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Three more autograph stories, then that’s it — for now

Here's Tom Stanley's story.

"My wife Jan and I were visiting friends in California back in 1985 and they took us on a trip to Beverly Hills in their van. We saw a Porsche Carrera convertible pull out, and Neil Diamond was driving. We had to hold Jan back from jumping into his car, and kept up with him for about three blocks -- signaling him that we wanted to get his autograph. He acknowledged it, but lost us at a red light.

"I wrote him a letter later explaining how we missed him, and it was our 16th wedding anniversary. A few weeks later he sent us a signed photo saying 'Jan and Tom/Happy 16th Anniversary.' That was 30 years ago and we still have it. I was hoping he would send us the Porsche."

Here's Joyce Momb's story.

"I was having a late dinner in the Hilton in Burbank, Calif. The waitress came over and told me John Travolta was having dinner there and we needed the ask him for his autograph."

So Joyce went over to his booth. Travolta asked if she wanted an autograph.

She said no, she wanted a hug.

"I wish you could have been there as he stood up, picked me up and I got both a hug and a kiss. No autograph was necessary."

Lastly, here's one from Isabelle Green.

"Several years ago, when Jay Leno was at the height of his popularity on TV he brought his concert show to Spokane. We were having a family reunion meal in a local restaurant and spotted him and a companion lunching at a nearby booth. We did not wish to bother him but my granddaughter knew that the two cousins present -- who grew up together but had not seen each other for several years -- were fans. So she went to his booth and told him what was going on with our group. Jay came to our table and kneeled down between the cousins so we could take pictures (this was before the days of selfies), leaving us a very special momento of our family event."

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