Okay, here it is -- Mark Evanier's annual telling of his encounter with Mel Torme around Christmas at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Torme was a hugely popular singer who also co-wrote "The Christmas Song" (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...). Even forgetting what a wonderful story this is, it is just beautifully written, period.
I have an additional person reason for liking it. My mother went to Hyde Park High School with Mel Torme, and I got to talk with him about that when he worked for a day on Naked Gun 2-1/2 in a cameo.
Just read it. Even if you already have, many times.
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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