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My Brush with Greatness

Hey Bart,

Back around 1977, I was tending bar at a nice hotel in Indianapolis (aka "K-Drag North.")

One night, in walked Richard Deacon who then sat at my bar.

For you youngsters, Deacon played Fred Rutherford on "Leave It to Beaver" and Mel Cooley
on "The Dick Van Dyke Show." He ordered a double vodka and water on the rocks and
proceeded to toss it down in a few swigs. He ordered a second one to take back to his room.

He left a normal tip (around 10% at the time.) He kindly autographed a bar napkin for me
(his name with a drawing of his trademark black eyeglasses). I wish I could show you, but my
devil ex-wife ran off with it. Deacon passed away in 1983 at the age of 63. I won't forget him.
I grabbed a photo of him for you.

Keep hammering,
Tom (no longer living in Indiana, thank god. No offense to native Hoosiers.)

I grew up as a Dick Van Dyke Show addict.
It was the funniest show on television from 1960-64 - whatever.


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