I met Ed McMahon at a signing for a floor store when I lived in San Antonio. I was just a lil guy in the early 80's I didn't know who he was until that night... I got to stay up and watch the tonight show.
aaaaahhh yeahhhh boy.
he smelled like gin, cigars, and hai karate and he seemed to like my batman shirt.
George Plimpton...we were both drunk, and he was waiting to go on a local TV show here...he was really friendly, down to earth and willing to talk about any of his past exploits.
Funny you mention him..... once as a kid...he totally hooked us up
Long story short...we were at soccer camp and he was filming that sports legends show with Pele....It started raining and the whole entourage took off....me and this dude from Australia followed them and tried to sneak into the building where Pele was.....Anyway, we got checked at the door and George was walking in....my Aussie buddy said we're with him....and George nodded to let us go.....cool as hell. He had no stake in it, just being a cool guy
we got to hang with pele for like 45 minutes while they were setting up the camera
I guess I never really met anyone famous, except I helped Horton Heat set up his equipment for a corporate party once, and we talked about his amp and guitar a little bit. Said "hi" to Junior Brown once, he was friendly. I put in a few years at a high end photo-lab in Dallas, and printed portraits and events photos for a lot of famous locals....Mark Cuban's wedding pictures, portrait for Ross Perot, some socialite's wedding that had Dweezil Zappa and Lisa Loeb as guests, pictures of Janine Turner's ranch, Raymond Nasher's art collection, stuff for some of the Marcus family (Neiman-Marcus), maybe a few other folks, but I never met any of them. I also printed copy art for Buck Taylor, a semi-famous actor who also paints, and actively runs a real ranch, and I got a personalized signed painting from him. It's Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday, and it's like the only real art I own....Buck was Turkey Creek Jack Johnson in Tombstone. I thought that was extremely gracious of him.