For WAM buffs, a story about Erich Leinsdorf, conducting Mahler with the Boston Symphony in the 1970s:
Driving along the freeway on his way into town for the concert in Symphony Hall, Leinsdorf has cut it a bit fine, so he puts his foot down, and sure enough the cops pull him over.
He’s getting really late now, so he blurts out,
“Look officer, you gotta let me go, I’m a real famous conductor, I gotta go and conduct the Boston Symphony, they’re counting on me—my name’s Erich Leinsdorf!”
The cop (chewing gum languorously) looks at him skeptically and goes,
“I don’t care who you are, bud—you could be Arthur Fiedler for all I care!”