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BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?

20 Jun 01 - 10:44 AM (#487808)
Subject: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Patrish(inactive)

My cousin Dorothy used to draw Dennis the Menace for Thompsons in Dundee
Patrish


20 Jun 01 - 10:53 AM (#487816)
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From: Matt_R

Well, personally, I won a nationwide art contest that only had two winners (one male, one female).

Also, my uncle has won the national accordion championship twice, and came in 2nd place in the world accordion championship. His sister's daughter is married to Jon Bon Jovi's manager. Jon is a great guy.


20 Jun 01 - 10:55 AM (#487817)
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From: English Jon

I have a talking cat.

EJ


20 Jun 01 - 10:55 AM (#487818)
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From: Jim Cheydi

Woah! That is soooo cool! Dennis is one of my heroes. I just wish he'd push softy Walter under a bus or something.


20 Jun 01 - 10:55 AM (#487819)
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From: Lyndi-loo

My brother went to university with someone who used to be at school with Eric Clapton. So there!


20 Jun 01 - 10:56 AM (#487820)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: English Jon

My cousin IS Denis the Menace.


20 Jun 01 - 10:56 AM (#487821)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jim Cheydi

.......and I've met EJ's talking cat!


20 Jun 01 - 10:56 AM (#487822)
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From: Lyndi-loo

Everybody has a talking cat. At least all their owners (slaves!)know what they're saying


20 Jun 01 - 10:58 AM (#487823)
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From: English Jon

No no. This cat actually really talks. Doesn't he Jim?


20 Jun 01 - 10:58 AM (#487824)
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From: Lyndi-loo

I'll have a pint of what you're drinking


20 Jun 01 - 10:59 AM (#487825)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jim Cheydi

EJ, I know one of your cousins and apart from his constant identity crisis he is charming, intelligent and incredibly good looking!!


20 Jun 01 - 11:00 AM (#487826)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: English Jon

That's why he didn't get any at Caversham.


20 Jun 01 - 11:01 AM (#487827)
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From: bill\sables

I've met and talked to CATSPAW!!!!!!!!


20 Jun 01 - 11:01 AM (#487828)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Patrish(inactive)

Dennis the menace used to go to school with Eric Clapton and Jon Bon Jovi was at a wedding that my daughters boyfriend (Ryan from Illinois) was at - so there
Patrish


20 Jun 01 - 11:02 AM (#487831)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: forty two

Well my Grandfather used to live next door to Elgar who's Dad owned a fiddle shop. So I now have a fiddle that came from same shop. He played jazz on it a la Grappelli. It now plays traditional. I think it's happier!!


20 Jun 01 - 11:06 AM (#487833)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Midchuck

I am a former President of the Rutland County, Vermont, Bar Association (The trouble is, the person filling that office is picked on the basis of longevity within the Association, not in a contested election on merit. Can you guess my age from that?)

I own a Collings D2H that has been on most major concert stages in the country that do folk music, being played by Jack Lawrence in partnership with Doc Watson (The trouble is, the instrument keeps muttering about how badly I play it. It's spoiled, of course.)

Peter.


20 Jun 01 - 11:06 AM (#487834)
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From: marty D

I met Fritz Perls.

Neither of my kids have been arrested!

I can now play Doc Watson's 'Beaumont Rag' (very slowly)

marty


20 Jun 01 - 11:08 AM (#487836)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Angie

my uncle denis (not the menace persuasion) used to make the mastermind trophy and my auntie is a tart in london


20 Jun 01 - 11:10 AM (#487840)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Dan Keding

Both my dogs have been abducted by aliens from another galaxy and now they both can speak several languages and play guitar like Doc Watson. Dan


20 Jun 01 - 11:11 AM (#487841)
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From: IanC

I'm 3rd cousin twice removed to Jack Berry Hobbs (who?) !


20 Jun 01 - 11:11 AM (#487842)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: English Jon

My cousin was abducted by Australians.

EJ


20 Jun 01 - 11:13 AM (#487844)
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From: Noreen

Dennis the Menace Jimmy Savile kissed my hand

I played with Sam Pirt before he was famous


20 Jun 01 - 11:13 AM (#487845)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Patrish(inactive)

I can stuff more marshmallows in my mouth than anyone else in my family
Patrish


20 Jun 01 - 11:13 AM (#487846)
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From: LR Mole

One time I was in a program for gifted youth. But I was gifted them. And young. I also once asked Julian Bream if he'd ever played in any sleazy bars. He said, "No, but I had to play in big bands when I was in the army. That was sleazy enough."


20 Jun 01 - 11:19 AM (#487850)
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From: Noreen

(We play this as a party game- guess who belongs to each 'claim to fame'... gets very silly.... :0) )


20 Jun 01 - 11:21 AM (#487852)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: mousethief

Ability to use apostrophes correctly? Naw, that's too facile. Forget I said that.

My grandfather's cousin was a big band leader who actually had an album made (my uncle got it, damn him). My mom's sister dated one of the actors from Adam-12, and her first husband ("Uncle George" to me) gave flying lessons to Sebastian Cabot. I had my picture taken with Sandy Duncan once. And I once sat on a seat on the bus right in front of a girl who almost got seduced by the lead singer of the Psychadelic Furs (I know because she was telling everybody within a shouting radius the whole story!).

Alex


20 Jun 01 - 11:22 AM (#487853)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Karen

In college, my uncle's roommate was Dick Gephardt.
Also, Bob McGrath (from Sesame Street) sang at my parents' wedding before he became well-known. He lived in the same town as my mother.
Also there is a lady here at work who used to work at the same school as the woman who played an Oz woman in the movie "The Wizard of Oz". She was the one who held the cat (for reasons unknown) during the balloon lift-off ceremony. Remember, Toto sees the cat and jumps out of the balloon?
Also my husband got to appear in the movie "Patriot Games" in the pub scene when Harrison Ford first meets Richard Harris. He's the flute player on stage.
Fame is all around us!


20 Jun 01 - 11:25 AM (#487856)
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From: Bill D

well, NOW I actually have wooden stuff I have made all over the world..(Martyn Wyndham-Read uses a folding chair I made and various folkies have woodturnings, lamps and pendant necklaces I made....a nice feeling)

but once upon a time:

I pissed at a urinal between Allan Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky and gave them directions to find cheap Coleman coolers.

I originally told Bryan Bowers about Winfield, Kansas (The National Flat-Picking contest) and several years later, when he was starring there, a woman I know was smitten with Bryan and pursued him for 2 days... Bryan mistakenly assumed she was 'with' me, and set her up with John Hartford (from what she said, she was 'almost' as happy).....John sort of owed me a favor, and now I can't collect...*wistful smile*


20 Jun 01 - 11:33 AM (#487868)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: pavane

I had a kiss from Bonnie Tyler last month


20 Jun 01 - 11:35 AM (#487871)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Lyndi-loo

I just remembered. My husband was an extra in the film "Kidnapped" starring Michael Caine with an appalling Scottish accent (Ah it's great to be back wiv the locks and the 'evver). He was in the post battle scene when there are hundreds of bodies strewn around the hillside; they had to shoot the scene hundreds of times because somebody would cough or sneeze or scratch their arses when they were supposed to be dead. He got paid ten bob a day (that's 50p to you weans)and all the bacon rolls he could eat, but if he'd had a big red beard he'd have got two bob more


20 Jun 01 - 11:36 AM (#487872)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Karen

I saw Helen Hunt in the Las Vegas airport once. She was a complete b*tch to everyone around her. I've never liked her since!
P.S. My husband may have been playing penny-whistle in "Patriot Games". I don't remember. I was too busy watching Harrison Ford.


