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The World’s Greatest Gate Crasher Lives Like A Millionaire Without Spending A Penny




Notorious gate-crasher Dion Rich with Oprah Winfrey.
Notorious gate-crasher Dion Rich with Oprah Winfrey.
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Every Angeleno has a story about a celebrity sighting or encounter in Los Angeles.

But few come close to Dion Rich’s, the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest gate-crasher.”

Rich was a ticket-broker and a bar owner in San Diego back in the 1960s when the football team, the Chargers, had moved south from Los Angeles to San Diego.

His bar brought in a lot of athletes, so as he got to know the Kansas City Chiefs, he started hopping on their busses and walking into their locker-rooms unannounced, and the athletes did not stop him.

So began Rich’s career of crashing every high profile event from from the Super Bowl (35 times) to a handful of appearances at the Academy Awards.

Larry talks with Bill Swank, Dion’s good friend and coauthor of “The Life of Dion Rich: Live Like a Millionaire with No Money Down" to talk about the appeal of gate crashing.

Guests:

Bill Swank, San Diego-based baseball historian and coauthor of the book, “The Life of Dion Rich: Live Like a Millionaire with No Money Down” he’s also been friends with Dion Rich for 25 years.

Dion Rich, an 89-year old San Diego resident who is notorious for gate-crashing high-profile events like the Super Bowl