I met Ed Asner at LAX in the wee hours of the morning. He was showing up early for a morning flight to NYC. We actually talked for quite some time while I was watching over the ticketing area. Now, other’s may see the gruff, angry Lou Grant and other harsh characters that he has portrayed over the years, but to me I will always see Ed as a very intelligent, well spoken, friendly, gentleman. Only because he’s most well known for his time on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, I can understand why the rest of the cast and he were in tears at the end of the series. I shared just a short time with him, but his demeanor and candid conversation to a stranger was very heart warming.
Since this was more than 25 years ago, I doubt that Ed would remember that morning conversation with me, and now I can’t quite remember all that we discussed. When you think of how many celebrities there are in the world as compared to “regular” folk, then think about how many of those stars are said to be on in a million…Ed Asner is one of those million.