20 Jun 01 - 11:43 AM (#487882)
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From: IanC

hahaha


20 Jun 01 - 11:43 AM (#487884)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: dwditty

Lived next door to Kurt Vonnegut and family when I was in high school.


20 Jun 01 - 11:44 AM (#487886)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Lyndi-loo

Oh! cricket! Yaaaawwwn


20 Jun 01 - 11:44 AM (#487887)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: pavane

Did he have a Player Piano?


20 Jun 01 - 11:45 AM (#487889)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: mousethief

Oh, I almost forgot: I cut my wedding cake with a wedding-cake-cutting-knife given to my inlaws (for THEIR wedding) by Faulkner.

Alex


20 Jun 01 - 11:49 AM (#487890)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Karen

Well, IanC, I can top that relation! I'm the first cousin twice removed of Dr. Harold Egderton.
Click here for more exciting info!


20 Jun 01 - 11:55 AM (#487898)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Matt_R

The brother of my mom's high-school Spanish teacher is Mike Scoscia, the baseball player, retired now and last I heard, was coaching for the Kansas City Royals. She used to watch him when he was on the HS baseball team. Also, the same HS went to was where Jim Croce went a couple years before her. Her English teacher remembered him. Said he was a quiet kid who like playing his accordion.

My mom saw Satan (Michael Eisner) on a plane once.


20 Jun 01 - 11:58 AM (#487903)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: MMario

I was a proffessional Pillow fighter for eight years - undefeated for 5 consecutive seasons!


20 Jun 01 - 12:00 PM (#487908)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Benjamin

I once met a man in a bar who's brother's high school friend was Vince McMann. I still don't care about the XFL though.

My ASL teacher (former teacher, the year's over) is apperantly one of the top hand ball players in the country.


20 Jun 01 - 12:02 PM (#487910)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Karen

Matt R, Michael Eisner doled out ice cream at Carnation Plaza in Disneyland to all employees who wanted to wait in his very long line during the employee Christmas party. I didn't want to wait that long so went to another line. You'll be happy to know they did have him working up a sweat!


20 Jun 01 - 12:03 PM (#487911)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jim Cheydi

1) English Jon's cat really does talk

2) His cousin was abducted by Australians

3) The reason I didn't get any at Caversham is that they were scared off by EJ's talking cat. Probably.


20 Jun 01 - 12:13 PM (#487921)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Matt_R

That's funny, Ben. Vince McMahon went to my university, East Carolina University. He majored in business. Guess it didn't work with the XFL!

Sandra Bullock also went here (ECU) for 2 years. During her time here, she won the honor of Watermelon Queen at the Farmville Watermelon Festival, which is about 15 miles from here.

Katharine Whelan, the singer & banjo & ukelele player for The Squirrel Nut Zippers (who are mostly from Chapel Hill), grew up on 5th Street here in Greenville. 5th Street is a mile from where I am now. Her father was an art major at the ECU School of Art (just like me). My figure drawing teacher remembered having taught him in a few classes.

My friend Paul got to shake GW's hand when he visited here a few months ago. He was at the sports coliseum down the street.

When my grandfather was a baby, he was kissed by Mother Cabrini, who would be canonized as Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.


20 Jun 01 - 12:27 PM (#487947)
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From: Tig

My Nana was the first woman in Yorkshire to have a driving licence.
Oh and my brother is MICHAEL JACKSON (really!!!!)


20 Jun 01 - 12:33 PM (#487956)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,John Gray / Australia

English Jon, how well I remember the day of the abduction. We were hoping for an Italian or a Greek, who come pre-herbed, or maybe a Creole with just a hint of cajun, but we ended up with a Pom without vinegar. I don't want to hurt your feelings but unfortunately your cousin tasted awful.

And fame, well - I've got a sister who was banned from night-flying in the LuftWaffe.

JG / F.M.E.


20 Jun 01 - 12:36 PM (#487959)
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From: Fibula Mattock

I once slept with the drummer from Ash (this might interest Matt, knowing his penchant for popular music). By the way, it was nothing sexual - he fell asleep across my legs at a party and I woke up thinking I was paralysed from too much gin. What a bloody tenuous claim to fame.
Oh, Oliver Reed kissed my hand. That's much more interesting!
I beat Mmario in the World Pillow Fighting Championships after his undefeated reign of 5 consecutive seasons. Honest. Would I tell a lie?


20 Jun 01 - 12:37 PM (#487961)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Midchuck

My wife is sober today.

Peter.


20 Jun 01 - 12:38 PM (#487962)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: rush

I played and performed for over a year with Robert Buck ( recently passed away ) . He will be remembered as the guitar player in the band : 10,000 Maniacs


20 Jun 01 - 12:46 PM (#487970)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,JohnB

I was on the Basic Black Radio show in the Noseflute contest. I also played with a guy who played with Eric Clapton in about 1962, unfortunately he has now passed on to join the the Big Band in the sky. My real claim though is that I know another guy who in 1963 could have booked a band called the Rolling Stones for a college dance, the rest of the commitee would not agree to cough up the extra 50 quid that they wanted over the other band, whoever they were. I guess they don't do gigs for 250 quid any more anyhow. JohnB


20 Jun 01 - 12:54 PM (#487982)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jim Cheydi

John Gray

You must be mistaken. EJ's cousin returned from abduction completely unscathed, apart from developing a penchant for export strength fizzy drinks and losing the ability to keep his voice down.

JC


20 Jun 01 - 12:54 PM (#487983)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Karen

When my dad played baseball in the minors, he was up against the pitcher Satchel Paige in an exhibition game. He never got a hit off him, of course. Satchel's fastball was just a blur!


20 Jun 01 - 01:01 PM (#487992)
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From: Jacob B

My father had Doc Egerton as a lab instructor at MIT, and I attended a bones workshop he led (really! It stands to reason that a man as bright as that would play bones!) I still have the practice bones he passed out, cut from pieces of straight lath and stamped with Egerton's office rubber stamp.

I used to catch clothes as they came offstage for Ann Corio's This Was Burlesque show, and Minsky's Burlesque Follies '76. I have a picture of me with Ann Corio.


20 Jun 01 - 01:06 PM (#487996)
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From: RangerSteve

Billy Joel was in my 10th grade math class.That was in Hicksville (yes, really, the town is called Hicksville) Long Island, NY. In the same class, I sat next to Virginia Calahan, Billy's former girlfriend and the same Virginia he sings about in "Only the Good Die Young". A band that I was in did the soundtrack for a triple-X rated film called Big Abner. It was a pornographic take-off on the Little Abner comic strip. This was years ago and we were willing to do almost anything for money, since paying jobs for old-time string bands were few and far between at the time. And still are. I saw the completed film at a sleazy movie house on Times Square, and I can,in all fairness, say that you don't need to ever see this flick. It has just occured to me that someone scanning this paragraph quickly is going to read it as "Billy Joel was in an X-rated movie. I don't know how I feel about that. Just don't blame me for starting the rumor.


20 Jun 01 - 01:06 PM (#487997)
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From: Matt_R

WHOA Fib!! That's cool! Lol. All I have to say is "Oh YEAH!"


20 Jun 01 - 01:08 PM (#487998)
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From: mousethief

The best man in my first wedding went to high school with Chris Pirsig.

Everybody is just once removed from fame, no?

