From Scandal: A Manual, the memoir of George Rush and Joanna Molloy, whose syndicated column, Rush & Molloy, ran in the New York Daily News for 15 years.
Over the years, we’d heard – usually from paparazzi – that Bill Murray could be a jerk. But we’d also heard he had another side. An old friend of Joanna’s told her she had been out shopping with her two kids one Christmas eve when her little boy called out, “Mama, mama, it’s Ghostbusters!”
I was at Madison Square Garden to see The Police with my friend Pete. We had tickets in the blue section, or “Blue Heaven” as it was referred to, because it was all the way back and up. From there the stage looked like a matchbox and the entertainers like ants. We agreed the situation was unacceptable and, while the Go Go’s played their opening set, decided to make our move.
We dropped down the wall into green section, snuck by the guard into yellow section, hopped over a small rail to get into orange then, there it was – red section splayed out in front of us like the promised land, with the front row beckoning.
There was only one problem. The entire perimeter of red section was heavily patrolled by security. I cautioned Pete. I suggested we hunker down in orange for a while, at least until the Go Go’s played “Our Lips Are Sealed”, and then wait for an opening. Continue reading →
I just read an article in Slate about how, back in 1984, a science-fiction comedy film was made called Nothing Lasts Forever. It was directed by Tom Schiller, who had been a writer on SNL. The cast included some of the big stars at the time, including Bill Murray of course.
Update: We originally had an embedded video of the movie posted here, but it appears that the Warner Bros. had YouTube take it down. At any rate, here’s a link to the trailer.
The date was October 19, 2013. It was a foggy morning in the small, but loud, town of Clemson, South Carolina. It was a typical Saturday morning for this time of year – full of tailgating in anticipation for the local football team, The Clemson Tigers.
The matchup was against the Florida State Seminoles, and both teams were top ranked, Clemson third and FSU 5th. ESPN GameDay had made its way to campus to showcase the game. They picked Bill Murray as the guest speaker, since Murray’s son Jackson attends Clemson; I’ve even had classes with him. We all saw Murray ruin Corso’s pick reveal on Gameday, but the cameras missed Bill’s best moment of the day.
Later, as I was walking around Bowman Field I say Murray over near the road. As I approached I noticed a young college girl covered in Seminole attire walk over to Murray and hand him an FSU themed football asking if he would sign it. Murray took the football from here, said “Go Tigers”, PUNTED the football over the road into a big group of bushes, and ran off. It was single-handedly the funniest thing I have ever witnessed!