Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Favorite Part of the Day

My favorite part of the day is really but a moment and most of the time I don't think I even recognize it because it is so brief.

It's that part of day when you just wake up and you think about the dream you just had, especially if it was a good one, and you're so comfortable in bed and you think, wow, things are great.

It's really REALLY brief because then, like the hitting of a gong, the reality sets in that you have to get out of bed plus all the turmoil that is going on in real life comes flooding back and you think, "Oh, I don't want to think about all that!"

I wish I could live my life in that brief beautiful moment all the time....

Monday, May 03, 2010

Calling Dr. Bombay!

You all know of my love, obsession, passion, etc for Bewitched (and if you don't, girl, you really don't know me).

Of course, my favorite character is Samantha because she's played by the beautiful, sexy and funny Elizabeth Montgomery. And then there's her cousin Serena, also played by Liz but in a dark wig.

But my most favorite male character is Samantha's witch doctor (they call him Warlock Doctor cause he is a warlock), Dr. Bombay who was played fantastically by Bernard Fox. The doc was always my favorite because first and foremost, he's hysterical with his bad jokes, his bad temper when Samantha has zapped him "of me porpoise and I was winning the race!", and his bevy of beautiful nurses (one of which was played by Utah native Pat Priest, more famously known as "the odd looking one" on the Munsters, Marilyn Munster). Dr. Bombay epitomized everything that was the best of any world.

One - he's a doctor and that's always a good thing to have around, especially if you are one in the mortal world cause you make the big bucks!

Two - he was the ladies' man, always having a hot nurse or three in his employ and with whom he played "doctor" a lot.

Three - he was smart as he came up with all manner of devices to help diagnose a sick witch.

Four - he had a marvelous sense of humor.

Bernard Fox played Dr. Bombay in not only 18 episodes of Bewitched, but two episodes of the spin-off series Tabitha and two episodes of the daytime soap Passions over 30 years after he had appeared on Bewitched. He was also considered to reprise the role for the Nicole Kidman Bewitched movie but, alas, the role was written out.

Whether you realize it or not, Dr. Bombay is in the public stream of consciousness as Mr. Fox has appeared in several HUGE big screen movies over the years including Titantic (Col. Archibald Gracie) and The Mummy. When I went to see The Mummy I didn't realize he was in it until I saw him on the screen and I leaned over to my sister who was sitting a seat away and she leaned in towards me and at the same time we both excitedly whispered, "That's Dr. Bombay!" People around us all sighed with relief as they said, "That's who that is! I knew I knew him!"

About eight years ago somebody posted on one of the Bewitched message boards that I frequent that Bernard Fox had passed away! I was utterly shocked and saddened, but only for a brief moment when that same person found that there was A Bernard Fox who had passed but not THE Bernard Fox. Quite relieved I decided to write him a letter to tell him how much I really enjoyed him so much so that I had adopted the screen name of Dr. Bombay. I also told him how much I enjoyed his other roles, especially the one in The Mummy. No more than two weeks passed and I got a response from him! He told me how much he appreciated my letter and told me what a great time he had on Bewitched and recounted that just he and a few others remained of the cast and how he enjoyed his time filming the Mummy as he and his wife got to fly to Morrocco.

A couple years after that a Titanic exhibit came to town where each of the tickets was printed with an actual passengers name so at the end of the exhibit you could check to see if your passenger survived. Some magic was working that night as my dad ended up with Col. Archibald Gracie out of the hundreds of possibilities!

Over the past decade I've been to the Bewitched convention almost every year and the more recent ones he had been invited to attend but always declined because of his health or other reasons.

This year, he is actually attending!!! And even more special is that I've been asked to present him with a Fan Appreciation Award, the first of which we presented to the producer/director of Bewitched and Liz Montgomery's husband at the time, William Asher.

I'm so excited and I can't wait to see him in person, shake his hand and possibly give him a hug!