In the wake of Ed McMahon’s death a couple of days ago, I received this awesome e-mail from Enzian friend/FFF selection committee member/soon-to-be ex-Orlando bon vivant Aaron Jarvis (aka Artie Mondello):
The passing of Ed McMahon shot a chill through me this morning – just this weekend, while boxing up my cocktail books, I came upon this little gem that I’d totally forgotten about:
Regrettably, not one of the more essential books in my collection, but not without some nifty ‘toons…
Only Aaron would have a wing of his book collection for “cocktail books,” and only Aaron would actually still own a copy of this particular gem. As far as McMahon goes, it’s hard to think of Johnny Carson and the glory days of The Tonight Show without him, and I still remember the amount of pleasure he provided for my grandpa in the Bronx as host of Star Search (schlocky as it was, a competition reality show way ahead of its time). The man’s legacy will certainly be as the ultimate second banana/wing-man/sidekick–Andy Richter and others should say a prayer for this guy every day. R.I.P. Ed. Hi-O!