I just watched my friend Howard Lapides on TV. He was a panelist with Joy Behar on CNN Headline News (or it’s current name which I don’t remember). Yeah, it’s pretty cool to see someone you know on nationally¹.
I met Howard as a fellow incoming freshman at Emerson. I won’t say when just in case one of us is lying about his age. We’ve been friends ever since.
He found my first job for me. He was best man when Helaine and I got married. He is a significant presence in my life.
Nowadays Howard is a manager and a TV/film producer. Together with my secretive pal from the San Fernando Valley we have a friendship that’s lasted a very long time.
He was on TV to discuss Mel Gibson.
Here’s what I learned: I’ve already heard enough! The whole thing’s disgusting, but it’s a done deal. He’s, as they say, dead to me. If Howard wasn’t on the show I wouldn’t have stayed ten seconds.
He did a nice job. He had something to say and made Joy laugh three times.
You are judged by the laughs you produce.
¹ – Knowing the current state of media Joy Behar is probably seen elsewhere around the world too.