Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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You've seen Luciano Pavarotti on TV, right - or at least in pictures? Heavy-set fellow. Round face. Short, black beard. It's not as though the world-famous opera star is easy to miss. Unless, that is, you're a desk clerk at the Sheraton hotel in Padua, Italy, the tenor's homeland. Pavarotti was in town to collect an award for his work and believed he had a room booked. But he couldn't produce an ID, was turned away, and had to seek accommodations elsewhere. Said a Sheraton executive: "Unfortunately, we are required by law to ask patrons for ... valid identification."


Then there's Johannes Rau, who was not recognized by a boy on the street in a neighborhood in Berlin. But because the German president looked friendly, the youngster asked if he could provide directions to the nearest public rest room. Rau, who was arriving for a meeting, said he was sorry he couldn't. But he did give the lad his autograph.

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