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Old 07-25-2008, 02:59 PM   #41
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:01 PM   #42
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The only close encounter I've had with a celebrity was when I attended the same high school as did Mark Hamill (Star Wars) at the same time. This was way back in Yokohama, Japan. Obviously he was an unknown then but I remember him being active in the drama club.
I met Mark Hamill again just three summers ago at our high school reunion which was held in San Diego. He just happened to be in town for the annual National Comic Book Convention and dropped by to say hello. That was a nice gesture.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:06 PM   #43
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Alan Jackson - Country Singer - Newnan, GA
Travis Tritt - Country singer - Marietta, Ga
Julia Roberts - Actress - Smyrna, GA
Kim Bassinger - Actress - born in Athen, GA bought the town of Brasselton, GA in 1989 for $20 million and later due to bankruptcy in 1993 had to sell it for $1 million.
Trisha Yearwood - Country Singer - Monticello, GA
Burt Reynolds - Actor - Waycross, GA
Gladys Knight - Singer - Atlanta, Ga
Alton Brown - Chef - Marietta, GA - Got a degree in Drama from UGA and was terrible at science in high school and college.
Jeff foxworthy - Comedian, host of "Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"- Hapeville, GA
Dakota Fanning - Child Actress (Man on Fire, War of the Worlds, Charlottes Web, Sweet Home Alabama) - Conyers, GA
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:12 PM   #44
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Ron Burton, former NFL running back for the Boston Patriots, 1960 to 1965 (I was very good friends with 2 of his sons).
Small world. I was friends and colleagues with Ron.
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Old 07-25-2008, 03:47 PM   #45
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That is so cool Jenny. He was a great man. He was someone kids could really look up to and model themselves after. His sons are the same way. They are some of the nicest hardest working honest people I have ever met.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:02 PM   #46
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I agree entirely!!
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:51 PM   #47
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Old 07-25-2008, 05:01 PM   #48
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John Grisham.....He has written a few books...
Yes, he has...I am reading one of them right now. Given that he writes about small towns and their characters, have you ever appeared in one of his books, UB? As one of the good guys, obviously....

Just up the coast from us, there are homes belonging to Bill Gates, Goldie Hawn and John Travolta. So I'm told - we have never seen them.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:10 PM   #49
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Well, I don't know if you are all familiar with him, but I went to school with Terry Fox from grade four to grade 11 and we were actually good friends. In university he had his leg amputated due to bone cancer and decided to "quietly" run across Canada doing a marathon a day from Newfoundland to Victoria BC. As he made it into Ontario his story started to gain attention and came full force when he was forced to stop the run near Thunder Bay due to a reocurrence of the cancer. He passed away a few months later but not before grabbing international attention. Even Rod Stewart wrote a song about him ("Never Give Up On A Dream" co-written with Bernie Taupin and Jim Creagin) and the Terry Fox Foundation still sponsers the annual Terry Fox run all over the world to raise money for cancer research.

And to think he was just the shy guy with the curly hair I grew up with in Port Coquitlam!
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Prince lived in Minneapolis. He and my dad went to the same high school. Central. A few years apart, though.

Ashton Kutcher went to my high school. Cedar Rapids Washington.
Sorry thought he went to St. Paul Central.
Too many cities here I guess.
St. paul, Minneapolis, all the same to everyone that hasn't been here or live here.
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