Who they have met: Nancy McLean
Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator
Welcome to our new fortnightly feature, Who They Have Met. If you or anyone you know have met at least 10 interesting internationally famous personalities in the course of time, let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You must supply proof with pictures.
We begin the series with The Jamaica Pegasus hotel's Nancy McLean, manager of the Corporate Area landmark. She has been fortunate to meet people like Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England; the late Pope John Paul II, Winnie and Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Luciano Pavarotti, Fidel Castro, Louis Farrakhan and scores more.
Today, we highlight some of the more memorable ones.
McLean has met Queen Elizabeth II twice. For the second and more interesting
Of Pope John Paul II, she thought, "It's a sacred feeling you get. It's a humility you feel, more than anything. I can't describe it, He's one of those persons who reach out to the world."
McLean describes meeting current United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this way: "She is great, and it's one of my greatest pleasures to have met her.
After the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, Clinton made a brief stop over to meet with Prime Minister Bruce Golding. After the meeting, McLean invited Clinton for refreshment - June plum juice interested her. She had never had it before, and thoroughly it.
"She was a very pleasant, lovely lady, always smiling. She seemed very approachable."
McLean was thrilled to meet famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti when he performed here in the late '90s. "I remember him sitting on the patio at King's House. His accent was very thick. You watch him on television but to be in his presence is something else."
McLean has met the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, on more than one occasion. The prince occasionally visits the island to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards ceremony
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
"He was just passing through with the mayor of Kingston (Desmond McKenzie) and I greeted him. I knew of him from keeping abreast of international affairs but not someone I thought I would have met."
Chinese Vice-president Xi Jinping
"The Chinese are very meticulous. We went through a lot of preparation work and a lot of detail." They brought their own chef, while the Jamaica Pegasus dealt with the Jamaican aspect of things.
McLean is a big sports fan and has met Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt, whom she describes as "a very humble person, very nice chap", and football great, Pelé.
Farrakhan, Castro and others
Louis Farrakhan - "It was very interesting meeting Farrakhan. I had the chance to have audience with him. He's so controversial and interesting so anyone would want to meet him."
Fidel Castro - "I grew up hearing so many negatives about him. I met him twice."
"The opportunity to not only be in the midst of these great leaders but when you listen to them make their presentation, you learn who they really are. Castro is eloquent and brilliant. When he speaks, you stand up and listen to him."
So who else would she love to meet? President Obama, tennis greats Roger Federer