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Nora Ephron has passed away, she once kept Father Geek from going to jail!!!

Hey folks, Harry here...  Nora Ephron has died.  Most people will remember her for WHEN HARRY MET SALLY's screenplay, or her helmed hits for SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and YOU'VE GOT MAIL.   For me, it comes down to SILKWOOD, that script with that cast was just amazing.   It is a perfect scary corporate shenanigan story told with absolute authenticity.   But mainly, I remember Nora Ephron from a chance encounter that helped my dad out immensely.   

Nora Ephron came to Austin to make the film MICHAEL.  Yes, the John Travolta as an angel movie.   It isn't a particularly good film.   I remember it mainly for two reasons.  The first was that John Travolta named Threadgill's Strawberry Rhubarb Pie as the best pie in Austin...   and then there was the time, before production, when they were just setting up their offices.   Sean Daniels and Nora Ephron came to CITY WIDE GARAGE SALE, where Father Geek and I were set up selling our collectibles, when Nora Ephron came into our booth and spent nearly an hour flipping through the poster stacks, just enthusiastically talking about the different titles, the beauty of the poster art and wanting to know how a collection like what Dad & I had, how we could bear to part with them.   

She wound up renting 3 poster REEFER MADNESS (an original),  THE MARK OF ZORRO (featured on this week's AINT IT COOL show) and CALL OF THE WILD with Clark Gable.  Rather than buy the posters, they wanted to rent them for her office while she was in town making MICHAEL.  Ultimately, we never got the CALL OF THE WILD back, because her producer Sean Daniels wound up just buying that poster.   But the rental fees, which MICHAEL paid up front went directly to pay FatherGeek's LEGAL DEFENSE FUND (of which, it was 100% responsible for!)

What heinous crime had FatherGeek perpetrated?  What possible offense could good ol FatherGeek do?

He had rented Akira Kurosawa's RAN from I LUV VIDEO here in Austin - along with about 4 other titles that he was showing me and my little sister.   But RAN was not returned.   My little sis, about 8 years old at the time, inadvertently shoved the tape under the couch, where DAD didn't find it till he moved.  He returned the tape.   Well, Dad got pulled over with a busted headlight, and Austin's sheriff was trying to boost his arrest record and suddenly took all these dead files (this was years previously) and issued arrest warrants on tons of outdated cases.   Dad was arrested, but his lawyer needed a large retainer.   The late fees on that Akira Kurosawa's RAN had apparently reached over a $1000 dollars.   The lawyer handled the case, but it was Nora's taste in posters that allowed for us to hire the lawyer that got the entire case dismissed.   Yes, Dad almost went to jail...  because of Kurosawa's RAN.   His lawyer cited the BLOCKBUSTER Supreme Court ruling that penalty fees can not exceed the value of the original item in question.    But when nobody from I LUV VIDEO showed up she moved for dismissal.

This went down the year before AICN came about.   I was just a college student and a collectibles dealer.   Nora made me feel special.   She struck me as a very sweet & cool person that genuinely admired someone with film knowledge.   She thanked me when we came to pick up the posters and was just absolutely gracious.   She even gave us the frames that she had them put in.   

That said, I don't like MICHAEL.  At all.   There's a fond rememberance about it shooting here - and it did personally benefit my family.   But yeah, I didn't like it.

Of the films she gave to the world by the power of her typewriter or as a director, I love unabashedly SILKWOOD, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, MY BLUE HEAVEN, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE and YOU'VE GOT MAIL.   I was always disappointed that she didn't get to direct more often.   But it isn't an easy biz, even if you were Nora Ephron.   She made films with characters you were supposed to love - and in the films of hers I listed here...  That's entirely accurate.   Sure they were sweet, oh so gooey sweet - but I love a good fun sweet story.   I just wonder if she had any other scripts like SILKWOOD that her success with Romantic Comedy caused to stall.   SILKWOOD is an amazing film - and she was nominated along with her co-credited screenwriter, Alice Arlen.   Really great.  Sort of film that is almost never made these days, and certainly not as well written, directed or performed.  Cher, Meryl & Kurt were all great.

