I wrote a post about Norman Wisdom back on 18 Jan 2008 after watching aTV programme about how his family was being affected by his creeping dementia. It was funny, sad and poignant…. and the programme wasn’t bad too. Only joking Mr Grimsdale. Upon hearing the news this morning that Norman had passed away after a series of strokes I had another read of the posting and I think it stands up OK. I always found old Norm to be more annoying than amusing but compared to some members of his family he was grace personified. Check on the search facility on the home page if you fancy another read.
Dear old Norm…… have to say that I enjoyed his stuff in small doses, but agree with the view about those around him.
I spent some time on the IOM in previous incarnations, and actually met him as part of a charity event in aid of The Children Of Chernobyl Charity (FOCC as it was then) – he was patron.
He delighted in the kids, to whom he was known as Pitkin (a character) and was genuinely very generous with his time for the charity, and in meeting the kids when they were on the island.
It’s in those cirumstances that you sometimes get a glimpse of humanity behind celebrity…. unfortunately there is not a lot of it about.
Briiiiant to hear from you again. Hope all is well in deepest Northants (?).
i think the thing you’ve highlighted CC is the difference between celebrities and stars. I like to rant on about the shallowness of the former. Norm was losing his marbles sadly in recent years but everyone who knew him in his better days have told me what a giver he was especially with kids.
keep in touch cc. surely glass of wine time is overdue?