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Old 02-04-2006, 03:07 PM   #1
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Oh No "Grandpa Munster" Al Lewis has died

Very sorry to hear of his passing. I met him about 12 years ago in New York, he was a truly wild man, he sat and ate pizza with me and 3 friends and talked for over an hour. Very sad to see him go.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060204/..._tv/obit_lewis

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This is a big one for me.

He was so brilliant in so many things. My brother talked to him on the phone recently.

He will live forever on television. staffino
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:35 PM   #3
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Very sorry to hear of his passing. I met him about 12 years ago in New York, he was a truly wild man, he sat and ate pizza with me and 3 friends and talked for over an hour. Very sad to see him go.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060204/..._tv/obit_lewis

Hey, Lamont, tell us more about this wonderful story. (Please?) Was this at Al's restaurant? Or how did you happen to run into him?
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:35 PM   #4
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Cool Grandpa

It was not at his restaurant that he had owned
we were in a small little italian place, myself and a few friends, and i noticed this old man talking to some people at another table....
at first, i thought "what a loudmouth" b/c he was very loud and animated, and looked pretty funny with his hair longer than most old men and a cigar in his mouth and he had on a baggy leather jacket, then i noticed it looked like al lewis

at first, i didnt think it was him, but after about 5 minutes of eavesdropping i noticed it was and i had to interrupt

i said, excuse me grandpa, but u really have to sit and eat with us

and so he sat down and ate! i said it jokingly but he said down and ordered some manicotti and extra garlic bread and i joked around saying "i thought vampires hated garlic" and he called me a smart a$$ and he was a real riot

i had pizza, and reached over and grabbed a piece and took a bite, like he had known me for years!

he seemed much younger than he was
he must have been 83 or 83 or so then
but he acted like he was 23!

he moved like an old man, and he looked old in the face
but he talked and acted and thought young

plus he must have muched on 3 cigars during the meal, he didnt much smoke them
just kind of chewed on them

anyhow, we talked about a lot of things (my 1 friend is a bigger tv junkie than me and knew like a million facts about munsters guest stars and roles that al lewis had done and howard stern show appearances and all)
and he was a really nice guy

UNFORTUNATELY i didnt have a camera with me
so all i got was a few autographed napkins

but he made my day and my trip to ny that time!


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Old 02-05-2006, 04:51 PM   #5
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What a great story...I would love to have some recordings of his radio show he has been on recently..Maybe someone has them.
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Thank you, Lamont. I agree, this is a WONDERFUL story & certainly shows the down to Earth type person he was. One of my favorite stories about Al Lewis is that (unlike MANY stars), he never tired of being typecast as "Grandpa". His comment? "Why should I be upset? It pays the mortgage!"

He will be missed...

(Thanks again, for sharing, Lamont!)
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Brooklyn, many years ago had a club called "warm beer and lousy food". It was really a improv before there was such a thing as a improv. Pips and Dangerfield's and the comedy club were not in existence then. They really served warm beer and stale pizza. Friday nights who ever wished could go on this tiny stage and perform. Some were really God awful, making those on American Idol sound like stars. About a every third week Al Lewis would perform. The man loved the stage and he was more then just "Grandpa", he was a funny guy. Much of his stuff was ad lib and he always got a standing ovation, while others were booed away. It was a great place and many started there. David Brenner, Rodney etc. but there was just something about Al. He was a down to earth guy, one of the people. When a Jew uses the word mensch he means Al Lewis.

I'm sure he's making someone laugh upstairs.

P.S. Mensch means " A man", the highest tribute you can pay a person.

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Default I would have loved

To have seen that
he seemed like a really good natured guy and he was so funny
Plus he had a filthy mouth and didnt care!

I tried to imagine what it would be like to be his real grandchildren
with this wild man for a grandaddy!

he was hilarious


once during the meal, he has to use the restroom and he joked

"too bad u didnt bring a camera, u could follow me in and get some REALLLL good pictures!"--- a total lunatic, but i appreciated the fact that he was real. not a prepackaged sitcom star like so many of the ones today, he was a real guy who wasn't perfect, wasn't politically correct, wasn't average
and was proud of it

a real cool cat
and im glad i got the chance to meet him and see firsthand!

he will be missed
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Default Great tribute site to The Munsters!!!

Check out this Munsters fan site:

http://markymunster.com/
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I'm thinking of putting up a tribute site for myself.

Red Whine, would you like to be a groupie?

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Geez, Harv, I'm flattened, er flattered you even thought of me. But sorry, the time I have allocated to my groupie activities is currently booked for the next ten years.
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It's back to the tinker toys. You can't hate a guy for trying.

Someday, maybe, at least I can hope.

Harvey, who is writing this from his basement.
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