᠐ Broché רּ But Enough About Me: A Memoir For Free ᠧ ePUB By Burt Reynolds ᢔ

᠐ Broché רּ But Enough About Me: A Memoir For Free ᠧ ePUB By Burt Reynolds ᢔ ᠐ Broché רּ But Enough About Me: A Memoir For Free ᠧ ePUB By Burt Reynolds ᢔ Authors NoteThis book is about the people whove shaped me, for better or worse In chapters named for specific individuals, or for groups of people, I pay homage to those I love and respect, from my family and friends to the athletes, actors, directors, teachers, and students whove enriched my life Youll find mostly love letters here, but a few poison pen notes, too, because my bullshit detector has improved with age I dont hesitate to call out the assholes I cant forgive, like the Hollywood friends who came and went in herds But I also try to make amends for being an asshole myself on too many occasions Ive always made fun of myself, and I dont stop now And I think Ive learned a few things about acting, about filmmaking, about love, about life but enough about me I hope you enjoy my book.B.R.ForewordIts the second day of filming Deliverance. Burt Reynolds is playing Lewis Medlock, a macho survivalist, and Im Ed Gentry, a mild mannered suburbanite Our characters have arranged for a couple of backwoods guys to lead us down to the river in their truck Were to follow them in our Scout SUV, with Burt behind the wheel and me riding shotgun With no seat belt As I would learn, thats the way it often feels with Burt no seat belt.In the script, Lewis decides he wants to lead, not follow, so he cuts onto the road in front of the truck, and it makes Ed nervous Thats the script.So the plan is to give the truck a small head start, then cut through a grassy area and beat it to the road Now were rolling film, and the assistant director calls through a bullhorn, Number one car and the truck takes off A few seconds later we hear, Number two car but Burt waits And waits Im wondering what the hells going on When he finally takes off, I know we have no chance to keep close to the truck, never mind beat it to the road Burt floors it and we almost go airborne Im certain now were going to crash into the truck and I brace against the dashboard But somehow we land on the road about a foot ahead of the truck, throw up some dust and stones, and head on down the road, and I hear Burts whoop of a laugh that I would come to learn signals another happy brush with danger Its at about this time that I learn that this world class athlete, this all star halfback back at Florida State, is in the stuntmens union.Were not done A few scenes later the two of us are still in the SUV facing what looks like an overgrown cow path in the middle of the woods There are tiny trees growing on it and we dont have much visibility Were in a tight spot on both sides with no room for technicians or camera crew A couple of crew members have fastened a gyroscope camera on the hood of the SUV, which is supposed to keep steady no matter how rough the ride is Its an early use of this technology and everyone is hoping it will work With the camera secured, the director and all of the crew leave us to take over the filming ourselves.I switch on the camera and jump into the SUV, pick up the clapboard, and, for some reason, maybe because I know Im crazy putting myself in Burts hands again, I announce in a German accent, Und now ve happily go forvard into who the hell knows vhat Take one As soon as I clap the thing, Burt floors it.We dont know whats in front of us apparently no ones checked out the terrain Burt doesnt care Hes going flat out Trees are raking the side of the vehicle and slapping at the camera, which seems to be holding Suddenly we hit what feels like a crater BAM It rocks the vehicle down to its frame We somehow bounce out of it, although we may have been inches away from going through the windshield I think even Burt is shocked at how close we came to disaster, but his reaction is to giggle and soon the two of us are laughing, the kind of deep laughter little kids get Yet even in our hysteria we remember to play it into our characters and finish out the scene A bit of a miracle.All this is in the final film Its one of my favorite sequences in all of the filming Ive done, and it is this portrait of our laughter that comes to mind when I think of my friendship with Burt Reynolds.When we began shooting Deliverance, Burt was in a place where the depth of his talent hadnt been truly recognized Our director, John Boorman, must be given all the credit for seeing his greatness and for insisting on Burt for the plum role of Lewis Medlock Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox, and I, his costars, became his great fans, and Burt knew what we all came to know that his performance would expose his enormous talent to the world and change his career forever.Look at the scene where Lewis saves the team from the mountain men He takes total command of a dangerous situation and delivers a powerful aria in the middle of those woods Its a sensational piece of acting I think we all did our parts well, but it was Burt who rose up and showed his full stature in that central great moment The success of the film has everything to do with his performance The story is compelling and the filmmaking is superior, but the key ingredient in Deliverance is Burt Reynolds.Burt and I had different approaches to acting in Deliverance Some of it certainly had to do with the difference in our characters Like my character, Ed, Im questioning everything and wanting to stay on solid ground Im thinking about all the different motivations, building my character piece by piece, always refining But theres Burt saying, Lets go He already knows exactly what to do and he cant wait to do it.Of course a lot of this is just us Im naturally reflective and Burt is a man of action This is evident, too, in our approaches to celebrity I was wary of it, thinking it would erode my artistic aspirations Burt loved signing autographs He knew how happy it made people Today, when I sign autographs or take photos with fans I think about that time and Burts lesson to me.Whenever Burt and I get together, its a happy occasion Weve both had our ups and downs in life, but we can step back and laugh at ourselves Again its the laughter The laughter has become the signature of our friendship Burt has it in abundance And its in this funny, honest book, too As Burt shares his memories of the people in his life, you get a true sense