Autograph and photo courtesy of the G Archives.
Comedian and actor Phil Hartman would be celebrating birthday number 62 today. Phil Hartman had played so many characters on Saturday Night Live and he was always great in each transformation from playing a caveman to then President Bill Clinton. I was fortunate enough to meet Phil many times and he was such a nice guy. He was always polite and seemed genuinely surprised that anyone would want his autograph. I remember the day I heard that Phil Hartman had been murdered by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself while his two kids were asleep in the house. I couldn’t believe it. It seemed so unexpected especially since Phil Hartman’s life was never the subject of tabloid scandals. He always appeared to be so low key and as I said, from my experiences in meeting him, he was so down to earth and friendly. So tragic. His kids are probably fully grown by now and I hope they are doing ok after going through such a traumatic event in their lives.
Also born today: puppeteer Jim Henson, photographer Linda McCartney and writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.