I'm truly sad at her passing.  I was a nobody and she certainly did not treat me that way.  It was her and Sean Daniels' awesome sweetness that day - that told me that maybe there were some cool folks in Hollywood.   That just because they're well established, highly lauded and probably rolling in the dough - that just like me and most of you...   they loved films.   From that experience, beyond any doubt I know, Nora Ephron loved film and film will certainly miss her.

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  • June 27, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Please don't offer

    by Xen11

    prayers or some cookie-cutter bullshit like , "I'll tell God to go easy on her." Just go to the relatives and hand them a big wad of cash if you are really sorry. Then tell them how much she meant to you as a viewer/reader. Fuck off with the same scripted , "Oh its such a shame." Ya think?

  • June 27, 2012, 12:14 a.m. CST

    That's directed at the future people that say that.

    by Xen11

    Not talking to you Harry or referencing anything in what you wrote.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST


    by Dan Tran


  • That's the biggest waste of taxpayer's money I've ever heard.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:18 a.m. CST

    What a crazy story.

    by John Maddening

    And knowing Father Geek, I can totally believe this happened.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    * we could bare to part with them...* = *bear*

    by justmyluck

  • June 27, 2012, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Justmyluck -- He thought he returned it, but he actually returned

    by Emit Brown

  • It's also like Prometheus. You are the good son and your sister was trying to bring your father down and take his throne. Kinda like Thor.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Quote from Nora Ephron, who wasn't religious:

    by Xen11

    "You do get to a certain point in life where you have to realistically, I think, understand that the days are getting shorter, and you can't put things off thinking you'll get to them someday," she says. "If you really want to do them, you better do them. There are simply too many people getting sick, and sooner or later you will. So I'm very much a believer in knowing what it is that you love doing so you can do a great deal of it." For Ephron, there was a moment that helped bring that realization vividly home. She was with friends, playing a round of "What would your last meal be?" (Her pick, by the way: a Nate & Al's hot dog.) "But (my friend) Judy was dying of throat cancer, and she said, 'I can't even have my last meal.' And that's what you have to know is, if you're serious about it, have it now," Ephron says. "Have it tonight, have it all the time, so that when you're lying on your deathbed you're not thinking, 'Oh I should have had more Nate & Al's hot dogs.'" Her friend Sally Quinn told the Times, "She had this thing about not wanting to whine. She didn’t like self-pity. It was always, you know, ‘Suck it up.’ "

  • June 27, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    RIP Nora Ephron

    by Jacob Underhill

    sounds like someone got a DUI, and told his son a little fib-a-roo about it.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST



    It was a months long nightmare. For the longest time, we didn't even know the full extent of the charges. His lawyer, can't remember her name, but she's the TV HAT LAWYER on local Austin TV commercials. Always has a crazy loud hat. Great lawyer. Me and my best friend Roland had to bail Dad out of jail that night. As embarrassing as it was for Dad, Roro and I felt like men that night. Rescuing Dad was awesome mojo. ---- And as for why DAD didn't pay the penalty - 1st, his I LUV VIDEO was in the Koenig Lane HEB Stripmall thing. By the time he moved, that location had closed, he returned the tape to the Airport BLVD location, but he had switched to a closer Video store at that point. Just never went to one of their other locations.

  • June 27, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    'When Harry Met Sally' reminds me of my ex-gf

    by Kamaji

    It was and still is my only real relationship. She was 12 years older than me. We officially dated for a year, before I just didn't think it was working. However, I attempted to do what my early 20's self felt was the chivalrous thing, and told her what every single girl in my life had ever told me: 'maybe we should stay friends.' So, I attempted to be the male friend, the one whom she could rely on, in the wake of her family that I found was even more insane than many of my own (seriously, are there any normal Chinese persons out there!?). Though unfortunately, I soon realized this wasn't working. She would come over for asap counseling/help from her family, and almost every single time we met, she would feel better, but I'd feel burdened by how terrible her life seemed. Finally, I had to make a hard decision, and tell her that we should go our separate ways. We came to a mutual agreement, and parted ways officially almost 5 years ago. I did remember that she wondered if I would even acknowledge her if we ever did meet again. It just so happened that we did in a fast-food place in my workplace. We formally greeted each other, and exchanged pleasantries. Though regarding films, I can't think of 'When Harry Met Sally' without thinking of that relationship. Sometimes I wonder if that really is to be my fate: the entertainment nut who is so narrow-minded in his choices and specifics, that he'll become like Henry Higgins: 'a confirmed old bachelor, and likely to remain so.' (and now for the ultimate test: if I'll be mocked, or if there will even be a scant hope of pity or interest in this post)