of the man Its like sitting down and talking with him Youll learn things you might not know, like the fact that Burt built a theater in Florida at great personal expense because he wanted to give back to the community, and that hes dedicated himself to teaching in order to keep faith with the drama professor who changed his life.Burt loves people and has always liked to keep his friends close During that incredible five year period when he was number one at the box office, he based a lot of his career decisions on friendship, like when he helped his stuntman buddy Hal Needham get a film made called Smokey and the Bandit When Burt did his TV show Evening Shade, he brought his pals along with him Marilu Henner, Ossie Davis, and Charles Durning.Ive known some of the beautiful, talented women in Burts life Ive sat with Quinton, Burts son with Loni Anderson, enjoying evenings when Burt would host gatherings of artists like Dom DeLuise, Charles Nelson Reilly, Angie Dickinson, and Charley Durning Quinton is a wonderful young man pursuing a career in film editing I see him every so often in a deli we both frequent and I catch up on his fathers adventures I know hed want me to finish this up with a statement by Charles Durning.Charley represented many things to Burt He was a consummate artist It was not by accident that he was nominated for two Academy Awards He had a marvelous sense of humor and was as quick a wit as any of the brilliant company he kept, Burt included But Charley was also a war hero He enlisted in the army during World War II when he was seventeen and was part of the Normandy Invasion that was the turning point in the war He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Silver Star for valor Through all this experience, he certainly came to know the measure of a man Charley once told me he loved Burt Reynolds because he knew that Burt would have his back if he was ever in trouble I think his words to me about Burt are the highest praise a man can pay another man I concur with Charley Thats the kind of guy Burt is, and Im proud to be his friend.Big BurtGrowing up in Palm Beach County, Florida, I went by the name Buddy I remained Buddy in high school and through college, and my old friends still call me that I was billed as Buddy Reynolds early in my acting career until my agent said, You know, youre twenty three years old and we cant keep calling you Buddy.Why not I said Theres Buddy Rogers, Buddy HackettSee what I mean she said.So I took my dads name He was Burton Milo Reynolds Sr.Big Burtand I was Burton Milo Reynolds Jr I think he was pleased, but he never said so.I come from a time and place where boys and then men try to please their fathers Its the most important thing in a mans life My dad was my hero, but he never acknowledged any of my achievements Ive always felt that no amount of success would make me a man in his eyes I never lacked confidence, but I always felt the need to prove myself to him.Big Burt was a cop and a war hero He was tough on me, but looking back I think that was a good thing, because I was a hell raiser If he hadnt gotten my attention, I probably would have wound up in prison or worse My mom was wonderful to me and I loved her very much She was a head nurse at a hospital in Michigan, so she really knew her stuff whenever I got hurtwhich was often She had a lot on her shoulders when my father was overseas, and she handled it with grace and good humor I couldnt have asked for a better mother.Mom and Dad were both born on farms in northern Michigan When Dad was twenty, he had a job shoveling coal in a factory and became friends there with Wade Miller Wade introduced Burt to his sister Fern, who was in nursing school It didnt take him long to pop the question Their marriage lasted sixty five years and I never heard them fight They must have done it quietly Dad always had a job, even during the Great Depression He worked in an auto factory and in a steel mill he dug ditchesanything to put food on the table for my mom and my sister, Nancy Ann, who was born in 1930 I came along in 1936 Nancy Ann was a lot like Mom in many ways very quiet, very strong She was a terrific gal, but we never got to know each other well, I guess because of the age difference.BIG BURT JOINED the army at the start of World War II and went into the cavalry, but it was soon disbanded and he transferred to the field artillery Hed made lieutenant by the time he shipped overseas, where he earned a chestful of medals for taking part in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge Like most veterans who were in the thick of things, he never talked about it After V E Day he was stationed in Germany After V J Day, when all the troops came home, he stayed in the army for three years as part of the occupation of Japan He was a colonel by then and they promised to make him a general if he stayed in for another three years.When my mom heard that, she said, You may be a general, but you wont be my husband.When he came home, it was right out of The Best Years of Our Lives We were all at my uncles house in Michigan I stayed in the kitchen with Nancy Ann while Mom waited on the front lawn Dad drove up in a taxi and I started to run out, but Nancy Ann stopped me and said, No, let them be alone.I saw him through the window He was six two, and when he got out of the taxi he looked smashing in his uniform The two of them stood there in an embrace for a long time When they finally came inside, he kissed my sister on the cheek I wanted to jump up and hug him, but we didnt do that sort of thing in our family, so I just stood there He stuck his hand out and I shook it.You look good, son, he said.Thank you, sir.He handed me a ten dollar bill and said, Here, go buy yourself something Then he and my mom disappeared into the bedroom until the next morning.My dad was strong, but my mom was the boss Not long after he came home, they went south on a second honeymoon When they got back she announced, Were moving to Florida It was all her idea He didnt want to go, but she put her foot down I didnt want to go either I pictured us living in the jungle with alligators and snakes.As soon as we were settled in Florida, Dad got a job in construction I dont think hed ever done that sort of work, but his boss was taken with him and made him the foreman of the project They built prefab houses that everybody said would blow away in the first hurricane, but those houses are