Thursday, January 22, 2009

To All Mertzies



That's what I'm calling the members of the yet to be named, but possibly named, Mertz Ado About Blogging Social Club. Here's what I found from this Knickerbocker site:

William Frawley, who played Fred Mertz on "I Love Lucy," lived at the hotel for decades. On March 3, 1966, he was coming back to the Knickerbocker when he dropped dead of a heart attack on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. His nurse dragged him into the lobby in an attempt to revive him, but it was too late.

He lived at the Knickerbocker and was returning home so he was always in that area. The Grateful Dead played at the Ivar two weeks before. No word yet on whether Frawley was a Dead Head.

17 comments:

Marilyn said...

She dragged him into the lobby to try to save him? Did someone arrest her for manslaughter?

Jonathan Lapper said...

Maybe she was one of those S & M nurses that Frawley had hired to add some excitement to his golden years.

bill r. said...

Wait a minute! I thought we decided on "Mertz Ado About Blogging"!! What the hell!?

Also, I read that the nurse dragged him into the lobby and kicked him in the ribs to save him.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Hell, I don't know what name we decided on. I've changed it.

I also read the nurse put her cigarette out on his tongue before proceeding. Also, I think she had him on a leash when she dragged him in - by the ears.

Fox said...

WTF is this?!? I think it's over my head.

Also, you just cock-blocked the Oscar post you damn Mertz!!!

Larry Aydlette said...

Yes, I recall that the death spot was on a corner of Hollywood Boulevard where a bank was back in the '80s-'90s. Not very far from Grauman's. Glad I could inspire you. And not one REAL point for that? Sal Mineo died in a grungy parking bay. And Janis Joplin died in a grungy hotel down the street from where Peter Lorre died. And we saw the apartment building Jack Cassidy fried in and the building Art Linkletter's daughter jumped off. Hell of an afternoon.

Larry Aydlette said...

By the way, didn't D.W. Griffith die at the Knickerbocker, too?

Jonathan Lapper said...

According to the Knickerbocker site Griffith died of a stroke in the lobby on July 21, 1948. That place isn't good for your health.

And boy, that tour sounds delightful. Kind of warm and fuzzy and joyous all at the same time. And thanks for the inspiration but you don't need a point Larry because you are going to get one of the mystery clips one day. I can feel it.

Peter Nellhaus said...

Maybe Jonathan should create a mash-up: Death takes a Knickerbocker Holiday.

Vargas said...

Fred Mertz's nurse...I feel a ditty coming on...o there, it's passed...just as Frawley did that ill-fated day in front of the Knickerbocker...I loved Fred Mertz!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Maybe Jonathan should create a mash-up: Death takes a Knickerbocker Holiday.

Or I could do the famous Dead of Night and later Twilight Zone "Room for One More" story. Only thing is it seems like the Knickerbocker had room for dozens more at all times.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Vargas, who doesn't love Fred Mertz? I mean really, how can one watch I Love Lucy and not love Fred. Even the name is so perfect for the character and the actor: Fred Mertz. And this sometimes gruff but usually good humored old guy is best friends with a young Cuban bandleader surrounded by celebrities. And his wife's name is Ethel.

Fred and Ethel are the cornerstones of sitcom supporting characters. Upon their genius was built every other great supporting character in sitcom history.

Arboghost! said...

Oh for corn's sake!

Jonathan Lapper said...

Diss Fred and Ethel at your own peril. They are sitcom GODS!!!

GODS!!!!!!!

Larry Aydlette said...

Personally, I choose Irene Ryan for the pantheon of great sitcom characters. Granny is the single funniest character in the history of television.

Jonathan Lapper said...

Granny was funny but not on the level of the Fredster. Donna Douglas wasn't very funny at all.

Jonathan Lapper said...

I never liked Jethro either. Come to think of it, I really didn't like the show at all. But Buddy Ebsen and Irene Ryan were very good.