Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1980 · Page 45
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February 26, 1980

Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 45

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18 —The Indiana Gazette, Family Leisure, Saturday. June 15. 1985.^ By Willi«mS. McHrath ACROSS 1 Olympian queen 5 More nimble 11 Like a turkey bound for the oven 18 Suit 20 "The Rose of- " 21 Metric land measure 22 1950 Tony Curtis movie 24 Wing feature 25 White poplar 26 Bombeckand others 27 Md. neighbor 29 Turmoil 30 " in the Saddle," 1944 Wayne classic 31 Outright 32 German poet Rainer Maria 33 Editorial direction 34 Orleans season 35 Endured 36 Injures 37 Verse form 38 Tranquilized state 40 Pod members 41 Boast 42 Connie of baseball 43 Propelled a punt 44 Cut cover 47 Low, broad hill 50 Ignored 33 Across 51 Opposed 52 " by any other name..." 53 Minute portion 54 Beat 55 Louis XIV, e.g. 56 Madrid relatives 57 Payne-Faye 1943 musical movie, "Hello 59 Lancaster or Reynolds 60 Heavyweight 61 Teeming 62 Entertains 63 Carousal 64 Lengthen 66 Copies, for short 67 Sounded like a solan 68 Goes back 69 Like a mink 70 Synthesizer type 71 Ranch females 72 Massenet opera 73 Hand-me- downs 77 Sacher 79 Foresighted 80 Corny 81 Mouth: Prefix 82 " and the Man" 83 Playground item 84 Equipped for rowing 85 Dither 86 Twice XXVI 87 Eucalyptus eater 88 Unified 89 Traction accessory 90 Hobber, in horseshoes 92 Capucineand Wayne route in 1960 95 Jailbirds 96 Red wine 97 Hero of a sort 98 Leaf like appendage 99 British char- ~~ iot of old 100 " of Laura Mars" DOWN 1 Dealt with . 2 A Ford 3 " Window" 4 Fool 5 Undertake 6 Prepared for action 7 Navigation acronym 8 Seine sights 9 Always, in poetry 10 Inhaled and exhaled 11 Shows gratitude 12 Marie Antoin- ette, for one 13 Cal. campus 14 Holy woman: Fr. abbr. 15 1945 Bergman and Cooper travel accessory 16 Worn down 17 Betoken 18 Curry needs 19 Taste organ 23 Filmed again 28 Shade providers 31 Mohawk River municipality 32 Assessed 33 Miners' gear 35 Condition 36 Ship launcher of myth 37 Hero-colurnn- ist Pyle 39 Wrongly 40 Infant's disorder 41 Choir member 43 porridge 44 Ship's clock sounds 45 Burns of fame 46 Spliced film, e.g. 47 "—- Day Saints" 48 Baseball avian 49 1941 Cummings Florida sight 50 One way to go 51 Governs 53 Coarse meal 54 PartofCPO 57 Certain shoes 58 Author Lafcadio 59 Numbers game 61 Concur 63 Spoils 65 Semiaquatic salamanders 66 S.K. Penman's "The in Splendour" 67 Sprayed 69 Rand routine 70 Get by 72 Knight wear 73 Mrs. King 74 Sherwood and Black 75 Whimsical 76 Hindu lute: Var, 77 I6thcen. English composer Thomas 78 Eastern region 79 Rank, to Rene 80 Prepared leftovers 83 Male deer 84 Outrageous, to a Frenchman 85 Beacon Last week's puzzle solution HEEEE EDBDB 87 Hindu demon 88 Abbey residents 89 AH, once 91 Rug surface 93 Chemical endings 94 Soul: Fr. DDQGD ^ EianBEEESC] ODDDQ DDOE3B dOGDD EEEBEE DEfPEBCIEEn ' CJOEGE ' HBOC] BEE OBE BEE GEE OBEEE DDDG BOBDB_gDDO EGGEG OaODDBCI HECJEDBE IBPEOB EBGPB DEEGE Actor based 'Cheers' Cliff on hometown folks By JERRY BUCK AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you think Cliff the postman can talk about his trip to Florida on NBC's "Cheers," ask actor John Ratzenberger about the time he took off for England with $5 in his pocket and stayed for 10 years. Ratzenberger was working as an apprentice blacksmith in Vermont, following a tenure as an unpaid playhouse director, when he got a tax refund equal to the cost of a one- way plane ticket to London. Ratzenberger, of course, tells a more interesting story than Cliff, who is a fount of misinformation on the hit comedy show. He said he fashioned the barroom know-it-all after people he knew in his hometown of Bridgeport, Conn. Cliff, along with Norm (George Wendt), provide atmosphere at the Cheers bar run by Sam Malone (Ted Danson), with Diane (Shelley Long) and Carla (Rhea Perlman) as waitresses. "I still had it in my head that I wanted to be an actor," he said. "I bought the ticket to London, but I didn't have anything left. I borrowed $20 from a friend in New York so I could rent earphones on the plane and buy a drink I landed in London with long hair, a backpack and $5.1 stayed for 10 years, but the first two or three years were a real squeaker." He and an American he met there put together an act of improvised comedy. They first tried it out in parks in poor neighborhoods, where they won over a tough audience. Just as well — he said the audience tended to express displeasure by throwing bricks. Even when things began to pick up, Ratzenberger had to supplement his income by carpentry. Then the British Arts Council gave them a grant, the first ever to Americans, to take their act around the country. "I thought we were the only ones doing improvised comedy," he said. "It was eight years before I heard of the Ace Trucking Company or Second City. Whenever we got to a new city I'd check the graffiti in the men's rooms to see what kind of an audience it was going to be." He returned to the United States in 1981. "Nothing will replace that experience," he said. "It was not an American experience. We worked all over Europe and Eng- .land. I didn't have Mommy and Daddy to fall back on." He also recalled a bit of mischief. "I found four schoolboy badges in a curio shop and kept one and gave the others to my friends," he said. "We'd flash them like police badges to get into theaters or get the cabbies to take us to places like Battersea." In London, he generally got around on a bicycle and still goes many places on a bike. "I ride the bike unless I have to do something with boxes." he said. "Then I take the pickup truck." Ratzenberger, who does not give his age, began writing comedy in England and did several comedies for British television. "What brought me to Los Angeles was a screenplay I was doing for an English company," he said. "I was writing 'Golden Dream Boat," based on the life of the wrestler Gorgeous George. I was hired in London because I was the only American who'd been to a wrestling match." When he arrived for the "Cheers" audition he was handed a three-page scene. He read it, but on his way out he stopped and asked, "Do you have a barroom know-it- all?" He then launched into an improvisation of one of the characters he'd done in London. "He was based mostly on a cop I knew in my hometown," he said. "He was a nice guy but a know-it-all. All people who wear uniforms and have keys hanging from their belts tend to be that way. "So I was hired to play Cliff. I was signed for seven shows the first season but ended up doing them all. That first year was my tryout period." He said Cliff was originally a security guard, but two days before shooting .they made him a postman. They believed that a postman would know more, information than a security guard. "Cliff is the kind of guy who wishes he'd been a combat Marine," he said. "But maybe he was nearsighted or had flat feet and became a mailman. He loves the respect he gets. Cliff lives with his mother and drives a Studebakef. - .-.-..

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