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Since we are on the subject of athletes, once upon a time, in the wee hours of the morning, many years ago, I was taking a leak in the bathroom of Super Sexe and right beside me was Eric Lindros. We chatted a bit about his lack of enthusiasm to be a part of the Quebec Nordiques*. He commented very positively, however, about the ladies of Quebec.

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Since we are on the subject of athletes, once upon a time, in the wee hours of the morning, many years ago, I was taking a leak in the bathroom of Super Sexe and right beside me was Eric Lindros. We chatted a bit about his lack of enthusiasm to be a part of the Quebec Nordiques*. He commented very positively, however, about the ladies of Quebec.
He ended up marrying one, did he not?
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Phil and Tony Esposito at the Sault Ste Marie airport around 1971 or 1972 when I was 7 or 8. I was awestruck by their loud sports coats and impressive platform shoes. They looked like they came from another planet. I chatted with Prince Philip once and was once very well acquainted with the current Governor General. I worked for the late Chief Justice Lamer on a couple of things and was research assistant to John Ralston Saul for a short while. Jean Chrétien and Governor General Roland Michener, a very nice gentleman, worked at the first law firm I was with. I rode in a nearly empty subway car watching John Turner read his newspaper around 1990 or so. I went grocery shopping with the famous philosopher Amelie Rorty for reasons I can’t quite recollect. These experiences build up over time.
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On the subject of hockey players, I couldn't help but think of Montreal's own (Calgary born, Greenfield Park-reared), who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting once at Vancouver's Airport:


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Robert Downey Jr was in Vancouver for a film shoot. He was hanging out in a dive bar in town around the pool table. Just a regular joe with a pint in his hand wearing a plaid jacket and old jeans. Me and a buddy hung out with him over a couple pints for over an hour. He marvelled at how driving over the Granville Street bridge you can see the "Rocky Mountains " in the background.
I didn't really get the chance to correct him so I just let it slide haha!
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We've all met famous (internationally, but also of the local sort) and infamous people. Who have you met? Under what circumstances?
I think I could match your list because of the job I held (network news) but yours is impressive nonetheless.

It's funny but the people that I really remember weren't the biggest of celebrities. It was considered low rent for a newsboy of the 80s/90s to fanboy, you would never, ever ask for an autograph (it was against the code) but I suppose now people take selfies and the like.

I have to admit I fanboyed (the first and only time) over John (MacLachlan) Gray, the Canadian playwright (Billy Bishop Goes to War etc) I didn't ask for an autograph but said I was a big fan. And the beauty of it was that he was really flattered and cool about it.

I really hit it off with Peter Cetera of Chicago, lovely fella.

Was invited to a meet and greet with Prince Andrew and Fergie at the height of their fame. I didn't want to go because I had to go home from work get changed etc but we had an intern who was dying to go, so I had to escort her.

We got there late and there was nobody in this large hotel meeting room but Andrew, Fergie their female flunky and maybe two or three others. The flunky came up to us right away and asked if we wanted to meet them and I went "naah, it's ok" but she dragged us over anyway (to the delight of the intern)

Anyway it turns out Andy wants to talk and he and I must have talked about 10 minutes. We got on to the power of the press and I agreed with him on the premise about people having a "right to know" We don't have a right to know everything especially during wartime, so he thought it was refreshing that a member of the media didn't buy into that. He was another lovely fella and said I should go meet Fergie. I did but that was along the lines of "hey, how ya doin'" and then I beat a hasty retreat. I do remember the size of the stone she had on, biggest I had ever seen.

I was getting into an elevator and a huge guy in a black leather jacket was the lone occupant, I sensed a bit of danger but he was the first to kind of smile and say hello (as a good Canadian would), I reciprocated and thought to myself "That's one big Indian" (native) As we hit the main floor and the elevator opened I saw a bunch of strange characters in the lobby with bandanas and half shaved heads (The Road Warriors and others) Then it hit me, the guy in the elevator was Bret Hart (yes, I know he's not native). Now he is probably 6" at the most and 235 lbs but was one of those people who seemed much bigger.

I was right in front of Mulroney and thought "If I have an involuntary muscle spasm and punch him in the head, I'd be the most famous person in Canada" And likely the most popular (at that time )

That's all for now, I should have tons more stories

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On the subject of hockey players, I couldn't help but think of Montreal's own (Calgary born, Greenfield Park-reared), who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting once at Vancouver's Airport:


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In all of your years any encounters with Montreal's lead news presenter from CFCF

My uncle met Frank Sinatra in 1995 at the Ryder Cup in the line up for food and he didn't even recognize him

Oh yeah, I've also met David "Doc' Hight of CFNY fame. (that one goes way back)
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I rode in a nearly empty subway car watching John Turner read his newspaper around 1990 or so.
Some interesting John Turner trivia some may not know.

Princess Margaret 'nearly married' John Turner before he became Canada's prime minister, letters reveal
Joseph Brean The National Post February 22, 2015

She was the “sparkly” younger sister of the Queen, touring Canada in the summer of 1958, not long after royal protocol prevented her from marrying her divorced lover.

