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I once stood next to Ian Beale out of EastEnders in the gents' toilets at the BBC. BEAT THAT. Tell us of celebrity encounters that went well, or meetings with the famous that ended up as a complete disaster. (And we'll take it as read you've just made up a "I got touched up by Jimmy Savile" story, OK?)

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(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 13:19)
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Sir Patrick Moore was in the phone book.
I was writing an article for T3 magazine on 'the future of space travel' and in the early days of the internet (1997-8) I discovered that he was resident of Selsey. On the off-chance, got the most likely phone number from Directory Enquiries, turns out he did not go celeb-anonymous or ex-directory. Rang him up full of apologies and obsequiousness for the unauthorised approach and got the great man himself, recognisable by the reedy energetic chatter and mono-directional delivery.

At first the cranky old Emperor Penguin himself demurred to answer questions on the phone but relented and said 'send me the questions and I'll answer them when I have time'. In doing so he gave me his address with was trusting, to say the least- but I did so.

A week or so later I received a snail mail from the astronomer, the replies to my four questions cranked out on his famous 1908 Woodstock typewriter- good to his word.

What a scholar, what a gentleman.
(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 18:12, 7 replies)
Paaa Paaa Pa Pa Pa Patrick!
I really wish he was still going.
(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 18:16, closed)
Always had respect for him.

(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 18:30, closed)
Not only was he a decent astronomer
he was also a rabidly racist, misogynistic, homophobic little-englander.

Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.
(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 18:58, closed)
Yer but you knew where you stood.

(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 19:00, closed)
you don't get that kind of racism anymore. proper english old -fashioned racism, not like this modern guff

(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 19:07, closed)
I don't like all these foreign racists, coming over here, putting ours out of work

(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 20:08, closed)
like a true child of the 1920s, you mean...
that's par for the course.
(, Thu 5 Dec 2013, 19:31, closed)
but not all 1920s born
founded extreme right wing political parties. Google the United Country Party if you care to know more
(, Fri 6 Dec 2013, 20:42, closed)
I met him too
He visited the RAF base where I was stationed and had a tour of the flight simulator that I worked on. We even had him fly the thing, or crash it very quickly would be more accurate to say. He was a total gentleman and had time for all of the starstruck airmen who wanted to chat with him.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 9:15, closed)

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