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Interesting Seat-mate Yesterday  
User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5265 times:

Yesterday evening on my flight (US 4) from PHL to ORF, I had a very interesting conversation with my seat-mate, who turned out to be the ex-owner of Enron (sold it in 1996, but served on the board well after that), as well as a former board member and big-time shareholder of Tyco. I found him to be a very nice guy, and I was really feeling pretty bad for him when he told me how bad he got screwed and how much money he lost for being honest throughout the two different scandals he had to go through. Had a lot of insight, and actually gave me some words of encouragement as a young professional.

Has anyone else sat next to someone somewhat famous (or infamous), and found them to be a nice, down-to-earth person?

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User currently offlineTymnBalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 953 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5114 times:

On my 30th birthday I gave myself a trip on Concorde from LHR to JFK. Seated next to me was the (then) president of Snapple. He greatly encouraged me...to go see the cockpit of the aircraft...which I did.  Smile

C.



Dewmanair...begins with Dew
User currently offlinePolar1 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5005 times:

A few Weeks back I flew NON-REV from DTW-SLC (E70) on Delta Connection/Shuttle America. I had the pleasure of loaning my USA Today Sports to Merlin Olsen also seated in First with me. This provided a great opportunity to barter that Sports page for an autographed boarding pass. Granted, his Hall of Fame Football career was a little before my time, I knew about him playing for the Los Angeles Rams. I had no idea he played as long as he did, from 1962-1976, obviously a great career. Then throw in his acting career on Little House on the Prairie along with being a Sports Broadcaster. A very pleasant gentleman still in great shape and very approachable.


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User currently offlineMoPac From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4954 times:

Quoting Brokenrecord (Thread starter):
turned out to be the ex-owner of Enron (sold it in 1996, but served on the board well after that

Enron hadn't had a majority stakeholder since the 80s, and even then the ownership was corporate [Transwestern/ FNG]...

Rich Kinder has a NetJets stake in a Falcon 2000 and I believe he flies commercially from time to time but he didn't leave until '98 IIRC... if it was Rich then you were sitting next to a billionaire... a modest billionaire. I don't know of any dealings Rich had with Tyco though.

I'm drawing a blank on '96 unless it was '86... then it could make sense and be one of the Transwestern guys... but I think Ken Lay shoveled most of them off of the board by '90...

what was the chap's name????


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4882 times:

Quoting Polar1 (Reply 2):
A very pleasant gentleman still in great shape and very approachable

Yup, sold flowers for FTD, but put a set of pads on him and he was one of the nastiest, meanest, toughest players ever to play the game.



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4700 times:

Quoting MoPac (Reply 3):
what was the chap's name????

Steve Lawrence (Laurence possibly). I may have mistaken what he said, but I heard owner. Regardless, he was a great guy to talk to.  Smile


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4197 times:

Had dinner at a Japanese steakhouse next to some guy that claimed to do X, Y, and Z like that. I was skeptical, so I went home and looked him up on the Internet...as I suspected, he was full of hot air...probably trying to impress the bimbo that he was with.

I've met several people like that.



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineGkpetery From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3912 times:

Sat next to an "adviser" of Hillary Clinton who was in the newspapers a lot during 1999. She was one of the most interesting people I've ever met. Gave me some great advice too.

User currently offlineDrinkstrolley From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

Sat behind Liam Gallagher from Oasis once, he was pissed and making a complete prick out of himself. Nothing new there. Couldn't work out why he was in Economy though, would have thought he'd be first.

User currently offlineLN-MOW From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1908 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

Flew with Uriah Heep on a BA flight to YVR some years ago. I chatted with a couple of them, and had a good time with them as we continued to bump into them in various bars the following nights ...


- I am LN-MOW, and I approve this message.
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3759 times:

Quoting Brokenrecord (Thread starter):
Has anyone else sat next to someone somewhat famous (or infamous), and found them to be a nice, down-to-earth person?

