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25 Nov 2005

Have you ever seen/met a celebrity in person? Who?
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01 Jan 0001

Hmm, let's see. Mainly older stars mostly no longer around, like Marlene Dietrich, Maurice Chevalier, Spike Milligan, Vanessa Redgrave, various slightly lesser-known actors, Buckminster Fuller, Alvin Toffler, Masters and Johnson the sex researchers, Anna Freud ( Sigmund's daughter ), Winston Churchill, RD Laing, Margaret Mead, Mr Parkinson of Parkinson's Law, Linus Pauling ( who won 2 Nobel Prizes ), The Queen of England. And the concussion has probably made me forget a number of others.
Oh, and Nelson Mandela, who walked up, shook my hand and said "Aaah, Professor ! I have been hearing good things about you !" --- and then when we began talking, made it clear that he HAD done his homework and wasn't just saying something pleasant and untrue.
Ah, yes, Frusty reminds, me, Richard Branson, when he was having a battle with Bitish Airways dirty tricks some years back. Nice guy.
Of SA pop stars, wasn't there a guy who looked like am all-in wrestler wearing a beret ? Randall Wicombe or some such ? Once on a flight to Cape Town, this large bumptious guy got into the plane at a stop in Bloemfontain, sat down in th seat in front of me, and immediately put it into full recline, mashing my knees --- and when someone does that, so I'm sorced to stare down their nostrils, I feel like a dentist --- anyhow, I tapped him sharply on the shoulder and told him to sit up straight as the plane was about to take off, and anyway he was just being a pain in the neck to the people sitting behind him. He looked shocked and did as I said. Later a stewardess whispered to me that he was some sort of star. I said, sorry, if I haven't heard of someone, they're not really a star.
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