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Face-to-Face Encounters with Famous and Infamous people

Proofsheet suggested this as a topic, in response to my face-to-face encounter with Rene Angelil and Celine Dion. Quite literally, I bashed into both of them when I was walking fast with my head down when the wind was howling one extremely cold evening in Montreal, outside the Pepsi Forum.

We've all met famous (internationally, but also of the local sort) and infamous people. Who have you met? Under what circumstances?

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During the eighties, I took a chairlift with Pierre Trudeau, had a great chat, and skied "the Expo" trail with him at Mt. Tremblant. Later, near the very end of Trudeau's life, one of my best friend's wife had Trudeau on her ward (she was a nurse), and a few of us went to visit him to pay our respects (he was very appreciative and shared his recollection of spending an hour with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the beginning of his Prime Ministership, and he also talked about the October Crisis). Back in 1995, I met his son, Justin, when he was a teacher at a school very close where I was then living, in Vancouver. I met Sasha at McGill during the early nineties.

I ran into George HW Bush (him and his entourage) in Kennebunkport, Maine, when he was Vice-President. I was at a speech given by Bill Clinton, and sat about 30 feet away.

I've shaken hands with Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien, Paul Martin, Kim Campbell, and John Turner. I had a chat with Robert Bourassa. I went to classes with Mario Dumont (who lead the ADQ, Quebec Political party, and many thought he would end up leading Quebec). I saw Jacques Parizeau vomiting outside a restaurant in Old Montreal (the old coot had had too much wine). Once, on Bernard Street in Outremont, and while wearing Canadian Olympic garments (Salt Lake City Olympics) I ran into a coven of PQ brass, including Louise Beaudoin (who was miffed at my wardrobe, and made an unkind remark).

I've seen Hamid Karzai (then leader of Afghanistan) in person (St. Jacques Street, Montreal). I've met AC/DC (went on their tour bus [!!] when it pulled into the McDonald's I was working at, near Montreal Airport, which means that famous people came through all the time), as well as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, Pete Townshend, Ozzy Osborne, Axel Rose, Slash, Leonard Cohen, Gilles Vigneault, Pauline Julien, Mitsou, Sass Jordan, Glass Tiger, George Cohon (then McD's Canada President, famed for opening the first McDonald's in the Soviet Union), and pretty much every member of every HABs squad during the eighties/nineties, and many Canadian olympians. I saw Jean-Marie LePen in Marseille. A few months ago I had dinner with Dick Pound (IOC, WADA, Olympian). I've had drinks with Mordecai Richler. I had lunch with Jeffrey Simpson. I sat on the set of "The National" and met Peter Mansbridge (and on another occasion, Wendy Mesley....she grew up in the same neighborhood as I did in West end Montreal). When I was in Australia, I met Geoff Gallop (then Premier of Western Australia), when he gave the plenary at a conference I was involved with. I met Glen Clark and Mike Harcourt (both when Premier of BC), as well as a retired Bill Van der Zalm (former BC Premier). Sharon, Lois and Bram (and Raffi) performed at the retail store I ran in BC back in the 90s.

Apparently (according to my Mom), when my folks took me to the UK when I was two, I saw the Queen.


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That list will be hard to top.
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The funniest encounter I had was once I was in Toronto at a conference and was staying at the Four Seasons. This was in the early 90s and the conference was at the same time as TIFF. I was on an elevator going up to my room when Joe Peschi got on. He was in deep conversation with some other guy. Joe is pretty short, and when he finished his conversation, he suddenly turned around and came face to boob with an extremely attractive statuesque and buxom blond. He was pretty close to her, and the sudden look of surprise, shock and admiration crossing his face when he turned around was a sight to behold!
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The funniest encounter I had was once I was in Toronto at a conference and was staying at the Four Seasons. This was in the early 90s and the conference was at the same time as TIFF. I was on an elevator going up to my room when Joe Peschi got on. He was in deep conversation with some other guy. Joe is pretty short, and when he finished his conversation, he suddenly turned around and came face to boob with an extremely attractive statuesque and buxom blond. He was pretty close to her, and the sudden look of surprise, shock and admiration crossing his face when he turned around was a sight to behold!

