With what I’m writing here… I am NOT minimizing the fact that a Hollywood great has died. A couple of days ago the diminutive actor, Michu Meszaros, passed away at the age of 76 after several years of ill health. He had various film and television roles, but most of what he is being remembered for in news stories is ALF.
With all the “viral” RIP mash-up vids and some of the articles proclaiming as such— Michu was not ALF. That is Paul Fusco.
The video above— the first eight seconds— that’s Michu Meszaros, in a full ALF suit, standing with the box over his head. And immediately thereafter is Paul Fusco’s puppeteering and voicing of ALF. That’s essentially what Michu did over about ten episodes during the life of the series which lasted four seasons. Rare occasions called for ALF to be seen in wide shots either standing, walking or even running for a few scant seconds. The biggest prominence of this was the series intro in the first couple seasons, at the end, which I’ll post below.
I best remember Michu in his role in Big Top Pee-wee where he had a few scenes, including in the finale with the late Kevin Peter Hall…
Another thing I remember is the time he had a street named after him in the late 1980s in the city of Hawthorne…
I think what’s gotten me the most is the fact that some journalists refuse to do full research, and those born in the latter half of the 90s and into the millennium haven’t as well… especially when they mock up these RIP videos of Paul Fusco’s work as ALF with a music track. And they don’t include any of Michu’s scenes.
Today was the day, and quite a build-up it was for the latest Pee-wee Herman film, and I was happy to finally be able to see it. I had been a fan since the Pee-wee’s Big Adventure days, leading on into the Pee-wee’s Playhouse era and beyond. Big Holiday had been in the works for a while, and came together with much of the help coming from Netflix who, in large part, made this all possible today for it’s debut.
What do I think? It took me a while to finally get it after watching the film late in the afternoon…but I liked it!!!!!
Above is a three hour and five minute video uploaded by the Reagan Library, (shot by Fox News), of Nancy Reagan’s funeral service from late this morning. It starts out slow, and for an unknown reason the audio cuts out, but then returns fourteen minutes in with footage of the bulk of the guest arrivals.
A good place to jump ahead to is the 1:28:30 mark— where First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Jerry Brown, President George W. & Mrs. Bush, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy are led in together by a phalanx of Secret Service. This was appropriately done given the notoriety of this group, and the fact they waited until most of the rest of the guests were in and seated. Right after is the casket procession and then the service begins.
A friend of mine today e-mailed me a couple of eBay listings he came across of Nancy Reagan’s autograph— and had asked me if they appeared authentic or not. Now I’m not an expert, but he knew I had met Mrs. Reagan years ago at her last book signing, and that I had seen my share of legitimate presidential signatures over the years. Quite a few of those were of both President and Mrs. Reagan. But the listings he showed me, which were going for not much at all, were highly questionable.