Wednesday, September 2, 2009


While I was on vacation, Ed Reimers passed away. He was 96.

Although he was an actor who appeared in such TV shows as 'The Millionaire' and 'Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre', it was his work as announcer for which Reimers is best remembered.

He was the narrator for 'Maverick', 'The Crusader', 'M Squad' and 'Do You Trust Your Wife?', but it was his 22 year association with Allstate Insurance that made his voice famous: "You're in good hands with Allstate".

He also had a small role in what could be the most popular episode ever of 'Star Trek' - "The Trouble With Tribbles". As Admiral Fitzpatrick, he also shows up in a classic blooper reel for the show: cupping a tribble in his hand, Admiral Fitzpatrick tells Captain Kirk that he's "in good hands with tribbles". (This clip has no effect on the inner reality of Toobworld.)

I'd like to think that in his own small way, Ed Reimers' portrayal of Admiral Fitzpatrick serves as a theoretical link between 'Star Trek' and another TV series, one from the 1970's.

Couldn't it be that - going back JackLord knows how many generations from the year 2267 - Admiral Fitzpatrick could have been descended from either Sean, Jack, or Max Fitzpatrick of Flint, Michigan? He could even count Maureen Fitzpatrick as his forebear, provided she gave birth to a boy outside of wedlock and gave him her family name.

And if that ancestor was either Sean or Jack, then he might be able to count Kerry Gerardi in his genetic mix as well. She was the girl next door who was sweet on both boys. (And she was played by future Oscar winner Helen Hunt.)

At the very least, it could be argued that the Admiral could trace his lineage back to Mike and Maggie, the parents of 'The Fitzpatricks'.

Just sayin', is all.....


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