still standing today That summer I went to work with him One day a wire caught on his finger and sliced it off from the knuckle to the tip He didnt even say Ouch He just picked it up, wrapped it in a handkerchief, and stuck it in his pocket.When we get home tonight, he said, remind me to give this to your mother.When we got home, Mom was only a little surprised She knew how he was.I WAS a wild kid and got my share of whippings from my dad It would be the same thing every time Hed take his belt off, Id bend over, and he wouldnt spare the horses when he hit me I wanted to yell, but I didnt I never cried, either Im glad he did it It was a real deterrent I didnt want to get hit again, so I never committed the same offense twice My mom never intervened when Dad disciplined me, though I know she wanted to I think she was glad that she didnt have the responsibility It tore her up to see me get a whipping, but she knew that I needed discipline badly in those days I once made the mistake of sassing her in front of Big Burt I think I said something flip like Oh, yeah Without saying a word, he picked me up and deposited me in the hall closet Unfortunately, the door to the closet was closed at the time.Despite the corporal punishment, I still managed to get in trouble There was a canal next to the Skydrome Drive in in Lake Worth with a kind of homemade zip line across it consisting of a cargo box on a wire People would put bottles and things in the box and push it across the water It was just big enough for us to cram ourselves into and ride across It was our own little amusement ride It didnt occur to us that there might be a reason everybody called it the kid killer One day I got in the box and the guys pushed me, but not hard enough I went halfway out and got stuck I was hanging there over the water and didnt know what to do I grabbed the wire and started pulling myself across, inch by inch, but each time I made headway it rolled back over my hands and cut them all to hell I was still swaying in the wind when someone said, Hey, Buddy, here comes your dad Big Burt, who by that time was chief of police, pulled up in his patrol car and got out Get back here he said.Howm I gonna do that, Pop I dont know, but youd better get back here now Pop, I cant move Are you gonna help me No he said, and he got back in the car and left.I sat in that damn box for an hour before my buddies found a rope and reeled me in.One Saturday night a bunch of us were arrested for fighting, and they put us in a big holding cell My dad came in and told the other kids one by one Your fathers here, you can go home Your fathers here, you can go home Then he looked at me and said, Your father didnt show up.I was in that cell all night By morning I figured that any minute hed come and take me home for a whippin and a good breakfast, but I stayed there all day, with every drunk and vagrant in town I stayed in that damn cell for two days I know it sounds harsh, but it straightened me out I never got in trouble after that I think that lesson saved me, along with the fact that there were very few illegal drugs floating around back then.MY DAD was a great man, but sometimes he did things that were hard to swallow if you didnt know who he really was He was judgmental, if not downright prejudiced, and it could be cruel There was a wonderful girl in my high school named Sally she was half Seminole The guys called her Sally Seminole, which made me mad Her whole family worked as migrant laborers, and shed miss school when they had to pick tomatoes When she wasnt working wed ride the bus together and talk all the way to school I had a crush on her and tried to get her to go out with me, but she said, No, Id better not.But one day around Christmas she came and knocked on the door I wanted to ask her in, but my dad was standing there He didnt say anything, but I could tell he didnt want her to come in the house Sally got the message, too, and she left.I was ashamed of him, but ashamed of myself I wanted to tell him how hurtful hed been, but I didnt have the courage Its one of the biggest sorrows of my life, because I looked up to my dad To this day its hard for me to understand how he could have such a blind spot.After we graduated, I never saw Sally again, though I tried to find her Told she lived in a trailer in the middle of nowhere, I drove out to the address Id been given, but the trailer was gone I wish I knew what happened to her.Yet Big Burt could be generous and compassionate I had a friend in junior high named Jimmy Hooks He had an alcoholic mother and an absent father, and it was tough on him I went home with him one day after school and saw him fight a grown man Damn near whipped the guy, too I felt sorry for Jimmy and admired his guts I felt he deserved better Hooksey, I said, youre coming home with me.When we got to the house, I said to my mom, Jimmys gonna live with us from now on.Well talk about it when Big Burt gets home, she said.My dad knew about Jimmys situation, him being the police chief and it being a small town Yes, son, he can live here, he said But weve got rules in this house, and youll both have to abide by them Come upstairs He opened my closet, put his hand in the middle of the clothes, and went pffft, dividing them in half Jimmy, these are your clothes over here, and those are Buddys over there, he said.Gee, I didnt even get a chance to pick em out or anything.My parents legally adopted Jimmy and treated him like a son from then on.Jimmy has a winning personality and everybody likes him He was a pretty good football player, too He wasnt big, but he made up in desire for what he lacked in athletic ability He became a high school football coach, and when my dad talked about the two of us, he considered Jimmy the bigger success.Unfortunately, Jimmy and I havent stayed close over the years It isnt his fault The gal he married wasnt crazy about me She thought I should have been attentive to Jim and helped him financially, but Id already helped him a lot, and there came a time when I thought he should strike out on his own As it was, he had every break anybody could ask for, and I was disappointed with him in that sense I thought he could have done better if hed tried harder.RIVIERA BEACHgrowing up, I thought it was pronounced Riveerawas a tough town on the wrong side of the river, but the people there respected Big Burt Hed take me with him sometimes to places I had no business going, and