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I saw Robert de Niro on the street in Montreal once, but I was too chickenshit to go over and ask for his autograph (I am a huge fan of Scorsese and de Niro's work in the 70s-90s).
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Mitsou,, Glass Tiger,
We are in the presence of greatness....

What about Chad from your favourite band.

Forgot to mention I've met Candi from Candi and the Backbeat as she performed at a friend of mine's wedding as he was related to one of the band members.

https://rareandobscuremusic.wordpres...7/04/25/candi/

I think Molson travels in much more rarified circles than the rest of us mere peons.

I've also met Barry Sherman late of Apotex fame who was murdered a year ago.

Also went to high school with Mike Myers...
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We are in the presence of greatness....

What about Chad from your favourite band.

Forgot to mention I've met Candi from Candi and the Backbeat as she performed at a friend of mine's wedding as he was related to one of the band members.

https://rareandobscuremusic.wordpres...7/04/25/candi/
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Candi and the Backbeat? Dancing under a latin moon?
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My fave: Kylie Minogue was the everyday-on-a-tiny-corner-stage-at-brunch performer on a cruise we did when I was young. It was years after her Locomotion fame and years before her resurgence. Over the few weeks, I got lots of dances and cheek kisses.

Beyond that I've run into almost every famous NLer or honorary one, the most notable probably being Jason Mamoa.
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I've seen, met and even hobnobbed with numerous francophone celebrities that most people here have never heard of.

In terms of celebrities from the anglo world (or at least who would be known to anglos) my kids (in their teens) actually have a much longer list than me. I won't get into the details as to why and won't name any names, but some of you would be surprised at the people they've met.
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Recent face to face encounters where I have actually talked with the famous person.

I got into a planning and development scrap with Naheed Nenshi (Calgary Mayor) on the floor of Calgary City Council. Ultimately won the debate when four Councillors stood up and supported my view point.

I got a selfie and brief conversation with PM Justin Trudeau at the last Stampede. I commend the PM for his openness interacting with the electorate.

Despite numerous attempts, I can't get a selfie or even handshake with AB Premier Notley. Granted she is like 5'2" and 120Lbs soaking wet, but she rarely interacts with any regular Jane/Joe citizens. This includes partisan NDP events like last weeks campaign kickoff.

Outside of politics I have encountered face to face numerous NHL players, celebrities, famous CEOs, and infamous people at the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge. However being the MLL and the famous person being "off the clock" I don't treat them any different than other patrons.
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Same mega band....where are they now ?!
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As I was about to step into a bar/club at one of the Vegas casinos (I think it was Luxor - that was over 10 years ago so might be wrong), Eddie Murphy and a couple of guys appeared out of nowhere and got in right in front of me. So I got in and made my way through the crowd right behind them.

The DJ saw them and started playing Party all the time. Eddie smirked and waved at him. I thought it was pretty funny.
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When I was younger the bar I used to go to most every Friday and Saturday night in the Vieux-Hull was regularly frequented by Ottawa Senators and visiting NHL players. So I met a whole bunch of them there over the years.

Though my greatest pro athlete encounter was running into Guy Lafleur who was walking alone on a deserted side street off Ste-Catherine just a few hours before he made his grand retour in Montreal with the New York Rangers in the fall of 1989. He was almost oblivious to the mayhem going on just metres away on Ste-Catherine itself, with people chanting "Guy! Guy! Guy!" and carrying signs with his name and life-sized cardboard cutouts of him in a Habs uniform.

My buddies and I were so shocked to run into him that we forgot to ask for autographs. We made small talk and then wished him a good game.

And a good game it was. For him. And the Habs. And for us.
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Same mega band....where are they now ?!
Do they really qualify as a mega-band?
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That list will be hard to top.
Goddamn, Molson Ex is like a Canadian Forrest Gump.

My list is pathetic by comparison, it's mostly politicians:

-PM handshakes with Chretien and Martin
-Spotted Joe Clark at the YWG Maple Leaf Lounge
-Attended a ceremony with Vaclav Havel
-Rode on a plane from Toronto to Winnipeg with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie
-Was on a cruise that Stockwell Day was on (every time I went to the gym he was in there, going hard)
-Once in Chicago, Vince Vaughn dashed past me en route from a condo building lobby into a waiting car.
-Lots of TSN and other sportscasters doing events in Winnipeg.
-Gordie Howe at a Zellers appearance
-Jean Beliveau walking through a Coles bookstore before a signing at Polo Park
-Saw Pope John Paul II during a visit to North End Winnipeg when he passed through in 1984.