  • June 27, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Is this an obit or another story fom your childhood?

    by Doctor Bumhole

    The sad part is I'm not even surprised. Oh, and if i was that cop who pulled your old man over i would've flown my police copter into his car like in that scene from T2 and exacted some justice Vic Morrow-style, baby! Then i would've pulled his flaming corpse out onto the road and exacted some additional justice Rodney King-style. America! Fuck yeah!

  • June 27, 2012, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Ugh...the "I Luv Video" guy needs a pantsing for sure.

    by Jacob Underhill

  • June 27, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST


    by Doctor Bumhole

    Sad story, bro. Welcome to the club though. Women are crazy. But it seems to me that your mistake was doing the chivalry-thing. you should have just ended it and moved on. Always look out for yourself first and foremost, especially if you're not the type who gets girls easily, or at all. Most girls will talk the legs off a table if it means they can vent all their problems. Never put yourself in the position where they can use you emotional catharsis! Oh, and for the sake of ridicule: you're a shit cunt. Hang your head in shame!

  • June 27, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Oh, yeah... and RIP Nora Ephron.

    by Doctor Bumhole

    And fuck all your mothers, cunts

  • June 27, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    RIP to Nora Ephron. And how much were/are those

    by Dingbatty

    posters worth that they'd only want to rent them?

  • June 27, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    In an Obit you're supposed to uplift the passing...

    by bruce

    ...instead you make it all about you Harry...AND...this is where you are so full of shit. Becuase ROUNDTIMBER FATS

  • June 27, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST


    by bruce

    ROUNDTIMBER FATS should've knocked out any fees with the wad of sweaty money you kept down your trousers you fat fuck!!!

  • June 27, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST



    Actually, this was about the awesome of Nora Ephron and how she helped keep my dad out of jail. When someone dies and they did you a personal awesome, you tell that story so people can remember the real good she did in her life not through her works which we can all watch, but through an act of personal film fandom kept another person from being incarcerated. That happened in the real world. If you were my friend on Facebook - you'd see that Sean Daniel (the producer in question) and I have been talking about that incident back and forth to one another. Very visible to read.

  • June 27, 2012, 1:33 a.m. CST

    First Time Poster

    by D Sullivan

    Harry, I have have been following this site for years, yet now I feel compelled to write. You should have given Nora Ephron the dignity of a genuine obit, rather than spewing how your father got in trouble not returning a video tape. He screwed up no one cares. I believe you have a genuine insensitivity to everyone but yourself. You actually called a child a "noisy larva" after you and your partner came to the conclusion that child might be disadvateged, yet that ruined your thearter experince. You are a shallow person.

  • An obituary is not something you interject with personal stories about your own life. So what, she bought the poster and your dad spent the money on legal fees? What the fuck does that have to do with her life or career? She's incidental to that retarded story anyway; it's not like she knew she was helping him. She just wanted the fucking poster. This poorly written article is 65 or 70% about your dad forgetting to return a video. I know you're not doing this to be narcissistic (i hope... actually, i'm not sure at all really), but you must be the most sheltered, simple man-child who's ever lived if you think it's appropriate to hijack an obit to tell a story about your father.

  • June 27, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Harry has a

    by nomihs

  • June 27, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Okay, let's try this again...

    by nomihs

    Harry has a right to spew whatever he wishes, ala Freedom of Speech and the fact he owns this site. That notwithstanding, I understand his inclusion of a personal story into his own remembrance to, not just a great filmmaker but a wonderful human being. However, if Harry was going for an actual obit, said inclusion of personal story should've only been a paragraph or two at best. Here, he uses the entire space for his own memory as opposed to giving it away for Miss Ephron's passing. I can respect the story and the positive light it paints on this woman, but like other posters above me, I too feel like it was more about Harry and his dad. Sometimes life isn't always about what you say. It's what you don't say that leaves an impression.

  • June 27, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST


    by Jacob Underhill

    looking at some of these comments...and I get banned for being a grammar cop???

