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Have you ever met anyone famous?

April 26, 2007

Renee Druhot

From Winchester (Office Manager)

At a hotel on the Fourth of July in 2002, I met Dennis Quaid. I asked for his autograph on my shirt. He signed right on my boob. I still have it. He had just left Meg Ryan and was in the bar drinking. That night his band was playing with him. I think they were called the Sharks.

Alan Chatman

From Winchester (Operator)

Magic Johnson. I met him at UCSD. It was at a basketball camp. I got a picture with him. My mom, dad, and I all did. He wasn't the friendliest. On the court he kind of bossed us around. We were kids and wanted to learn basketball. If we didn't understand something right away, he'd get really mad.

Bill Carroll

From Clairemont (Tree Climber)

Dikembe Mutombo. I was sitting courtside at a basketball game. The trainers were helping him stretch out, and the ball rolled over. My brother picked it up, and he came over to get it. Dikembe said, "What's up?" Oh, I also met a radio personality from 94.1. I can't even remember her name, though.

Gregory Mendoza

From Chula Vista (Army)

I met Donald Rumsfeld. We weren't allowed to talk to him, though. We just listened to what he had to say when he visited the bases in Kosovo. And we got to shake his hand afterwards. This was before 9/11. Oh, we also got to hear Tony Blair speak.

Donna Callahan

From North Park (Bartender)

I waited on Jon Lovitz downtown at my other job. And a few of the guys in POD I see a lot. The lead singer I saw in Target, too. When I wait on famous people, they don't necessarily tip more. It's usually 20 percent. That's what Lovitz tipped. He wasn't very talkative. It's weird. Some of my friends only know him from commercials, and older generations know him from Saturday Night Live and movies.

Kristine Calitri

From Mira Mesa (Credit Union)

I met a lot when I worked in Beverly Hills as a stockbroker. Joanna Cassidy from Six Feet Under; Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers. Oh, I didn't meet but I talked on the phone a lot to Alan Dershowitz. I met Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize winner. I run into Richard Lederer a lot, but everyone probably does because he lives down here.

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