Hubert Humphrey

Hubert Humphrey was a vice-president of the USA.  In 1967, I was living in Africa and I saw him as he was being driven past me on the streets of Lusaka, Zambia.  This post is about famous people I have seen and/or met over my 67 years!

  • Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada.  He was visiting my hometown and I stopped the car I was driving, to allow him to cross the street!  Quite a thrill back in the 60s and I have to say he was much-loved and respected, winner of a Nobel Peace Prize.  I cried when I heard he had died.
  • Joe Clark.  Joe Who? Former Prime Minister of Canada.  He was standing, all by himself, in the Winnipeg airport, waiting for his flight.  He smiled and seemed a little embarrassed.  There were no security officers around him.  Just Joe.
  • Hubert Humphrey, VP, USA.  He was visiting Zambia, and I just caught a glimpse of him.
  • Hallie Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia.  I also saw him in Zambia, in a motorcade as he was being feted by the President of Zambia.  I’m pretty sure that by the time he got back to Ethiopia, he was ousted as Emperor.
  • Kenneth Kaunda, President of Zambia.  We were invited to a reception at State House, where we met Kaunda.  He was a little late because he had been on the phone with Harold MacMillan, Prime Minister of England.  They were discussing whether or not Zambia would remain in the Commonwealth, because of the Rhodesian Crisis.  He assured us that Zambia would remain part of the British group.
  • Phil Esposito, hockey player for the Boston Bruins.  Met him in an airport.
  • Wayne Gretzky, Hockey Player, Edmonton Oilers.  I was at the airport in Winnipeg and stopped the car to let a bus let off its passengers.  I noticed that all of them were young well-dressed, good-looking men.  And then Gretzky appeared.  Something to tell my daughters.
  • Mickey Mantle, Baseball Player, New York Yankees.  I was visiting my cousins in New York.  We went to a double-header and stayed after to meet the players.  My cousin was a big baseball fan too.  That was exciting!
  • Roger Maris, Baseball Player, New York Yankees.  Same evening,  We also met all of the other Yankee players but they were the two I remembered.  It was Elston Howard night at the game and i remember he was presented with a car!
  • The Pope.  He was visiting Winnipeg when we lived there and we went to a huge outdoor mass and the “Popemobile” was driven directly in front of us.
  • The Queen.  Also Winnipeg.  I figured I saw the Pope, I might as well stay to see the Queen.  She waved and looked happy to see us!!!
  • Prince William and Kate.  Saw them in Ottawa last summer.   I was visiting my daughter and she told us that all motorcades from the airport drive right past her neighbourhood so we popped down the street and they drove by slowly, waving at everyone.  It was very exciting.

That’s all I can remember right now.  What about you?  What famous or infamous people have you seen or met?


6 responses

  1. Love this post too! You have a best ideas!! And you got me thinking all day long about the rather fabulous and wealthy and oft times ill mannered people I have met over the years….
    My favourite “one” that I have actually developed an amazing relationship with is Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

  2. Loved this blog. It got me thinking, too. I can’t beat Helen’s choice but came up with a few:

    Princess Anne – came to Alameda, Saskatchewan in 1982 for the town’s 75th celebrations.
    Anne Murray, Pierre Elliot Trudeau and Rick Hansen in Lethbridge, Alberta.
    Jeanne Sauve – 1st woman speaker of “the house” and 1st woman GG.
    Author W.O. Mitchell signed my copy of “Who has Seen the Wind”
    Barabara Coloroso (author – The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander)
    Stephen Lewis at a Calgary Special Education Conference.
    Paul Gross and Kim Cattrall (Canadian actors)
    Glen Howard – 2012 men’s world curling gold medalist.

  3. I have met or seen a few famous people over the years I suppose:

    The members of the band Men at Work
    David Hasselhoff
    Two of the members of A Flock of Seagulls

    I can’t remember any others unless we count going to concerts… 🙂

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