Top of the Morning, Sept. 12, 2018

Top of the Morning, Sept. 12, 2018

In May, he played an out-of-the-blue round of golf with Heisman Trophy winner BO JACKSON in Savoy. On Friday, he hobnobbed with former President BARACK OBAMA at an Urbana coffee shop.

Otherwise, it's been a pretty boring stretch for DEXTER PATTERSON, a 61-year-old who works at Restoration Urban Ministries.

"Right place, right time," is how the Urbana man explains his recent run-ins with the rich and famous. "I just thank my lucky stars."

He credits his son, Champaign County Board member KYLE PATTERSON, for his handshake with Obama. Dexter was at home when Kyle called with instructions to hustle to Caffe Paradiso — and he did just that.

As the picture at right shows, Dexter was caught off guard when Obama introduced himself.

"I was sitting down and his back was to me," he said. "I looked at my phone and the next thing I knew, he had his hand out and asked 'What's your name?'"

Dexter's magic touch can be traced to 2002. A spectator at the Western Open in suburban Chicago, he encouraged his middle-school son to ask one of the golfers for an autograph after he finished his round. TIGER WOODS obliged, signing a Nike hat belonging to Kyle.

"God's work," Dexter said. "What are the chances ..."

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