Friday, September 18, 2009

In Memoriam: Henry Gibson 1935-2009

Comic actor. Rowen and Martin's Laugh-In. Nashville. The Long Goodbye. The Blues Brothers.

"Did you ever stop to figure
Why the thumbnail is so hard?
Well, it hasn't any choice
With all that skin to guard.
It may look fat and pudgy
But it's heart is good and true.
It's prettier than a toenail
And easier to chew."


  1. Ha! One would hope that any toenail chewing would be preceded by some serious stretching exercises!

  2. depends on how often one chews ones toenails

  3. I'd have to ask either Plastic Man or Reed Richards about that.

  4. Or just the ordinary neighborhood contortionist!

  5. Or my brother Don who did it nightly as a child.

  6. Now Henry Gibson's legacy as a poet will be forever tarnished by images of random toenail chewing. Sorry Henry you deserve better.

  7. Hey, it came out of his mouth (no pun intended), not mine. I was just quoting. As he was almost forgotten while he was still alive (except by pop culture trivia nuts like myself) I not sure how well remembered he'll be in death. I hope he's remembered, not just for Laugh-In, but also for movies like Nahville.

    One of the funniest things I've ever seen in a movie is the scene in Nashville where Gibson chews Ned Beatty out for not realizing he just met Elliot Gould (playing himself; he was a big movie star at the time. I hope he's remembered, too)

    Beatty: Oh, man, oh, man, I just talked to him like he was some guy who just walked in off the street!

    Gibson: Well, now you just walk right back over and apologize to him!

  8. Incidentally, Tag, does this brother Don of yours know that you're revealing his deepest, darkest secrets over the blogosphere?

  9. Probably not, Jill and you figured out Tag along time before he will. the other side of our family is a bit thick.

  10. Tell me, Tag, don't you find it just a little strange that we're discussing Elliot Gould and Nashville in the private emails we send each other, yet here, out in the open, were talking about Don and Jill?

    Just wondering.

  11. LimesNow, if you're still out there somewhere, you're not going to read conversations like this over at Erin O'Brien's blog.

    Of course, that's probably a good thing.

  12. I'm here! If you watch my movements, you'll see I follow all manner of blogs. I'm not a one trick pony. I'm interested in all kinds of things and I write about all kinds of things. Sometimes I'm engaging my good brain and sometimes I'm just cackling like a donkey. It's all good!

  13. I don't think Don will ever have a clue. Jill though is a pretty smart cookie(is cookie appropriate?)
    LimesNow has probably figured this out and poor Don is left behind again.
    We probably should take it off the air, but remember I also talk to God.

  14. I've been meaning to ask you about the God blog, Tag. Is the Book of Job you're favorite book of the Bible?

    (Note to any new reader just tuning in: yeah, I know we've gotten off the subject of Henry Gibson. Think of what your reading as improvisational theater)

  15. No I would have to say it's Genesis. I take it as a moral lesson not to hurry to get a job done. How could a omniptent God screw up that badly? I will have to ask him.


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