It’s John’s birthday today. Two years older than Paul McCartney. I have been a John Mahoney fan for decades. Sure he’s in movies and TV, his acting on Frasier made that a classic, but I especially love John’s work on stage. Since John lives here, we have all had the opportunity to see that man do wonderous work on stage at Steppenwolf and The Goodman. I remember seeing him in Orphans, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, Balm In Giliad, The Song Of Jacob Zulu, and others. He’s always been one of my favorite actors.
I just saw John last week. He was one of the celebs that helped open the Museum Of Broadcast Communications at a gala last week. He was joined by other radio and TV greats with Chicago roots…Hugh Downs and Betty White. Betty is one of my heroes, and she was hysterical in her remarks, with frequent flirty comments about her feelings for John. What a hoot.
The museum is beautiful. One floor for TV, and one for radio, with lots of access to their extensive archives. They are at 360 N. State Street, right by The House Of Blues. Check out their website at http://www.museum.tv. It’s Bruce DuMont’s dream come true. After years of hard work!
So two things. Lift a glass today and toast the marvelous John Mahoney and wish him good health and happiness. And get on over to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Cheers to John and Bruce! Lots to celebrate here.