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12. I once shared spit with Carl Reiner.
Wed Oct 31, 2018, 08:42 AM
Oct 2018

Last edited Thu Mar 21, 2019, 03:49 PM - Edit history (1)

Went to his house to interview him for some upcoming project. He showed me into the living room. We sat on the sofa and talked while I recorded the conversation on my tape recorder. He was very very dear and delightfully funny as I’d expected, me being a longtime fan.

Then he wanted to take a break. “Want an egg cream?” he asked. I said “sure!” He stood up and walked over to the corner of the room to the built-in bar. Stepping behind it, he proceeded to get out the seltzer water and the U-Bet chocolate syrup. Stirred it up in a pitcher with a long-handled spoon. Then he lifted the spoon to his mouth to taste it (that’s the way Mom and Dad did it when they wanted to test how something tasted - what you do when the “recipe” is in your mind or your past experiences). He clearly approved of what he’d just “brewed”. Stuck the spoon back into the pitcher again and stirred some more. Then poured two glasses and we toasted each other with an authentic chocolate egg cream.

And as chocolate egg creams go, it was, of course, delicious. Yet not quite as much so as the very idea of sharing an authentic chocolate egg cream with the likes of Carl Reiner. One that was personally made BY Carl Reiner!

The only thing missing from such an intoxicating moment was Mel Brooks.

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