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Undertoad 02-03-2016 12:50 PM

One of our all-time comedy forefathers, Bob Elliott, of "Bob and Ray", at age 92.

Father of Chris Elliott and Grandfather of Abby and Bridey Elliott.

glatt 02-03-2016 01:04 PM

Did I ever tell the story of the time I saw Chris Elliott at a Sears in Connecticut shopping for a washing machine in the '80s?

It was at the Crystal Mall in Watertown. He was shopping for a washing machine or similar appliance with a woman his age. This was when he was "the guy under the stairs" on Letterman. I pointed him out to my college buddies and he made eye contact with me when I did that. We didn't go over.

Good story, huh?

glatt 02-03-2016 01:06 PM

I have an even worse story about Richard Trethewey, the plumber on This Old House. Let me know if you want to hear it.

Undertoad 02-03-2016 01:25 PM

Oh Chris Elliott was hilarious on those early Lettermans. I remember every night watching it, I was hoping that he'd have a segment.

By all means go ahead on the Tretheway story

Undertoad 02-03-2016 01:50 PM

while we wait, here's some typical Bob and Ray.

They usually played this stuff extreme deadpan but here Ray can't help but crack up.

glatt 02-03-2016 02:12 PM

I was on my way home from work, and I think it was raining because I cut through a hotel lobby to get to the Metro station instead of walking the extra two blocks outside. Richard Trethewey was in the lobby of the hotel talking to somebody. I noticed him, but continued on my way home without even slowing down. I saw in the paper the next morning that there was some home building convention in the convention center near that hotel. I told you it was a worse story.

I've got a slightly better story about Ross Perot. I'm just going to tell it without going through the charade of asking you to ask me to tell it. Because I probably ruined it with the plumber story.

I was walking with two cow orkers at lunch time near my office during that presidential election. We were waiting at a corner for the light to change so we could cross the street. A regular sized Town Car stopped to wait for some pedestrians to finish crossing the side street so it could turn. Ross Perot was in the front passenger seat, looking out the window sideways with the window rolled down. My one cow orker said loudly. "Hey!" and pointed at Ross. Ross smiled a big smile and waved at us from about 4 feet away as the car made the turn and was off.

I have several DC sidewalk stories. Wayne Newton coming out of the White House, Sam Donaldson crossing the street, Mikhail Baryshnikov walking with Twyla Tharp. When you turn it into a list, the stories are even less interesting.

Perhaps my favorite is seeing 'Los from the first season of MTV's Road Rules riding in a slouched "leave me the fuck alone" position on the Metro. You have no idea who he is today, but when I told friends back then that I'd seen Los on the Metro, they all knew who I meant. Stupid reality TV.

glatt 02-03-2016 02:15 PM

Bob and Ray are so young there.
I remember them more from this era:

Undertoad 02-03-2016 02:20 PM

Notice but continue on your way is good policy IMO.

My only one like that, I think; I had dinner at a local seafood restaurant two tables over from Pete Rose. No big deal, I just let the man eat dinner in peace.

Pamela 02-03-2016 07:16 PM

I have met Stacy Krass several times, and seen him tooling around in a pale yellow Rolls Royce. He was really nice guy. Story of his murder here

But so was Angelo Bruno, who I also met once. (ONCE!)

Undertoad 02-04-2016 07:43 PM

Earth, Wind and Fire founder Maurice White.

infinite monkey 02-04-2016 10:16 PM

I hope he says hello to my mom. She loved some Earth Wind & Fire. "September" always reminds me of her. We listened to that a lot in September 2013, when I was taking her to treatment. :(

My personal favorite song by EW & F is "Saturday Nite"

RIP my funky man.

sexobon 02-13-2016 04:52 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia found dead at Texas ranch ...

He was a character.

Clodfobble 02-13-2016 04:58 PM

Echo echo echo...

sexobon 02-13-2016 05:11 PM

Well, you can't call jinx 'cause my post was 3 minutes before yours. :p:

xoxoxoBruce 02-13-2016 05:25 PM

Say what?

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