Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I had a great way to end my work week last night - I was introduced to George Wendt!

If you don't know who George is, I've gotta wonder what you're doing here at Inner Toob!

As Norm Peterson, George is a member of the Five-Timers Club. For those who are not among the TV Crossover Cognoscenti, the Five-Timers are those TV characters who have appeared in five or more TV series. So this was a big thrill for me to meet him.

Luckily for the ol' Toobmeister, my friend Karen told him about my O'Bsession with the TV Universe, so we got to talking about how Norm is a member of the Five-Timers Club. He pointed out 'The Simpsons' and 'Family Guy', the latter toon being one that I didn't know about. (I didn't want to scare him off, so I didn't point out that those two shows would be consigned to the Tooniverse.)

I knew he had five live-action series under his belt, but I couldn't remember the last one. There was no need for me to be embarrassed by that admission, because as we ran through the list, it turned out he couldn't remember the fifth one either!

So it was off to the to find the answer!

'St. Elsewhere'

And the fifth Cylon - er, series which we couldn't remember?

'The Tortellis'

Man, now I'm embarrassed that I've yet to induct him into the TV Crossover Hall of Fame!

It looks like I may be seeing more of him hanging out there this summer, as he's playing Edna Turnblad in 'Hairspray' a few blocks away.....
Toby OB

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