Being the nerd that I am, politicians are the people I recognize most. I've probably passed by numerous authors, actors, musicians, etc. without realizing it. Strangely, I don't think I have ever spotted a current Bombers or Jets player out in a public place, although I've had drinks with a few alumni over the years.
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My fave: Kylie Minogue was the everyday-on-a-tiny-corner-stage-at-brunch performer on a cruise we did when I was young. It was years after her Locomotion fame and years before her resurgence. Over the few weeks, I got lots of dances and cheek kisses.
Jealous... what a babe!
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My wife has a much longer list than I do, although she's not nearly as impressed by this stuff as I am.

She's close to being on a first-name basis with a whole bunch of people that are often mentioned in the "Federal Politics" thread, including some that are very, very high up the chain.

For some reason she's also met a lot more international celebrities than me over the years - I never seem to be with her when that happens.

And since we're on a skyscraper forum she's actually even spent quite a bit of time with the guy whose name is on what is currently the tallest building in the world.
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When I was a young boy of about 10 I was with my family at the Canada Day fireworks (can't remember which city - which is strange for me as I generally have a good memory for such things).

At one point I was walking a bit ahead of the group and my mom yelled "Jack, c'est Monsieur Trudeau!".

As I turned around Trudeau Sr. walked right up to me, shook my hand and said "Bonjour Jack, comment ça va?"

Having forgotten what my mom had said, I was gobsmacked that he knew my name.

PET, always a smooth one.
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Habs/Expos lore:

I met the great Guy Lafleur at the grand opening of the Virgin Music Superstore in Vancouver back in the mid-nineties. He was at a booth, signing copies of his book. I jokingly asked him if he still was a fan of Yoplait (he did a lot of commercials for Yoplait back in the day).


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Back in Grades 2-3, one of my best friends was Jeff Robinson, son of Larry Robinson, and I was at their house (only 2 blocks away from mine) all the time. Mario Tremblay lived one block over; Bob Gainey, 3 blocks over. Dick Irvin (play-by-play for the Habs on HNIC back in the seventies) had a son on my power skating team, and I met him several times. My buddy and I went and knocked on the door of Gary Carter (one of the very few Expos to maintain a permanent residence in Montreal), who lived maybe 4 blocks away, and he invited us into his house for a few minutes, showed us some trophies and his backyard pool, and gave us autographs. Hell of a nice guy.
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Two I can remember from my days of being a cashier at Save-On Foods in Victoria, BC: Randy Bachman (he lives on nearby Salt Spring Island) and Michael Dunahee's mom. That's not really super exciting though.

I've met a few NHL superstars for autographs -- Pavel Bure, Gordie Howe, Joe Sakic, Guy Lafleur are the ones that come to mind.

I've met a bunch of provincial NDP MLAs along the years, but that's not really super exciting either.

I play in the same curling league with the mayor and a councilor for New Westminster, and we beat their team last year for the B-level trophy.
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I shook hands with the current Quebec’s prime minister soon after he created his political party. Other than that I met a few Quebec celebrities in Montreal. I saw Dany Laferrière reading in the metro, sold stuff to Michel Côté when I was a cashier in a corner store, delivered food to Joël Legendre, Jocelyn Thibault and Roméo Dallaire with my part time student job. But as Acajack said with the exception of Roméo Dalllaire (and maybe Thibault if anybody remembers this guy) nobody here would know about them.

I also saw Lewis Hamilton coming out of Birks in Montreal. For some reason the Montreal Alouettes were renting the student resident I lived in in the summer (when it becomes a hotel). I watched tv with them a few times down in the common living room but it was mostly low key players. I also shared a cab with a Redblack player but I forgot his name. I probably met many more with me not even knowing it. George Saint-Pierre and a few habs players (Alex Kovalev) were regular customers at the grocery store I worked at but I can’t recall if I actually saw them. I remember seeing another Quebec celeb there though (Jean-Luc Mongrain).

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