Jonathan Winters And The A&P Store

As many of you know by now, comedian Jonathan Winters passed away Friday at the age of 87.

When I was a child, my father used to tell me that the A&P grocery store he worked at in New York was often visited by this brilliant comedian, and he’d do the improv comedy routines he would become famous for right there in the store.  But I was also told about how Winters spent time in a psychiatric hospital as well.  But I always figured that to be a good comic, you have to be a little crazy.

To me, Winters was at his best in two roles: as the easily irritated furniture mover Lennie Pike in It’a A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and as the pool champ in an episode of  The Twilight Zone.

Last Thursday would have been my dad’s 85th birthday.  I can’t help but wonder if Mr. Winters visit to the pearly gates may have been a present of sorts.


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