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Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:12 PM

Ok.....what's your claim to fame with a sports figure??

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Iíve got two......got Mike Holmgrenís autograph on a Harley Davidson T shirt.....and I did change the Badgers football coachís dipper one time. My husband and I weíre on the Packerís Harley Davidson ride around the Green Bay Area with Super Bowl coach Mike Holmgren. When we came to one of the stops of the ride, I got in line to get Mikeís autograph, which I did. Paul Chryst and his family lived 6 doors down from my family. My sister was the regular Chrystís baby sitter, and one time she was unable to do the job, so I was available, and during my night of babysitting the Chrystís, I had to change Paulís dipper.

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Reply Ok.....what's your claim to fame with a sports figure?? (Original post)
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TruckFump Sep 2019 #1
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a kennedy Sep 2019 #5
bmbmd Sep 2019 #3
luvs2sing Sep 2019 #6
a kennedy Sep 2019 #8
luvs2sing Sep 2019 #11
luvs2sing Sep 2019 #4
Dagstead Bumwood Sep 2019 #62
luvs2sing Sep 2019 #63
wasupaloopa Sep 2019 #7
a kennedy Sep 2019 #9
House of Roberts Sep 2019 #10
ProfessorGAC Sep 2019 #60
House of Roberts Sep 2019 #61
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luvs2sing Sep 2019 #13
a kennedy Sep 2019 #15
mopinko Sep 2019 #14
safeinOhio Sep 2019 #16
Guilded Lilly Sep 2019 #17
a kennedy Sep 2019 #18
dawg day Sep 2019 #36
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Brother Buzz Sep 2019 #19
a kennedy Sep 2019 #20
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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:15 PM

1. I played golf with Jack Nicklaus.

We are both from Ohio and when we were young kiddos, before he was famous and before I never was, we played in a junior golf tournament.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:56 PM

12. I went to his high school.

Years later though.

Grew up across the street from his personal assistant.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:16 PM

2. Dallas Green coached my Babe Ruth team

Great guy.
Also have met Bill Walton at Dead shows.

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Response to randr (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:28 PM

5. I love Bill Walton.......

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:17 PM

3. I rode in an elevator

with Martina Navritilova. Also with Grant Teaff. Also with Noah Wylie. So elevators are my big deal.

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Response to bmbmd (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:28 PM

6. I rode in an elevator with Arnold Schwarzenegger a few times.

In the late 70s, when he was just the Austrian body builder guy. He was friends with a guy who worked on my floor and would stop by if he was in town. It wasnít unusual to see him around. Someone told me they started the big bodybuilding competition together during those days.

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Response to luvs2sing (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:34 PM

8. Ha ha.....so body building is a sport eh??

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:47 PM

11. Apparently..

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:25 PM

4. I knew several Bengals players..

in the 70s through a friend who played for them. And I canít remember the guyís name, but a friendís cousin was a pitcher for the Cubs in the 80s. I met him after his career was over at my friendís annual Halloween party.

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Response to luvs2sing (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 06:22 PM

62. Ok, I'm intrigued.

For obvious reasons. Who amongst the Bengals did you know? I once met Kenny Anderson when he was opening a Menard's store, nicest guy ithe world.

I once was close to Paul Newman at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was Carburation Day and I was in waking through Gasoline Alley, and he and Rick Mears appeared. Shook Ric's hand, but Paul turned to talk to someone. Probably best that I didn't talk to him, I would have been all Chris Farley with him.

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Response to Dagstead Bumwood (Reply #62)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 07:12 PM

63. Late 70s folks..

Pete Johnson, Chris Bahr, Marvin Cobb, a few others Iím not recalling now. Yeah, Ken Anderson was a really nice guy. It was a different world back then.

Iíve managed to meet a lot of fairly famous people, especially people in music through my husband, because I have the ability to not act like Iím star struck. I once had a wonderful, long conversation with Vince Gill without even knowing who he was. Heck of a nice guy!

I did go a little fangirl when I met Connie Smith, who has been my favorite country singer since I was five. And I declined a chance to meet Rosanne Cash after a show because I was so moved by the show that I knew Iíd sob all over her.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:31 PM

7. I went to see the movie about Jackie Robinson.

 

While waiting at the refreshment stand I started a conversation with a tall thin guy next to me.

I said ď you look like a baseball player.Ē He said he played professional baseball in the past. I asked what team and he said Cincinnati.

I told him I was from Dayton and was a Reds fan most of my life. He said I would not know who he was. I asked him what was his name and he said Bill Bonham.

