Sunday, May 29, 2011



I, Don Voth, started a list of famous people I've met or seen through the years. Thinking you might find it interesting, I decided to blog it. (The italicized ones I met or at least had eye contact with.)

1948:  When PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN was running for re-election, he was campaigning in his presidential stretch '39 Lincoln V-12 in a motorcade in Oklahoma City. 

He didn't see me and I thought he should. So, I yelled at him and he turned around and waved at me! I was seven.

1952:  Shook hands with JIMMY STEWART at the National Air Show in Oklahoma City.

1956:  Talked to and shook hands with FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT at an Oklahoma University Architecture School lecture. I was in high school.

1962:  At my graduation from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, DEAN RUSK, Kennedy's Secretary of State, was the keynote speaker and shook my hand as I received my diploma.

1965:  Shook hands with ARCHITECT MIES VAN DER ROHE on a tour of Chicago with my OU Architecture School senior class.

1966:  Saw 'Unsinkable Molly Brown' with TAMMY GRIMES.

1966:  During the filming of 'Throughly Modern Mille', I saw JULIE ANDREWS decend a brownstone's staircase in NYC.

1968:  Went to a White House lawn reception for my cousin, QUEEN ELIZABETH II. Asked FIRST LADY 'LADY BIRD' JOHNSON to pose for a photograph. It was excellent—I sent it to her. (I never heard from her!)

1969:  Saw BETTE MIDLER singing, with BARRY MANILOW playing the piano, in a New York City cabaret.

1970:  I saw STARKWEATHER  in a state penitentiary while doing Technical Assistance for Nebraska. 

1970:  ME on the cover of 'Time' magazine regarding the popularity of ship cruising. 
Albeit I appeared very tiny because shown was the entire deck of the ship with about 600 people! Talked to PRINCE EGON VON FURSTENBERG.

Next, More to come.


Ron said...

Let's here something personal in your life. That make for interesting blog reading, not this your blogs aren't interesting but they're more like travelogues. We want the dirt! :)

Don Voth said...

Ron, You're right. I have trouble talking so personably but I'll try.

Ron said...

Don't do it if you're not comfortable talking about personal things. Only do what you're comfortable with. I take my advice back. :)

Don Voth said...

Ron, No, you gave good advice! I'll work on it.