Mom wasnt thrilled about the idea One night when I was sixteen, he said, Cmon, were going down to the Blue Heron It was a bar that was scary to drive by in your car He had to go in and arrest a couple of hard guys There were already two cops there, but the guys said, We aint goin nowhere until the chief comes.I went in with my dad, but I stopped at the end of the bar to watch Both guys had knives Dad said, Put the knives on the bar, and they did He picked one up This is a nice knife, he said as he jammed it into the bar, causing the blade to break off But a lousy blade, he quickly added Then he threw the handle at him I thought wed have to fight our way out, but everybody in the place seemed to think that was terrific, including the two guys We all went out and got in the car They were in the backseat and I was in front with my dad Your dads a hell of a man, one of them said, and the other nodded I was amazed that they were praising him while he was taking them to jail.Big Burt was tough, all right He thought acting was for sissies When I was in junior college taking theater classes, whenever he was pissed off at me hed say, Is that an acting thing youre doing And whenever I mentioned the name of one of my friends, hed say, Is he an actor or does he work He thought it was a candy ass profession I hoped hed get over it, but years later, after Id done a television series, he said, When are you going to get a real job I think this is it, Dad.Its not a real job Youre just playacting.He never acknowledged that I was any good at it He was of course the police chief, and all the officers under him were proud of me I asked them, Does he ever talk about me Nope.IN 1960, just before I went to Germany to do a picture called Ard Command, Dad gave me the name of a woman there and asked me to look her up.She may not be alive, I said.Shes alive, he said.How do you know her Shes a friend.I phoned the lady when I got there I sound like my father on the phone, and when she heard my voice she said, Burt Yes.Oh, BurtUh oh, I thought Not Burt senior, Burt junior, I said.There was a long pause before she said, Please come visit me.The house was like a castle It was on top of a mountain, at the end of a winding road When I got out of the car a woman who looked like Grace Kelly was standing there to greet me She gave me a great big hug.We went inside and made a tour of the house There were huge paintings of her relatives on the walls, all highly decorated soldiers And then we came to a portrait of my dad.Do you like it she said.Yes, its beautiful.Would you take a photograph home and show it to your father I said I would, so she snapped a picture Then she took one of me and said, Id like to put your picture on the wall, too By this time I was a little numb, but I told her I was flattered.We spent the rest of the afternoon talking about my father.The next morning on the set, a German reporter came up to me and said, I understand you looked up your fathers sweetheart.Not his sweetheart, I said, his friend.I did everything I could to prevent it, but the story broke in the European tabloids I felt responsible for the invasion of the ladys privacy, and I was so embarrassed, I never called her again.When I got home, I told my dad that I met her and that she was beautiful and sweet When I told him about the portrait, he seemed touched.She wanted my picture, too, I said, so I guess well both be on the wall.Thats nice, he said But please dont tell your mother or your sister about it.THE FIRST TIME my dad came to visit me in Hollywood, the only actor he wanted to meet was Charles Durning Charley was, without a doubt, the best actor I ever worked with Everything he did was completely real It was never like he was reciting lines, it was like he was talking to you He was loved and respected by his fellow actors, but at the same time they were scared to death of him, because they knew his war record What they didnt know was that in his youth, Charley had been a hell of a boxer Heres a trivia question Which two actors were on the same fight card at Madison Square Garden Charles Durning and Jack Warden, who fought under the name Red Costello Two of our best character actors fought on the same fight card Id heard that Charley earned a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts during World War II, but I never knew the details because, like my dad, he wouldnt talk about it I found out on my own that he was temporarily blinded and spent three years in military hospitals being treated for shrapnel wounds After he got out of the hospital, he enrolled in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York on the GI Bill, but they kicked him out They said he didnt have the talent to be an actor But he kept at it, doing bit parts while working as a doorman, night watchman, cabdriver, dishwasher, and ballroom dancing instructor at an Arthur Murray studio.Charley got his big break when Joseph Papp asked him to audition for the New York Shakespeare Festival and cast him in dozens of plays He made a big impression in That Championship Season 1972 on Broadway, then did a long string of standout roles in films like The Sting 1973 , Dog Day Afternoon 1975 , Tootsie 1982 , To Be or Not to Be 1983 , and O Brother, Where Art Thou 2000.Over the years Charley and I made four or five films and did Evening Shade on television together For as long as I knew him, he was always working Yet he was insecure He doubted his ability as an actor, and between roles he thought hed never work again.When Big Burt and Charley got together and began comparing notes, they realized that theyd been on the same beach in Normandy together Theyd sit for hours talking about the war Charley was one of the few actors my dad had any use for, and it wasnt because he was an actor.Big Burt was strict while I was growing up, but he never mistreated me, at least not on purpose He taught me to accept the consequences of my actions like a man and to be the last one standing in a fight Sure, there were times where he couldnt rise above his prejudices, but I forgave him for it My mom died in 1992, when she was ninety After that he was very dear to me He died in his sleep exactly ten years later, at ninety five He never said he loved me, but he did finally say that he was proud of me And that was enough.Mo MustaineKreig Mo Mustaine has been my best friend since junior high Everyone called him Mo because hes part Mohawk We played