I told him I remember seeing him pitch in Cincinnati.

I made his day. He got a big smile on his face.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:35 PM

9. Good for you for making his day......

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:43 PM

10. I bought bowling trophies for my junior league from Don Mincher.

He was a first baseman for the Oakland A's in 1972 and had the World Series trophy in a special display at his trophy shop.

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 06:25 AM

60. Speaking of Bowling

PBA Hall of Famer Jim Stefanich drilled my first bowling ball.
Many years later, I played golf with he and his wife Pam at the course I played at a few times. His wife was the younger sister of a guy I bowled against in tournaments in HS

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Response to ProfessorGAC (Reply #60)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 08:14 AM

61. We never missed watching the PBA finals on Saturdays.

The PBA held a tour stop here in Huntsville in the summer of 1968, and I was waiting for Stefanich to arrive from the airport, to get his autograph. I got it between his car and the front door of the bowling center, followed him inside, and watched him warm up for the pro-am, and bowl a 267 in the first game. I was 11 and it was the most awesome thing I ever saw in person at a bowling event.

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Response to House of Roberts (Reply #61)

Sun Sep 22, 2019, 05:35 AM

67. He Was A Superb Golfer, Too

Played a couple years on Sr tour.
The course where I first broke 70 was where he held the course record at 9 under!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:56 PM

13. My husband has the best claim to fame.

His mother was a court reporter in Cleveland, and her best work friend was the wife of Luke Easter. The Easterís spent a lot of time with my husbandís family so he got to know Luke well. My husband has a baseball from one of the All-Star games that Luke gave him, autographed by Joe DiMaggio among others. Luke was murdered in a robbery in 1979, but his children attended my mother-in-lawís funeral in 2014.

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Response to luvs2sing (Reply #13)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:03 PM

15. This is so sad......being murdered.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 08:58 PM

14. my ex had one- he went to high school w

isaiah thomas. had his autograph on his graduation program.

also, the 2 of us were at the last night at comisky park. we had a bunch of fireworks shell fragments.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:22 PM

16. Played in a couple of pick-up

basketball games with Buba Smith.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 09:53 PM

17. Um, does it count that Joe Namath tried to pick me up at the airport...

while I was waiting for my big brother to meet my flight-or is that way too common an occurrence .

If so, how about Andrť Agassi helping me pick out a tee-shirt for my then 4 year old daughter from the Sonesta Beach Resort gift shop during the 1990 Key Biscayne (then the Lipton International) tournament?

(My family crossed paths with Agassi for several years while we followed the non-Grand Slam tennis circuit and he was always a complete and total gentleman and very kind to my young son and daughter)

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Response to Guilded Lilly (Reply #17)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:04 PM

18. and he's married to my almost favorite female tennis player....

so happy to hear heís a good guy.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #18)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:40 PM

36. I do wonder about their kids--

If genetics control, these ought to be the greatest tennis players ever.

Of course, they'll probably all rebel and become French horn players.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #36)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 12:25 AM

40. I've read that Jaden (their son) prefers baseball (heh).

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Response to Guilded Lilly (Reply #40)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 12:41 AM

43. Sigh. These kids.

So disobedient.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:04 PM

19. Russ Hodges signed my Jack Purcell tennis shoe at a little league game

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #19)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:08 PM

20. and sorry can you explain who Russ Hodges is......i don't know him.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #20)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:21 PM

21. Baseball Hall of Fame Sportscaster for the Giants, first in NY then in SF

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:21 PM

22. I knocked out Joe Frazier

in a bar fight.
He asked me not to tell anyone.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #22)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:39 PM

24. I remember that!

Morgan Fairchild nudged me awake to tell me all about it.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 10:36 PM

23. Not mine, but my mom's.

After they retired, my mom and late stepfather included in their travels an annual trip to French Lick, Indiana. One year, while bowling, they met Larry Bird and ended up spending the rest of the day with him. After that, until they were unable to travel, they would let him know when they were planning a trip there and he would always arrange to get together with them.

As for me, I went to high school with Edwin Moses.

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Response to OilemFirchen (Reply #23)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:38 PM

35. Larry the Legend!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:06 PM

25. Met Kerri Strug, gymnast at a Target store in Tucson early 2000s, just said Hi and congrats

Talked to Al Lewis, Grandpa Munster, at a Phoenix baseball card show 2000ish. He was sitting by himself behind the Convention Center smoking a cigar. I said Hi and thanks for all the laughs. He said have a good day and take it easy.

