Mel Brooks has a good memory
"On a DC-10 flight from NYC to LA, I noticed that a guy standing in the aisle in first class. When I asked him if I could help with anything, he whipped around -- it was Mel Brooks! And immediately, he went right into, 'Well, did you hear the one about...' and starts telling me a joke. When he finished, I told him a joke -- and we just kept going back and forth for who knows how long. Next thing I know, his wife, Anne Bancroft, shows up and says "Hey, Mel, I'm sitting up here getting bored." Mel introduced me and before returning to his seat, invited me to come up and chat with them. Which I did, when I got my break, for almost an hour. They even wrote me a thank you note on the menu card, which I still have to this day.
Craziest part though. Flash forward eight months. I'm flying out of Miami and in first class, once again, is Mel and Anne. Brooks sees me and immediately says: 'Hey, I know you! Don't tell me your name, I'm going to get it. We were telling jokes on a flight from LA.' I see Anne start to tell him, and he says, 'No, don't tell me!' We start to taxi, and we're putting the safety video on, and then all of a sudden he yells my name! And everyone just stared in disbelief."
No, no, let Miss Bisset sleep
"We got delayed on the jetway and kicked everyone off the plane except Jacqueline Bisset, who was asleep in first class. The pilot was like, 'I'm just going to stare at her.'"
George Thorogood's late-night musings
"I spent a long time talking with George Thorogood one night in the upstairs galley of a 747. He was explaining how he could not immediately go back to his home with wife and kids after being on road for so long."