August 13, 2004

Julia Child dies

amdf655619How sad.

This woman was the most unlikely of TV celebrities. Yet she defined the genre of cooking shows.

Years ago I worked in the Bob Slate Stationery store in Harvard Square. Julia Child was an occasional customer there. She was always friendly and undemanding, but truly larger than life.

I have two main recollections of her visits. First, that she was very tall. Surprisingly tall, made more obvious by the fact that her occasional companion, a man I believe was her husband, was below average small. They made quite a couple.

My other recollection is from when she spoke. That trademark enthusiastic, raspy, french accent was for real. She'd walk up to the back counter and it was like a scene from her cooking show.

"I need a new Cross Pen. They are the very best you know."

We've lost a one of a kind.

Posted by jackhodgson at August 13, 2004 11:22 AM