Alex


20 Jun 01 - 01:22 PM (#488016)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Karen

Hey Jacob B! Thanks for that. I never met the man but have spoken to his son on the phone (we are doing genealogical work). It sounds like he was a lot of fun. I didn't know about his bones workshop.
Speaking of best men, Alex, my husband was a musician at a wedding were Henry Winkler (Fonzie) was the best man.
The list just keeps growing!!


20 Jun 01 - 01:32 PM (#488035)
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From: Amergin

Hmmm....my great-grandfather's cousin was Cordell Hull...

My second cousin is Bill Lair...who has been in several national interviews and books about Laos....


20 Jun 01 - 01:35 PM (#488041)
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From: Justa Picker

I was performing at a supper club with my Jazz band (a number of years ago) and Tony Bennett (in the audience having dinner) got out of his seat and approached me on our first break and asked if we'd mind if he came up and sang a few tunes with us. He said "you guys swing real good". (Yeah...like we'd mind!) Ended up doing two sets with him. The people in the room went nuts. Afterwards he bought the band rounds of drinks, autographed some charts of his tunes I'd had, and gave me his home number and that of his manager's. We've remained friends over the years, and still touch base with each other occasionally.


20 Jun 01 - 01:42 PM (#488045)
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From: Clinton Hammond

Got heckled by John Allen Cameron last weekend... jammed a bit with him at the pub afterwards...

Have hung out with James Keelaghan at my local...

But the fame I'm proud of most, is my own!

;-)


20 Jun 01 - 01:52 PM (#488058)
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From: jeffp

My aunt dated Cosmo Allegretti (Dancing Bear on Captain Kangaroo).

I once played touch football with Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

jeffp


20 Jun 01 - 01:54 PM (#488059)
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From: Grab

Family claims to fame:

My dad was at school with John Renbourne, albeit in a different year (JR was 4-5 years above my dad).

My great-grandfather set up the department store "Crawfords" in Hong Kong (basically the Hong Kong version of Harrod's), but through some shady boardroom deal he lost control of the company and got booted out (about 1930).

Personal claims to fame:

Met Prince Philip when I was collecting my Duke of Edinburgh's Gold. Otherwise very little.

Graham.


20 Jun 01 - 02:09 PM (#488080)
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From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie today

I sold a futon to Bela Fleck; I sold ice cream to Ranger Doug and Too Slim of Riders in the Sky; and I sold a bedroom suite to Woody Paul of Riders in the Sky for his teenage daughter. No, the furniture store did not sell ice cream. It was two different jobs. Also sold a stone angel to Emmylou Harris's mother. And a down comforter to Bernie Leadon. (hey, this is Nashville, after all)

One of my ancestors, Jacob Van Meter, was among the first to settle Hardin County, KY. He was a French & Indian and Rev War vet and there is a DAR chapter named after him in Elizabethtown, KY.

I can yodel and impress my friends at parties. :-)


20 Jun 01 - 02:20 PM (#488091)
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From: CarolC

I posed nude for a calendar wearing nothing but my accordion...

I like to call the following kinds of things 'sideways fame' because they're not quite the same as 'full-on' fame...

I ran the sound board for about one third of a Peter Rowan concert.

I was the first person to officially collect, identify, and catalogue a specimen of a Swamp Rose Mallow (Hybiscus Palustris) in the history of the state of Oklahoma.

The artist who did the Elvis stamp (remember the Elvis stamp?) has a pen an ink drawing of mine hanging in his home.

I don't know if they're still there, but for years, the Tulsa Zoo had 'Native American artifacts' that I had actually either made, or artificially aged, and were displaying them in part of their museum as the 'real thing'.


20 Jun 01 - 02:28 PM (#488096)
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From: Trapper

My Great-Great-Grandfather was the tailor to Kaiser Wilhelm.

I got to be the "Sixth Dimension" with the Fifth Dimension on "Age of Aquarius" at a local venue (years ago!)

I got to sing "Last Thing On My Mind" at the Winnipeg Folk Festival backed up by James Keelaghan and Anne Hills!

I was the father to the sweetest girl on earth.

- Al


20 Jun 01 - 02:28 PM (#488097)
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From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie

(man I need to go fix that damn cookie)

I forgot to mention that my calligraphy hangs in many establishments in Nashville. Each year, the Nashville Scene (a weekly newspaper where I used to work) has a Best of Nashville poll, and I inscribe the certificates for the winners. I have done it for about the last 8 years.


20 Jun 01 - 02:33 PM (#488099)
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From: gnu

I try to go out of my way to be kind to others and help out when I can. Of course, being a gnu, I can lose control without warning when someone is rude, so I guess it all evens out. Like George Carlin said, "...I just want to be a cool guy."

Nothin special about this good ol Kent County boy. Well, actually, although it's PI these days, I am THE best partridge hunter in the world, since Dad passed away. My huntin buddies don't call me Bird Dog for nothin.


20 Jun 01 - 02:34 PM (#488102)
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From: Dorrie

oooooooooh sooooooooooo many-but the other day me and my sister had our picture taken with billy bragg at beverley folk festival.Which isnt that ace as i know sam pirt!!!!!!!!!!! And my sisters boyfriend knows hannah from sclub7 and myleene from hear'say. Well i was amazed love dorrie xxx


20 Jun 01 - 03:19 PM (#488140)
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From: Donuel

The original post was about a cousin ; mine is Gene Hackman.

Personally I made 1st cello in college.

As a clinical hypnotist I introduced many doctors to the advanced uses in surgical blood pressure/fear/pain control.

I got kicked off Maestronet for claiming amateur built violins might out perform the $14,000 violins of Michael Darnton (an uptight administrator of the site).


20 Jun 01 - 03:38 PM (#488150)
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From: Linda Kelly

I was in the cage on TISWAS (no applause please).My knees appeared on Young Scientist of the Year. My friend John played a tree on Dr Who.I got Richard Geres autograph outside the Monet exhibition in London- he is soooo small! My brother got an MBE for sorting out toilets in Albania and then of course there was the 1978 Coventry City squad -but frankly that is more information than you need to know and I do not wish to incriminate myself....


20 Jun 01 - 03:58 PM (#488167)
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From: GUEST,Amos

My second girlfriend ever married John Hammond Junior. Only after we parted, though. I wanted to but couldn't pass the physical.


20 Jun 01 - 04:13 PM (#488179)
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From: sophocleese

My grandfather had occasional duties as bodyguard to Haile Selassie when he was in England.

One of my great grandfathers, in a union, met Lenin.

A brother of mine has played for, and been complimented by, JR.

I shook Pierre Trudeau's hand when he came to our highschool and got my picture in the paper with him.

One of my great great grandfathers ran a teashop where Dame Clara Butts would have some of her meals.

My uncle has stood in a queue at a ski hill behind Princess Di.


20 Jun 01 - 04:40 PM (#488206)
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From: GUEST,Drumshanty

Cathal McConnell once sang me and my dad "Farewell to Ballymoney" in the Royal Oak.

I got a peck on the cheek off Aly Bain once.

Margaret Bennett gave me advice on singing a few years ago. I met her again recently and she is a lovely lovely lady.

I had my photo taken with ace pennywhistler Alex Green last weekend.

Anybody remember Alan Bradley on Coronation Street? He tried to murder Rita? I stood on his toes at the cheese counter in M&S in Manchester.

Tracy

Oh yeh... I work in the Scottish Parliament so I am surrounded by (in)famous faces every day. But I don't think that counts.


20 Jun 01 - 04:44 PM (#488209)
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From: Benjamin

I'm friends with Frank Coluccio's daughter. Okay, so that won't impress anyone who isn't familiar with construction companies around Seattle.

