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Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by Gator515151, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. StrangeGator

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    Just remembered one very important celebrity I ran into, literally. Then ran into again two more times. Was in Boston back in the eighties seeing a girlfriend who was at BU. We were dancing in a club in the basement of the hotel where I was staying. Bill Murray was out on the dance floor with us. My date noticed him first but didn't know his name. (She's from France) About thirty second later, he slammed into us and fell to the ground. I sort of helped him up but was back on his feet instantly and dancing as wildly as before. Jump ahead six or seven years and we walk right past each other in the lobby of the Mondrian on West Hollywood. Made eye contact for a moment and that was it. Jump ahead one year. I walk into the men's room at Chicago Stadium during the playoff series with Detroit. I get up the urinal and on either side of me was Bill Murray and Spike Lee. They start jawing at each other while I stand between them. Awkward yea, but funny after the fact.
     
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  2. gatordavisl

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    Out of all these people, I'm most envious of your Don Meredith encounter. If there's a guy in sports I'd love to have a beer or two with, he'd be near the top of the list.
     
  3. gatordavisl

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    Urban is a cold cucumber. I remember walking back to the parking garage on a rainy day. The team was meeting on the west side of the stadium. I happened to lock eyes with Urban for a couple seconds while walking by. He seemed to stare straight through me in non-acknowledgement; not that I was smiling and waving or anything. Anyway, that was my limited interaction with him and should be taken with a grain of salt. I felt, though, that the dead-pan label was personified in that limited interaction.
     
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  4. gatordavisl

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    They could have done the "right nut" "left nut" gag on you. Getting that from Spike Lee and Bill Murray would be a distinct honor.
     
  5. Speedofsand

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    I met Capt. Wild Bill from Deadliest Catch. I was in the infield at Daytona, rain delay during a July race. He sat next to me at the bar behind pit row. Interesting guy. He was really tan, I asked him if he lived in the Keys during his off time and he said he lives in Mexico half the year.
     
  6. ssplasma

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    I flew from Charlotte to Orlando with the Nature Boy. Got my picture with him. He is not so big maybe 5'10" but thick. I also sat next to Joe Clark, the Principal in the movie Lean on Me. He gave me a copy of Time Magazine that had him on the cover. I ate lunch next to Gary Busey in a little deli in Malibu. I didnt bug him. Sam Elliot was there also.
     
  7. ssplasma

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    Contrast this with Billy D who intentionally went out of his way to give me a Hey, whats up, when I was walking past the stadium one morning.
     
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  8. hogtowngator

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    In my opinion there has never been a Gator coach who represented UF so well. Billy D is just such a class act all the way around.
     
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  9. phatGator

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    And I drank beer with channingcrowderhungry once! :D
     
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  10. channingcrowderhungry

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    Bottom of a pint glass
    It's only been what, 8 years or so? Overdue for another :)
     
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  11. panamacitygator

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    Met Charlie Rich back in the late 70's
    Met Steve Harvey and Nelly at the Craps table in Vegas.
    Met Tara Reid and Paris Hilton at a club in the late 90's early 2000's
    Met Clinton in 96
    Met christian artists Bill Gaither, Chris Tomlin, Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey
    Met Ozzy Smith, Vinny Del Negro
    UF famous...Doug Dickey, Chris Collinsworth, Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook, Urban Meyer, Billy Donovan, Mike White, Jeremy Foley and Mick Hubert

    Donovan used to have seats right behind us in the south endzone chairbacks
     
  12. Speedofsand

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    Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane / Hot Tuna. I see him once or twice a year. He lives almost next door to my parents. He usually has a free music festival at his guitar camp ranch while I'm up there in July.

    My second cousin was the original lead singer for Pantera and Lord Tracy.

    I met Shawne Merriman (3x pro bowl nfl LB) at Tebow's golf tourney. He was a partner the month before in a race team at Daytona with a friend of mine driving, so we had cool stuff to chat about.
     
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  13. Gator515151

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    Went to high school with Henry Lawrence who has 4 Superbowl rings and 2 Pro Bowl rings with the Oakland Raiders. The funny thing is Henry never started a game at Manatee High. Kinda sad but the Good ole boys in Manatee county back in the 60's weren't gonna have an Atrican-American starting on their team.
     
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  14. phatGator

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    In the 10th grade during Christmas 1969, I was visiting my brother and his wife in Dallas. We took a friend of theirs to Dallas Love Field airport. The gate we went to was next to the gate the Dallas Cowboys were using to fly off to play the Los Angeles Rams in the game for third place in the NFL. Vince Lombardi called this the “Losers Bowl;” it was between the two conference championship losers. I went to use the nearby restroom and realized it was full of Cowboys waiting to do their business before the flight.

