My wife and I flew non-rev on KW
(Carnival) from FLL
once and when we took our seats, I noticed the person sitting in front of me and mentioned it to my wife. She looked and it took a minute for her to recognize (she ain't too swift sometimes
) that it was Richard Simmons sitting there. Actually a very pleasant person to be around and I was impressed that he took the time to listen to people's stories about how he helped them lose weight and even went over a hastily written 4-page diet program that someone in coach had written up for his review (and then got up and talked with them for quite some time about it).
I also flew with Steve Entmann (former lineman for the Colts & Dolphins) and have boarded numerous celebrities over the years as a gate agent. One of the scariest people I ever saw (and I had the misfortune to see her a LOT working for Air Florida) was Janet Reno. Damn is that woman UGLY! Don Johnson and Farrah Faucett were both ROYAL pains in the ass and so was Paul Lynde. The most unassuming celebrity I met (at least when I had her at the gate) was Phyllis Diller. Jimmy Buffet was great too (and my story about him is on another post here on a.net so I won't repeat it here).
One of my brothers worked as a ticket agent for Air Florida and he was checking a passenger in and heard someone say to him "Young man, may I borrow your pen". He immediately recognized the voice as belonging to Henny Youngman and responded with "Take my pen, Please!" Henny Youngman busted up laughing and told him that one caught him by surprise and "Nice one!"
My most memorable celebrity encounter was with Mother Teresa though. A thoroughly angelic soul!
My parents flew non-rev once with Telly Savalas (of Kojak fame) and one of our supervisors at PA got stuck in a seat (on the ground) with Loni Anderson while WKRP in Cincinatti was still being made.
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.
DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(