football, baseball, and basketball together through high school He was a terrific athlete Mo didnt have it easy growing up His father wasnt around and his mother struggled He wanted to go to college and play football, but he had to work, so after high school he got a job with an electrical company All the guys with football scholarships felt sorry for poor Mo Well, poor Mo is retired now, but at one point he had 150 electricians working for him and all you saw around West Palm Beach was Mo Mustaine Electric billboards and trucks.Mo was always one of the neat fellas His trademark was taping his socks up He said he did it because he couldnt stand it when they flopped down What he didnt point out was that he had the skinniest legs in the world Tall socks and skinny legs I hope he wont mind me telling this, but he still tapes his socks up He also bleached his hair blond in front Like I said, one of the neat fellas.Most of the boys in junior high came to school barefoot, and I didnt want anybody to think I was a candy ass, so Id leave the house with my shoes on, hide them in a palmetto bush, and pray it didnt rain Mo and I both played football barefoot He even kicked extra points that way When we got to high school, they made us wear football shoes and we were convinced it slowed us down.We had occasional whippings in school, for talking or laughing or whatever One day Mo and I were both getting it at the same time We grabbed our balls and bent over Mo would get five slaps and then Id get five and so on I wasnt about to cry and neither was Mo It always makes em mad when they cant make you cry.South Florida was a wonderful place to grow up in I spent many an afternoon diving off the bridge over the Boynton Beach Inlet It was a high span, and what made the dive interesting were the turrets on either side of the deck Id climb on top of one and be fifty feet above the water The tourists would pull over to watch, and Mo and the guys would run around taking up a collection We learned to get the money in advance, because the audience wouldnt always be there when I came back I could make five or six bucks on a good day.The Everglades were our backyard, and wed go out on airboats and bulldog deer The boat would come up behind one and youd jump out and grab the deer around the neck Not only was it cruel to the deer, it was stupid their hooves were like knives and you had to watch out for the horns, too Plus there were gators everywhere I didnt bulldog them, but I did swim in their vicinity Id see their little eyes and think, This could be trouble Brilliant Thats when I learned to swim really fast, and how to board a boat without hopping in, just shooting right onto it from the water in one swimming motion.Mo and I would go deep into the Glades to visit this amazing character, an American original who has become a legend in South Florida His name was Vincent Nostokovich During the Great Depression he left his home in Trenton, New Jersey, to ride the rails as a hobo He wound up in Jupiter, Florida, changed his name to Trapper Nelson, and dropped out of society With borrowed money he bought eight hundred acres deep in the jungle on the Loxahatchee River, and lived off the land by hunting, fishing, and trapping At six foot four and 240 pounds, Trapper Nelson was known as the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee River.Mo and I would skip school to go see him The first time we went he put us through a rite of passage We had to swing on a rope over a lagoon he said was filled with alligators, though we never saw one We swung across praying the gators wouldnt chomp our legs off Trapper thought that was hysterical He showed us how to set traps and skin small game He could tell I wasnt crazy about snakes, so he made me handle rattlers to conquer my fear Id grab it by the head and hold on for dear life.Isnt that great hed say.Yeah, just wonderful.We talked about everything, including politics He had a hard on for the government and he hated what the country was coming to He said it was stupid for the United States to be the worlds policeman.Though Trapper was a handsome man, he was a hermit, and everyone was surprised when he married a woman from Palm Beach and went to live with her For one night He couldnt stand it, so he brought her back with him to the jungle She stayed for one night and went back to Palm Beach, and that was the end of the marriage.He kept buying acreage and eventually opened a zoo that became a tourist attraction During the winter, Yankees would go there on a jungle cruise and walk around thinking they were in danger When the state health department closed down the zoo in 1960, he couldnt keep up the tax payments and lost most of his precious land, which made him even of a hermit.His death in 1968 from a shotgun blast to the stomach was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious The official story is that he was sick with cancer and depressed over losing most of his property, but I dont believe it He wasnt the kind of man to kill himself Developers wanted his remaining land, but he wouldnt sell Mo says that if Trapper had killed himself, he wouldnt have used a shotgun, he wouldve let a rattlesnake do it But I dont think he would have done it at all I think he was caught up in something he couldnt control.Mo and I stayed close, but on one occasion we didnt let friendship get in the way of money When we were sixteen I bought a motorbike from Mo Hed paid twenty dollars for it and I drove a hard bargain Its been used now So we agreed on seven bucks I intended to ride it to school every day, but my dad didnt approve He said it was too far to take that little thing, but I was determined Id go out every day before school and it wouldnt turn over But it would start up miraculously on Saturday mornings Dad was disconnecting the spark plug wires on weekdays and reconnecting them on weekends I didnt discover this until I was fifty years old Dad didnt tell me, he told Mo.Like all teenage boys in those days, Mo and I were obsessed with cars There was a nearby town called Kelsey City that was nothing but streets No houses, no traffic signals, just streets It was a casualty of the real estate booms and busts in Florida and a perfect place to take your girl to park Its where I taught Mo how to drive, in my dads Buick Including how to parallel park As I look back, it warms me to know that I was able to do that for him, because we were like brothers.In