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Sourdough OBIT: RIP Perry Como (23) RE: RIP Perry Como 13 May 01

Back when his was one of the most popular shows on the air, my best friend's aunt, Jacki, was the costume designer for the Perry Como Show. Since it was a variety show there was more to design than sweaters for Mr. C. I only went to the show once. I remember that it was on the day of the Kentucky Derby and there was a big projection screen in the sudio. This was when television projection was a really big deal and it took a technician a day (I kid you not) to set it up for black and white play. (I almost said playback but this was before magnetic recording).

After the show (the only song I can remember is a French singer performing "La Mer" - it was the first time I ever heard it and I thought it was lovely). I had a perfunctory ntroduction to Perry Como who did at least give us his full attention during the 60-90 seconds we were before him. Somehow he felt that the demads of a network show came before the child of his costnme designer and that child's friend. I had to agree.

Ever since then, I alwas have felt as though I had a personal connection with Perry Como and even though I sometmes thought hte content of some of his songs was a litle inspid, like so many others, I was captivated by his easy relaxed style. He made you think anyone could do it!

After the show, I left with my friend through the stage door. Some teenage girls, about our age, were waiting there to see if they could get the autograph of a star. I didtinctly heard one say, referring to us, "Are they anybody". The other said, I don't care, I am going to ask them for autographs." That was how I got asked for my autograph by some starstuck teenage girls. It has happened rarely since then.

Did I modestly wave them off saing, "We're nobody you'd be intersted in"? I did not. Since I had recently been told that I bore somwhat of a resemblance to him, I signed the book, "With best wishes - Tony Perkins." We kept walking and didn't look back. Whatever the reason, it was very quiet behind us. ANd I never got to meet Perry Como again.


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