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Grandpa Munster

Via Boing Boing comes word that Al Lewis, best known for playing Grandpa on The Munsters, has died at 95.

In the early 1990s, while Adobe Acrobat (then Carousel) was under development, I made numerous trips around the country to brief key accounts. On one of my trips to New York, my fellow employee Wes and his wife Susan took me to Grandpa's restaurant in New York. We were sitting at a table when Grandpa passed by.

Wes: Grandpa! This is my friend Frank. He's visiting here from California.

Grandpa (warmly): Thanks for coming. It's nice to have you here.

Me: Thank you. It's my pleasure to be here.

(Grandpa wanders off.)

Me (to Wes): Oh, so you've been here before and met him?

Wes: No.

As he said, "No," the look on Wes' face was priceless. Why would he have to know someone to introduce me to them? It was a great New York moment.


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