Carla Leurs (a hot violin prodigy) briefly attended my school before leaving for a career touring the workd as a world class violinist.

Paul Geremia dug my playing when he heard me do Sporting Life Blues.

I've also met a number of classical guitarists as they come through town. Many of them know my teacher.


20 Jun 01 - 04:58 PM (#488220)
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From: Angie

well i am decended from mary queen of scot's (twice removed through marraige).my mother's cousin is dave hill from slade, my uncle gaylord single handedly brought about the invention of the surgical glove and i am the secret love child of norman wisdom. (and billy connelly squeezed my knee at the girvan folk festival ten years ago)


20 Jun 01 - 05:02 PM (#488223)
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From: CarolC

One of my paternal great-grandfathers built the historic Princess Hotel in Hamilton, Bermuda.


20 Jun 01 - 05:16 PM (#488237)
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From: Linda Kelly

Now I think about it - my father went to school with Philip Larkin who apparently was a complete shite. I got a detention from Mo Mowlam when she was our head girl and my sister ad her friend went to a party with Thin Lizzy. I also used to go drinking at the Chase Motel with Jasper Carrott and my friend Sally went on a date with Eric Clapton when she was an air stwewardess with BA. My father knew Eric & Ernie and Linda Lusardi (don't ask)


20 Jun 01 - 05:47 PM (#488260)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Clinton Hammond

What's a "TISWAS"?????


20 Jun 01 - 06:06 PM (#488267)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Linda Kelly

Today Is Saturday Watch And Smile! Demonic 'children's' tv programme which consisted of adults being extremely drunk and having water and gunge thrown over them and torturing young defenseless children -pretty much your average Brit Saturday morning viewing. TisWas became legendary because it gave birth to the careers of Chris tarrant and Lenny Henry. Sadly it did nothing for my career!


20 Jun 01 - 07:19 PM (#488315)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

I have served Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South, and Tracy somethingorother from Everything But The Girl, Paul lives near me he is a good bloke, I often see him in my local, that Tracy is a stuck up silly cow though,(do you know who I am kind of attitude).


20 Jun 01 - 07:23 PM (#488320)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

Ps Paul is playing at Cambridge Folk Festival this year.


20 Jun 01 - 07:30 PM (#488327)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: RangerSteve

In addition to my last comments here: While performing in a coffee house in Brooklyn years ago a guy came in and started backing us up on the house piano. I later learned that it was Peter Schikele - PDQ Bach. He definately had a talent for old-time string band music. My harmonica playing was complemented by Leon Redbone, but not to my face. I was directing traffic once and held up traffic so Senator Bill Bradley could cross the street. I said "Good Evening" to him but he ignored me. Now he'll never get my vote. He was also in the audience at Albert Music Hall in Waretown NJ when my band was playing. He's so tall that he had to sit in an aisle seat with his legs in the aisle. I almost tripped on his feet in the dark. I also shook hands with Kaptain Kangaroo at a supermarket opening when I was 6 yrs. old.


20 Jun 01 - 09:10 PM (#488383)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jim Dixon

I have shaken hands with Hubert Humphrey and George McGovern (at different times -- as well as some Minnesota politicians you wouldn't care about.)

I once ran into Senator Paul Wellstone in my favorite bookstore. We exchanged a few words about the books we were buying.

The owner of this bookstore, when he was in high school, went to a Jewish summer camp with Bob Dylan.

I have visited in the home of my state senator, who once shook hands with Groucho Marx! (He has the photo on his wall.)

The funeral director who directed my father-in-law's funeral once dated Tammy Faye Bakker, before she married Jim Bakker.

My cousin was literally a face in the crowd in the movie, "A Face in the Crowd." She lives in Piggott, Arkansas, where it was filmed.

In high school, my best friend's biology lab partner was Sue Diller, daughter of Phyllis Diller.

Another friend's older brother was a high school classmate of Dick Gephardt.

In college, I lived in the same house with a guy whose cat ran away and was found by Muriel Humphrey, wife of Hubert Humphrey.


20 Jun 01 - 09:13 PM (#488386)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Geoff the Duck

Juggling Custard.


20 Jun 01 - 10:41 PM (#488430)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Lyrical Lady

I'm related to Jaqueline Bissett .

My new house is in the same neighbourhood as Randy Bachman from Bachman, Turner Overdrive and Valdy lives just 'round the corner.

LL


20 Jun 01 - 10:55 PM (#488437)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: wdyat12

I found true love after fifty.

wdyat12


20 Jun 01 - 11:05 PM (#488446)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: wdyat12

I also scored the only touchdown during the entire 1962 football season at Needham Highschool on the Junior Varsity Team. I recovered a fumble on the first play after the half and ran 56 yards with little or no intereference from the other team. They won 6-0. It was a very long ride home in that bus.

wdyat12


21 Jun 01 - 12:26 AM (#488481)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Amergin

the only touchdown? boy, you sure had a great team....it's pretty bad when the cheerleaders are better players than the jocks....


21 Jun 01 - 02:17 AM (#488511)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

It is a sad state of fame...

when YOUR personal claim...

is diseasedly based

on the deceased!


21 Jun 01 - 02:27 AM (#488516)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: CarolC

Didn't see you in the calendar, GUEST,.gargoyle. Maybe next year, eh?


21 Jun 01 - 02:29 AM (#488518)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

I was there
You didn't look in the right place.


21 Jun 01 - 02:34 AM (#488520)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: CarolC

Oh, you mean like one of those 'Where's Waldo' books? Cool.


21 Jun 01 - 10:41 AM (#488794)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler

My wife's sister's husband's sister's son (are you with me so far?) is Ollie Knights, one half of pop acoustic duo Turin Brakes ("The new Simon and Garfunkel") who seem to be getting plenty of gigs and plugs in the press for their concerts and records recently though I've never heard them.
RtS (Is that plug OK boys,you know where to send the cheque, InOBU taught me all I know!)


21 Jun 01 - 12:38 PM (#488930)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Bat Goddess

Kissed by Oliver Reed? Not bad, tho' I'd prefer Alan Bates. In actuality, I HAVE been kissed by Louis Killen...

Bat Goddess


21 Jun 01 - 02:22 PM (#489038)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: wdyat12

Amergin,

Our Junior Varsity Team didn't rate any cheerleaders. Not too long after that faux pas I hung up my uniform and joined a rock band. We had plenty of cheerleaders then.

wdyat12


21 Jun 01 - 03:49 PM (#489110)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,SharonA

Seventh cousin to James Michener (so I'm told).

Had a college English class with the niece of the man who draws "The Family Circus" comic strip (Bil Keane?)

Took a songwriting workshop with Bob Franke. He said my songwriting-exercise song was "masterful", but maybe he says that to all the paying customers?

Gene Shay, Philadelphia Folk Festival emcee, said I "write songs the way they ought to be written."

One of these years I might actually make a real CD!


21 Jun 01 - 04:07 PM (#489121)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Matt_R

Wow! My dad went to the same highschool as Bil Keane.


21 Jun 01 - 04:28 PM (#489136)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Skipper Jack

Well Prince Charles shook my hand at the Swansea Shanty festival three years ago. (I was in the official welcoming line-up) But what gave me greater satisfaction was, that he stopped to hear my junior shanty group "The Nipper Jacks" singing on stage.

I also met The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Swansea Maritime museum when I was taking a class in a shanty workshop at the time. I was too busy with the kids to stop and talk to them!


21 Jun 01 - 04:31 PM (#489139)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Harold W

John Denver used to live on a street named for me.


