Friday, January 13, 2012
"It's been real."
And that, on occasion, included Ernie Kovacs. So back to the date at hand. It boggles der mind that 50 years ago today, Ernie Kovacs was killed driving his Corvair into a pole on a wet Mulholland Drive after a late night poker party. I remember seeing the photo in the Los Angeles newspaper, Ernie dead, crumpled out the driver's side.
A little too much for a kid still in Junior High. All I knew was that this cigar smoking man with the moustache did the most insane things with sound and vision. I lived for those monthly Ernie Kovacs specials on ABC-TV. They came on late. 9:30pm or 10 on a weeknight, and I had to beg or plead to stay up. I was hooked. I had to hear Mack the Knife, see the oscilloscope and watch the magic lunacy. The Fourth Wall fell down, literally...and Anything was Possible.
If I ever had any thoughts about entering the priesthood, watching Ernie Kovacs changed that forever.