Well-known Paekakariki editor and polymath Don Polly chats briefly with a future US President during an embarrassing encounter in Los Angeles.
Embarrassing because garage mechanic Polly had forgotten the name of the man who was a famous film actor, a future Governor of California, and President of the US.
Don Polly also needed to avoid mentioning his own support for the American Communist Party ( Ronnie Reagan was always slightly right of centre).
So what did the ever-resourceful Polly do?
He walked boldly over to Reagan and blurted out: “Hi, I’m Don Polly — are you who I think you really are?”
Luckily the B-movie actor (who was working for right-wing Republican Barry Goldwater at the time) replied graciously “Ronald Reagan, great to meet you!”
And so a star was born…
That’s Don Polly we’re talking about.