21 Jun 01 - 06:22 PM (#489221)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Dorrie

Hey john in hull- sorry 2 b a poohead but every1 knows paul heaton but its still impressive-He lives on Marlbrough ave near y the back of my house. but well done - shame u missed beverly love dorrie xxx


21 Jun 01 - 06:41 PM (#489233)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Matt_R

Everyone?? Speak for yourself!! "Perfect 10" is one of my favorite songs ever!

Those anorexic chicks
Size 6
They don't hold no weight with me
Now and 8 or 9
Sure is fine
I like to hold something I can see...


21 Jun 01 - 07:09 PM (#489252)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Bert

Hmmmm, let me think... I danced at The Royal Albert Hall a couple of times and once at The Festival Hall.

My Dad worked in The London Docks during the war and helped make the Mulberry Harbours.

My Mum worked for Plessey During the war with the team that developed RADAR.

Tom Paxton laughed and sang along with one of my songs (Size Doesn't Matter).

I shook hands with Burl Ives.


21 Jun 01 - 07:20 PM (#489262)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Dorrie

sorry i didn't mean to insult anyone but if u come from hull its generally ur claim 2 fame. I wasnt dissing there music. I was still impressed by john in hull sorry love dorrie xxx


21 Jun 01 - 09:58 PM (#489367)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

Dorrie-cors I know where he lives, Ive bin to is ouse.;-)


04 Aug 01 - 11:50 PM (#521203)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

Refresh ( My new claim to fame-I have met Sam Pirt)


05 Aug 01 - 12:44 AM (#521222)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Mudlark

"Wha...how glad I am that this was refreshed as I missed it first time around. Where to begin...

Well, I and my dog were on the Kuka, Fran and Ollie show doing clever pet tricks with I was a kid and I met Bing Crosby on the steps coming out of the studio....what a thrill, my mother especially was never the same.

I was next up on open mic night at the Gate of Horn after Jose Feliciano (much older now, mind)...a very hard act to follow. I don't remember the first song I sang but came on strong with I Know You Rider after that...

And my pottery is sprinkled all over the globe, which still surprises me.

And I have a friend I visit often who lives in Putney, not very far from Ralph McTell. I probably came THIS CLOSE to seeing him on the High Street....

nancy


05 Aug 01 - 08:53 AM (#521305)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Celtic Soul

I played a rather famous (as in worldwide) theatre a few times, and evidentally have fans in Eastern Europe (A place I have never personally been).

It's a strange strange world.


05 Aug 01 - 09:25 AM (#521311)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: John MacKenzie

Joni Mitchell said "Hi I like your jacket" [ remember Afghan jackets!] to me at a BBC TV recording, and all I could say was "T-t-t-t-t-HHH-ank-you" cos I was in love with her, and still am. Jock


05 Aug 01 - 09:26 AM (#521312)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: brid widder

dorrie is right ...having been in a pub with Paul Heaton is a claim to fame for most of the population of Hull, and another reason to pity the poor catters who don't live here!..apparently there are a few.


05 Aug 01 - 09:29 AM (#521313)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: brid widder

I've been at a party with a very pissed Dolores Keane...but I think that is a claim that can be made by a lot of people too


05 Aug 01 - 09:56 AM (#521320)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: fat B****rd

Bill Shankly used to live near me, our bass player joined T Rex and our drummer joined Cliff Richard.


05 Aug 01 - 10:16 AM (#521334)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: DancingMom

I got to steer the Staten Island Ferry once.

That same summer, I learned how to put a maraschino cherry, with stem, in my mouth, eat the cherry and tie a knot in the stem with my tongue (no hands!)

That was quite a summer.

The next summer I was part of a theatre group that set up the stage for a Gamble Rogers concert. We got to eat breakfast with him later. (sigh)


05 Aug 01 - 08:55 PM (#521620)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: kendall

I played Wilf Carters custom Martin. (Montana Slim)
Elton Britt loaned me his guitar to do a number on tv.
Pete Seeger gave me a banjo lesson.

Tommy Makem took me to dinner (two different times)

At a party, Tom Paxton asked me to sing "Mooseturd Pie"

Went to dinner with Utah Phillips.

I gave Dave Mallett a guitar.

The Patons are old friends.

Gordon Bok is a close friend.

Seamus Kennedy came to visit me.

Eric Bogle likes how I did "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda"

I did a humor workshop with Art Thieme in Hartford CT.

I've had many lucky breaks.


06 Aug 01 - 07:53 AM (#521763)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Trevor

My mother's cousin was a murderer. Noel Edmonds said he liked my wife's blouse. I went to school with Julie Walters. My son was almost run over by the queen. I fell in a stream on TV when the Beeb televised a moto-x about a hundred years ago. I won the West Midlands music festival under-10's violin section. I was the first and only person to fall off a horse at the first jump in front of the grandstand in my first x-country competition and the commentator made a much bigger deal of it than he needed to!


06 Aug 01 - 12:18 PM (#521899)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Don Firth

I've sung a lot of places, I've met eleventy-umpteen (by actual count) well-known folksingers over the years, and both of my sisters were national figure skating champions back in the Fifties, but none of that signifies here. My real claim to fame is that I know someone who had a one-line appearance in an episode of Northern Exposure.

Don Firth


06 Aug 01 - 12:39 PM (#521915)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: kendall

I was featured on the TODAY show in 1976.

Also had a spot on ON THE ROAD with Charles Kuralt


06 Aug 01 - 01:37 PM (#521950)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Goody2Shz

Not that it is applicable to this forum...BUT...I am in the Billy Blanks TaeBo Infomercial AND a couple of the workout tapes.

Musical claim to fame? I used to do drugs with Janis Joplin. Does that count?


06 Aug 01 - 06:46 PM (#522205)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: kendall

I gave Pete Seeger some throat lozenges, does that count?


06 Aug 01 - 09:26 PM (#522298)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: harpgirl

oh my god dwditty!!! you must be from Indianapolis! I got a silver gravy spoon from Kurt Vonnegut's mother for a wedding present. My first mother in law used to date Kurt in high school. I bet you know one of my ex-husbands!!!! hahahahaha hg


06 Aug 01 - 11:07 PM (#522333)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Ebbie

An ex sister-in-law went to school with Aldo Ray.

Steve McQueen called my best friend, "Baby".

Merle Travis played (and liked) my Martin.

I've had a sheltered life. Sigh

Ebbie


07 Aug 01 - 12:51 AM (#522387)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: MichaelAnthony

A guitar I sold back to a music store was purchased by Tinsley Ellis.

Roger Mudd's wife worried about my college girlfriend's car's roadworthiness.

I gave a tape of an unusual version of Little Boxes to Peter Buck of REM (backstage in Atlanta) and talked about monkey boots with Michael Stipe.

My ex-roommate said "hello" to Bob Dylan (walking to a Nashville studio).

A musical acquaintance of mine was pursued by Dom Deloise.


07 Aug 01 - 03:27 AM (#522419)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Metchosin

In 1969 I got thrown out of a pub in Munich during Octoberfest for being too drunk.

I talked briefly to Billy Bragg a couple of weekends ago.


07 Aug 01 - 06:27 AM (#522452)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,MC Fat

I bought a guitar once in Tam Harvey's flat ( he played with Billy Connolly in the Humblebums) he had a cat that liked to fly across the room and land in a bucket of water, it needed some help though. Oh and my dad once told the Duke of Argyll to fuck off when his dog nearly bit my hand off in Invererey. I was about 12 at the the time and all these people around couldn't believe what my old man had done.