    I ran out and found my sister in law and asked for something to write on. She gave me a small notepad and pen. I ran back into the restroom and started going down the lines getting autographs. When I got up to a player standing at the urinal he turned and said, “Can’t see I’m busy here?” Don’t remember who he was.

    I came out of the restroom and saw All Pro RB Calvin Hill walking down the hall. I went up to him and said hi, then walked back down with him. Local TV station cameras were filming Hill, and I made the 10 pm news.

    The Cowboy autographs were:
    Hall of Famers DT Bob Lilly and DB Mel Renfro

    All-Pros G John Niland, DT Jethro Pugh, DB Cornell Green, and OT Ralph Neely (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team)

    Pro Bowlers P Ron Widby, RB Walt Garrison, and PK Mike Clark

    Also QB Craig Morton (Super Bowl champion), RB Dan Reeves, WR Lance Rentzel, C Malcolm Walker, RB Les Shy, and LB Tom Stincic.

    As a football-crazed kid, I was in hog heaven!
     
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  15. gatorknights

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    Way back when they did an autograph session at Peaches Records on East Colonial in O-Town. I was out in the shirt and tie doing sales calls and stopped in to buy their new album and get some autographs. Cool guys, and Aimee is hotter in person than on the videos. Good time.
     
  16. g8orbill

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    I gave former Gator and Indianapolis Colt DT Tony McCoy his first job right after he turned 16.
     
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  17. Speedofsand

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    I saw Kyle Turley on the tv yesterday. It reminded me of a time I met him, following the season when he threw a helmet several yards and made sportscenter. He was at the table in front of me at Lollipops during bike week. Now he is a weed farmer.
     
  18. Speedofsand

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    This story below was told today, it is hysterical! I almost started a new thread for this one.
    I never really met Paul Newman but I saw him plenty and he won his class in the 24 Hours of Daytona when he was 70 years old co-driving w/ two friends of mine.

