Go Back   Cruise Reviews Forums > General Cruise Chat Questions > General Cruise Chat
Register Forgot Password?
New! Use your Facebook, Google, AIM & Yahoo accounts to securely log into this site, click logo to login  
Search

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 05-15-2007, 05:48 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,864
Default
This wasn't on a ship, but was on an airplane, in the late 1960s. I was a teenager on my very first flight, going from New York's LaGuardia airport to Rochester, NY. The plane was delayed due to mechanical problems, and everyone started chatting. I was talking to the man sitting next to me, who turned out to be Mercer Ellington! The whole band was on that plane, including Duke Ellington, who was sitting in First Class. The Duke came back to coach to chat with "the boys" during the delay, and so did his seat-mate: Tony Bennett!

There was a young blind teenaged girl sitting across the aisle from me, traveling alone, and getting a bit agitated because she didn't know what was going on. Tony Bennett came back to talk to her, and then knelt down in the aisle next to her seat, and started singing, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" to her. AWESOME!! He only sang the first few lines, and we all applauded wildly. The girl kept saying, "Thank you, Mr. Bennett! Thank you, Mr. Bennett."

Mercer Ellington was nice enough to offer to get me into the concert they were playing in Rochester that night, but I had to decline because I had plans with the friend I was going to visit. The plane took off eventually and Mercer started reading, and after we landed an hour later, I never saw them again. It was a memorable first flight that I can recall in detail all these years later.

Sandy
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 05-15-2007, 05:52 AM
Dave's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 17,673
Default
Quote:
Originally posted by Sandy:
This wasn't on a ship, but was on an airplane, in the late 1960s. I was a teenager on my very first flight, going from New York's LaGuardia airport to Rochester, NY. The plane was delayed due to mechanical problems
Let me guess...the late not-so-great Mohawk Airlines?
__________________
Dave
Editor, CruiseReviews.com


  #13 (permalink)  
Old 05-15-2007, 01:15 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maryland
Posts: 3,864
Default
Dave, I think it was Eastern Airlines. I never flew on Mohawk.

Reminds me of a Delta flight I was on a few months ago. As the FA was making the landing announcement, he ended by saying, "We know you have your choice of bankrupt airlines, and we appreciate your flying Delta."

Got a big laugh!

Sandy
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 05-15-2007, 06:51 PM
Chef Ken's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bloomington, MN
Posts: 2,258
Default
Blast from my past...
Ozark Airlines
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 05-17-2007, 08:27 PM
Frase's Avatar  
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Orlando, FLA
Posts: 960
Default
I was on the Glory in November. That was when we thought we were given a surprise performance on stage by STEVIE WONDER!! He performed the song "Superstitious" and was quickly whisked off the stage.

We later learned we were duped. It was the featured singer that night. At least I have to give him credit for looking just like Stevie.
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 05-17-2007, 08:50 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
Billy Hygate, CD on Island Princess (and every other ship in the fleet), still does a pretty impressive Tevye from "Fiddler on the Roof".
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 05-20-2007, 08:38 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Posts: 11,612
Default
The closest person to a Hollywood Star I have met on a cruise would be Connie Stevens. We sat beside each other two nights in the Piano Bar at the piano on Fantasy. I was embarrassed the first night as I did not know who she was. We talked and she was so nice. The next night I was sitting at a table and she motioned for me to come up and sit with her. I will never forget it, she ordered a Martini for me, the first one I ever had

That would be the only famous person I have met on a cruise. I have had the humble experience of waiting on Pauly Shore. I chat with Vanna White a little when she comes home, and Grayson Hugh is a friend of mine.

That would be my limited brushes with fame
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 05-20-2007, 09:12 PM
f-mattox's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Costa Mesa, California
Posts: 4,740
Default
Isin't it strange; sometines the best know personalities are the most down-to-earth; it's the little twerps trying to make a name for themselves that make the most noise.

I'll bet Ms. Stevens was a complete lady; and something tells me Mr. Shore was also.
  #19 (permalink)  
Old 05-21-2007, 05:57 PM
Chef Ken's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bloomington, MN
Posts: 2,258
Default
Quote:
Originally posted by f-mattox:
Billy Hygate, CD on Island Princess (and every other ship in the fleet), still does a pretty impressive Tevye from "Fiddler on the Roof".
Better than Zero Mostel or Topol? Since we are "out there" on the subject, anybody remember the crooner, Tom Netherton from the Lawerence Welk show? A friend of mine from college. I had a car and I hauled him to some of his auditions.

I think he is still doing shows somewhere in VA.
  #20 (permalink)  
Old 05-21-2007, 06:18 PM
TrvlPro's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Houston TX
Posts: 2,172
Default
My best friend growing up, a guy named Mike Sagraves plays with Billy Ray Cyrus (spelling?) band. Can play anything with strings. I also knew Ricky Skaggs as a kid and sister dated Ashley and Wynona Judd's cousin, Naomi's nephew.

I know they're all country music folks, what do you expect from a guy who grew up in eastern Kentucky?

Cheers, Neil
 
Closed Thread

Tags
actor, ashland, billy, bluegrass, cruise, cruising, drive, great, hollywood, hygate, ky, met, nephew, netherton, star, stars, tom

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hollywood tour, 11/14/09, Kaua'i/Hawaii RAJohns Holland America Line 3 12-02-2009 06:14 AM
Friends you met on a cruise jillianallison General Cruise Chat 24 08-16-2007 07:00 PM
Carnival Liberty-Aug 23-people we met Shuman Carnival Cruise Line 2 12-02-2006 05:55 PM
Movies under the Stars CRUISEMAMA Princess Cruises 18 10-01-2006 07:39 PM
Hollywood FL Hotel dale88fan Embarkation Ports, Hotels, and Transfers 1 07-07-2006 07:22 AM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
 

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:05 PM.

Contact Us - Cruise Reviews Home - Archive - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.5.2