Erica at http://mopeychick.blogspot.com asked me to elaborate on the time I met Paul Anka, so I will, though it may not be all that interesting. A girl I knew in high school, with whom I was not really friends, called me one night and said that she had been given two tickets to attend a local "rhythm and blues" concert at the local civic auditorium, and asked if I would like to accompany her. I wondered why she was inviting me, since we did not hang around together, but she was a majorette, so I was somewhat flattered by the invitation and excited to see all the singers on the program. I can't remember them all (it was 47 years ago) but some of them were: Duane Eddy, Lloyd Price, Annette Funicello and Paul Anka.
At intermission, we were asked if we would like to meet the "stars". Of course, we said yes, and we were ushered backstage. At that point, I was wondering who or what she knew that could get us invited backstage, but I was marvelling at my good fortune, so I didn't ask. The promoter introduced us to Paul, and I was flabbergasted at how small he was. I am 5'10", and he would have had to jump up to reach my chin. I guess he had no interest in tall girls (which was fine with me); but he did like my short, blond, curvy companion, and promptly invited her to an after concert party. Slowly, it dawned on me why she was there. I still didn't know why she had brought me along. We were introduced to the rest of the cast, and it was uneventful, except Annette kept hanging around the guy's neck as we were being introduced to him, and I can't remember who he was. I think it was the guy she starred with in "Beach Blanket Bingo"(Frankie Avalon?). Soon it was time to go back to our seats and see the second half of the show.
It was the first time I had seen live acts on a stage (I had a sheltered upbringing!) and I was impressed with how good the show was, even if some of the acts had never been heard of before. After they were all done, the promoter told us where the party was (a huge old local hotel). We went to the lobby and waited there until the show people appeared. She went off somewhere with Anka and I sat in the lobby, foolishly expecting her to return for me. I was so naive (I am ashamed to say). After about 45 minutes, I realized she wasn't coming back anytime soon, so I called a taxi and went home. I didn't tell my Mom where we went after the show. She would have skinned me alive!