I don't remember what year it happened, but on the final day of the show a short man and his wife stopped by to see the booth. I noticed that he was from "Microprose" but I didn't see a name on his tag and if I recall I thought he was just some marketing dude. I did sort of a half-assed demo of some game I had been working on (I was soooo tired), and then I asked the guy about his job.
He said, "I'm a game designer. My name is Sid Meier, it's nice to meet you."
It was like someone punched me in the chest. I actually stumbled a few steps backward before I re-gained my steely composure and asked, "Whatsa how -- Sid Ma-- hammana hammana..."
I honestly don't remember what happened after that, but I recall that he sort of wandered off looking a little bewildered. Always nice to make an ass of yourself in front of one of your idols. <sigh>