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ConCarolinas or Bust!

I am off to ConCarolinas. (See you soon, estellye!) *waves*

Before I go, a moment of silence:

* R.I.P. two legends of the Star Trek universe: film director Joseph Pevney ("Amok Time,” “City on the Edge of Forever,” “The Trouble with Tribbles,” “Journey to Babel”), and the man who created the most memorable Star Trek music theme in history, the Emmy winning and Oscar-nominated composer Alexander Courage. Read "Joseph Pevney & Alexander Courage Remembered " here.

* R.I.P. Emmy Winning Actor Harvey Korman.

And a note of general interest (complete with pictures): "Vatican Opens Pagan Tombs Under St. Peter's."

"The real origin of science fiction lay in the seventeenth-century novels of exploration in fabulous lands. Therefore Jules Verne's story of travel to the moon is not science fiction because they go by rocket but because of where they go. It would be as much science fiction if they went by rubber band."
- Philip K. Dick



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May. 30th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
Have a good convention - May it be plague and drama free. :-)

So sad about Harvey Korman - Carol Burnett is heartbroken - It's so sad.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Luckily WisCon's case of con crud (I feel so terrible for everyone affected - that sounded like a plague!) stayed far away, and I had one of the best con experiences ever.

Harvey Korman's death really is sad. It's a testament to him as a person that those who worked closest with him are so devastated by his loss.
Jun. 1st, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Sad loss of Harvey Korman. I'll never forget Count de Money.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
So true! *moment of silence*
Jun. 1st, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
It's all my fault. For some reason I didn't pick Harvey in the 2008 Derby Dead Pool the way I usually do, and there he goes. Shelley Winters went the same way.

I'm sorry...
Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! I knew there was someone to blame...
Jun. 1st, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
A Harvey Korman anecdote:

I worked with Harvey on a couple of projects, including the Garfield cartoon show, which he did as a favor to me even though there was no conceivable reason for him to do me a favor. We had a set fee we paid guest voice actors...a generous one but it was below what Harvey Korman usually received. A few weeks later, I was in New York and so was Harvey. He appeared on Conan O'Brien's show one evening and then the next day, he took his family to a matinee of the Broadway show of Beauty and the Beast, which then starred Tom Bosley. Mr. Korman and Mr. Bosley had once been roommates, sharing a hovel not far from that theater, back in their starving actor days.

After visiting with Bosley, the Kormans went walking through Times Square and Harvey noticed and recognized me walking along. He introduced me to the family and while the wife and kids went off to buy something, we stood there — around Broadway and 43rd, I believe — just talking. Except Harvey wasn't talking just to me. He talked to everyone who walked past, heckling tourists and joking with passers-by...

...and a crowd started to form around us. Before long, there must have been sixty, seventy people clustered about, watching this tall, crazy person putting on a little show, doing in essence a stand-up comedy routine in the middle of Times Square.

I don't know if they all knew who he was. Odds are, some of them recognized him from Conan O'Brien the night before, some from The Carol Burnett Show or movies like Blazing Saddles. But I think to many, he was just this loud, funny person carrying on, doing street theater. It was kind of a mix of Don Rickles and Irwin Corey, rattling from topic to topic, pausing now and then to insult the audience. He had his arm around my shoulder and every so often, he'd point at me and tell them, "This man writes the Garfield cartoons. You all watch Garfield!"

So I'm standing there, laughing outrageously at Mr. Korman's spontaneous performance but also feeling rather odd, wondering what these onlookers were thinking this was all about. I also noticed that every few seconds, one of them would look up, like there was something important going on over our heads that we couldn't see.

All in all, it was one of those "I'd give anything to have had a tape recorder — or better still, a video camera — moments." I'm sure you can believe me on this: Harvey Korman was hilarious, making a whole comedy routine out of nothing at all, entertaining the hell out of seventy or so people who just happened to be walking down Broadway at that moment. If he'd put out a container to collect donations, he'd have made a couple of hundred bucks.

After maybe fifteen minutes, Mrs. Korman and the little Kormans returned, Harvey told everyone the show was over and we said our goodbyes. As we walked off in opposite directions, I looked back and up to see what the spectators had been staring at over our heads...and there, on the building above us and at least four stories high, was a giant billboard of Garfield the Cat touting the luxury of Embassy Suites. It was a coincidence, of course, but I'll bet the folks who gathered around to listen to Harvey didn't think that. They must have all figured that Harvey Korman had been hired to stand in the middle of Times Square, right under the giant picture of Garfield, and introduce everyone to the guy who wrote the Garfield cartoons.

Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: A Harvey Korman anecdote:
What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing it with me.
Jun. 2nd, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
Hi, Eldritchhobbit,...I was just scanning your entries (since you are my shiny, new friend :) and, my goodness, you are busy!

It was very, very nice to meet you. I thoroughly enjoyed ConCarolinas, and I especially loved the time I got to spend together with you and Estellye. Of the many sessions we sat in on, yours were the most thought-provoking (and entertaining) panel discussions.

And, to borrow the words of the possibly drunk happy goth panel moderator, you are a beautiful ray of sunshine!

Jun. 2nd, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Hi there, my new friend! *hugs*

Meeting you was the very best thing about a fantastic con. I kept thinking "Why haven't I been friends with her earlier?" Of course, I should have known you'd be wonderful - Estellye knows all the cool people. :D Thanks so much for hanging out with me and for being so encouraging and supportive about the panels.

It was a pleasure getting to meet and know you. I really look forward to getting visiting with you more, online and in person. Best wishes on your last week of classes!
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
Aw, Gee Whiz :) :) You are too sweet. I hope that we all get together again soon.

Thanks for the well-wishes for this last week of school...we ALL have summer fever! Hectic Times...I just finished working, which is why I'm up so late tonight. I saw your reply and wanted to thank you and let you know how wonderful it makes me feel to know that you enjoyed meeting me as much as I did you!

I really don't know what I'd do without my Gina...she's great...and you're right...she does know the coolest people :)

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