  • June 27, 2012, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Srsly - Nora Ephron

    by Jacob Underhill

    she wrote in a genre I hate (romantic comedies) and made it enjoyable to me. That is the keynote of a good writer. Godspeed.

  • June 27, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    RE: harry_the_pedo

    by Doctor Bumhole

    LOL. Never change. Please.

  • June 27, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    all of you trolls, honestly...I feel bad for you

    by BadMrWonka

    I think of how crappy and sad your actual life must me, that you will settle for the negative attention gained from acting like idiotic children in an obit talkback, over the complete lack of attention you would otherwise have in your life. It's truly pathetic. And doctor_bumhole, Nora Ephron wrote some nice romantic comedies, but she wasn't exactly Orson Welles. Harry had a nice interaction with her once that speaks to her qualities as a person, and he shared that with us because that's what comes to mind for him when he thinks of her. I'm sorry for you, and your "qualities" as a person, that you think it's fun to crap all over that, and to congratulate and encourage the peabrained, ALL-CAP morons that are yelling for Harry to die. You're almost as sad as them, kiddo. Time to grow up.

  • June 27, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    kill the talkback section

    by Tad Branham

    it's just filled with terrible, mean spirited, trash.

  • June 27, 2012, 3:42 a.m. CST

    Nora's final lists

    by catlettuce4

    What I Won’t Miss Dry skin Bad dinners like the one we went to last night E-mail Technology in general My closet Washing my hair Bras Funerals Illness everywhere Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism Polls Fox The collapse of the dollar Joe Lieberman Clarence Thomas Bar mitzvahs Mammograms Dead flowers The sound of the vacuum cleaner Bills E-mail. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it. Small print Panels on Women in Film Taking off makeup every night What I Will Miss My kids Nick Spring Fall Waffles The concept of waffles Bacon A walk in the park The idea of a walk in the park The park Shakespeare in the Park The bed Reading in bed Fireworks Laughs The view out the window Twinkle lights Butter Dinner at home just the two of us Dinner with friends Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives Paris Next year in Istanbul Pride and Prejudice The Christmas tree Thanksgiving dinner One for the table The dogwood Taking a bath Coming over the bridge to Manhattan Pi

  • June 27, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    RIP Nora Ephron

    by rakesh patel

    I liked your movies Sleepless in Seattle / You've got mail My Blue Heaven (written by) When Harry Met Sally... Silkwood It was when harry met sally for me. Think i'll listen to some harry connick jr and remember. Thanks Nora.

  • June 27, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Nora Ephron

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    A great talent that will be misses +i lost my virginity taking a girl to see "sleepless in seattle" thanks for helping this geek get laid for the first time

  • June 27, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    I'll feel safer going to the movies with Nora gone.

    by cookylamoo

    Less chick flicks, more action/horror.

  • June 27, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Honestly I never knew who did the screenplays for those movies. Having said that

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    her films are hit or miss for me. I love When Harry Met Sally (pre-annoying Billy Crystal), and Michael was fun. I've never seen My Blue Heaven because I thought it looked terrible. Sleepless in Seattle was a snooze fest, so because of that I avoided You've Got Mail. I don't know why I've never gotten around to Silkwood. Especially, since it's the only non-romance drama in the bunch.

  • Why are you all surprised? Is this your first day here or something? Harry always does this shit, he always puts himself and his stories at the forefront of all things, in some kind of desperate narcissistic attempt at fame by association, it's just the Harry Knowles way. Yes it can be offensive and insensitive and disrespectful and insulting, yes it reeks of desperation, and yes, ultimately it is self centered and kind of pathetic, but it has been that way for more than a decade now, so it is not like anything any of us says is going to change him or wake Harry up to just how selfishly indulgent and self aggrandising he is. He will never get why anyone even has a problem with this stuff, because this is Harry's world and we are all just living in it.

  • June 27, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    "When Harry Met Nora"

    by P

    It’s all about you, it’s all about you You rolled around, and finally found - the somebody who Could make you feel true, and the rest of us stew And even be glad, just to be mad – stinking like poo

  • June 27, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Legal nightmare? Couldn't know the extent of the charges?

    by YackBacker

    I'm sorry, but this is the funniest mess I've read in a while. A lawyer charging a retainer for a moving violation/unreturned VHS tape case? Holy God, you guys are a disaster. As a lawyer, I can't take anything you've written here seriously. Such terrible no sense...