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Response to Baked Potato (Reply #25)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 12:40 AM

42. Grampa Munster. Heheh..

On a plane to LA with John Ritter. Smiled as he passed by to take his seat. 😍

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:09 PM

26. I taught Drew Gooden, Gilbert Brown, and Dana Stubblefield. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #26)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:37 PM

34. Taught them what?

I hope you'll say, "Ball control" and not "history of the French Revolution". <G>

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Response to dawg day (Reply #34)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:42 AM

49. Brown & Stubblefield: three classes of English. The third class was "Introduction to Poetry."

Gooden: just "Introduction to Poetry."

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:13 PM

27. 1991 Trailblazers..

Wayne Cooper, Jerome Kersey, Clyde Drexler and Kevin Duckworth got on my elevator at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, on the way to visit the kids. I'm 6 foot 2, and that was the first and last time I was the shortest person on the elevator.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:18 PM

28. Mickey Mantle signed base ball

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:18 PM

29. I played junior high sports against John Elway. He wasn't a threat at all in football, but was the

guy you had to hold under 20 points in basketball if you hoped to win.

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Response to brewens (Reply #29)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:35 PM

33. LOL. Too bad for MLB

that he took his lesser sport... to the Super Bowl.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #33)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 04:40 AM

52. One thing was that we didn't have baseball until the 9th grade. Elway was playing on his

high school varsity team so we didn't play against him. Our jr high was a three year school as was our high school. His high school was a four year school. They could put freshmen on our high school team but they never did. We had a couple wrestlers with the high school team at times though.

He was a pretty good QB I think, but that didn't matter against us. We had a freakish junior high football team and he didn't stand a chance.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:27 PM

30. Lou Piniella back in the 70's. He took a longish look my way. 😍

Awright. This prolly don't count...

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #30)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 12:27 AM

41. They all count (heh)!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:33 PM

31. The Big O (Oscar Robertson) ate dinner with me--

Okay, it was a big awards dinner, and there were 200 others. But he gave me his autograph and listened patiently as I listed a few of his great accomplishments. (A fan here.

That's about it. Oh, Larry Bird bumped into me once at a Pacers game. He really does always look grumpy, in case anyone thought he actually was hiding a warm congenial nature. (But he did apologize.)

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:34 PM

32. I shook hands with Jessie Owens,

It was at the Detroit auto show in the Late 70's.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:49 PM

37. I worked for the team Dr for the Tulsa Drillers and took care of Sammy Sosa a few times.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:51 PM

38. My first wife went out with Paul Hornung- Packers running back

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 11:53 PM

39. My favourite ballerina came into a store where i worked. I was too shy to say

anything. I always go blank with anxiety around famous people amongst others.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 12:52 AM

44. Basketball great Bill Russell

and I went to an exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum many years ago.

Well, we didn't go together, but I noticed that he was in line behind me as we walked past the paintings. The exhibit was paintings by Jacob Lawrence. Lawrence was considered to be one of America's best artists and one of my favorite artists.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 01:03 AM

45. As a young teen, Sensei George Harris 9th Dan

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was my Judo instructor. This would've been about 1968. He was a member of the 1964 US Olympic Judo team which was the first year Judo became an Olympic sport. I think former Democrat but switched Republican Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell was on that team also.

For anyone that asks who?, Sensei Harris was a soft-spoken, kind, gentle giant who deservedly earned much respect, both on and off the mat. I'm glad to have known him those many years ago.

For Sensei Harris, you helped shape my life:

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 01:20 AM

46. My granddad was best friends with Hugh Bedient.

Grandpa was the team captain of the high school team but never made it past the minor leagues.

https://calltothepen.com/2017/07/25/baseball-history-hugh-bedient-strikes-42-batters/

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 02:21 AM

47. Dinner w/David Robinson & neighbor of Jack Clark

Had dinner in a private home with David Robinson, we had a mutual friend. I watched him eat an insane amount of lasagna.
Baseball player Jack Clark was my neighbor & our sons were good friends.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 02:24 AM

48. Larry Bird mowed the grass @ a bank my husband worked at.

Bird's wife was his co-worker.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:58 AM

50. I was working in Omaha,

at the time and went out for a couple drinks after work to a place called Bob Gibson's. was 330 or so in afternoon,very quiet and lo and behold HOF pitcher Bob Gibson sat down with us and bought our drinks. I got to try on his WS ring!


