Life’s Reflections: Famous people I’ve met

Life's Reflections: Linda Moody's Weekly Column

On Facebook the other day, someone asked readers what famous celebrity they’ve met and talked to or something to that effect.

I wanted to answer, but didn’t. However, I thought it would be a great lead for this column.

My response to that question would be Charlie Daniels, when he appeared in concert at the Great Darke County Fair in 1983.

If I remember correctly, reporters gathered in a small building inside the track in front of the Coliseum. That building no longer exists through. There were quite a few of us in there and I got to ask him one question and, if my memory serves me well, I asked him what it was like to visit places like Greenville on his tour or something like that. I don’t remember what he responded but I do remember him keep spitting chew into a container while talking to us newspeople gathered around.

The only other chance I thought I was going to get in interviewing the concert star(s) at the Great Darke County Fair were Sammy Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan, but after waiting and waiting I was told they wanted to spend some time alone since they had both been on the road at different venues. So, that was scratched.

That was in 2001, the year after I missed my first fair as I had undergone surgery when my right kidney was removed. I guess I was expecting too much since I missed a whole fair that one year. Oh well, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Kershaw and Morgan reportedly got married later that year but “the tumultuous marriage” ended in divorce after six years.

Another celebrity I met was at the Garst Museum in Greenville when actress Florence Henderson visited. I know I was introduced to her but don’t remember the conversation. I’m sure she visited the Annie Oakley section of the museum, because, I am thinking, she was appearing in “Annie Get Your Gun” in Dayton somewhere, but I  might be wrong. I know there are photos on display in the Oakley room where she visited and in the photo with Florence was me and other guests that day.

On another occasion, I didn’t get to meet him, but I did go to the Charlie Pride concert over 25 years ago with my friends, Sherry Ungericht and Ruth and Rolland Myers. All of them are gone now or I could let you know where the concert was held. I’m thinking somewhere in Indiana.

As for local personalities on television, number one is Steve Baker, a friend of mine for more than 50 years. I just interviewed him when he was named one of the co-grand marshals of the Christmas Parade in Greenville.
Speaking of local television, I also remember seeing Gil Whitney, I believe, in Bradford during their Pumpkin Show one year. I can’t remember if I talked to him but if I would have I would have told him about how my son Jamie loved to talk about the weather, using a yardstick on our wall at home to describe his “predictions,” mocking Gil. It was so cute.

Then, I asked Jamie if he could remember me talking about meeting any famous people. He couldn’t, but he sure told me the concerts he attended which included Alabama, Lonestar, Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis, Tracy Byrd, Neal McCoy and get this, Sammy Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan.

Most of those aforementioned concerts were at the Darke County Fair, which I didn’t attend because I generally used Sundays on fair week to stay home and rest as I was really busy the whole week of the fair at times. Family or friends made sure Jamie got to go, though.

He also got to see Billy Ray Cyrus in concert in Preble County and even got his picture taken with him, but the photo is probably in storage.

The late Ed Leeper of Rossburg used to bring country music stars’ relatives to town to perform for crowds who gathered there. They included  Michael Twitty, son of Conway Twitty, and another country music great David Frizzell
I was asked to cover Ricky Nelson’s twins sons concert at Memorial Hall in Greenville and Jamie is forever grateful that he got to meet them and have his photo taken with them.

He said he even met the sons of the Statler Brothers at the Ansonia ballpark, and reminded me that he met Gabriel Enright of Whio TV and Brian Davis of Channel 2 news.

I also interviewed Matt Light at one point and the late Mark HYork, formerly of Aranum, who made it into the film industry.

Now, I look back on it all  and wish I would have interviewed the late Keith Whitley, Larry the Cable Guy, Loretta Lynn, Eric Clapton, George Strait, Frankie Valli and Tim McGraw, among others.

As for baseball favorites of mine, I would choose Brandon Phillips and Jonathan India; and in racing, Dale Jarrett.

I can dream, can’t I or is it too late in life for this to happen?

Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Mary Ann Mehaffie, Madonna Poeppelman, John A. Kaiser, Charles “Chuck” Hein, Phyllis June A.ukerman and Jeff Stewart.
Please pray for these people: Randy Heck, Danny Foster, Jeff Rider, Stefani Priest, Roxanne Barnes, Joann Freeman, Cathy Collins Peters, Donna Bixler, Vanna Hannam, Debbie Labig, Kevin Wampler, Brenda Wallace, Linda Subler, Michelle Young, Roger McEowen, Jerri Barber, Sally Burnett Ganger, Rick Alexander, Jeff Zumbrun, Gary Cain, Shelley Brinley, Stacy Cline, Ron Mills, Cheryl Gilmore, June Moody, Larry Vititoe, D’Arleen Waymire, Joe Arnett, Tony Liette, Jennifer Peck, Matt Hiestand, Kathy Swabb, Gloria Hodge, Jeff Baltes, Cory Meadows, D’Arleen Waymire, Judy Hoffman and daughter Shelly, Albert Duncan, Cathy Melling, Scott Clark, and all of those who are suffering from other life-altering illnesses, including Covid and other variants associated with the Pandemic.
Happy birthday to:
Jan. 24 to Marlene Mears, Mindy Bowers Schaefer, Rick Lee and Toni Midlam.
Jan. 25 to Teresa Ketring, Kirk Harbison, Dianna McCullough, Greg Knick, Ken DeMange, Thomas Holden and Tammy Kaffenberger.
Jan. 26 to  Barbara Riffell Helm (80), Stephanie Burk, Jodi Gilpin Morgan, Joey Wappelhorst, Cassidy York, Terry Black Jr., Carla Kunk and Kay Bunch.
Jan. 27 to Ethel Lenker, Chad Beam, Aaron Teegarden, Roxanne Meadows and Elizabeth Wetzel.  
Jan. 28 to  David Bowers, Pam Weaver, and Missy Smith.
Jan. 29 to Debbie Shilt, Deb Fritz, Miller and Shirley Wampler.
Jan. 30 to Rise Labig, Albert Fleckenstein and Dan Reeser.
Happy anniversary to: Todd and Darla Printz on Jan. 26.

Think about it: “If you can’t be a pencil to write someone’s happiness, then try to be the eraser to remove their sadness.”

— Author Unknown
Steve Baker started his news career in Piqua, Ohio

Steve Baker started his news career in Piqua, Ohio

Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels

Mark York was famous of his 4 episode role on The Office US Version and is from Arcanum, Ohio

Mark York was famous of his 4 episode role on The Office US Version and is from Arcanum, Ohio

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ or 937-337-1955.

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