When Fame Winked

“Super Mario” Salcedo is featured  in the latest issue of “Conde Nast Traveler.”  Super Mario is a permanent cruise ship traveler–has been for twenty years.

Super Mario has met and talked with thousands of passengers.

And to think we rubbed shoulders, just a few short months ago, on the eleventh deck, aboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas.

On port side, there was a reserved table, with plaque, inscribed–“Super Mario’s Office.”

Last January, we chatted on a late Friday afternoon.

“We’re passing by an island–wonder what it is?  It has mountainous terrain.”

“That’s Cuba,” Super Mario replied.  “We’re passing by the island of Cuba–cruise ships will stop there soon.”

You know what?  Super Mario was right.

In the fall of 1975, the Nixon administration was over-as was the Vietnam conflict–but not the fallout.  At a political rally, I shook hands, with, then President, Gerald R. Ford, actor, Dale Robertson, and poet, Rod McKuen.  Did anybody else remember Rod McKuen?

My most unusual glancing blow with near-fame, was the time I replaced Paul Newman’s dentist’s father, in the early eighties.

Paul Newman, once suffered a dental emergency, during a flight to the St. Louis area.  The nearest small town, Cahokia, IL, had a young dentist and his wife eager to help.  The story made front-page news, with a publicity photo, featuring the then-smiling, Paul Newman, Drs. Kent and Kathy S.

Dr. Kent’s father, Lou, retired, some time before, which opened an opportunity for me as a telephone technician.  Encounters with fathers, of those with encounters, with famous persons, were as close as I would get.



Author: warturoadam77p

70 year old married retired communications worker with three grown children, transplanted from the Midwest to the sunny Gulf Coast.

2 thoughts on “When Fame Winked”

  1. Reblogged this on itinerantneerdowell and commented:

    Jimmy Buffet wasn’t exactly a sailor. He was, in fact, “The Son Of a Son Of a Sailor.” A near miss, one might say.

    This post relevant, because I’m sailing in a couple of weeks on a cruise ship. Who knows–maybe there will be more brushes with fame?

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