“I met Dolly Parton twice while working at Dollywood. The first time we were in the park before the season started, and she was shooting commercials. When we got there that day, they had turned our shop into her dressing room, so we weren’t allowed in at first. But when she found out, she let us in. There were buffet tables set up and she told us to help ourselves, and that she didn’t need all of that food anyway! In-between takes, she talked to us about what we were doing, where we were going to college, what we were studying, and so on.

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The second time was a year later before the park opened. She was doing an interview with one of the local news stations up in the balcony of the big emporium shop. I was with a friend down below watching, and when it was over, Dolly leaned over the railing and yelled, ‘HEY! I remember you! Stay right there!’ She came downstairs, gave me a big hug, and asked how I was. That was one of the most surreal moments ever — a flipping legend like Dolly remembered me a year later.”

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