    “Whats your favorite memory of racing with PLN (Paul Newman) and did it involve the destruction of rental cars?”
    Dorsey: “Yes it did! Way back in the day in the early 80’s at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma. It's out in the middle of an oil field and theres nothing anywhere near it. Closest town is Tulsa and its about 100 miles away. You have to really want to go there to be there. So anyways Newmans running the Bob Sharp 240Z and thats when he had Budweiser and Pioneer stereo as a sponsor. So I had been friends with Newman for a while because I did one off is drivers schools early on. On that particular day at Hallett, its just one of those tracks where theres nothing else to do but watch oil grow but a bunch of people were there, hell of a crowd and Newman broke a gearbox in his 240Z and I broke something so I was out too. We go to the back of the Bob Sharp transporter and the tailgates halfway down and he had called me over. That guy was a big time prankster and he says “I’ve got a deal for you.. I’m pretty good at this, I doubt you are so lets have a contest. The next girl that comes by I’m going to guess her age and I’m going to guess how much she weighs and then we’ll ask her. The one after that is yours and we’ll ask her.” So I’m a dumbass, so I do it and Newman calls this girl by and says “I think she’s 22 and weights 121lbs” and then he says to her “My buddy here just bet me $100 that I couldn’t guess your age or weight”. So of course she says “Oh my god you’re Paul Newman and yes thats my age and you’re only off by 1 pound". So she goes away and he says “Next one’s yours!” And I’m F*****! So I do the same deal and I’m not even close, Im off by around 6 years and 200lbs, not even close. Hahah so thats how that day started! Now at the end of the day after, I cant even think how many Budweisers but I’m talking cases of Budweisers which were free, we sat on the back of that tailgate drinking all day and at the end of the day he says “Hey I got a deal for you.. I’ll bet you one dollar that I can beat you going around this race track backwards." I said “Do you mean in reverse or driving the track in the wrong direction? He said "in reverse!” so we took these two rental cars that the Pioneer Stereo people had and I’ll never forget they were absolutely shitty rental cars. They were all white Ford Fairmonts which is about the lowest class of rental car ever made and so we took off in reverse to go around the race track. Because they were so slow and had no power it would hit the rev limiter or run out of gear but it took forever to get back so Newman said “That didn’t work so lets change it and do a race in reverse around pit lane,” So he sets up a little course where you go up pit lane the wrong way, in reverse and at the end of pit lane which is pit lane entry you turn and you go across a grassy berm onto the race track and then you go down the front straight in reverse and then you turn again, across another grassy berm and enter pit out and thats a lap. So Newman says “Alright, we get 3 laps of practice each and then we’re doing a 3 lap race.” Ok no problem! Now at this time everybody thats still at the race track is standing there to watch and that included Marty the track manager who had a Mazda RX-7 that was his own personal car and he decided that was going to play too. So in our 3 practice laps, Newman goes first and his first lap was really good, he absolutely nailed it but the second lap on his turn in across the grassy berm back into pit lane he looses it and he stuffs it in the guardrail really hard backwards. It ended up bending the exhaust pipe around from the back around the tire on the rear and exiting back towards the front and it pinched against the tire so hard that it wouldn’t move anymore. So we had to get a tow truck to tow that out of the way. So in the meantime Marty decides he’s going to show everyone how its done in his RX-7 and he flips the F****** thing! Hahaha, he hits the tire wall and does a one and a half sideways roll and ends up on his roof. So I do mine and I made 2 laps and spun on the 3rd and we decided, well we’ve wrecked two rental cars and totaled the track managers car and we’re down to one Ford Fairmont so off we go for the race. Newman gets first shot, he does 3 solid laps and now I know I need to do 3 solid laps a little faster than he did. So I made the first two perfect but on the third one I got really sideways on the grassy berm and I scrubbed a lot of speed and he ends up beating me. By that time we had to go back to the hotel because it was dark by then and we’re drunker than everything and we’re having a great time so Dan Layton (Now at HPD) knows we’re all too drunk to drive so he takes the Budweiser van and loads Me, Newman, and everyone on the Sharp crew thats left to take us all back to the hotel. Theres 14-15 guys in the van with at least 3 cases of beer and we’re just laughing and drinking beer and just having a great old time, an unbelievable time and we dont make it 1/4 mile and there was a road block and the cops have been waiting on us because somebody had ratted us out, you know? So next thing you know they’ve got Layton up against the van and they’re frisking him and he hadn’t done shit wrong, he hadn’t drank a beer so he’s fine and he’s telling them “Im good to drive”. The one cop wants all of our ID’s and he’s going down the line yelling at us and the other cop is taking all the beer from inside of the van and putting it on top of the cop car. Well as guys were getting cleared to go back in the van after they checked your ID, guys were stealing the beer off the top of the Cop car and bringing them back in the van! (Editors note: Ryan and Dorsey are both laughing uncontrollably while Dorsey is telling this story, as you were) So the cop finally gets to Newman and he put the light in his eyes and he’s got these big blue eyes and he’s staring this cop down. The cop practically melts! Newman hits him with one of his movie lines from I think Deliverance, something like “Are you done using my time up now because theres better things I can be doing” or something like that and the cop melts on the spot and he lets us go! We all go back, nobody gets arrested, we stole about half the beer back and drank it all the way back to the hotel. The next morning I wrote Newman a check for “One Dollar and Not a F***** Cent More” Haha thats EXACTLY what I wrote on it and I signed it. Well he actually cashed it! For a buck! Newman doesn’t do autographs but I kept that one, its still in my scrap book. It was a great time!”
     
  19. peytiepie

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    I don't remember the year, but it was on a family vacation to Las Vegas. We had just flown in about midnight and was outside waiting for my brother-in-law to get the rental vehicle and up walks Lon Kruger. He was coaching UNLV at the time. I had on a Gator shirt and he hollered Go Gators. We chatted for a few minutes. Very nice guy.
     
  20. gatorjd95

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    Like many of you, I've had several encounters with celebs, athletes, politicians, etc. A lot of politicians as I worked on the Hill for a brief time in early 90s. Outside of that, I met Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Clinton (drank a beer with him in a barn in college - yup), Bush, and Obama. Good stories, but the two celeb meeting stories I like are these:

    -Back @ 1988 I was shopping in a men's store in DC - really just browsing on a lunch break. Bumped into Walter Matheau who was buying a tie. We chatted for a while. Really nice guy and a gentleman who seemed happy to be talking with a 19 year old kid. Just what one envisions of the stars from the golden era.

    -Around 1993, I was flying from Houston to Tampa after a friend's wedding. First leg was a flight from Houston to NOLA. Seated next to an attractive blonde - but had a few crooked teeth. She was on her way to play a gig in NOLA. We talked the whole flight and had a few drinks. She asked me to stay over in NOLA to see her gig - no she wasn't inviting me to stay with her. She was from Alaska and had great stories about growing up and being on the road playing music. It wasn't until she hit the big stage shortly after that I realized I'd been hanging out with Jewel. No idea what she was/is like after making it big, but she was very funny and nice on that flight.
     
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