I wanted to write something about Garry Marshall -- the writer, director, producer and even sometimes actor -- who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. I didn't know him though, so I didn't have much to say. But I wanted to write something because not only did he go to the beloved Northwestern, but he loved the school and lectured there often, and put something about NU in most of his productions somewhere. A pennant on the wall of Arnold's in Happy Days; a sweatshirt someone was wearing, in the recent film Mother's Day; where a character went to college and on and on.
But better than me writing about him, I decided to link to a quite wonderful piece that my friend who gets mentioned here on occasion Shelly Goldstein wrote. Her reminiscence is eloquent, touching, fun, and personal, though I kept waiting for her to talk about how he went to Northwestern – I knew it would be coming – because the Lady Shellington not only went there, as well, but it was where she met Garry Marshall, and the first steps to him becoming her mentor began. And when she did finally bring it up, the piece -- as good as it had been up to that point -- soared.
After having said all that, I hope you can read it. It's on Facebook, written as a post there. And I'm not sure if one can read a Facebook post if not a member. Though I do remember reading occasional Facebook posts before I joined, so...we'll you'll just have to find it.
You can find it (hopefully) here.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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