Posted - 11/16/2017 : 3:07:51 PM
| Celebrities I Met
By Paul Dale Roberts, HPI's Esoteric Detective
Halo Paranormal Investigations - HPI International.
Sacramento Haunted Paranormal Hotline: (916) 203-7503 - 4 Advice & Investigations
During my lifetime I came across many celebrities. More by accident than on purpose. I want to name a few that I met and explain to you how I met them. Let’s start off with Edward James Olmos. As a government worker, he was involved with a function at my government office and I saw him walking on the sidewalk, along the building and I stopped him for a picture with my co-worker. Real nice guy. When I was headed over to Hawaii, I met up with Kam Fong Chun who played Chin Ho Kelly on Hawaii 5-0. I walked up to him and shook his hand and told him I enjoyed watching him on Hawaii 5-0 and he thanked me. He asked me how long I was going to be staying in Hawaii. I told him it was a layover and that I was headed to Thailand and he laughed. I met many comic book creators at the 1997 San Diego International Comic Con, but the one creator that stands out is meeting the friendly and nice Stan Lee. I went up to Stan and shook his hand. We gave Stan Lee the Peoples' Comic Book Newsletter Tribute to Stan Lee Award. He appreciated the award.
Hopalong Cassidy. When I was a small boy living in Fresno, my dad took me to a parade. We came across Hopalong and he picked me up in the air and said I was a good looking boy. Arnold Schwarzenegger. I first saw Arnold filming a movie at the Mayfair Hotel in Los Angeles, he was filming True Lies. His stunt double was on a horse and the horse collapsed and slid on the carpet. The horse slid so hard, some of his thigh leg skin peeled off. Later I met Arnold when he became Governor of California and I shook his hand and came across him 3 more times. One time saw him in the basement with his security guards and he stared right at me. Ted Nugent. Met Ted when he was sitting in my Branch Chief's office getting his hunting license. Shook hands with Ted, nice guy. When I was attending the event Witchapalooza at Cal-Expo in Sacramento, it was my media job to interview two celebrities that was attending this event. They were: Kristy Swanson aka Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Malcolm McDowell. When it came to interviewing Malcolm McDowell, my questions were focused for Roddy McDowall. Malcolm looked at me and said: "You have the wrong McDowall." I was so embarrassed and immediately started talking about Clockwork Orange in which Malcolm was the star. Fortunately for me, Malcolm enjoyed talking about that movie. Meeting Malcolm was my most embarrassing moment in meeting a celebrity.
I never met Barbi Benton, but my dad did. He used to work in the same government building as Barbi and one day he asked Barbi: “Barbi, since you are Hugh Hefner’s girlfriend, when are you going to quit your State job?” Barbi said: “Not yet, but getting close.” While Arnold was governor, I rode the elevator once with his wife Maria Shriver, nice lady.
I saw Leonard Padilla, Bounty Hunter in action with his men as they were trying to apprehend a criminal at a State building. When I lived in Citrus Heights, Tony “The Tiger” Lopez was dating my roommate, so I met him a couple of times. I met Edwin Meese’s brother, who worked at a government building that I worked in. While walking near K Street Mall in Sacramento, a limo pulled up to the red light and in the back seat, window rolled down was Dick Cheney. Dick looked at me and smiled.
At a nightclub in Citrus Heights called Bobby McGee’s I made eye contact with Mad Dog Buzz Sawyer, a wrestler. Buzz Sawyer was focused on me and I was focused on him. I walked up to him and told him I would watch him wrestle on TV, when I was stationed in the Southern States. We talked and became friends. Buzz on one night at this club, lifted me up and carried me all around the night club. I asked Buzz to please, put me down, it was embarrassing. While working at Harrah’s Tahoe, met Cher and shook her hand, I was living and working with Jeff Kutache’s Dancing Machine. Cher was very nice and polite. At Hilton’s Tahoe, met up with Bill Cosby and the Allman Brothers. My most memorable encounter was with Erin Moran as she was playing the slot machines. She asked me what slot machine was hot for winners. I pointed out a couple, she lost her money and she looked at me and said…”you liar!”
While I lived in Palm Springs for a while, I went to a night club and Dennis Farina sat next to me. Dennis was not a star yet and I told Dennis that I was applying for movie roles in Los Angeles and that I had the Guinness Book of World Records for Disco Dancing, in which I danced for 205 hours. I was sort of bragging and Dennis looked at me and said: “It looks like you have a foothold in the entertainment business, looks like you will make it!” Dennis said he was trying to break into the business too. Well, I never made it in Hollywood, but Dennis did. A few years later, I was watching Dennis on TV playing one of the Hillside Stranglers! Dennis who wasn’t a braggart makes it in the business and I didn’t. Oh well, serves me right. Well that is some of the encounters I had with various celebrities during my lifetime.
Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Esoteric Detective
aka The Demon Warrior
Halo Paranormal Investigations (HPI International)
Paranormal Cellular Hotline: For Investigation or Advice: 916 203 7503