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    Most famous person to ever visit your home

    Writing my note on the 3 tonight has given me an idea for a new thread. Let's note who the most famous person who ever visited our home was. I'll start the ball rolling (if it rolls) with Sir John Marshall, former PM of NZ and a thoroughly nice man - many said too nice for politics. He did a lot for chess in New Zealand. The occasion? A meeting of the New Zealand Chess Association Council was held at my home. Sir John was our President and much more than just a nominal one. I was the Otago representative, who then lived in Wellington.

    So has anyone had famous singers or maybe PMs of Australia visit their home (not just door knock during an election campaign!) - or other notable persons?
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    Shane Crawford
    Leo Barry
    Big Kev
    Stephen Cummings
    guy who played the little kid Toby on Neighbours

    Unfortunately none of these people were my friends but friends/ acquaintances of my various flatmates

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    Jesse Martin. Youngest to sail solo,unassisted circumnavigation.
    Shared a house with his father. Jesse and brother Beau came over on weekends and holidays.

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    Me.
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    These date from before I moved out of "home" at age 20, and are all doubtless cheating, but ...

    1. Peter Hitchener, National Nine newsreader. Distant relative.

    2. Freya Stafford, Tasmanian-born actress probably best known for White Collar Blue. Family were friends of our family. At a young age (10?) and well before becoming in any way known, she and her sister visited the house while I was out and examined my shell collection; I had some minor tidying up to do afterwards!

    plus a few politicians (state members, federal backbenchers etc - no-one with a really high national profile that I recall) who used to show up during the early stages of my mother's local political career. (She was on Hobart City Council in the last few years before I moved out, and subsequently Deputy Mayor for several years.)

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    Back in Moscow:

    1. Robert Rozhdenstvensky famous poet and a friend of my parents' friend
    2. Valentina Tolkunova - well-known russian singer
    3. Veniamin Smekhov - well known actor who played Atos in the Russian Version of "3 Mushketeers"
    4. Evgeny Bareev - useed to be number 4 on the rating list behind Kasparov, Karpov and Ivanchuk
    5. K. Remchukov - he is now a well known russian publisher and public figure. His Son Maxim was my good friend and classmate at school
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    Well done guys - RW Uni Lecturers must be very famous people then? Actually, at my Uni there was a Professor B (Brian, though) Cox in the Maths Dept.
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    Davis McCaughey, former governor of Victoria
    Poppy King
    Dr Helen Suzman, famous South African politician (okay, not my parent’s house, she visited my best friend’s house but I was there a lot! )
    Archbishop Tutu (okay, it was actual our local church when I was a kid… I would have loved to have him visit my home… )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watto
    okay, not my parent’s house, she visited my best friend’s house
    If we can stretch it to people that have visited my friends' houses then I can add:

    Richard Fromberg
    Robert Allenby
    Aaron Baddely
    Karalee Tilvern (former Ch. 7 newsreader), Jennifer Adams and other newsreaders
    Guy who plays keyboards in The Rogue Traders

    I also went to school with some famous people, does that count?

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    What about famous people I've met at nightclubs:

    Gavin Wanganeen
    Mil Hanna
    Anthony Koutoufides
    Ang Christou
    John Foreman
    Belvedere from Good Morning Australia
    Jimeoin
    Gumpy from Freaked Out Flower Children
    Sophie Lee
    Blade from the old Gladiators
    Molly Meldrum

    I better stop before I get carried away...starting to relive the good old days...

    PS. As you might imagine, I met all these people in the years I had given up chess....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watto
    Archbishop Tutu
    That would have been pretty cool....

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteElephant
    That would have been pretty cool....
    The coolest IMO.
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    Gunner, you would have met many famous people through your work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteElephant
    Gunner, you would have met many famous people through your work?
    More accurately, could have met. Especially considering the artist interviews and door lists (read A list, opening night freebies, VIP tickets etc..) that are part of our daily grind.

    And if I can run the risk of a little too much information, Scene Magazine shares a rear fire exit that leads into the back car park of The Arena (our regular sausage & five minute breather haunt). From there we have access to the roadies and the artists as they unload for their gigs - if we want.

    The kiddies on staff go bananas for this sort of stuff.
    The adults on staff get over it quite quickly.
    The Howards on staff couldn't, and never have, given a monkeys!
    Apparently that's part of my mystique.

    I mean seriously, have you actually listened to the dribble that comes out of these artists' mouths?

    This has been another GD True Story.
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    As to the topic at hand, the best in-home appearance I can muster is Boris The Black Knight and various other tv types from my father's days in television in the UK and here.
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    People that I met!

    Ok now that we are looking at people that we met rather than ppl who visited our homes here is another list:

    Garry Kasparov
    Anatoly Karpov
    Mikhail Tal
    Vassily Ivanchuk
    Mikhail Botvinnik
    Mark Taimanov
    Yuri Averbakh
    Lev Polugoevsky

    For non-chess playing ones:
    Vartslav Gavel (President of Check Republic)
    Markus Wolf (Head of East German Shtazi)
    Roy Medvedev (Russian Historian)
    Thomas Muster (Tennis Player)
    John So (Lord Mayor of Melbourne - met him several times)
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