ways than one We had fraternities in high school, even though they were officially banned All the neat guys belonged to one, so Mo and I joined Alpha Sigma Pi Our frat colors were green and yellow There was an advertising blimp the size of a car that hung over a local garage They kept it inside during the day but brought it out at night and tied it to the building with ropes One night at about midnight, Mo and I and a couple of fraternity brothers decided to take the blimp, paint it green and yellow, put a big ASP on it, and let it float over the high school We untied the blimp and were each holding one of the ropes It was fine until one guy let go The blimp started to rise and another guy let go and then it really started going up When Mo dropped off, he must have fallen ten feet.Mo was screaming Let go, Buddy, let go I must have been twenty five feet in the air when I finally did.Luckily I landed in tall grass and not on concrete If Id waited another second or two, Id probably have broken both my legs The blimp kept going up until it disappeared.The next day we made the front page of the newspaper VANDALS CUT LOOSE ADVERTISING BLIMP The paper estimated that the blimp would come down somewhere in Texas, and said it was worth four thousand dollars, which was a lot of money back then We wouldve had to work years to pay it back We were scared for a month that theyd find out who did it.Recently over lunch, Mo said, Listen, Bud, maybe you shouldnt tell that story in your book Somebody might read it and come after us But then he smiled and said, Well, I guess were safe after sixty years.Mo and I have stayed friends all these years When he lost his wife, Linda, it was a blow to me, but it just about killed him She was a wonderful woman and they were a great couple People said that every widow in town would be after Mo and that hed marry again right away, but I knew he wouldnt Hes that kind of guy He lives nearby now and we get together for lunch every week Mo comes to watch me teach on Fridays whenever he can He has a way about him that I admire He couldnt care less about Hollywood, which is another thing I love about him Weve been friends since junior high and never had a cross word between us Its not easy to go a lifetime without finding fault with your pal, but we never have.BuddyA lot of the residents of Riviera Beach came from the Bahamas and supposedly had mixed blood, which made them undesirable to a lot of people in those days I was lumped into that group, probably because some of them were friends of mine Ive never forgotten how it felt to be excluded.I got the nickname Mullet in junior high After the fish, not the haircut Its what they called people from Riviera Beach We were fish heads and greaseballs and mullets I got in fights about it, but like anybody else, I wanted to be accepted The cool guys were the lettermen, and though Id never participated in organized sports, I dreamed of being one of them Football gave me my chance.My career started with a footrace against one of the best athletes in the school, Vernon Flash Rollison I wasnt the brightest kid in the world, but I knew it couldnt be a good idea to race anyone named Flash I also knew that if I lost the race, Id remain Mullet for the rest of my life.We walked down to the football field with a crowd behind us We would run the hundred yards between the goalposts Flash took out a pair of track shoes Id never seen track shoes before, and I was amazed at how sharp the spikes were He got down in what I later learned was a four point stance, and suddenly we were running I can still hear the sound of those spikes biting into the turf, and my bare feet making no sound.He got off to a quicker start and took the lead I reached down inside myself for strength or guts or whatever it would take, and somehow found the extra speed I passed him at the five yard line and crossed the goal line first.Nobody cheered They were stunned that anyone could beat Flash Rollison.Peanut Howser came over, shook my hand, and said, Great race, Buddy We could use you on the football team.From then on I was Buddy Reynolds.The next day the student body had a whole different attitude They knew Id beaten the fastest kid in the school, and I was suddenly everybodys best friend I didnt fully enjoy my sudden popularity, because I hadnt forgotten all the crap theyd given me But I smiled and kept my mouth shut.When I joined the team I was clueless about how to put on the pads I remember sitting on the bench, running my hands over the number on my jerseyId never had a jersey with a number on it I looked up and Peanut was standing there, smiling.You need help he said.Yeah, I said Does the big number go in the back I chose number 22 and kept it all through high school and college Id thought it was a great number ever since Bobby Layne wore it to bring the Detroit Lions back from the dead in the 1950s I liked Bobby because he was a rebel and I wanted to be just like him.Id never played tackle football before, at least not in full uniform We played tackle without pads or helmets on an open field near my house, and it was rough But it is a different game with pads on I couldnt see how anyone could possibly get hurt.I played mostly on instinct I hadnt had any real experience or instruction in the fundamentals So I watched and imitated everybody else Wed have a chalk talk before a game and I knew what I was supposed to do on certain plays Otherwise, I hid behind cockiness Id tell the linemen in the huddle, Just give me a crack and Ill go through it, and I usually did I made the team at Palm Beach High and started every game at running back.Richard Dalton Peanut Howser was small in stature, but he was the best athlete I ever saw We played on the ninth grade football team together and then all through high school He was too small to play college football, so he concentrated on baseball and made All American in his sopho, junior, and senior years He was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics and was American League Rookie of the Year and captain of the team He went on to manage the New York Yankees and then the Kansas City Royals, who won the World Series three times with Peanut at the helm.We stayed the best of friends over the years Besides being a great athlete, he was a magnificent man He died of cancer in 1987 at fifty one When he got sick, I went to see him and he handled himself the way I hope I would Not a day goes