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Happy Birthday to actor James Best, better known as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane from "The Dukes of Hazzard" TV series. 88 years young today!
Here is the one time I managed to do my rarely sought-after impression of him for actor John Schneider(Bo Duke), when I was on the air with Mojo in the Morning, Channel 955 radio in Detroit.
Casey Kasem was one of the kindest and most generous people I've ever encountered. He never let his celebrity separate him from giving back and helping someone else achieve their goals. When I sent him a note in the mail with my voice demo asking for a critique, he called me within a week, left a message on my machine, and when I called him back, we spent 20 minutes on the phone together as I took notes from him. When we finished, he told me to call him whenever I was out in L.A. When I did finally make it out there, he invited me over to his house to visit and follow up on the changes I had made to the voice demo! He truly lived out his catch phrase, "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars". He was simply one of a kind. Rest in peace Casey.
p.s. If you ever want to hear the longer, unabridged story sometime, I can tell you that in person. : )