  • June 27, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Wasn't it also Father Geek...

    by Righteous Brother

    Who suggested to Orson Welles that Rosebud should be written on the sledge in Citizen Kane?

  • June 27, 2012, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Great story

    by MatrixMonkey

    I've come to the realization that life is about shared moments. When someone passes, we shouldn't weep about the life that was lived, but that there will be no more new moments to have with them. You shared a moment that you had with Ms. Ephron and for that I thank you.

  • June 27, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    What I Won't Miss

    by Crude

    Nora Ephron Buh buh, Leftist.

  • It was funny. I found it a few weeks ago and read it again. It is still funny. The last paragraph itself is worth the read. Thanks for a great essay.

  • June 27, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Arrested over an overdue video???

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    I realize you went to court on it and everything, but this sounds like a lie I would tell my lil niece and nephew... "...Oh, yeah, uh, Uncle D got arrested for, uh... for not returning his videos on time!! How about that? And for not eating all his vegetables. So, remember to stay in school!"

  • June 27, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Herry, when will you learn.

    by onezeroone

    For all your intentions, you've managed to turn an Obit post into talkback about an incident in your past. Dunno if you're that thickheaded or just give your readers way too much credit. Having said that, why not ask readers to send in their similar stories about a celebrity too? I remember you guys posting something like that when Mola Ram aka Amrish Puri passed away.

  • June 27, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Well, what do you know? Harry is a slimy self-promoter

    by master_of_realty

    He would step on a baby for the chance to tell you he knows a famous person.

  • June 27, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Well, what do you know? Harry is a slimy self-promoter

    by master_of_realty

    He would step on a baby for the chance to tell you he knows a famous person.

  • June 27, 2012, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Some of you Harry defenders are stupid.

    by Banned-ki-moon

    This type of thing happens ALL THE TIME. Find one fucking article Harry has written where he doesn't egotistically inject himself into the "story". This is much worse as it is an obit, and supposed to be about the person whom died. Nope, if this were a movie, it would be about Harry's father, with a special guest appearance by Nora Ephron. Of course Harry would be the celebrated Hero. I've always thought of Harry as an ass and self-absorbed wanker, but of lately he's outdone himself.

  • June 27, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Harry haters, fuck off.

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    If you haven't figured out yet that Harry's writing is filtered through the lens of his personal experiences, well, now you know. and if you don't like that, fuck off elsewhere and don't read Harry's columns.

  • June 27, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Just because we have

    by Banned-ki-moon

  • Go suck Harry's micro-phallus some more, fuckstain.

  • Take a day off Harry.

  • June 27, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Steve Martin was great in My Blue Heaven

    by Cobb05

    Whoever directed My Blue Heaven screwed it up. If the movie came out after Goodfellas, they should've shot it better. If the movie has Steve Martin and more of a Scorcese vibe, it would've been a 10.

  • June 27, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Harry doesn't write stuff that isn't about him, that's all.

    by Randy

    Pretty much every movie review ever is about him, whenever somebody dies it's about him, when news comes out it's his life. Just how the dude writes stuff, he won't ever take constructive criticism on it and actually try to work on it. Honestly, Harry really doesn't give a shit, he just makes the excuse that he was telling an awesome story for that dead person's memory. Welcome to Harry Knowles way of things.

  • June 27, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Harry could have at least condensed the story into a shorter paragraph

    by MooseMalloy

    It's called brevity.

  • June 27, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    How much was the bail?