by that I dont miss him something terrible Theres a structure at Florida State University called the Dick Howser Stadium Across the street, the football dorm is called Burt Reynolds Hall So I guess old Peanut and Buddy are still together.WHEN I WAS FIFTEEN, I was fascinated by the window display in an antique shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach Id stop whenever I could to peer in at the exotic objects on display One day I looked up and there was a beautiful woman looking back at me She was probably in her early forties, which seemed ancient to me at the time.She smiled at me and I smiled back She asked me to come in What do you like she said.I like everything in the store Thats perfect You like old good things You fit right in.That made me laugh, and then I said something that made her laugh, and it went on like that for about an hour.In those days Id go down to the old wooden pier, which has long since blown away Id walk out to the end and do a jackknife or a half gainer, shinny up one of the pilings, get back on the pier, and then do it again Id gather small crowds of tourists whod give me fifty cents a dive.One day I looked over and she was there, watching I didnt acknowledge her, but I could feel her eyes on me, and I loved showing off for her.At the antique shop the next day she said, You ought to come to the house sometime.She lived on the beach We had drinks, we laughed, and one thing led to another.It was my first time, and I was smitten.After that, Id go there once a week Wed have dinner, tell stories, and make love It went on for several months, until the night she said it was time to call it quits I protested, almost pleaded, but she just smiled.And that was it She left me bewildered and frustrated, but shed also made me very, very happy Not a week goes by that I dont think about her.After that, I began dating Betty Lou, a rich girl from Palm Beach Id drive there on the North Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, thinking it was a big deal Boys from Riviera Beach didnt date girls from Palm Beach In those days Jewish people didnt live in Palm Beach and youd never even see an African American there The residents were proud of the fact that the Everglades Club had blackballed Joe Kennedy because his money wasnt old enough And the town had the silliest laws, like a man couldnt ride a bicycle with his shirt off.If you went to a party in Palm Beach, it was right out of a movie Youd see old men dancing with young beauties, and older women dancing with young studs, usually Latin Americans, who were great dancers They werent their nieces and nephews.Betty Lou was than a young beauty, she was a knockout She had the most incredible body Id ever seen, and a sweet personality to go with it Plus she was wild, a genuine free spirit Id never met a girl who was so uninhibited She had only one flaw two deformed fingers on her left hand She turned that little imperfection into an asset by always holding a hankie in that hand like a Southern belle.After sixth period, Betty Lou would come running down the hill to the football field She never wore a bra, so everything would be bouncing all over the place Everyone on the field would stop dead, including the coach.When I rang the bell to pick up Betty Lou on our first date, her mother came to the door and said, From now on, Buddy, when you come to pick up my daughter, please use the service entrance.Okay, I said, thats what Im here for anyway.Her mother laughed, and when I got to know her better, I liked her Not only was she gorgeous, she had an earthy sense of humor When Betty Lou and I would be leaving the house, shed say to me, Buddy, I know what youre going to do, and I want you to be kind to her She hasnt been around a man like you.The inevitable happened and kept happening until one night Betty Lou told me she was pregnant It was at the junior prom Wed been crowned king and queen and were dancing to Harbor Lights when she broke the news After I got over the initial shock, I resolved to do the right thing and marry her I figured Id get a football scholarship and then play pro ball and wed live happily ever after I made arrangements to go to Georgia, where you could get married at sixteen When I went to the service entrance to pick Betty Lou up for the trip, her mother stopped me at the door.Betty Lou isnt here, she said We took care of the problem, so you dont have to worry, but she doesnt want to see you again.I could hear the faint sound of Betty Lou weeping in the background, but I didnt fight it I got back in the car and went home I found out later that her mother had taken her to Cuba for an abortion From then on when I saw her in school we were polite, but it was never the same between us.Twenty years later I was on a show called Take Me Home Again, produced by Merv Griffin It was the pilot for a series where celebrities go back to their hometowns The pilot didnt sell, I think because it became obvious that most celebrities dont give a damn about their hometowns I told Merv, Lets not make it like This Is Your Life Lets find people who dont like methough youll probably have to search But they found hundreds of people, including Betty Lou.Merv went to her Palm Beach mansion to interview her They set up the cameras at the pool and she came out in a string bikini She was pushing forty, but had the same measurements she had in high school.Betty Lou, I understand that you and Burt dated in high school, Merv said.Yes, Merv, we did, Betty Lou said And you know what I was a virgin until about five minutes after I met him.We cant say that on television, Betty Lou, Merv said Youll have to rephrase it Lets keep rolling and well start over Betty Lou, I understand that you dated Burt in high school.Thats right, Merv See that curved palm tree over there He used to lay me against it and bang my brains out.TeammatesI made First Team All State and All Southern Honorable Mention at Palm Beach High and I was recruited by a bunch of college coaches, including Alabamas legendary Bear Bryant I sat there in awe of him.I hear you like to hit, he said.Yes, sir, I do.Thats good, because we like to hit here.I think I would have done well at Alabama, but Id always dreamed of going to the University of Miami, which had a great team in those days, and I signed a grant in aid.Peanut Howser was going up to Florida State on a recruiting trip and he asked me to go with him They fell all over themselves