Sat next to BMI chairman Sir Michael Bishop once. He told me that journalists were a bunch of gossip-mongers and busybodies. I told him that was a bold statement from a man who'd brought three newspapers on the flight with him to read. Big grin


User currently offlineBoeing727flyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3666 times:

Years ago flying 1st class on AA I sat next to Robert Crandall. Really nice guy to talk to.


Hail the mighty Boeing 727
User currently offlineNycfuturepilot From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 791 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3447 times:

I sat across from Senator Jefferts of VT on a Jetblue flight from JFK-BTV, really nice guy. He asked the FA for a beer and some teenage girl behind him yelled "dude, the senators drinking beer." He laughed.


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User currently offlinePHL27RPhotog From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 78 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3300 times:
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There celebs have all been on flights I've been on, although all in first while I was in coach:
ORD-ATL (UA)- NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar
ATL-PHL (DL)- golfer Gary McCord
ATL-PHL (DL)- singer Bobby Rydell
PHL-PIT (US)-former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan



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User currently onlineIL96M From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3082 times:

I flew LHR-LIN on BA about 7-8 years ago, and Cindy Crawford was sitting at the gate reading Vogue. Needless to say, the Italian businessmen were falling over each other as they boarded the plane, which was very funny. She ended up sitting two seats in front of me... nice.

User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2931 times:

Quoting Brokenrecord (Reply 5):
Regardless, he was a great guy to talk to.

There is no reason why he wouldn't be though..if money inherently doesn't make you evil that is. Which i doubt  Smile There are many succesful and born rich people who remain with their feet on the ground, i know this first hand.

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 6):
Had dinner at a Japanese steakhouse next to some guy that claimed to do X, Y, and Z like that. I was skeptical, so I went home and looked him up on the Internet...as I suspected, he was full of hot air...probably trying to impress the bimbo that he was with.

I've met several people like that.

Amen to that. We all have met these posers at one time or another, with time you learn how to differentiate them from the real ones. Mostly the people that are very succesful and/or rich don't make a huge deal out of it and hence you will rarely even know it if they don't invite you to their home or you happen to ask a question that will reveal their net worth. This excludes most newly rich people and 99% of all celebrities (especially rap stars  Wink )

Last time i bumped into a guy that pretended he was more than he actually was was at Almaty airport in Kazakhstan last year. He was some Italian man in his mid 40's and was buying cigarettes from the taxfree shop with some VISA gold card or something like that. When the clerk said that he couldn't process the card this guy started shouting and yelling that indeed he could buy the whole store if he wanted etc etc. This behavior is so hollow, i wonder why some people have to act like this. They must have some severe short comings about themselves that they want to hide by appearing as someone they are not.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

So this dude just owned Enron? Was it not a public company in 1996?

Quoting Nycfuturepilot (Reply 12):
I sat across from Senator Jefferts of VT

Did anyone say what the big Dick said to him on the Senate floor last year?


User currently offlineAlfa75 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2667 times:

Quoting FlyingTexan (Reply 16):
Did anyone say what the big Dick said to him on the Senate floor last year?


Correct me if I'm wrong, but our illustrious VP said that to Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
Right state, wrong senator.



The best things in life aren't things!
User currently offlineKiwiTEAL From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2597 times:

During the 1970's I was at Auckland Airport flying to Wellington. I was in my teens and earlier in the week had attended "An Audience with Bette Davis" at the Auckland Town Hall. Imagine my surprise to bump into her entourage waiting to board the same 737 flight to WGTN. Having already obtained an autograph at the Town Hall, I took the opportunity to line up for another!

