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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Going through my clip file recently, I came across a story I wrote on actor William Windom.
I had the good fortune to interview him for an article that ran in a Radford publication, when he was a visiting actor in that university’s drama department.
In contrast to many interview subjects, who worry about how their words will appear in print, Windom didn’t care — in fact, he told me that if I had forgotten to ask anything, I could just make it up. He went so far as to offer a sample fake quote: “Mr. Windom tells me his fondness for alligator meat is unexcelled in the Deep South.”
William Windom died in 2012, after a long and successful career in television, movies and theater.
He appeared in episodes of “Star Trek,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Twilight Zone,” but whenever I hear his name, I picture him not as he looked in those shows, but in a white linen suit, on a plantation veranda, amid live oaks draped with Spanish moss, chowing down on alligator meat.
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