to get him, and they did.The FSU football coach, Tom Nugent, called me into his office.Whats Miami giving you he said.A lot, coach, I said.Can they give you this he asked, pointing to a chart on the wall showing a seven to one ratio of women to men on campus The number was so high because FSU had been a girls school until only a few years before . He let that sink in for a while and then he pulled down a blackboard and drew a chalk figure 7 and then a 1 He pointed to the 7 and said, This represents the girls Then he pointed to the 1 and said, This is you Think about that I thought about it And about the fact that if I went to FSU, Peanut and I would still be together.Coach, I said, I think I know where I can get a hell of an education.Tom Nugent was an innovator He invented both the typewriter huddle and the I formation Most teams had never seen the I before, and when we set up on the line of scrimmage, the defense would be scrambling all over the place.Coach Nugent was quite a character He belonged in show business We had a team choir that we all had to join, whether we could sing or not We actually performed at campus events But his training was brutal There must have been twenty five guys on the team with full scholarships, but they couldnt take the practices and they all ran off Most of them wound up as starters on other teams.The year before I got there, FSU was playing schools like Stetson By the time I arrived theyd begun playing up, trying to elevate the program by scheduling better teams My freshman year we played Alabama and Georgia, which was a big rise in class.Coach brought in some real bad dudes I swear he got them out of the penitentiary Others were fresh out of the Glades They werent great athletes, but they were tough And theyd hit you Even when we lost, the other team would be carrying players off the field I thought, If I can hang in with these guys, I can do anything.One of my best pals on the team was Bobby Renn He was one of the most gifted and versatile football players Ive ever seen He was a brilliant rusher, receiver, and defensive back, and an incredibly accurate punter I ran around with Bobby a lot He wasnt super good looking, but he was a ladies man For one thing, he was older Hed been in the army and seen action in Korea He had a mystique that women were crazy about, a real James Dean quality.Bobby was dating a Pi Phi, which was considered a big deal I looked up to him, so I started going with a Pi Phi, too, and wed double date I tried to be as slick as Bobby I watched him and tried to do whatever he did, and once in a while a girl would ask, Arent you going a little fast Wed go to this awful joint in Tallahassee called the Oasis and drink beer and tomato juice, which we thought was the height of cool Bobby introduced me to it and I picked it up I ordered it once with a girl, thinking Id score points, but she thought I was an idiot.Bobby fell in love with a rich girl whose family thought he wasnt good enough for her and did everything they could to break them up The girl married him anyway and then tried to force him into a mold She wanted him to be a lawyer, but he wanted to be an actor and dreamed of making it in Hollywood As the years went by, he took acting lessons and went on auditions in his spare time without making much headway Then one night he was fixing a flat tire and a car hit and killed him.Ive always tried to help exFlorida State ballplayers break into acting Ive advised them and helped them get parts But not Bobby I dont know why, because of all the guys, I thought he could have been good But for some reason I didnt reach out to help him, even though we were the best of friends Ive always regretted it.THERE WAS ONLY ONE whirlpool in the FSU locker room and we had to stand in line to use it And there was no weight room I had to do push ups and sit ups to stay in shape We had players who were strong as bulls, but without weight training, they were just farm strong And there was no sense of proper nutrition They fed us mashed potatoes and gravy to pork us up I guess they thought the weight, the better, even if it was fat.We had some real characters Ray Staab was an animal and most of the other guys on the team were afraid of him, including me One night in the dining hall I saw him pick up a cockroach and eat it I had a buddy, Tommy Thompson, from Boston Talk about street toughhe was the only one Ray was afraid of Tommy used to say, Why dont you let me beat the shit out of him I should have said, Be my guest, but I couldnt do that to a teammate.Big Al Mackowicky was tough as hell and a great ballplayer His dorm room was across from mine One day I got a Dear John letter from my girlfriend back in West Palm, and I ran out of my room hopping mad I punched the first thing I saw, which was Big Als door My fist went through it and I couldnt get it out Big Al opened the door and said, Whats the problem The literary equivalent of finding oneself at a cocktail party with the guy who tells the best stories.Its juicy, but not salacious, gracious without being cloying and ultimately impresses.such a joy to read Palm Beach Post W ildly entertainingHighlightsand lowlightsfrom his colorful past include playing football at Florida State, romances Loni Anderson, Sally Field , debilitating health problems and a bankruptcy The Hollywood Reporter Throughout this often surprising life storycapably coauthored by veteran showbiz writer WinokurReynolds reveals himself to be thoughtful and introspective than his public image might suggest Booklist Thoroughly engrossing.A.V ClubRefreshingly honest AARP MagazineFreewheeling NewsdayCharming, self deprecating Connecticut Post Britain has had enough of experts, says Gove Financial Times Michael refused to name any economists who back Britain s exit from the European Union, saying that people in this country have experts Thailand cave Boys and coach not yet well Jul , A medical assessment boys their football stuck a Thai concluded it is too dangerous try move group out Thursday Choose Right Synonym for Adjective sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what necessary or desirable sufficient suggests close meeting need savings less exact suggestion than do you food adequate may imply barely requirement service was measuring up all Define at 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    • But Enough About Me: A Memoir
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