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Steve Stewart

Chance chat with royalty in London

Following an afternoon of sightseeing in London, Decatur's Lynn and Larry Easterwood ran a quick errand that turned into a celebrity encounter.

As they approached St. Mary's hospital, they noticed a crowd had gathered. Prince William was inside, visiting the neonatal unit he recently opened.

As his highness exited the hospital, he stopped to chat with excited onlookers, including Lynn.

"He shook my hand and told me it was a pleasure to meet me, then jumped into his caravan and drove away," she told Kate Klepper.


Since they've returned from their trip, Larry has jokingly referred to Lynn's chance meeting as her "Forrest Gump experience" — she was in the right place at the right time.

Unfortunately, she picked the wrong time to listen to Larry's bit of well-intentioned advice.

"We were only going to be gone a minute, so he told me I wouldn't need my camera," she said.

You could be a docent

What's a docent?

Children visiting the Carnegie Visual Arts Center always ask what a docent is, and some adults wonder what one actually does.

Here's a tip: You don't shoot them during hunting season, though dozens of them will be around this fall.

Laura Phillips, Carnegie executive director, told Patrice Stewart that training docents and having plenty of these volunteers available to answer questions and give tours for student groups is a requirement of the Smithsonian Institution, which is sending its first traveling exhibition to the Carnegie this week.

A class to train docents for the "Between Fences" exhibit will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. Call the Carnegie at 341-0562 if you'd like to help.

High-crime area

A truck driver rankled Cedar Ridge Middle School students.

For one thing, he was disrupting the already chaotic morning traffic flow in the parking lot. Completely unforgivable, however, was what he was unloading: crates of soft drinks, forbidden to students under new school guidelines, but still available to teachers.

"He doesn't know it, but for what he is hauling, this is a high-crime area," griped eighth-grader John Fleischauer (quoted by his father, Eric).

No place to hide

Ever tried living in a glass house? How about the display window of a department store?

Gregg McGrady, 41, did the latter for 57 hours in Key West, Fla., raising more than $10,000 for AIDS Help. For a donation, people could join him for meals, cocktails or chats, according to The Associated Press.

One woman apparently used Gregg as a baby sitter, paying $60 to drop off her child to hang out with him in the window for a half-hour.

Send stories for You Don't Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. DAILY staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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