That’s a great story. :-)
That was a great job driving a cab even though it was stressful as hell. I drove a LOT of celebs, I picked up Bruce Willis once near the Time Warner center - I went to shake his hand and he shook my wrist instead, also Kareem Abdul Jabbar and drove him to Harlem, Lauren Hutton who wouldn’t shut up, David Blaine, Kevin Kline - who didn’t say one word, Tatum ONeil - who was a huge pain in the ass, Michael Stipe, Drew Barrymore, on and on and I never got any of their autographs lol lol I just felt like an idiot asking. Yeah that job was wild, but meeting Clancy was probably the highlight out of all of them, especially after seeing how down to earth he was. He was just a really cool guy, pretty much blew my mind why he was so interested in my life. Maybe that’s just the way he was though, he asks people about their lives and stores it away for writing.
Back in my navy days we would occasionally fly into NAS Pax River and while in the pattern you could occasionally catch a glimps of his house on the bluff. Sailors just called it “Toms place”. He knew the Crystal City VA area like the back of his and and spent a little time in Fred’s, a bar in the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) building, or so I’m told. Referred to Fred’s in a couple of his books. I used to watch for him when I went in there but never saw him. Great author. I sat up all night in the “Q” at NAS Sigonella and read Cardinal of the Kremlin from cover to cover. Impossible, to put it down.