Blogger Jeff Toquinto gets to take a photo with former World Wrestling Federation Wrestling Champion Bruno Sammartino - the "Living Legend" - prior to driving Sammartino in the W.Va Italian Heritage Festival Parade.
The rose in this picture if Bridgeport's Natalie Aliff. To the right is WVU All-American and Miami Heat draft pick Da'Sean Butler, while in the middle is Nick Lachey, former member of the band 98 Degrees and reality TV star. This photo was taken at a Cincinnati Reds game.
Emmy Award winning actor Dave Morse is the gentleman on the left, whille the gawking individual on the right is Greater Bridgeport Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Tim Brady. Morse's second greatest moment of acting - following The Green Mile - came here when he acted like he wanted to take this phot.
That's Bridgeport's Natalie Hathaway with Country Music star Jake Owen before his recent concert in Clarksburg.
That's Connect Bridgeport's own Julie Perine with some guy you may know named Dierks Bentley and another Perine; Brittany Perine
Former 49er and Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana was in Bridgeport last week for a bit to eat at Oliverio's and is shown here with Dareth Murphy.
Jake Owen makes his second appearance, as does Connect Bridgeport's Julie Perine. As you may notice, they're doing their Be Gavin Strong pose.
Bridgeport Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Joe Shuttleworth has an encounter that most NFL players would have found a bit unsettling - a grip from former Pittsburgh Steeler Pro Bowl center Dermontti Dawson.
Few people have had as many encounters with the world of celebrity sports personalities as WBOY's Mike Corley. Here, Corley is shown before last year's Orange Bowl beatdown of Clemson with West Virginia University legends Steve Slaton, left, and Pat White, right.
The often imitated but never duplicated Carl "Norm" Correll, right, is shown in this September, 2008 picture in Lincoln, Nebraska with college football great "Touchdown" Tommie Frazier. The person with Correll and Frazier that can say he's in a photo with two celebrities is Correll's friend Chris Cutler.
Ever wonder where Bridgeport Middle School coach Bill Shaver gets his coaching strategy from? Well, this might provide an answer. Coach Shaver caught up with Coach Knight at a coach's clinic.
Bridgeport's Cyndi Shaver, middle, is joined by Jane Lynn Squires, David Davisson, Brenda Davisson and Corbin Davisson as they meet former Astronaut Alan Bean in recent years at Star Quest. Bean was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 12 mission, man's second lunar landing. He is now an artist that paints about what he experienced as an astronaut. He adds bits of moon dust that he took from his patches to each of his paintings.
OK, so this isn't a picture of a local individual with a celebrity. It is a photo of Kramer, the legendary Seinfeld character played by Michael Richards. Our good friend D. Scott Faris recently wrote a blog on his celebrity encounter with Richards and, trust us, this is definitely worth reading. Please enjoy Mr. Faris' piece. http://scottfaris.blogspot.com/2009/07/on-karma-and-exploiting-celebrities.html
The best way to promote something locally is to find someone known nationally to help you out. Footloose Music Director Greg DeVito, right, needed some help promoting Footloose and NFL great Randy Moss was more than glad to help out.
Bridgeport's Anthony Blount was lucky enough to meet his childhood baseball idol Pete Rose this year in Las Vegas. Blount was walking in Caesars Palace and spotted him signing memorabilia and got this photo with Rose.
Bridgeport resident John Minnocci "walks that aisle" as he meets 16-time world heavyweight wrestling champion "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair at an autograph session recently in Clarksburg.
Getting together in Pittsburgh, from left, are Todd Montgomery, James Albani, Jimmy Coberly and John Minnocci as they meet up with Pirate legend Manny Sanguilanin - second from left - in April of 2001. Sanguillen
Our friend Mike Corley, behind the camera, is shown here shooting a WBOY promo with colleague Dana Arquilla. Oh yea, that's Jeopardy's Alex Trebek to the left.
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. gets a visit from fans Coleton Marsh, Nicki Parrish and Gavin Parrish prior to a recent concert.
Just prior to his pregame workout at the WVU-LSU regular season game a few years ago in Baton Rouge, Ben Lowther gets some advice from Richard Simmons that his "tailgate" effort may not produce the desired results.
FROM RON WEBSTER: Twenty years ago I was in the Pittsburgh airport at a coffee bar, and I turned around and saw the biggest ring I had ever seen on the biggest finger I had ever seen. When I looked at the face that belonged to the finger, it was Larry Csonka. When I was a little kid, before black and gold blood filled my veins, I was infatuated by the Dolphins because they were unbeaten, and I loved the turquoise uniforms (which they seldom wore). Anyway, here was one of the Dolphin's foundational players, complete with one of his Super Bowl rings (if he told me which one, I don't remember). His head was as big as a basketball, and I'm sure that if I would have taken a twenty foot run and hit him with all I had, he would not have moved an inch. He approached the counter to put cream in his coffee and we started talking. When I told him I was from West Virginia, he said when he was at Syracuse he played in "some tough games down there in Parkersburg," which is where I lived at the time. I thought he misspoke, but, as it turns out, in his era, the Mountaineers did play some home games in Parkersburg. He was on his way to Kansas City to do an NFL game, and he was very gracious and friendly. Of course, back then we didn't have cell phones, and no one carried a camera on his person, so I have no picture, just the story, which I love to tell. I also met Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson in a Champs Sports Bar in Detroit late one night, and it was in 1988 when the Pistons were at their peak. I'm not sure what he was doing out so late during the season. Recently, I met James Carvel on an elevator in Atlanta. I wasn't nearly as excited about that one as the other two. (Pictured is Larry Csonka)
Harrison County native Tige Pratt meets up with Jean Michel Cousteau in Orlando. Pratt was at a diving manufacturers' show and met him signing his new book at one of the booths.