Oh maan, I actually drove him in New York city about 10 years ago when I was driving a taxi in between jobs. I was going up Madison avenue and saw this disheveled looking guy carrying all these bags and he hailed me and my first thought was “Oh no, a homeless guy” and I got out and helped him put all these bags in the trunk, they looked like a bunch of computer stuff and he got in and the first thing he asked was “You mind if I smoke” ha ha Yeah yeah go ahead Oy. Then he told me to take him to the Regency on Park avenue so I was like whaaat? OK. Good at least he doesn’t want me to drive around for 9 hours while he goes to sleep. So he started asking me about taxi driving blah blah, the traffic and all this. What I did before, then he asked me if I grew up in NYC, yes I did and I asked him if he did, and he told me he was from Maryland. And as we were talking, I was like this guy looks *really* familiar...I just couldn’t place it, then it hit me...the googly looking eyes, he wasn’t wearing glasses- and then Maryland. So I just blurted out “You’re the writer Tom Clancy right” “How did you guess?” lol lol Doh! A shock went up my spine. “Reagans favorite writer!” and he said “ Yes! The great man who gave me my career - great man great man!” ha ha! Then by then we were at the hotel and like 4 doormen ran up just totally kissing his butt, oh man just one huge highlight of my short career as a cab driver. I wish I got his autograph but I felt like a schmuck asking. Sad to hear he passed.
That’s a great story. :-)
That’s a great story! So cool that you recognized him.
Thanks for a great story.
I’m not surprised he was picking your brain about driving and traffic. He was constantly doing research.