07 Aug 01 - 07:12 AM (#522463)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: fat B****rd

Oh yeah, I used to stay with the guy who co-wrote Madonna's Ray of Light.


07 Aug 01 - 08:38 AM (#522487)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jeri

Dwditty, this is awful late, but Kurt Vonnegut lived on the street I spent the first 17 years of my life. I believe he moved away shortly after I was born, but the adult neighbors all remembered him.

My uncle worked with his brother, Bernie, specifically on Project Cirrus (cloud seeding).

Anybody else connected to Kurt Vonnegut Jr? (Maybe we can get into one of those "seven degrees of separation" games.)


07 Aug 01 - 10:34 PM (#523130)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Harold W

John Denver used to live on a street named for me in Starwood


07 Aug 01 - 10:51 PM (#523138)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

I was at school with John two jags Prescott's son (Dave) John Prescott lives near my mum.


28 Jun 02 - 06:27 AM (#738772)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Mr Happy

i once performed on stage with keith donnelly & bernard wriggly

& on another occasion played in a session with john kirkpatrick. he'd never seen a squeezebox like mine & said he'd never seen the name 'Popu' before.

i explained it was really a 'Popular' but the 'lar' had fell off!- he laffed his socks off!


28 Jun 02 - 12:51 PM (#738927)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jerry Rasmussen

Let's see... some odd stuff. I did psychological testing on the first monkey into outer space at the Primate Lab at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She was the only female Rhesus monkey that didn't pick out and eat the eyes of the rat they gave her to see if she would accept it as her baby. All the other Mothers did. Don't you just love government funded research?

I was navigator on an iceberg when I was working on an ice station in the arctic. I have a certificate ackowledging that I crossed the Arctic Circle, slew the lemus, partook of Quack, and shall henceforth be known as Jerry Sikumme Arcticus.

John Lennon sent me the double album he and Yoko Ono recorded, before it was released to the public, and Ronald Reagan wrote me a nice thank you note for my first album on Folk Legacy because it included a song about his home town, Dixon, Illinois.

I also have most likely posted the last message on this thread before someone starts a new one, and no one will ever read this....:-)

Jerry


28 Jun 02 - 01:10 PM (#738940)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Gloredhel

I read you post, Jerry!

I have no claim to fame, unless it's that Harry Truman was at my grandfather's college graduation (and they shook hands). Pretty pathetic, huh?


28 Jun 02 - 08:58 PM (#739178)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JennieG

The Hobbiton village in the LOTR movie was filmed on my third cousin's cousin's sheep farm in Mata Mata on the North Island of NZ......how's that!!
Cheers
JennieG


28 Jun 02 - 09:31 PM (#739190)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jerry Rasmussen

Jennie G: Now, I'm impressed! Forget all the other stuff... and it wasn't even your third cousin's third cousin, twice removed!!!! WAYTAGO!~!!!:-)

Jerry


28 Jun 02 - 09:36 PM (#739192)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: The Pooka

That's excellent, JennieG. No one can beat that. Though yours is pretty impressive too, Jerry R. Navigated an iceberg, eh? But uh...Quack?? ("He didn't mind the Quack Quack Quack...")

I had lunch with Robert Penn Warren and watched a baby pull his nose. / I was a freshman at Georgetown when Bill Clinton was a senior BMOC there and I don't remember him at all. (Hey, it was the sixties. "Forgot where we put the petitions, maaaan." - George Carlin) / Liam Clancy kissed my college girlfriend's hand at Matt Kane's Bit o'Erin Pub after a concert. Well anyway, that's the part that *I* saw. I dunno; ask Dylan. / I wrote Connecticut's presidential-primary law.


28 Jun 02 - 10:19 PM (#739210)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Little Hawk

I won the foul shooting competition in my high school when I was in 10th or 11th grade...despite not being on the basketball team and only being 5 feet tall!

Yowsa! It sure was fun seeing all those jocks standing there with their jaws on the floor in shock. (None of them knew that I was spending maybe 3 hours a day at home...every day...foul shooting.) :-)

It was one brief moment of glory in the life of a high school nerd. I was the Peter Parker who never got bitten by the spider.

Gotcha, Skaneateles Lakers!!! Hee! Hee!

- LH


28 Jun 02 - 10:33 PM (#739217)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Bobert

Well, other than introducin' Bruce Springsteen to the pineapple cheeseburger, I reckon being the 7,284th person to find this Catbox ought to get me at least an almost honorable mention...

Bobert


29 Jun 02 - 03:58 AM (#739313)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Stephen L. Rich

I am a non-aardvark.


29 Jun 02 - 09:32 AM (#739381)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Little Hawk

Great! You ought to come at once to Orillia, Ontario, Canada, and form a new lodge...the Loyal Order of Non-Aardvarks. This town loves such organizations, and I'm sure it would really take off.

- LH


31 Oct 05 - 07:31 PM (#1594536)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Jim Dixon

I work at a University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Today I met a young man, a student, named Lateef Ledbetter. I asked him to spell his name for me, because I was filling out a form for him. He spelled "Lateef"—which is what I really wanted—and then began to spell "Ledbetter," but I interrupted him. "Like Leadbelly?" I asked, because I already knew how to spell that. "Yeah, exactly," he answered. "He was my great-great-great-uncle. I'm from Mississippi."


01 Nov 05 - 06:27 AM (#1594825)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Mo the caller

I once called a barn dance with Jerry and the Pacemakers (well all right we were in different halls in the same venue, but it was my voice coming out of Jerry Marsdens guitar pickup)


01 Nov 05 - 08:32 AM (#1594888)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Sandra in Sydney

I wasn't aware that a friend was an actor as I don't have TV & haven't been to the movies since (??1986). A long time after I met him he said something that gor me wondering & I asked someone (privately) if he was an actor.

Then one day he brought a friend named Tony to the coffee shop where we all hung out. I said "Hi, Tony" - everyone else was thinking "That's Sir Anthony Hopkins!!!!!!"

sandra


01 Nov 05 - 10:34 AM (#1594976)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Paco Rabanne

I bought a church this morning. (yes really)


01 Nov 05 - 11:40 AM (#1595023)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: number 6

Met Leonard Cohen once through his cousin.

Went to High School with Ben Mink.

Played a 12 string Gibson ES-335 that once had once been played by Lenny Breau.

sIx


01 Nov 05 - 11:41 AM (#1595027)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: number 6

Congrats flamenco Ted!!

sIx


01 Nov 05 - 11:46 AM (#1595032)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Paco Rabanne

Thanks number six! We get the keys in about three weeks, then we will have one hell of a party.


01 Nov 05 - 11:54 AM (#1595037)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: number 6

I bet you will have one hell of a party !!

We we're considering buying one here, but decided that the cost of winter heating wouldn't be worth it.

Have fun,
sIx


01 Nov 05 - 12:22 PM (#1595057)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Amos

Ted:

Where's yer church??? What are you going to do with it?\


A


01 Nov 05 - 01:16 PM (#1595095)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Donuel

I am respondsible for inspiring the annual 'kissing day' outside Rome from a light painting I did 3 years ago.



PS
http://cgi3.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=donuel
anyone else have an ebay page?


01 Nov 05 - 01:19 PM (#1595097)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Don Firth

Wow! The possibilities! A few years back, there was an old church a mile or so where I live, and the guy who owned it rented it out as a theater or recital hall. Great accoustics. The place featured good, but lesser known performers. Local classic guitarist, a local operatic tenor, others, all of whom were not well known, but they were all darned good. In some cases, their recital there led to other things.

Then the city wanted to use the lot for something else, and condemned the old church.

