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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / I went on a Chris Farley binge this past weekend

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Maplewood, MN

Feb 27th, 2018 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have always held a special spot in my heart for Chris Farley and his family. Our early lives had a number of parallels. He grew up in Madison, WI. I grew up near Eau Claire, WI. We both went to Catholic grade schools. We both had father's that owned family businesses and sold asphalt. We both were class clowns.

I graduated in 1974 and was living in FL. My dad wanted me to move back to WI in 1978 and take over the family business. It did NOT work out, but I did spend a year working side by side with my dad in 1978. During that year, we had to go to a county down toward Madison to let bids for asphalt for the coming road season. My dad said to me, "Johnny, you should enjoy lunch today, cuz Tom Farley will be there."

Our usual procedure was this: Salesmen would arrive at the county shop with sealed envelopes stating the price/gal bid for asphalt for the coming year. At 10:30 AM or so, the road commissioner would open bids and determine who got the business (usually it was split between the two lowest bids).

Dad and I arrived at the county shop at 10 AM and waited for the meeting. Suddenly, in walks this big guy (tipped 350+ lbs.) wearing a sport coat and small alpine hat with a feather. I nudged my dad and asked him who that was. Dad leaned over and said, "That's Tim Farley."

After the opening of the bids (we shared the business with Scotch Oil (Tom's company), it was time to for the salesmen and the road commissioner and his foremen to go to lunch together. suffice it to say, Tom was a lot like Chris--without the booze and drugs. Tom was a natural cut up. On the way back home, dad and I laughed and laughed at some of the stuff Tom said. It was a real bonding moment for my dad and I. I will never forget it.

Years later when I first saw Chris on SNL I almost jumped out of my chair. "That has GOT to be Tom Farley's son." Sure enough it was. Chris was definitely a product of Tom's genes.

Chris would have been 13 when I met his dad. Chris could not control the drink and drugs, but I still love the guy This past weekend I spent a lot of time watching old Chris videos, as well as those of his younger brother Kevin. And I cried a lot of tears in the process. Here's to the Farley family.

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Methuen, MA, USA

Feb 27th, 2018 10:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's a GREAT story! Thanks. Chris Farley seemed like a guy I would have loved to know. His tragically inevitable end is very sad.

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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 27th, 2018 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

I will never forget the SNL episode where Chris was interviewing Paul McCartney... Uh you remember when you were in the Beatles? Yes, Chris.. I do.

I really miss the old days. Sadly, the greatest seem to need more stimulation than others.

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Feb 27th, 2018 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

That was classic when Farley was interviewing Paul. Could not ask any decent questions until he got to the part about does the love you take equal to the love you make. Paul looked up half a second to consider an exception before saying that it was indeed true. Farley brightened up at that.

I read somewhere that Farley was sad because people were laughing at him because he was fat, but I think he could have produced as much laughter had he been slim.

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I played Black Sabbath at 78 speed
Feb 27th, 2018 12:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Great story! Thank you.

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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 27th, 2018 12:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here it is... love it.

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