Koz

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 04:12 AM

51. The Golden Jet

As a kid, I stood in line to get Bobby Hull's autograph on a 8x10 glossy. I had a very brief conversation with him about curved blades on hockey sticks.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:05 AM

53. Harry Caray

called me to apologize for keeping hubby out all night bar hopping. And to not worry, he was sleeping at his place!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:07 AM

54. Autographs from the entire "Big Red Machine" in the 70's including Pete Rose

I had, at one point, several sets of autographs from pretty much all the Cincinnati Reds players. I don't know if we knew someone or if we just knew where to go but I remember on several occasions standing in a parking garage and all of them coming out of the elevator. Morgan Concepcion Griffey Foster and yes Pete Rose. Bench was rare because he probably was still in the ice tub or meeting with Sparky. At least 4 sets of signatures from some array of them.

They were all really gracious. I remember maybe 20 people - kids and parents - who would wait on this one level of a parking garage. Seeing Pete Rose, to me, was like being in the presence of God as a 5-7 year old.

We left Ohio in 1975 and we moved a lot. I ended up throwing the signatures away somewhere along the way. They were just memories to me and there really wasn't a market for them or they weren't a "thing" so

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 06:39 AM

55. My grandmother was a cousin of Anita Aldrich

https://honorsandawards.iu.edu/search-awards/honoree.shtml?honoreeID=4593

https://nursing.indiana.edu/about/news-events/newsletters/bloomington/2018-winter/remembering-dr-anita-aldrich.html

(a leading physical educator of the day at Indiana University)

((who might be spinning in her grave about all the desk fries and couch potatoes letting their fingers doing the walking...))

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 08:25 AM

56. My sister dated Jim Jensen - a third string QB for the Dolphins.

Jerry Glanville and some of his players and coaches asked for a ride on our boat when we pulled up to the Omni in downtown Miami for more beer (they were in town for a game). Took them around Biscayne Bay. He then sent us a box of Houston Oiler swag.

I used to see Don Shula at church sometimes. He went every day. I went sometimes.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 12:28 PM

57. Worked with Nate Thurmond, Ronnie Lott,

and Franklin Muili (former majority owner of the Golden State Warriors). Also with Harris Barton and Keena Turner (49ers), and Chris Mullen (Warriors).

A variety of advertising projects ó TV and print. Lots of fun.

On edit: Forgot I once sold a Coke to Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 11:07 PM

58. Chris Dishman came to the pool at my grandma's apartment complex growing up.

If no one knows who he is he was a lineman for Nebraska and Arizona Cardinals.

Outside of that I got autographs from the 19997 Cardinals team.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 06:20 AM

59. A Few

Got Ernie Banks' autograph on 2 occasions when I was a kid. Neither time was at the ballpark. I still have those baseballs.

Even better for me; my dad was a loyal Buick guy, but was mad at the local dealer, so we drove to Harvey IL to Bauer Buick.
While there, I saw a salesman's picture, and was flummoxed. Told dad "There's a sales guy here named Billy Williams, and he looks just Billy from the Cubs" (Billy was my fave player for nearly my whole youth)
Dad told me that was Billy. But he wasn't there
When we went back the next week, Billy was there and had volunteered to entertain me while my parents did all the paperwork. He sat me at his desk and talked baseball with me for around 20 minutes. Signed a picture of himself in uniform. Unfortunately, that pic got lost somewhere in parents' house. They're both long dead, so no finding it now.

Last one, was I bumped into BJ Armstrong at the China Club. Just said hi, and thanks for his contributions to a great team. He invited wife & I to his VIP table for a couple drinks. Extremely pleasant guy, as was his wife (might have been fiancťe at the time)

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat Sep 21, 2019, 01:28 PM

64. Being a huge Miami Hurricanes fan...

...I've met and talked with Jimmy Johnson, Michael Irvin, Gino Torreta, Benny Blades and many more. Also, I known several horse trainers that would be considered famous in both the Harness and Flat racing games.

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Response to twogunsid (Reply #64)

Sat Sep 21, 2019, 06:31 PM

65. That IS why I love ya Sid.....

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sun Sep 22, 2019, 01:01 AM

66. I taught several athletes while I was a grad student at the University of Georgia

One was a first-round NFL draft pick and is currently a commentator on ESPN. Another student was an Olympic gold medalist. I also met Boomer Esiason and Anthony Munoz when I was a hotel front desk clerk. They were in town for a charity golf tournament. Munoz was great. Esiason was a prick. I also literally ran into Garrison Hearst (UGA and 49ers RB) at a Georgia spring football game. He bounced right off of me (I weighed about 330 at the time). Never seen someone look so surprised.

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