So, In my dreams.... really. In my dreams I've hung out with most of them except for maybe Donna, Keith and Pigpen. Those are the dreams you don't want to wake from.
In this earthly reality I met Phil once in 2010, after the New Years show, at the 4 Seasons in SF during a meet and greet benefit for the Unbroken Chain foundation. There were about 20 of us there, no more. It was facilitated by 2 pranksters which made the 4 seasons feel a little less 4 seasons. It was cool a bunch of heads sitting 'round a long rectangle table having breakfast with Phil. I pretty much just listened and watched, while others asked questions. Phil spoke of how Jill was writing the set lists at the time... his new ride, his strings.... mostly stuff we all know now. My best friend next to my hubby gave this to me as a gift and was one of the best I've ever received. Phil was a great host and accepted a CD of my husband's. It would be nice to meet him again in a less formal environment... but I so very much appreciate what I got.
I also went to the GD symposium @ UMass Amherst in 2007 and met Dennis McNally, Herb Green, MG, Dan Healey, David Gans, Nicholas Meriwether, Bob Bralove and more. This was an amazing weekend, very low key and informal, with a ton of informative panel discussions. I'd love for something like this to happen again. Conversations and connections were had by all! I brought my 6 week old and he slept through the whole thing... (perfect).
Dick Latvala bought me a drink once too... that was fun.
Merl Saunders was also alway a gentleman.
How lucky we all are for such experiences!