The sadness of watching the devastation from Hurricane Harvey on the news was softened somewhat by seeing Good Samaritans come forward to help rescue friends, neighbors and absolute strangers – along with their beloved pets. That’s Texas for you. Nowhere is that inspirational spirit more evident than in Beaumont and Port Arthur. I know it first-hand.
It was just over 30 years ago that I spent some time there on location for a film with longtime friend Paul Sorvino, Abe Vigoda, Lorne Greene, Ina Balin, June Wilkinson, John Moskoff and many others.
I still have such fond memories of the warm hospitality and gracious welcome we received from the good folks of Beaumont while we lived, worked and played there for several weeks.
Ironically, as we were heading back to Los Angeles after weeks in Beaumont, the town was hunkering down against another major storm – Hurricane Bonnie – scary then but, by comparison, just a little sister to Harvey.
Now, as we all send prayers and pitch in to help (in person or via the Red Cross or your preferred charity), there’s still room (and a need) for a smile — so, with love, here’s a little snippet from the comedy we filmed there on location back in 1986.