I too met Joe Clark. I was staying at Jasper Park Lodge, and I literaly tripped over his wife, Maureen McTeer. We were there on a ski or baseball trip, can't remember, used to go a lot as I worked for the hotels. Anywho, we were all badly hung over, then as I walked into the dining room, there was Joe. I put my arm across his shoulder and dragged him over to our table and introduced our new Prime Minister to my friends. His security went ape ****, but Joe was cool and shook hands with everyone. Actually, in hind sight, I was probably still drunk... None the less, I don't think a person could get away with that in this day and age.
I've met Gretzky several times, but the first time I was at the airport talking to an American. He asked me if I knew him and I said of course sarcastically, and lo and behold there he was with his parents, so I walked up and started chatting to him, introduced him to the stunned hockey fan and carried on like we were old pals. Gretz probably thought I was nuts but... didn't want to lose face.
I also met Bryan Adams. I was working at a movie theatre. We had just closed the candy bar and these two guys came in really late. I had my back turned and I didn't see them enter. The girl I was with refused to sell them anything because we'd just done our final count and I was doing the cashout. I told her to give them what they wanted anyway, again she refused, so without turning around I asked them what they wanted. I gave them the popcorn and pop before I realized who he was. He was grateful and gave me two tickets his show the next night. I didn't take her...
My favourite brush with greatness was Colin Hay, of Men at Work and Martin Sexton, both backstage at the folk fest where we talked and drank beer. I've met Martin again since then. I've actually met several musicians, but those two stand out because I'm a big fan.
Dj, do you know Bob Snider?
My husband and I met George Bush Sr. at a Houston Texan (sic?) game. Romeo was wearing a cheap rubber mapleleaf bracelet and George came over to him, he wanted to talk to the Canadian. We met Pam Anderson on the same trip, but that was no biggie. My cousin went to school with her and, well, I'm just not that interested.