Famous People

Posted on September 13th, 2014 · Music/Events/Other


*Famous People.

Here’s a recent email from reader JStern.


Just killing some time and I’m reading about your entertainment business/legal background. Just curious as to some of the famous folks you have met?



Like you,, I’m gonna kill some time here and give you a “partial” list. Just so you know, the listed folks aren’t “friends” they are just people that I-casually met or had some-type of business/legal dealings with.

In no particular order of importance…

Ed Kranepool
Ron Swoboda
Jackie Leonard
Totie Fields
Willie Mays
Richard Nixon
Sid Caesar
Ed Koch
Lee Majors
Nelson Rockefeller
John Lindsay
John Gotti
Michael Douglas
Jacob Javits
Patrick Moynihan
Joe Frazier
Muhammad Ali
Roberto Duran
Chevy Chase
Jerry Lewis
Geraldo Rivera
Cal Ripken jr.
Chubby Checker
Bill Medley
Al Pacino
Dustin Hoffman
Al “Grandpa Munster” Lewis
Smokey Robinson
Mike Tyson
Steven Segal
OJ Simpson
Mel Torme
Burt Reynolds
Carl Bernstein
Gilda Ratner
Ringo Star
Patrick Swayze
Regis Philbin
Sonny Bono
Malcolm Forbes
Whitey Ford
Eddie Fisher
David Brinkley
Larry Holmes
Don King
Gladys Knight
Jerry Lee Lewis
Joe Namath
Judge Wapner
Andrew Dice Clay
Bruce Springsteen
Joe Biden
Buffalo Bob Smith
Frankie Avalon
John Travolta
Mickey Rooney
Roseanne Barr
Greta Garbo
Woody Allen
Liza Minnelli
Rock Hudson
Michael Jordan
Cousin Brucie
Roy Orbison
Anna Nicole Smith
Yogi Berra
Robert De Niro
Bill Cosby
Al Sharpton
Hulk Hogan
Dan Marino
Jon Bon Jovi
Sugar Ray Leonard
Jake LaMotta
Rocky Graziano
Dick Clark
Gilbert Gottfried
Mickey Mantle
Bo Diddley
Chuck Berry
Michael Bolton
Pete Rose
Kirk Douglas
Warren Beatty
Jim Belushi
Little Richard
Martha Reeves
Carl Perkins
Leslie Gore

“This” list and 15 cents (or whatever a NYC Subway ride goes for these days) will get me on the Subway.

Thanks for killing sometime with me!

Finally, if any of you guys have “rubbed shoulders” or for that matter anything else with a famous person, please share the name/story!

26 Comments to “Famous People”

  1. ZED says...

    This should help you out.

    Like you, I remember those 15 cent tokens.

    The New York City subway system is one of the most efficient people transports in the entire world. The hot and dingy subway system of the 1970’s has been completely renovated into a safe, convenient and comfortable mode of transportation between nearly all areas of New York City. Over 4.3 million people ride the subway system every day; over 1 billion people go through the turnstiles per year! While minor theft and homelessness still abound, the subway is a much better place than was predicted back in the financially troubled days of the city.

    The primary method of fare payment is the Metrocard. All subway stations and busses are now Metrocard capable. Tokens are also available, and cost $2.00 each.

    Metrocards can be bought on a pay-per-ride basis ($2.00 per ride) or an unlimited ride basis. With pay-per-ride, you get 11 rides for the price of ten and you can add more money to your card if need be. With unlimited ride Metrocards, you can get a 30 day card, a 7 day card, or a 1 day Fun Pass.
    Children under 44″ tall ride for free; senior citizens and disabled people ride for a reduced fare.

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    The MTA has a great webpage with tons of info and subway maps. For Passenger Information, call (718) 330-1234 or (718) 330-4847 (Non-English speaking).

    Other Numbers:
    Long Island Railroad: (718) 217-5477
    Metro-North Railroad: (800) Metroinfo

  2. AWR says...

    President William Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at a health care conference in Miami when he was in office.

