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Old December 14th, 2007, 04:05 PM
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I stand corrected. Looked all over for an obit. and there is none there. Maybe back in when he retired I stored that away as a methaphorical 'death' i.e. of innocence, a bygone era, etc.

Couldn't get anything like "Mr. Peppermint" to fly these days, could you?
Personally, Mr. Peppermint was a bit tame for my adolescent tastes. Of the troika of early morning kid shows "Slam Bang Theater" was clearly the more subversive. Captain Kangaroo had the docile Mr. Moose. Mr. Peppermint had the sweet Mr. Wiggly Worm (this was years before his bear buddy was introduced). But Icky Twerp had apes! And SBT had more cartoons per hour than Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Peppermint combined.

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Old December 14th, 2007, 06:03 PM
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Slam Bang Theater was where I got my daily dose of the Three Stooges as a kid. I seem to recall that they ran two episodes every morning. I also remember SBT showing Super Chicken, Tom Slick, and other cartoons of that ilk.
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Old December 8th, 2010, 07:28 PM
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This isn't about Six Flags, but WDW. I started work there, one week before the grand opening and was there about 4-months. That first month, the place was lousy with celebrities. On the Jungle Cruise, I took Peter Nero (jazz pianist) around the river. He was to play at the Contemporary Resort that night, and he seemed preoccupied. Rock Hudson was on a boat that went under the waterfall, as my boat was passing on the front side of water. At the Polynesian Resort lobby, I very nearly walked right into Buddy Hackett. I saw Arthur Fiedler conduct the World Orchestra in front of the castle, and I worked crowd control on Main Street, while Julie Andrews taped a song for a TV special. Julie and I are actually very close, you know.
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Old December 9th, 2010, 01:02 AM
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Great memories! Thanks for sharing them! I'm quite sure WDW was the 'in' place for celebs wanting to "see and be seen" when it opened, especially with all the worldwide media attention at the new park.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 01:02 AM
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I never saw anyone famous at SFOT, other than the one hit wonders, Tony! Toni! Toné! However, I was an airline person, so I saw a crap load of celebs, and even escorted a couple. Back when the Disney movie "Big Green" was about to film, I escorted Steve Guttenberg and Olivia D'abo to their flight. Steve was a jerk, Olivia was a doll. After the Oklahoma City bombing, celebs were flying through DFW to OKC. I escorted Kirstie Alley to her Eagle flight to OKC.

Before I got the airline job, I drove electric carts in the AA terminal. I drove Don King and he was hilarious! He gave me a $100 tip!!

Once I flew 1st class to Vegas, and sat next to Oscar De LaHoya after he just won his title. He had his belt and all! The man was so excited! We drank scotch and soda's all the way to Vegas! His entourage surrounded us and it was so cool!

Sat next to Lauren Hutton on a 1st class to LA. She was very quiet, so I didn't bother her.

When I was a crew scheduler at the AA flight academy, a buddy of mine was training to be a pilot. He had to go to SimuFlight on the West side of DFW for sim training. I joined him in the sim to practice CAT 3 landings (poor visibility) and all of a sudden the sim stops in mid approach to O'Hare, and in walks John Travolta (my friend was flying the Gulfstream, which at the time John was being type-rated for) to surprise us. We sat "jumpseat" while John did his maneuvers. After, John asked us if we were hungry, and had his "people" order Chinese food for lunch. We just sat and talked! John is the coolest guy on the planet!! He was a normal guy with the same enthusiasm for aviation that we had, so talking to him was easy! Out of all the experiences I have ever had, this one I will cherish. And to think, way back then he was rating for a Gulfstream, and now he is a full fledged 737 pilot! That is amazing!!

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Old December 10th, 2010, 06:32 PM
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Once I flew 1st class to Vegas, and sat next to Oscar De LaHoya after he just won his title. He had his belt and all! The man was so excited! We drank scotch and soda's all the way to Vegas! His entourage surrounded us and it was so cool!

When I was a crew scheduler at the AA flight academy, a buddy of mine was training to be a pilot. He had to go to SimuFlight on the West side of DFW for sim training. I joined him in the sim to practice CAT 3 landings (poor visibility) and all of a sudden the sim stops in mid approach to O'Hare, and in walks John Travolta (my friend was flying the Gulfstream, which at the time John was being type-rated for) to surprise us. We sat "jumpseat" while John did his maneuvers. After, John asked us if we were hungry, and had his "people" order Chinese food for lunch. We just sat and talked! John is the coolest guy on the planet!! He was a normal guy with the same enthusiasm for aviation that we had, so talking to him was easy! Out of all the experiences I have ever had, this one I will cherish. And to think, way back then he was rating for a Gulfstream, and now he is a full fledged 737 pilot! That is amazing!!
Those are some pretty cool stories...especially about Travolta. I've heard that about him from a lot of people that he's really down to Earth in private.
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Old December 12th, 2010, 12:09 PM
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One of my best friends' mom works at Simuflite at DFW, and evidently, that's where Travolta always goes for his simulator check flights/training, they all know him, and you're right - they all say he's a good dude.

She got us in to fly one of the Gulf Stream simulators once... that was a lot of fun.

That same friend used to be a manager for Globe security, who managed (pre TSA days) the security and courtesy carts at the AA terminal, and he told me about all the famous people they used to drive around on those carts... I bet that was a pretty good paying job at times... must be nice to get tips for driving around a golf cart.
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One of my best friends' mom works at Simuflite at DFW, and evidently, that's where Travolta always goes for his simulator check flights/training, they all know him, and you're right - they all say he's a good dude.

She got us in to fly one of the Gulf Stream simulators once... that was a lot of fun.

That same friend used to be a manager for Globe security, who managed (pre TSA days) the security and courtesy carts at the AA terminal, and he told me about all the famous people they used to drive around on those carts... I bet that was a pretty good paying job at times... must be nice to get tips for driving around a golf cart.

Who was your manager for Globe? I used to work for them. I started driving carts for Ogden Aviation, then Globe took over the contract. I became a terminal pager (you probably heard my voice broadcast in the AA terminal) then once Globe took the AA baggage service contract in 94 or 95, I went to that position. From there I went to AA.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 08:47 PM
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I didn't work for Globe, my buddy was in management with them in one of the AA terminals. Chris Barron is his name. He wasn't there long, but it was around that time... 95/96/97 I think.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:25 PM
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Off hand I recall two of the Monkees (Dolenz and Jones), Mary Kay (yes, THE Mary Kay make-up lady), and Ruth Buzzi watching our shows. Can't really say Jose Feliciano saw the show...
That was at SFOT.
You really don't want me to start listing everyone everywhere else....
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