He was a “bachelor lawyer” from Montreal, stepson of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, formerly an Olympic-caliber sprinter and Rhodes Scholar, as yet unattached. So when Princess Margaret, then 27, met John Turner, two years older, at a ball at the naval base on Vancouver’s Deadman’s Island, rumours of romance were almost inevitable.
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I rode in a nearly empty subway car watching John Turner read his newspaper around 1990 or so.
Interesting you mention that. I had an encounter with John Turner on the TTC once too. It was fairly late in the evening and my wife and I entered onto the subway platform at Osgood Station and we saw John Turner there in the nearly deserted station calmly waiting for the next train.

I remember thinking at the time that there would be virtually no other country in the world (certainly not the US) where you could bump into an ex Prime Minister standing by himself on a lonely subway platform late at night patiently waiting for a train.

It made me feel proud to be Canadian.
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Since we are on the subject of athletes, once upon a time, in the wee hours of the morning, many years ago, I was taking a leak in the bathroom of Super Sexe and right beside me was Eric Lindros. We chatted a bit about his lack of enthusiasm to be a part of the Quebec Nordiques*. He commented very positively, however, about the ladies of Quebec.

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Lindros was not a popular guy in Quebec in those days... this is one of the gentler signs that I remember from the 1991 Canada Cup game in Quebec City.

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I was getting into an elevator and a huge guy in a black leather jacket was the lone occupant, I sensed a bit of danger but he was the first to kind of smile and say hello (as a good Canadian would), I reciprocated and thought to myself "That's one big Indian" (native) As we hit the main floor and the elevator opened I saw a bunch of strange characters in the lobby with bandanas and half shaved heads (The Road Warriors and others) Then it hit me, the guy in the elevator was Bret Hart (yes, I know he's not native). Now he is probably 6" at the most and 235 lbs but was one of those people who seemed much bigger.
Funny you should mention that... not too long ago, I saw a picture of Bret Hart in a news article about him receiving honours from the Blackfoot Nation and if I didn't know better, I would think he actually was Indigenous... he has that characteristic look.

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Funny you should mention that... not too long ago, I saw a picture of Bret Hart in a news article about him receiving honours from the Blackfoot Nation and if I didn't know better, I would think he actually was Indigenous... he has that characteristic look.
I can't find it now but there is a staged studio photo of him, from back in his heyday, with hair blowing from a wind machine, that really seemed to want to give the impression of a "native hero"

Geez, I thought that was blood on that fellas shirt and Bret knifed him
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Geez, I thought that was blood on that fellas shirt and Bret knifed him
Now I can't unsee it!

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Interesting you mention that. I had an encounter with John Turner on the TTC once too. It was fairly late in the evening and my wife and I entered onto the subway platform at Osgood Station and we saw John Turner there in the nearly deserted station calmly waiting for the next train.

I remember thinking at the time that there would be virtually no other country in the world (certainly not the US) where you could bump into an ex Prime Minister standing by himself on a lonely subway platform late at night patiently waiting for a train.

It made me feel proud to be Canadian.
Exactly my response.
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Bob McGrath from Sesame Street at a restaurant in Winnipeg’s Chinatown around 1978. Margaret Atwood at Loblaws circa 1990. Robertson Davies and Northrop Frye many times at University of Toronto.
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I wonder how many of our celebrity sightings actually involve doppelgangers?

I know a guy who looks like Hartley Richardson (to non-Winnipeggers, he is our number one billionaire business kingpin), right down to the towering height. He gets mistaken for him all the time.
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Bob McGrath from Sesame Street at a restaurant in Winnipeg’s Chinatown around 1978. Margaret Atwood at Loblaws circa 1990. Robertson Davies and Northrop Frye many times at University of Toronto.
Northrup Frye - a good Moncton boy.

I once bumped into Walter Gretzky three times in a single weekend!

I took my two eldest sons up to Toronto once about 12 years ago to go to a Leafs game, and made a weekend of it, visiting the HHOF and going to Gretsky's restaurant before the game.

Walter was at the restaurant that night, sorta overseeing things. I was a little surprised but figured it was not unexpected since it was their family restaurant. I bumped into him again later that evening at the ACC at the game. I thought that was a strange coincidence. Imagine my shock the following day at Pearson, as we were checking in prior to our flight home, and he was standing right in front of us in the check-in line. I mentioned to him the coincidence and he thought it was funny too. He seemed like a nice guy.
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I met Burton Cummings once, of the great Guess Who. He also had a decent career as a solo artist.

Got very drunk one evening with Beau Starr...yeah, not very well known (he was on Due South, played the father of Henry Hill in Goodfellas, and was the Sheriff in a couple of Halloween movies). Little known fact, but he played a lot of football at UGuelph and actually taught a few courses there. He is a close buddy of my younger brother. Quite a boozer.



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Bob McGrath from Sesame Street at a restaurant
Another guy who had an interesting backstory that people might not know about.
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I met Ray Liotta in Calgary, they used the front of our condo building in a scene for a movie he was in, I smoked a few cigarettes with him behind the building while they were prepping for the 30 second scene. Met Michael Douglas in a restaurant in Vancouver many years ago. spent an afternoon on Al Unser JR's yacht off a beach in the Baja back in '98. My dad founded his law firm with Vic Dantzer, former mayor of Edmonton. I knew most BC politicians by name growing up due to my dad's connections.

My S.O. was one of Ralph Klein's confidants and fixers for most of the time he was in office. The stories.... oh my
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