In 1962, just after I'd graduated from High School, a couple of buddies and I drove to Indianapolis, to see the National Hot Rod & Custom Show at the Murat Shrine Temple downtown (this was a neat show in conjunction with the NHRA National Drags over Labor Day Weekend back then). The drags hadn't ended for the day yet (Waaaay before lights on the strip at IRP!), so we seeminkly had the exhibition hall to ourselves.
The cars were neat--lotsa stuff--Revell had a booth set up, giving out sample kits of their then-new 'Outlaw", "Challenger I", and the '56 Ford pickup. But, off in a corner of the hall, there stood the AMT Corporation Booth--with a very large layout introducing the AMT Authentic Model Turnpike steerable slot car track system, with none other than Bud "The Kat from AMT" Anderson, hisself!
My two friends and I spent the better part of 2 hours with Budd, and his helpers, learning to drive the Turnpike cars, and listening to Budd tell all manner of model car building tales. After that experience, I never heard from or spoke to, Budd again--but watched his moves to MPC then IMC, until he dropped off the map.
In 1968, while on a vacation trip to Florida with my folks, Stopping for lunch in downtown St/etersburg, FL, what do I spot on the square? "Budd Anderson's Hobby Shop"! Yup, the same Budd Anderson. Walking in, it only took him a few minutes to recall that day in Indy 6 years earlier--and we were off BS-ing about model cars again. We met up agai at the 1st Annual National Convention of the old Automotive Modelers Society, and then 2 or 3 times at NNL-West in Santa Clara, CA. Once Budd met you, he never forgot who you were the next time--which endeared him to countless modelers back then.