I’ve met and became acquainted with many celebrities these past three decades; but with no disrespect to any of them, none were truly both a character and also one of the most enjoyable people I spent a few times with, than Morton Downey Jr.
I ended up doing television with him on three different occasions (here’s the first and only one I’ve video of) and was invited to spend time with him over a meal and some drinks twice. The man you saw and knew from television was not even close to the intelligent, articulate, kind and generous man I had the pleasure of being with away from the cameras.
Tonight, CNN has a documentary on Mort and I very much look forward to it.
Oh how we could use him today in this insanely politically correct society of ours that has fallen fast and hard away from what once made us great.
If only we could hear “ZIP IT” one more time – miss you Mort!