A few years ago, I did a couple of articles for a magazine called Delight. The publication reminded me a lot of my time with TVSM, which went on to get bought out by TV Guide.
But I digress.
This article was sort of a “where are they now” with a few classic TV stars. Alas, the article never ran (as far as I know). Was it crap? I don’t think so. However, it was my childhood dream come true. One of the people I got to talk to was David Lander, who is best known as Squiggy from TV’s Laverne & Shirley. He was honest and incredibly sweet. Also, I almost passed out when he first picked up the phone and gave me that trademark “Hello.” (That wasn’t just acting, people; he sounds like that!)
This was a few years ago, so I am guessing things have changed. (For instance, he’s probably not still watching Weeds every week.) At the time, he was a scout with the Mariners, so we talked about baseball and his work with the MS Society. (He was first diagnosed in 1984 and even wrote a book about it.) Here are a few little soundbites from the interview. I figured someone should actually enjoy them…
On what he’s been up to:
“I’ve done a couple of movies. I can’t remember the names. It’s really terrible. One was called Click, I think.”
On the cartoon, Oswald:
“They would say, ‘David, you’ve got to talk slower.’ And I would say, ‘Yeah, but penguins talk fast.'”
On watching his daughter, Natalie, compete in MTV’s Legally Blonde — The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods:
“She’s very good. I think very highly of her.”
On why he likes the Mariners:
“I like them the most because they’re the ones who hired me. [Laughs.] I think they’re a very good team, though. I’ve watched them grow and I’m very pleased with the way they’re run.”
On what he’s watching:
“I’m going to sound like an elitist, but yes I admit it—I love Seinfeld. It’s a show that I did not see the first two years when it was new. It was such a great cast. I also like Planet Earth. It looks nice on my TV set. I do like Turner Classic Movies. There I go, being an elitist again…
But you want to know what I watch now? I watch Weeds. That’s a show I watch every week. I look forward to it. I love her [Mary Louise Parker]; she’s great. It’s easy to watch because I like the people in it and I like the story. They do it well. But yeah… Weeds. I’m a firm believer in that. [Laughs.] No, really though, I like that show.”