This is one of my two favorite stories from Mark Evanier on his website. And if you know Mark Evanier and the incredibly wonderful stories he's told on his website for 16 years (he just celebrated the anniversary), you know that that's speaking volumes.
This is his heart-achingly beautfiul and sometimes even funny tale about crossing paths with Mel Tormé at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles during Christmastime, and "The Christmas Song" that Tormé co-wrote.
The story is a gem on its own, but I'll only add one thing that on a personal level makes it stand out even more.. It's that Mel Tormé went to high school at Hyde Park High in Chicago with my mother. I got to meet him once when we were filming The Naked Gun 2-1/2, and briefly chatted with him about it. (He had a small cameo appearance in the film, dancing with Priscilla Presley until, to his annoyance, Leslie Nielson cuts in.) I recall him being very pleasant -- saying, among other things, "Your mother must be much too young to have gone to high school with me.") Yes, as stories go Mark's if MUCH better. But then, Mark's story is MUCH better than most.
Do yourself a favor, go read it. And if you've read it before, or even many times (as I have), go read it again because it's just just about as wonderful. You can find it 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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