Notable People I Have Met ~ Part Twelve



The Whole Bunch


Frederick Reines:
UC Irvine Physics professor awarded the Nobel Prize in 1995 for discovery of the neutrino.

Ray Bradbury: Author, screenwriter and winner of a Pulitzer Prize lifetime achievement award.

Michael Chabon: Novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.

Sherwood Rowland: UC Irvine chemistry professor who won the 1995 Nobel Prize for discovery of man-made depletion of the ozone layer.

Michael Dukakis: Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.

Quentin Crisp: Author of “The Naked Civil Servant” and gay rights advocate.

Robert Bork: Solicitor General nominated by President Ronald Reagan for the Supreme Court in 1987.

Chang-Lin Tien: Chancellor of UC Berkeley.

Jack Peltason: Chancellor of UC Irvine and later of the entire UC system.

Oakley Hall: Author of “The Downhill Racers” and head of the UC Irvine writing program.

David Stockman: Reagan administration budget director.

Jack Kelly: Co-star of 1950s TV show “Maverick”

Joey Bishop: Entertainer and member of the “Rat Pack.”

Bill Clinton: Governor of Arkansas running for president.

Sonny Bono: Singer with Sonny & Cher, later congressman and U.S. senator.

Leslie Nielsen: Film and television actor in “Airplane,” “Naked Gun” and others.

Politicians: Dana Rohrabacher, Chris Cox, Bob Dornan, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kathleen Brown, George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson, Dan Quayle, Ann Richards.

Oliver North: Ronald Reagan aide implicated in Iran-Contra Scandal and later NRA president.

Ed Meese: US Attorney General in the Reagan Administration.

Barbara Bush: Wife of President H.W. Bush.

Mamie Van Doren: “B” movie actress and sexpot.

Arnold Beckman: Inventor of the PH meter and philanthropist.

Duvall Hecht: Founder of Books On Tape.

Steve Allen: Original host of the “Tonight Show” and songwriter.

Daryl Gates: Los Angeles police chief.

James Edwards Senior: Founder of the Edwards theater chain.

Chuck Jones: Animator and creator of Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and others.

John H. Dalton: Secretary of the US Navy.

Arthur Laffer: Supply-side economist who influenced President Reagan’s monetary policies.

C. Everett Koop: US Surgeon General

Boyd Coddington: Hot rod and custom automobile designer.

David Broder: Washington Post writer, political columnist and author.

William Kennedy: Novelist and author of “Ironweed” ~ mail contact

Patrick Stewart: Actor who portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek.”

Ken Norton: Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world.

Adrienne Rich: Poet

Edward Albee: Playwright

Robert Hass: Poet

Seamus Heaney: Poet, playwright and translator.

Czeslaw Milosz: Poet

W.S. Merwin: Poet

James Roosevelt: Son of and secretary to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

David Harrington: Co-founder of the Kronos Quartet.

John Cleese: Actor and a member of Monty Python.

Robert Pinsky: US Poet Laureate.

W.D. Snodgrass: Pulitzer Prize winning poet.

Louise Gluck: US Poet Laureate.

William Rusher: Publisher of the “National Review” magazine.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Astrophysicist, author, television host & many appearances ~ by email.

Henrik Drescher: Children’s books illustrator ~ by email.

James MacGregor Burns: Historian and presidential biographer.

Marty Baron: Journalist and editor who hired me to work for the Los Angeles Times, later editor of the Washington Post.

Alex Trebek: Host of “Jeopardy” ~ A brief question and answer period during taping of the show.

Jean-Michel Cousteau: ~ Environmentalist, oceanographic explorer and son of Jacques Cousteau.

Rafael Mendez: Trumpet virtuoso.

Gary Owens: Radio and television personality.

O.C. Smith: ~ Singer.

Ralph Humphrey: Drummer who played and recorded with Frank Zappa.

Carlos Vega: Session drummer who toured with James Taylor.

Tom Hayden: California state senator and activist at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Abbie Hoffman: Political activist at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Harlan Ellison: Science fiction novelist and television screen playwright.

Don Callender: Founder of Marie Callender’s restaurant chain.


[And many more who I've either overlooked or forgotten.]


~ by Russ Allison Loar

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