I nearly died when the venerable 'diva' - lowered her eyebrows into a typical Bette Davis "whaaaaaaat" look - then said in a VERY loud voice "....you already have my autograph from Wednesday last - AND!!!! your name is JOHN !..... " I must have looked terrified, as she then let loose with one of her loud laughs and told me most positively that "these will be valuable oneday my boy..... just make sure you send one of them to a museum!" - I still have that paper napkin! (was all i could find)

Those days it was NAC (National Airways Corporation) and there was only economy, but I was again rewarded by being seated in the row directly behind her on the aisle (she being on an aisle due to travelling with a wheelchair to a twisted ankle). If I was a 17 year old nuisance she never let on, but I did spend most of the flight squatting in the aisle chatting with her about so many of her movies - Bette even telling me that I was very similar in age and looks to her grandson Michael.

As we went our seperate ways at Wellington, as only Bette Davis could do - she 'shouted'.... "AuRevoir John - be safe........."

That is one flight I will treasure till the day I die.

JP


User currently offlineBrokenrecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 772 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2448 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 6):
Had dinner at a Japanese steakhouse next to some guy that claimed to do X, Y, and Z like that. I was skeptical, so I went home and looked him up on the Internet...as I suspected, he was full of hot air...probably trying to impress the bimbo that he was with.

I've met several people like that.

I've met the posers as well, but I didn't have much reason to disbelieve this guy.

After all, we were in First, and there was nobody sitting next to him but me to impress. =P


User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

On a flight from DFW to LAX on DL I sat next to porn star Stephanie Swift who had just finished attending a trade show in Dallas. That was in 1999/2000.

Nice girl.

My wife sat next to Jerry Lewis this June on a flight from ATL to LAS again on Delta. She said that Jerry was a very nice person and even called another passenger's mother on his cell phone because she was a big fan.


User currently offlineAbefroman329 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 158 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

Quoting Pope (Reply 20):
My wife sat next to Jerry Lewis this June on a flight from ATL to LAS again on Delta. She said that Jerry was a very nice person and even called another passenger's mother on his cell phone because she was a big fan.

Very surprising, considering his ego can be viewed from space, but a great story nonetheless.


User currently offlineEI747SYDNEY From Ireland, joined Oct 2005, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Wasn't exactly a seat buddy but I was in college at the time in 2002 and working for Ryanair on the ramp. We were taken out to do a walk out with the headset connected to the aircraft to signal n engine start to the pilot. When I finished my bit I had to walk back to the base. I seen a helicopter in the sky and there was a crowd gathered where the old tower was. I kept walking toward the crowd and was stopped by security and realised that they were protecting Bill Clinton. He seen me being stopped and I just said can I get a photo (camera in my pocket) Chelsea asked him and he agreed. I still have the photo and still can't believe my luck. If there was anyone working at Dublin Airport at the time I'm sure they would remember this.

Rob



''Live life on the edge, Live each and every day like it's your last, Hell you only live once''
User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1934 times:

back in 2003 on a LAS-SLC flight the guy next to me said his wife was the Governor of Montana, not sure if it was true, but id assume it was, dont think many guys would make that one up.


Experience is what you get when what you thought would work out didn't!
User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (9 years 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

Quoting Abefroman329 (Reply 21):
Very surprising, considering his ego can be viewed from space, but a great story nonetheless.

I've never been a fan of Jerry Lewis but he seemed like a nice guy. He did look very sick, he had to be taken off in a wheel chair.


25 Cody : My most interesting seatmate was the time I was reading my "POOR SAILOR'S AIRLINE BOOK.....the story of PSA" and across the aisle from me were a few U
26 FlyboyOz : well...I was so lucky to sit next to Air Canada B767 Captain on Air New Zealand business class from CHC-SYD on 1st of January. He seemed very nice and
27 TUNisia : When I was 13 I had a very humbling experience on a flight to CLT. I was flying alone to visit my grandparents. The lady sitting next to me was a rath
28 Tornado82 : CVG-ABE (DL/Comair CRJ) - Mario Andretti. Very approachable gentleman, and since I had some racing knowledge (dabbled in some organized racing in my t
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