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What beloved author have you met?

Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by Glenn E. Meyer, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

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    I was a fan of Michael Moorcock, the English SF and fantasy writer. I loved Elric. So to my surprise I found out he lived nearby in TX now. I met a student who actually knew him. Then he came to the Barnes and Noble near me to do a reading and I got him to sign my old books.

    That's the only real author I've met.
     
  2. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    I met Nelson DeMille and Sidney Sheldon, among many other authors, when I used to shoot a cable TV show about books in Beverly Hills. Nelson DeMille was pretty laid back and nice to talk to, as was Sidney Sheldon (he writes women's fiction so not my type but I knew who he was) he was 81 at the time and looked 70.
     

  3. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

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    Joseph Wambaugh, cool guy. Likes to hang out with the local LEO's and swap war stories. Research, doncha know.
     
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    Kay Hooper - romances

    Jerry Bledsoe

    Sharon McCrumb

    Clyde Edgerton

    John Douglas - retired FBI Behavorial Sciences Unit

    Lee Smith

    Sara Moulton (does she count? She edited a cookbook)

    I am sure I will think of more :)
     
  5. Texas T

    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Sat at the head table with John Grisham at the Houston Forum some years ago.

    Dinner with Richard Marcinko (Seal Team Six).

    Buzz Aldrin (2nd man on the moon)

    Jim Lovell (Apollo 13) (photo attached)

    Alan Shepherd (1st American into space)

    Gene Cernan (last man on the moon)

    Deepak Chopra (hey, you said beloved, you didn't say it was someone beloved by me!) :)

    Scott Turow

    And a whole bunch of others that don't come to mind at the moment.

    edited to add Alan's name. don't know why I forgot him the first time around. also need to add Bill Powell to the list (yes, our Bill Powell). :)
    edited again to add Gene Cernan's name; he was in the store on the 20th and we got to chat for a couple of minutes. :)
     
  6. pesticidal

    pesticidal Eh? CLM

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    Dixie Lee Ray. I had her booked to speak at an annual meeting we held. A great person.
     
  7. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    I met Aldrin when I was a kid.



    Was Marcinko as crazy and over the top as he comes across?
     
  8. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I met David Hackworth when he came to my college. I think it was either 1992 or 1993.
     
  9. Texas T

    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    He turns it on and off as he so chooses. Some of the other guys went drinking with him after dinner and reported back that he really laid it on thick for the bar waitresses but then was really mellow when just sitting and talking. I regret not going with them. I bet he had some great stories to tell. ;P Real or not, it would have been fun to hear them. ;)
     
  10. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

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    WOW!! She is awesome!!!

    I used to party at Sue Grafton's house. Her daughter dated a friend of mine, and we used to party (her daughter not Sue Grafton) together. I did not know who she was at the time. Later someone mentioned it, and I said "you mean she is that Sue Grafton?"

    Doh! I can be slow sometimes... (Actually I was familiar with the series of books but not really with the author's name.)
     
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    I met both Ray Bradbury and Robert Heinlein.

    Bradbury was just what you'd expect, funny, weird, charming. Very nice to talk to.

    Heinlein lived down the street from me years ago. One of my favorite autors. What a jerk! One of the meanest, rudest grumpiest people I have ever met.

    -NL
     
  12. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    Steve Allen was like that.
     
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    Excluding authors of bigraphies and subjects of autobiographies--------Clive Cussler--Steve Allen--Louis L Amour..Do I win something if I list more than anyone else?
     
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    jthuang On The Jazz

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    I got Paxton Quigley to autograph a copy of "Armed and Female" for my sister.
     
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    John Ross-Unintended Consequences

    Oliver North

    G. Gordon Liddy

    Don Parker (local Pensacola boy)

    Pat Buchanan (at his home when he was presidential candidate)

    Colin Powell
     
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    Interesting, but I guess I am not surprised. Most of his books depict societies setup differently than ours. I would think he hated our "modern" society.

    I have not met any authors (that I know of). My town has a fancy bookstore that has had surprising famous authors visit, but there has always been a multiple hour wait to see them.
     
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    I met Barney (noted children's character) at a kid's function if that counts...

    Seriously, Colin Powell and Stormin' Norman Swarzkopf most recently. Both excellent speakers, as well.
     
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    This saddens me. I don't doubt you, although he was always described as charming and generous in public appearances. His Grumbles from the Grave certainly shows that he had an irrascible side.

    When did you live near him? Heinlein was ill much of his life with TB, and also suffered a "mini stroke" which led to surgery to correct blocked cerebral ateries. After Time Enough for Love, published about 1973, he wrote very little, if anything, until Number of the Beast, mostly because of his physical condition. That may have contributed to his attitude.
     
  19. Glenn E. Meyer

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    I liked Heinlein till he got on his time travel to nail Mommy track and his three way with his cloned sister shtick for Lazarus. That's a little out there for me.
     
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    Lol, yea, I have to agree with you there. Still, good books.