  3. CHARLES says...

    JEFF –
    Santa Claus When I was A Kid !
    YES – For Real !!

  4. Joe Louis,
    Dwight Eisenhower
    Walt Disney
    Cary Grant
    Rock Hudson

  5. LODI says...

    Great list.
    Just curious, how and when did you meet Garbo?

    • JeffEats says...


      Just had a chance to read your comments.

      In 1985 Greta Garbo lived on East 52nd Street in Manhattan and I lived at East 63rd Street. Don’t recall the exact date but Garbo and my 3 year old daughter literally collided at the corner of East 63rd Street & Second Ave. when my daughter who was running ran into Garbo who was walking assisted by an aide. No damage done and Garbo commented to me as to what a beautiful child she was.

      Thanks for reading…

  6. LODI says...

    The Garbo story was very interesting.
    Just one other question, my wife is a huge Michael Bolton fan, how do you know Bolton?

  7. JeffEats says...


    Just had a chance to read your comments.

    I have met Michael Bolton twice.

    The first time was at a Softball Game that Pete Rose arranged through his Boca Raton restaurant. Don’t recall the date, but on that afternoon I met Rose, Bolton, Lee Majors and a ton of other celebrities.

    The second time was on the Saturday Night before Katrina hit New Orleans. I was seated next to Bolton at a blackjack table at the Beau Rivage Hotel & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi which was later destroyed by the hurricane.

    Thanks for reading..,

  8. ZED says...

    Fascinating stuff.
    If you don’t mind, how did you meet Liza Minnelli?

    • JeffEats says...


      Just had a chance to read your comments.

      I met Liza Minnelli in NYC at the opening of the movie Great Balls Of Fire.

      Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats were seated behind Roseanne Barr and in front of Liza Minnelli who was seated next to Maury Povich and his wife Connie Chung.

      At the celebrity party, Jeff Eats and Mrs. Jeff Eats shared a table with Sylvia Miles, Ralph Macchio, Chubby Checker and Scott McKenzie.

      Thanks for reading…

  9. TURNER says...

    what’s the lowdown on Brucie and Murray the K?

  10. JeffEats says...


    Just had a chance to read your comments:

    When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn I lived at 811 Cortelyou Road. Brucie lived a few blocks away on Ocean Parkway and Ave. C. For years I’d see Brucie in front of 811 when he walked passed me on his way to the subway. By the way he always said ” Woo- I’m Your Cousin Brucie.”

    On Murray the K, my cousin Alice was married to his son so we were MISHPUCHA (non Jews may need GOOGLE right about now).

    Thanks for reading..,

  11. Norman W says...

    Walt Frazier
    Bill Bradley
    Rich Little
    Lucille Ball

  12. Jon G says...

    Had breakfast with Clyde Frazier early morning before a Knick game.
    Roberto Duran sang happy birthday to me(in spanish) at a restaurant in South Beach.
    Met Tom and Nancy Seaver in a parking garage with my father in NYC

  13. Carter Johnson says...

    Met Lionel Richie in an elevator at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Also met Tony Curtis in an elevator at Beau Rivage in Biloxi.

  14. Alfred says...

    Many years ago I was Rooms Division Manager at The El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. That was in the day of big showrooms in PR. I had a chance to meet many celebs. Those that come immediately to mind are:
    Milton Berle
    Shirley Bassey
    Freddie Roman
    Enzo Stuarti
    Jerry Lewis
    Sergio Franchi
    Johnny Weismuller
    Sammy Davis, Jr.
    Dick Capri

    In later years, while general manager at other hotels:
    Chris Evert
    Martina Navratilova
    Boris Becker
    Stefi Graf
    Pres. George H.W. Bush (twice)
    Richard Crenna
    Whoopie Goldberg
    Buddy Ebsen
    Gov. and Sen. Bob Graham
    Sen. and Gov. “Walkin” Lawton Chiles
    Bob Costas
    Lou Ferrigno (The Hulk)
    Don Shula
    Jimmy Buffett
    Mal Z. Lawrence
    Joe Rose

  15. robertw says...