Don Firth


01 Nov 05 - 01:53 PM (#1595115)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Georgiansilver

Claim to fame eh? Weeeellllllll! I was kissed by Cilla Black in the 1960's. I was 'bodyguard...yes bodyguard to Val Doonican...also in the 60's. I was part of the raid on a house in Torquay when Bruce Reynolds (great train robber) was re-captured. I have been on Tele Antiques programme and won! I have written two Folk Songs, 2004 and 2005 for competition....the first was in the final ten and the second one came second this year. I have also....NO FORGET IT! what have you done...I am more interested in you and your exploits.
Best wishers, Mike.


01 Nov 05 - 08:02 PM (#1595391)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Big Al Whittle

nothing as good as that!


01 Nov 05 - 09:52 PM (#1595454)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Joe_F

In 1955, as a freshman, I argued with Linus Pauling about whether superconductivity was ripe for a theoretical advance. I was ignorant. He was mistaken.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Every moment of happiness is a timeless victory over Satan that can never be annulled. :||


01 Nov 05 - 10:34 PM (#1595465)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Bobert

Well, I din't buy a church today but...

... back in '69 I was promotion manager of the Free University in Richmond, Va, and we had a nice concert hall on the second floor and held concerts on Fridat and Saturday to help cover the costs of running the joint...

Well, we get call from this guy, Tinker, who is promotin' a New Jersey band, "Child", and so we hook up and book this band....

The concert hall only holds 300 but on any given weekend we get 'bout 75 folks unless we have a real big name band playin'... Child weren't no big name band so the first time I booked 'um we only got the usual 75 folks to here this band from New Jersey...

Problem (or opportuntiy) was that the lead singer was Bruce Springsteen and guess what? He and his band lit the joint up so aftyer that when "child" came to town, whereever we promoted them it was like.... sold out.....

Hey, ain't like *my* 15 minutes but just hangin' with Bruce was purdy okay... I had spent a couple summers at the Jersey shore and so we ahd a lot to talk about... One day, I remember takin' Bruce to lunch at the Villiage Grill and they had somethin' called the pin-apple cheezeburger and Bruce asked me about it and I said, "Hey, don't do nuthin fir me" but he ordered it anyway...

Well, if introducin' Bruce Springsteen to the Village's "pine-apple cheeseburger" constitutes 15 minutes of fame, then count me in...

If not, openin' fir the Chambers Brothers is my second choice....

Bobert


02 Nov 05 - 02:06 AM (#1595548)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme

Back when I was still in my teens, I went to Second City in Chicago to see the show. Afterwards we went into the bar, and because we were too young to drink legally, we had cokes. Well, the place was quite a cool hangout for beats, and poets, and writers, and jazz moguls of all kinds. I started to frequent the place just to listen to the raps and the riffs going down. One of the fairly regular patrons was the great writer, Nelson Algren. He was always after me to order a beer, but I didn't want to spoil my welcome there.

One day, though, he was sitting several bar stools down the bar from where I was walking, on my way to the john or whatever. I guess he'd had one too many and he s--l--i--d his beer all the way down to where I was. I had to grab it or it would've gone off the end of the bar! As long as I had it, I drank the rest of Mr. Algren's beer!!

The bartender looked over at him and then at me, shook his head, frustrated, turned around, and waited on some other customers. But that was the first beer someone bought me in a bar---and it was bought for me by a man who later became one of my favorite writers!!

Art Thieme


02 Nov 05 - 02:25 AM (#1595553)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Bard Judith

Let's see... well, when I was a shy teenager, I shook Brian Mulroony's hand and exchanged a few sentences with him. He was the Prime Minister of Canada at the time, and we were on the steps of Parliament Hill.


Oh, wait, the idea is to mention somebody FAMOUS you are connected to in some tenuous way!   Never mind then....


02 Nov 05 - 03:32 AM (#1595568)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Paco Rabanne

Yo Amos,
       My little church is in North Yorkshire and has been partially converted into a house. When I have finished the job I will attempt to put some photos up on the internet.


02 Nov 05 - 04:58 AM (#1595601)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Georgiansilver

Hey Ted...how is Sweetfia doing at UNI?
Your Church/house project sounds great. Long time no see mate...hope to at least meet up somewhere over the Winter....session or club or whatever. Give my best to J from H, and all the others. Best wishes, Mike.


02 Nov 05 - 06:20 AM (#1595618)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Paco Rabanne

Sure will Mike.We really must get our fingers out and pop over to see you lot in Barton asap. The chip off the old block loves it at Uni, so my pension plan is now 50% secure.


02 Nov 05 - 02:10 PM (#1595904)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull

Ted, waht you bought a church for then, stupif!

anyway=i ring you up a few times, but you mobile is always bloody twithed oiff,
waht point in buying a mobile pone, and not sweithching it on ythen!

always is say="welcome to orange anser pone!

i never leave message, becase of, i dont like anser ing machines, they are rubbishg.

ring me up one day, and we will go to pub and get pissed.


03 Nov 05 - 04:41 AM (#1596261)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Paco Rabanne

hEllo jOhn,
          I will ring you this afternoon john.


03 Nov 05 - 11:49 AM (#1596542)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,noddy

I have made the first ascent of over 150 rock climbs, half of which are in the extreme grades.

I made the first ascent of several 4000m peaks in Kyrgystan.

I was on an expedition crossing the Arizona/Utah desert and made a short film for BBC TV shown May 1982.

I was twice Masters World Powerlifting Champion,twice Masters European Champion, four times Masters British champion and five times Masters Scottish Champion and twice Masters Celtic Champion in the 75kg section.

But other than that not much.


03 Nov 05 - 12:04 PM (#1596557)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,noddy

A climbing friend of mine was half way up a 600 foot climb in North Wales when it started to rain and rain and rain. They climbed on reaching the top, behind them all the way were two elderly looking gents struggling but keeping up with them. The final section was the hardest so they shouted down " do you want us to lower you a rope" The reply was " Dont you know who I am? I am Chris Bonnington" To which my friend replied "Well Chris do you want a rope or not".


04 Nov 05 - 08:18 AM (#1597212)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Big Al Whittle

you mean ropes is for puffs

imagine that, you don't need a rope if you're Chris Bonnington.

its a while since I used one, but then I don't climb mountains and I hang clothes out on coat hangers


04 Nov 05 - 08:46 AM (#1597239)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,where's my bloomin cookie

JK Rowling was the head girl at my school - she wasn't THAT memorable then really...

My bobble hat appeared on telly once on songs of praise

I ran away from the great Stupendo - piff-paff-poof

a relation was one of the orginal Oompa Loompas in the Charlie and the Chocolate factory :-) - I'm 5ft 11....


04 Nov 05 - 11:54 AM (#1597367)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Kim C

I am an internationally known independent recording artist and belly dancer. (Okay, I have recordings in England, Ireland, and Germany, and I've danced and sung in Jamaica.)

One of my good friends is a famous artist, and another is a famous author. At least they're famous around where I live, anyway.

I jammed with David Schnaufer at a wedding reception.


04 Nov 05 - 12:08 PM (#1597376)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Guest folkiedave

Appeared on Page three of the Sun (!!)

Slept with Kathryn Roberts and Kate Rusby at the same time (!!)

Discovered the link between carol singing in the USA (Glenrock Pennsylvania) and traditional carol singing around the Sheffield area.

Owned a copy of the Original F. J. Child English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Limited Edition of 1,000) and a complete set of Bronson at the same time! But then I am a book dealer.

Dave







Dave
cookieless at the moment.


