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I know celebrities are supposed to be nice when they lend their name, time and (sometimes) money to charitable causes, but I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and interviewing former “American Idol” champ Taylor Hicks, former “ER” star Gloria Reuben, former New York Giants cornerback Jeremy Lincoln and “SportsCenter” anchor Trey Wingo in Mamaroneck yesterday at Autism Speaks’ 10th annual New York Celebrity Golf Challenge. All of them were good-natured and showcased great senses of humor.
I’ll be posting quotes and clips from my interviews with them in the days to come.
Other stars spotted at the event were former New York Knicks guard John Starks; “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter; former New York Giants tight end Howard Cross; news anchor Jack Ford; and actor Gregg Bello. Kalter gave me some great quotes at last year’s event.
(Photo by Joe Larese/The Journal News)
If you want the formal account of yesterday’s Autism Speaks celebrity-laden tournament at Mamaroneck’s Winged Foot Golf Club, check out this story in today’s Journal News.
In it, you’ll find quotes by former NBC Chairman Bob Wright, who cofounded the charity; “Dateline NBC” co-anchor and Dobbs Ferry homeowner Stone Phillips; “Fox5 News at 10” meterorologist and New Rochelle resident Nick Gregory; National Football League Hall-of-Famer Harry Carson; fellow former New York Giant and one-time star of “The Bachelor” Jesse Palmer; and “Late Show with David Letterman” announcer Alan Kalter.
Now for some behind-the-scenes gossip that didn’t appear in print due to the constraints of space, time and relevance:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Some of the other celebrities to appear at the event, in alphabetical order: actor Gregg Bello; CBS sportscaster Don Criqui; Kansas drummer Phil Ehart; CourtTV commentator Jack Ford; “Squawk Box” cohost Joe Kernen; actor Richard Kind; former NFL cornerback Jeremy Lincoln; “Today in New York” sports anchor Otis Livingston; music producer Brendan O’Brien; and musician Tyrone Vaughan, who is the nephew of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Among those scheduled to appear at the event, but didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t show, were season-five Ã¢â‚¬Å“American IdolÃ¢â‚¬? champ Taylor Hicks, Ã¢â‚¬Å“TodayÃ¢â‚¬? show cohost Matt Lauer and comedian George Lopez.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ True to his persona on “The Bachelor,” Palmer charmed members of the public and media, enthusiastically posing for photos and answering questions.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Carson said he was happy to help out the charity, despite repeatedly stating that his golf game “sucks.” Asked what his score was minutes after completing the 18-hole course, Carson said, “I have no idea.”
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Celebrity golf handicaps (or at least those they want us to believe): Kalter, 14; Palmer, 15; Lincoln, 16; Wright, 18; Gregory, 26.