Tammy Faye’s Hubby

In case you ever get the idea of asking me who is the most famous person I have ever met, I thought I would do a pre-emptive strike and answer that question for you.

In Las Vegas, I went to a boxing card at the old Aladdin Hotel and Casino back in 1996. It was one of those smaller fight cards put together because there was a bigger one the following night at Caesar’s Palace. Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Oscar De La Hoya were in the main event, with De La Hoya winning on a stoppage on cuts in the fourth round.

I was one of the first at the gates of the Aladdin that night, and had a good conversation with one of the writers for a boxing publication. While we were speaking, I saw all of the people in person you’d normally see on TV if you frequently watched fights from Vegas during that time. I exchanged pleasantries with long time ring announcer Chuck Hull and referee Carlos Padilla. During the fight card, I saw Sugar Ray Leonard wondering around. I remember thinking that he was in great shape, and that he might fight again. The following year, he did indeed fight once last time, losing by stoppage to the late Hector “Macho” Camacho.

But I can top that.

When I worked as a janitor at a Wal-Mart in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999, I once met Jim Bakker.

Bakker was famous for the PTL (Praise The Lord) Club and building Heritage USA outside of Charlotte. He made a lot of money off of his church, enough to silence staff secretary Jessica Hahn (who became somewhat famous herself) whom he had allegedly raped along with another minister in, oddly enough, Clearwater Beach. It all went downhill for Bakker after that, who tearfully made his perp walk in front of rolling TV cameras, accused and then convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges.

So one overnight shift at this Wal-Mart in south Charlotte, I saw his face, and greeted him like I would any other customer. Didn’t think anything of it. It’s what I was supposed to do.

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