05 Nov 05 - 09:39 AM (#1597994)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JennyO

I've sung for Nelson Mandela - a few years ago with my choir, the Solidarity Choir. He danced as we were singing.

I have a friend whose sister is married to Adrian Dunbar who has featured in films such as "The Crying Game" and "Hear my Song". He and his family came for a holiday here a few years ago and I bumped into him at a party at her place. I'd forgotten she had told me they were visiting - I just saw this really familiar very Irish - looking face, and thought he was someone I'd met at a folk festival or a session or something, and said "Don't I know you from somewhere?" OOOPS!


05 Nov 05 - 11:32 AM (#1598031)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Tannywheeler

My dad is John Henry Faulk(storyteller/lawsuit winner), my mom is Hally Wood(singer/musicologist/editorofsongbooks); Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Jean Ritchie, various Lomaxes, were all friends of the family and Woody nicknamed me Tannywheeler; when I was about 4yrs. old Henry Wallace had his picture taken with me(during his Presidential campaign); AND (this may be most important of all)--
During an after-party for a North Texas Irish Festival in the late 1980s or early '90s, I was in a song-circle that included Cathal McC., who was (at that latenight/early morning hour) too drunk to stand, but not to remember words. I supported him upright for almost 2 hours while several rounds of the circle were completed during each of which Cathal managed, tho' unable to stand alone, to sing his way note- and line-perfect through a long, intense ballad, and tell the story of where he learned it. (In terms of inclination and rewards, perhaps the BEST job I ever had!!)
Tah-dah!!!! No applause, just send money.      Tw


05 Nov 05 - 11:52 AM (#1598040)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Metchosin

Brownie McGee once asked if I wore shoe polish for perfume.....


06 Nov 05 - 03:51 AM (#1598507)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JohnInKansas

Karen said (20 Jun 01 - 11:49 AM):
Well, IanC, I can top that relation! I'm the first cousin twice removed of Dr. Harold Egderton.

I once had a "conversation" with Doc Edgerton. He was approaching his lab and saw me examining one of his photos. He stopped and asked something along the lines of "Do you like that one?" My reply was something like "I always thought it would look something like that. It's remarkable to actually see it."

He chuckled (or maybe it was a smirk) and went on into his lab.

But I never knew he played bones. (Jacob B - PM 20 Jun 01 - 01:01 PM)

John


06 Nov 05 - 03:55 AM (#1598508)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JohnInKansas

I took two courses for which Dr. J. P. DenHartog was my classroom instructor. (You'd know who he was if you were a mechanical engineer.)

My B.S. Thesis advisor was Forbes Brown. (You might know who he was if you were a mechanical engineer.)

I once had an in-class argument lasting nearly a half-hour with Dr. *Paul Samuelson. He pretended to disagree with me, but his testimony to the US Senate a month later didn't.

*Paul Samuelson: Nobel Prize, Economics about a year before our "argument."

John


06 Nov 05 - 04:01 AM (#1598509)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JohnInKansas

I'm playing a bit of catch-up here, since I hadn't taken the time to read the whole thread previously.

I was "Den Chief" for a Cub Scout Den run by Patti Paige's sister. (And saw Patti perform live in NYC the evening before "my" band performed at the Brooklyn Art Museum.)

I have played Igor Stravinsky's Circus Polka in at least a dozen public performances. (The elephants didn't like it, and neither did I. Our Concert Band may be the only group ever to play it after the original disastrous introduction by Ringling Bros.)

John


06 Nov 05 - 04:03 AM (#1598511)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JohnInKansas

U.S. Senator Bob Dole leaned out of a limo window, waved, and called me by name once (in traffic), more than a year after I'd been "in the same room with him" briefly at a Union Hall meeting. (The guy obviously had someone taking really good notes.

I read one of Joe Fineman's (GUEST,Joe_F 01 Nov 05 - 09:52 PM) most famous "catch phrases" on a shithouse wall at school four years before he claims to have created it.

John


06 Nov 05 - 05:22 AM (#1598522)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: wilbyhillbilly

Back in the sixties when groups were travelling up and down the M1 motorway (then practically empty at night) I met Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers in the service area cafe, he had just recorded Got To Get You Into My Life and kept feeding the juke box and playing it over and over again.

Also met Unit 4 Plus Two, Dusty Springfield, The Animals plus loads of others,

Don't know if anyone has heard of Geno Washington, but when he came over as a servicemen (very young man) he was at Bentwaters/Woodbridge base and we used to perform as a group at various venues on base, he actually joined our group and we had great fun travelling locally with him and myself as vocalists. I will always remember him putting his arm round me one night and saying "you and me Johnnie, we're going places" well, HE did, I'm still here.

My claim to fame is 1970 Guinness Book Of Records, World Champion Disc Jockey Marathon, 267 hours Non-stop. (11 days 11 Nights). Wish I could do it now.

whb


07 Nov 05 - 03:59 AM (#1599126)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Dylan

I once made a Pizza for James McPherson from Taggart.
I also delivered tommy from Wet Wet Wet a chinese from the chinese that he used to work in when he was saving for his drum kit.

My best one though is that I fixed, Paul Roberts, the new lead singer from "The Stranglers" back, twice, when they were touring Kosovo. He came into my Regimental Aid Post and i just asked who are you and he said Paul Roberts and again i asked who are you and then he told me that he was the lead singer from the stranglers and i got all embarrassed. Good thing was though as my friends and i were dancing around paper plates and rifles(honest) and he dedicated golden brown to the Medics along with my favourite Always the Sun. He came back the next day though to have it fixed again Cool eh


07 Nov 05 - 04:06 AM (#1599130)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,noddy

I have a photo of me with Sir Bobby Charlton sitting on my desk. I met him when he opened a gym I was managing. Real nice guy.


07 Nov 05 - 08:22 AM (#1599258)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Robin Madge

I once was invited to a "bad taste" party so I found an old T-shirt and wrote "Nuke a gay whale for Jesus" on it so as to offend as many people as possible.

Several years later I have seen them for sale, but nobody has offered me any royalties!!


07 Nov 05 - 08:52 AM (#1599277)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: JennyO

I have a photo of me with Sir Bobby Charlton sitting on my desk

Why was Sir Bobby Charlton sitting on your desk, noddy? ;-)


07 Nov 05 - 12:42 PM (#1599395)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: *Laura*

My mum shared a flat with Rory Bremner at Cambridge.

My Uncle was working for Euro Disney (before it was Disneyland Paris) and came up with the idea of the Happy Meal - hence the happy meal toys were always disney-related. (don't know if that contract still stands or not..)
Unfortunately his bosses got most of the credit for it as he was only a minor member of the team.

xLx


07 Nov 05 - 01:25 PM (#1599423)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Kim C

OMG Tannywheeler! I love your dad's Christmas story that they play on NPR every year. It makes me bawl no matter how many times I've heard it.


08 Nov 05 - 10:37 AM (#1600010)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,noddy

Hi JennyO it is the photo that is on my desk not Sir Bobby. LOL.


09 Nov 05 - 03:27 AM (#1600479)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: Dave Masterson

I appeared on the front page of the News of the World morris dancing at a nudist camp!


09 Nov 05 - 09:18 PM (#1601087)
Subject: RE: BS: My claim to fame - whats yours?
From: GUEST,Joe_F

JohnInKansas says: I read one of Joe Fineman's (GUEST,Joe_F 01 Nov 05 - 09:52 PM) most famous "catch phrases" on a shithouse wall at school four years before he claims to have created it.

I do not understand this statement at all. The posting mentioned contains no claim to have created anything at any time.

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

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