Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

October 21, 2013

Separated at birth

Filed under: separated at birth? — louisproyect @ 1:11 pm

Ted Cruz and Grandpa Munster

8 Comments »

  1. marvelous!

    Comment by Peter Myers — October 21, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

  2. Separated at birth, but that’s where it ends:

    (from Wikipedia.. on Al Lewis, not Frankenstein)

    As an activist, he hosted a politically oriented radio program on WBAI and ran as Green Party candidate for Governor of New York in 1998. In that race he sought to be listed on the ballot as Grandpa Al Lewis, arguing that he was most widely known by that name. His request was rejected by the Board of Elections, a decision upheld in court against his challenge. Despite this setback, he achieved one of his campaign objectives. His total of 52,533 votes exceeded the threshold of votes set by New York law (50,000) and hence guaranteed the Green Party of New York an automatic ballot line for the next four years. (See Election results, New York governor.) He said that, with no political machine and no money backing him, the likelihood of winning the governorship would be like climbing Mount Everest barefooted.[9]

    Comment by Scott Edwards — October 21, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

  3. Off topic but considering your previously stated opinion on the “Black Bloc” I thought this article that just came across the wire would interest you:

    “RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When a tear gas canister rattled around at Andrea Coelho’s feet, a masked young man picked it up and tossed it back at police. Right there, the kindergarten teacher decided she backed him and his fellow Black Bloc anarchists.”

    Comment by Steve Oh — October 22, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  4. He actually looks more like Potsie Webber (Anson Williams) from “Happy Days.”

    Comment by Poppa Zao — October 23, 2013 @ 4:33 am

  5. I attended the New York Socialist Scholars Conference once, back in the ’90s. The highlight, for me, was seeing Grandpa wandering around in a Hawaiian shirt, a straw hat, shorts and flip-flops, puffing on a stoogie, which I believe was in violation of local ordinances at the time…

    Comment by Doodlebug Anklebiter — October 23, 2013 @ 7:00 am

  6. Having seen Al Lewis’ face hundreds, if not thousands, of times on “Car 54,” The Munsters,” and at various left-wing protest marches and rallies over the years, I hardly see the resemblance that seems apparent to you. Al was eccentric, opinionated, and sometimes a little self-important. He was also a talented and very funny actor, not a bad comedian, a committed, radical activist, and an all around mensch. Ted Cruz couldn’t shine his shoes, not that Grandpa would make or anyone else do that.

    Comment by burghardt — October 25, 2013 @ 12:42 am

  7. The resemblance was to a monster he played, not the actor Al Lewis.

    Comment by louisproyect — October 25, 2013 @ 12:46 am

  8. @ Doodlebug — I remember passing a few words with Lewis in the area where the conf. had tables for Left groups. To the right of me was a Workers World fellow who looked up from his book and said to him “You’re, you’re…” and Lewis replied as I held back a giggle – “Everybody’s somebody kid!” He was very tall and had that huge cigar hanging. He came to my Socialist Action table and I kept my mouth shut. He fiddled around a bit and settled on a copy of a pamphlet our comrade Jake Cooper had written on the Austin, MN meatpackers strike at Hormel. Showed NO interest in talking at all so I just thanked him. Thanx for bringing that memory back as I chuckled again!

    Comment by David Walsh — October 7, 2014 @ 9:57 pm


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