    I have met a ton in the sports world and movie stars due to VIP events and many years ago dealing with players for autographs. Funny you should mention Kranepool. In the 1980s he woutl sign autograhs for a few hours for 500.00. He also did Bar Mitzvahs.

    Scottie Pippen _Sat next to me in first class a few weeks ago going to Chicago

    Kendra-Playboy mansion. I have been there twice
    Clint Eastwood
    Dennis Franz
    All Cast of Desperate Housewives
    CSI most of the original cast
    Morgan Freeman
    Charlize Theron – A little chilly but who cares
    Duke Snider
    Dave Winfield
    Sharon Lawrence
    Joan Rivers
    Don Rickles
    James Garner
    Glenn Close
    Julie Andrews
    Sandra Oh- She is nice
    Deniro -I was at his movie premiere but did not talk to him. I was sitting next to one of his best friends-Chazz Palmitieri
    Jimmy Johnson -on a flight
    Andrew Dice Clay-Met him also
    Rosario Dawson
    Rickey Henderson
    Wade Boggs
    Pete Rose-Drove him to the racetrack in CA
    Denny Mcclain
    Barry Larkin
    Eric Davis
    Andre Dawson
    Gary Carter
    Robin Yount
    Gaylord Perry
    Steve Carlton
    Rollie Fingers

    And many others. I met most of the older hall of famers in baseball. Many more baseball than any other sport.

    I have a million stories about players either first hand or from people I know. Many colorful ones.


  16. Anthony Franza says...

    Top that!

    • Mr. Rubin says...

      Got you topped.
      8/15/65 Shea Stadium

  17. Donnie G says...

    Not sure if this means anything but I have met every heavyweight champion (united/organization) starting with Rocky Marciano to the present date.
    That list has all of them including Patterson, Johannson, Liston, Clay, Frazier, Ellis, Terrell, Foreman, Spinks, Norton, Holmes, M. Spinks, Tyson, ALL OF THE THEM!

  18. frankw says...

    Worked in the music business for many years. All these were more than casual hellos
    Jehudi Menuhin
    Paul Anka
    Mariah Carey
    Rickey Martin
    Julio Iglesias
    Vicente Fernandez
    Celine Dione
    Steve Lawrence and Edye Gorme
    Robert De Niro
    Danny De Vito
    Johnny Cash
    Willie Nelson
    Rosie O’Donnel
    Dick Clark
    Rolling Stones
    Jennifer Lopez
    Mike Tyson
    Joe Louis
    Roberto Carlos
    Nancy Reagan
    Edward Seaga
    Henry Kissenger
    William Paley
    Frank Stanton
    Marc Anthony
    Michael Bolton
    Thommy Mottola
    Gloria Estefan
    Aljandro Fernandez
    Tony Bennit
    Jerry Vail
    Luis Miguel
    Juan Gabrial
    Marco Antonio Solis
    Anna Gabriel
    Bruce Springsteen
    Ricardo Arjona
    Frank Sinatra
    Johnny Mathis
    Harry Belefonte
    Puff Diddy
    Dixie Chicks

  19. frankw says...

    Forgot Michael Jackson with whom I met on many occasions

    • Andy White says...

      Got you all beat, recorded Love Me Do with John, George and Paul in 1962.

  20. TURNER says...

    Jeff, I see that you have Bill Cosby on your list. What do you think of all of these recent allegations that in the 1980s he sexually assaulted women?

    • JeffEats says...


      No need to go into detail, Jeff Eats “heard” about Cosby’s behavior dating as far back as 1982. I wasn’t there, so it’s all hearsay, but I would trust my life with the guy who told me the story about women/illegal drugs/anitsemitism in Las Vegas. I will also tell you, that a very well known comedian’s wife told me in 1991 that Bill Cosby was an out and out anti-Semite, she did not mention anything about women/illegal drugs.

      Thanks for reading…

  21. Larry K says...

    John Lennon.

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