Mel Jass And Me
Mel Jass. The thing about his show was that it was done on the cheap, with local sponsors, and had a limited budget for feature films. The genius of Mel was that he could get quality European films by Fellini, Antonionni, Ealing comedies, etc. for next to nothing, and, being such a personable host, people would tune in to watch HIM and stay for the movie. The Coen brothers have been quoted about his "influence" on their film career. My brush with Mel occurred in the late-seventies, at the Aquatennial (a summer festival) parade. Standing in his convertible Cadillac, he was surrounded by a phalanx of beauty princesses (the queens rode on a float) and he was obviously "in the moment". I felt a need to reach out to my hero, but how? Just as he passed I shouted "WE LOVE YOU MEL!" . He smiled, and with a twinkle in his eye he turned, and looked straight at me. He raised a bullhorn to his mouth and spoke those words I'll never forget: "The movies are great on WTCN!
Yes, the movies were great on WTCN, but not as great as you Mel!