebastian's brother I haven't seen since he was about 9!' That's because we used to see them on holiday, and rarely met in London. As I had an interest myself I wrote to him, and have been helping him out ever since (after an evening working it out in a pub) mainly interviewing possible alien abductees and working on methods of hypnotic regression for them. He's helped me towards my own first level of media presence by mentioning me on some of his radio shows, and in his articles and website. And funnily enough, I was scheduled to meet another investigator who few people would know, and just before I left he was on the Sci Fi channel on 'Sightings' in a ghost hunt which was filmed about ten years earlier! A few hours later I was in his lounge having tea with him. It can be a small world at times!
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#5625 - Fri Sep 24 2004 05:36 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I should start with, to me, the most important. Picasso!
I didn't actually meet him, but he stared at me! I went to the South of France in the late 50's and was taken to Vallauris where he had a studio. I stood transfixed at the back of the room where he was working.(He was painting on a piece of glass, so you could see the work from the other side.) I have never forgotten that.
My first husband was at RADA with a particularly good year:
John Hurt (I have written about wheeling him home in my daughter's pram in another post), Sarah Miles, David Warner (Shakespearean actor), The Burton himself, and our good friend and best man, John Thaw.... what a darling. Terry Rigby who is in so many plays and movies but never gets remembered. He started off as Sgt Snow in Zed Cars.(The one with Radar the dog) Lots more I cant remember.
On the 25th anniversary of the Macau GP, we took a saloon car and a formula 3, as my husband was in the garage business. The next pit to ours was that of Michael Schumacher, young and arrogant then. During that same week we went up in the lift with Sterling Moss and Jackie Stewart, which was a giggle .
During our days of visiting the race track we met Piggott,(who was not as miserable as he looked) and some other jockeys, famous at the time.
Oh and finally I saw Bardot too( on that same trip to France) She was getting to be well known and looked sensational/I modelled my whole look for the next 3 years on her!
I was at Cambridge at the same time as the son of Michael Redgrave, Corin, and went out with him for about 6 months. I did have the luck to meet his dad(we went out on the river when he came up for the day) I think that was really the high spot of our relationship! I didn't meet sisters Vanessa and Lynn.


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#5626 - Fri Sep 24 2004 05:59 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Hmmm, I've met a bunch of people most folks haven't heard of.

I met the band Marvelous 3 at a show a few years back. I also met a few members of Reel Big Fish.

I met Eddie Izzard last year.

We met Martin Sheen, Ben Affleck, Rob Reiner and Julia Louis-Dreyfus at a political rally a few years ago.

My picture in the scrapbook was taken at a Faster Pussycat show in 2000. The guy standing next to me is their lead singer, Taime Downe. I also met Brent Muscat at that show.

I met Art and Greg from Everclear before anyone knew who they were. I didn't even know who they were at the time.

I talked to Penn from Penn and Teller on the phone once.

My gram has very vivid memories of a very young Alice Cooper terrorizing the church where his father was a deacon.

Oh, and I've traded emails with Henry Rollins and Johnette from Concrete Blonde. She actually played a few of my quizzes

That about wraps it up for me.
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#5627 - Fri Sep 24 2004 07:31 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Wow, thank you for bringing up this thread, Satguru

Ren, how neat that you got to see Picasso in person!!!

Strange as it may sound, I met Robert Duvall! But it was here in Argentina, not in the US, since I've never been to the States.

Robert Duvall's girlfriend is Argentine and he comes here often with her. He loves tango. And apparently he really likes Buenos Aires. Two weeks ago I watched an interview with him on 60 minutes and the interview took place here. It was very interesting.

Anyway, I met him three years ago. My parents and I had gone to the movies and then to the food court of the place to have lunch. Right after we sat down to eat, my dad says to me, "turn around, you will never believe who is sitting on that table". I really couldn't believe it. How often can anyone see a foreign actor here? And most of all, an actor like Duvall! He was having lunch with his girlfriend and some other people, (there was a baby with them that was very cute).

I like Robert Duvall, I think he's a very good actor. Well... I wanted to tell him Hi and something like that, but I was too embarrassed and shy so I didn't say anything! So maybe I shouldn't say I "met" him... I wish I could have talked to him, I regret that now!


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#5628 - Fri Sep 24 2004 08:04 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I've only met one real celeb.It was when I was visting my brother in Vancouver BC. The one and only The Fonz from Happy Days Henry Winkler. He was in a local market as he was in Vancouver shooting a TV movie. He was very nice but very short.
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#5629 - Sat Sep 25 2004 01:31 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I met Tom Selleck a couple of times, he's just as nice as he looks.




My mum can attest to that. A few years ago in London, she accidentally wandered into an area where they were shooting a movie, and walked into Tom Selleck. (As in actually collided with him ) Apparently he was really nice about it, and she wont hear a word said against him now!

I have met Kylie Minogue, and she is actually as short as she looks! I've also met Hugo Weaving, who was really friendly. The rest probably won't mean much to non-Aussies....John Howard, *our Prime Minister* , Glenn McGrath and Colin Miller (both cricketers, and McGrath was pretty horrible) and a few AFL players.

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#5630 - Sat Sep 25 2004 03:36 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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Since posting above I have met the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and have photos to prove it. She was charming and asked very intelligent questions about our work, she is our patron and takes her role seriously.

Thinking back there was Robert Morley, shared a lift in a hotel in Leningrad (as it was then) back in the 70s. Elizabeth Taylor was reputed to be staying in the same hotel but no one saw her so we won't count her.

Ren, I was very interested to see that Picasso stared at you, now we know who he used as inspiration for his "Woman With a Book",
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#5631 - Sat Sep 25 2004 04:16 AM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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#5632 - Sat Sep 25 2004 01:11 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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From Sue
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Like most people in the UK, I have seen virtually every member of the Royal Family at some stage



They have been pestering for ages asking if they can come round but I just can't seem to find the time to see them.
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#5633 - Sat Sep 25 2004 01:27 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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When I was much younger, I had a beer with Willie Nelson and his band at a friends house. Very nice man.

My dad and Paul Newman used to race cars together and I met Mr. Newman and played with his dogs. Also very nice man.

Sean Connery came into my store that I was manager at while he was filming a movie in my home town. He was not very nice.

Michael Gross and I had the same kind of car and we traded compliments. Nice man.

Lou Diamond Phillips waved to me as he drove by me. I was flattered; that was nice.

I had drinks one night with a few professional wrestlers after a match: Tully Blanchard (nice), Terry Taylor (nice), and Arn Anderson (not nice).

Edited to add: I almost forgot - while in college in my Astronomy class, I had the honor of meeting Clyde Tombaugh, the discoverer of the planet Pluto.


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#5634 - Sat Sep 25 2004 01:34 PM Re: Name Dropping - Who have you met?
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I used to live just a few miles from Broadlands, the home of the late Earl Mountbatten (uncle of the Duke of Edinburgh) and where the Queen spent her honeymoon. Members of the Royal Family would be driven past the end of the road in which I lived. Having said that the Royals get everywhere, we last had one visit our island today (in fact I expect she is still here).

I have seen the Duke of Edinburgh at least four times, the Queen at least twice, the Queen Mum, Prince Andrew and Fergie, Princess Anne (to touch and speak to) and possibly more that I can't remember.
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