A sad day

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Today marks the end of an era...
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Today Larry "Bud" Melman passed away..
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Calvert DeForest, the dweebish man who gained cult status on David Letterman's late-night shows as the comic figure Larry (Bud) Melman precisely because he was not funny, died Monday in Babylon, N.Y., on Long Island. He was 85.
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He had suffered from a long illness, according to a statement by Letterman. .
For 20 years, DeForest drew laughs simply for being the odd juxtaposition in an industry marked by smooth personalities and polished physiques
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"Everyone always wondered if Calvert was an actor playing a character, but in reality he was just himself -- a genuine, modest and nice man," Letterman said in his statement.
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DeForest's late-blossoming television career began with a New York University student film project called "King of the Zs," which was screened for Letterman before the 1982 debut of his show, then on NBC.
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Letterman asked his staff members to track him down. They found him working as a file clerk at a drug rehabilitation center. He became the first image of "Late Night With David Letterman," before the opening credits on the debut episode.
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He parlayed his "Letterman" fame into other film roles and commercials for a wide range of companies including MCI, Honda, Cheerios and Pizza Hut. His last appearance on "Letterman" celebrated his birthday in 2002.
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He leaves no immediate survivors.
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NEW YORK TIMES
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Now, it must be said that back in the mid 80's, Nativity of Mary Church had the best damn youth group in the world. I made some of the closest friends I have ever had while a member of NYG (Nativity Youth Group). There was John V, Joey W, Tom B, Steve B, Greg B, Lorianne T, Michele S, Pam V, Amy, Joel C - I am sure there are many more - but after 20 years, my memory is just not the same as it used to be...

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Anyway - each year (at the end of the school year and "regular" meetings of NYG we had a big party and gave out Mock Awards, and the big "Larry 'Bud' Melman" award... I honestly do not remember what the criteria for the LBM award was, but it was only given to one person per year. The person who was awarded the LBM award sat on a stage with a "scepter" of a toilet plunger held upright, and a volleyball in the "business end" of the plunger...

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Anyway, in 1986 I was awarded the LBM award! It was one of the greatest feelings I ever had! I felt such a part of a great group of people!!

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I was told to hang on to the award until the next year and I would give it back to NYG and they would give it to the next person...
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Well, I framed it and it hung in my room. No one ever asked for it back, and the LBM award faded off into NYG legend. It stayed hung on my bedroom wall until I got married in 1993. It then got packed up in my "memory box" until I "found" it again in 2002. The award sat in the garage, and (to the best of my knowledge) it is still sitting in a box.
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Back in 2002 - I took it out of it's frame and captured an image of the actual award that was given out all those years ago. (attached pic)
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Yeah, this all sounds kind of geeky, and weird, but when your a teenager, and hanging out with a bunch of great friends, and having a great time - who the hell cares? I didn't.
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So, today marks the end of an era with the passing of Larry "Bud" Melman. As the last known recipient of the Larry "Bud" Melman award, I felt it my duty to honor both the memory of Larry "Bud" and the long lost Larry "Bud" Mellman Award...
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1 comment:

  1. What fitting tribute from a deserving award winner!

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