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 27, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wow she directed BEWITCHED, that's cool

    by MooseMalloy

  • June 27, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    i liked MICHAEL

    by JaredP

    it was funny and kind of charming

  • June 27, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    is anyone else wondering...what these other charges were that father geek was brought in on

    by Wilford_Brimleys_Diabetes_Rage

    Methinks father geek had a taste for the "Acapulco Gold" back in the day...that & the "Jungle Fever"

  • June 27, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    daddylonghead are you a ginger too? sure sounds like it.

    by bruce

  • June 27, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I went to jail for an overdue video tape

    by rsswope

    For a weekend, I was also pulled over for an overdue registration and they found a warrant for me from another county that I had just relocated from. My Ex-wife failed to return a video tape that was in my name. I spent the entire weekend locked up with murderers and various other felons. I remember sitting around a table with the other guys, sharing why we were in prison. One guys started, arson, next assault with intent to kill, next rape then I my turn: "I forgot to return a video tape". The group was silent for a second and then one guys spoke up, "F*ck the police!" to which they all responded with grunts and other affirmations. So I became an in-house example of the totally messed up police state. They took me to the other county and I was locked in solitary. Eventually my brother and new wife got me out. $77 for the video tape and $300 for the trip back to the county with sheriff escort. Fun times, fun times....

  • June 27, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Renting posters?

    by Jason

    Nora Ephron was great. Apparently she was also cheap.

  • June 27, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Mixed NUts

    by holidill

    Mixed Nuts was one of those movies that was a great idea, but it turned out badly.

  • June 27, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    why so many exclamation points?

    by AL Green

  • June 27, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Was she a scientologist?

    by DougMcKenzie

    I seem to remember Michael as having heavy Scientology overtones like everything Travolta did at the time. Also I doubt your dad was really going to go to jail over a $1000. Ever heard of a structured settlement?

  • June 27, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Knowles, you smelly fat idiot

    by Mike J

    I don't bother coming to your web site any more cos I am sick of your ego, your stupidity and, frankly, you as a person but I've come back here over the last few weeks in the hope that this supposed movie web site might actually have a decent obituary for one of the greatest production designers ever, J Michael Riva, who died on 7 June. But no, not a thing. Not even a mention. Perhaps because you couldnt associate some aspect of your pathetic life to him and therefore couldnt write your usual self promoting clap trap. AICN is a complete fucking joke and you, Harry The Idiot, supposed movie expert are a poor excuse for a human being.

  • It's what Nora herself did. Go fuck yourselves, you poisonous twats.

  • When my dad or friends have died, we all sit around and tell stories about them and laugh and drink and cry and remember. It's what you do as human beings. I feel fairly confident that those of you with ugly, disgusting things to say have never experienced loss. When you do, you may see things differently. And, you may HOPE that others remember you fondly enough to tell stories about YOU. Because in the end, all you have are the memories that live on in others.

  • June 27, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by Terry Powell

    ...well, obviously, Harry never met Richard Lynch. Sadly, I guess he just wasn't memorable enough for Harry and his group(also see Ed McMahon and Luke Askew for starters).

  • June 27, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Nancy Meyers just jumped in joy

    by saneman

    Now Nancy can monopolize second rate WASPY chick flicks for the menopause set. Nora had some good stuff early on, but was pretty forgettable for the last two decades.

  • June 27, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    50ccs of Noraephron... RIP.

    by Gary Makin

  • June 27, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    If any of you had met her, you would talk about it, too.

    by chromedome

    That's what happens. Grow up. When Ray Bradbury passed away, I thought about him, his books, how much I enjoyed reading them, how some of them affected me, and how I got to meet him once at a talk he gave, how I got to shake his hand, say "thank you" to him. It wasn't about me, it was about the connection. Same with Harry and Nora. I remember that at that talk, Ray Bradbury said "Fire the negative people out of your life!" You whiny bastards are Fired. Nice write up, Harry.

  • June 27, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    If Hollywood were run by Harry Knowles...The Matrix.

    by MasterControlProgram

    The Matrix: Harry is sitting in his office typing a story about his family or his life and looks out the window to see Neo climing on the ledge of a building. He sees him taken away by the Agents, then he stuffs his mouth with cheetos and goes back to writing some more. Later he looks out the window and sees Neo fall off the roof of a building, sink into the pavement and bounce back up. Later he sees a helicopter crash and Neo swing down and save the pilot at the last second. Then he sees him running around town in the alleys as other people turn into agents all around him. Meanwhile, Harry keeps looking at a screensaver of himself and goes back to kissing the screen. -- End of Line --

  • June 28, 2012, 12:19 a.m. CST

    "Don't listen...

    by Tom Halleck

    to the negatives." A wise man once told me that. Stay positive, no good comes from evil and negativity. Nothing gained with that.