Poor Ed (No, I mean REALLY poor. . .)

  I was sorry to read in today’s paper that, according to the NY Post, “Ed McMahon’s years of boozing are partly to blame for his going broke,” to the tune of $200-million bucks and is now in jeapordy of losing his home.   I totally get it.  Don’t be surprised if one day you find me passed out in the bottom of a giant Twinkie filling machine, in a sugar coma brought on by cravings! 

I met him once, when I was the Executive Producer of Lifetime Television’s, Attitudes.   It was at the height of his Star Search days.    So, as exec prod I decided it might be fun to create our own Star Search in the Astoria studio.  

We found 3 vocalists who were just starting out and allowed them to compete against each other.   I can’t remember who the other two were (although one was Stephanie Mill’s cousin or niece or something like that) and one was a friend of my friend, Penny Landau (who was a pretty good publicist in NY at the time). I’ve since lost touch with her.  Her name was/is Marieann Meringolo who was starting out in the NYC caberet scene. 


As it turns out, Marieann won.  Of course Lifetime was too cheap to front any awards so Ed reached into his pocket and gave her a $100 bill!   I wonder if she still has it?   She needed the dough at the time and how generous of good ol’ Ed.   He was a very nice guy and made everyone feel important, from the top on down to the show runners.  

I know that Marieann still has her voice.  I have both of her albums and she’s still a force on the New York caberet scene.   I love her voice.  It has a Connie Francis quality, and a tear in it.  

You can click on the link here to see a YouTube video of Marieann singing a song in tribute to another of my caberet favorites — how GAY is THAT?!?  What’s next? Striesand? — Nancy LaMott

Nancy LaMott died at a very, very young age of ovarian cancer, I think.    On her deathbed her one regret was that she never married.   Her pianist married her in the hospital and she died just hours later.   I have every one of her albums.   I think  she was a great talent.   Jeff can’t stand when I play her music over and over and over again!   Tough shit!  LOL   Here’s a sample of her on GMA (obviously before she kicked the bucket).

I’m not a huge Country/Western fan. 

Frankly, I like the hillbilly music much better…I think they call it bluegrass now!    Anyway, I couldn’t get anything on the radio the other night except this C&W station.   I heard a song that just made me laugh so I downloaded it on my iPod later that night.

     Now don’t go expecting a classic.  It’s more along the lines of Achey Breaky Heart.   It’s called,  BRAND NEW GIRLFRIEND by a guy named, Steve Holy.    Kissy Kissy Smoochy Smoochy!

Here are some of the lyrics: 

“I got a brand new girlfriend.
we went and jumped off the deep end,
flew out to LA for the weekend,
spent the whole day, lyin’ on the beach,
wearin’ nothin’ but a smile,
playin’ kissy-kissy, smoochy-smoochy,
talkin’ mooshy-mooshy bout nothin’.
man, i think im on to somethin’,
yano i feel just like a kid again.
i got a brand new girlfriend. ”

Found this on eBay:

How fun to hit pop culture.   Hurry!  The auction ends on June 11!  

It’s item number: 260248006517


Califon” by Mark Lipinski for Northcott  Wow!  Just wait until you see the neat fabric photo frame ideas here.  Lucky me!  She used my new califon line!  

quilters-home-is-home-at-my-house.html   This is a fun post.  And there’s a photo with me and Anne Sutton and such a nice paragraph about designer, Mary Cowan! 

http://quiltcommunity.com/members/blog/hearttohand01/  Check out:  Weeble Meets Mark Lipinski.  It’s cute. 

my-brushes-with-greatness-at-market  This is Mary Cowan’s “brushes with greatness!”  Sheesh!  LOL  Isn’t she the prettiest thing?   A face MADE for the camera! 

Today’s Goodies    Quilter’s Home, a “rag?”   Humph!  

Wow!  I think I may have actually written something that helped somebody!  Click here  A Good Read

Mark Lipinski Blogged About Me!   This could go on forever! 

 One more thought…….   Have you Pickles been tallying up your $ and time spent quilting? 

http://karencombs.wordpress.com/2008/06/03/quilters-home/   Karen’s quilt is featured in this month’s MLQuilter’s Home.   Go see it!  

http://grandmasquilts.blogspot.com     She liked my garden and shared her own. 

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11 Comments on “Poor Ed (No, I mean REALLY poor. . .)”

  1. Bonnie
    June 6, 2008 at 3:43 PM #

    Hey Mark, are we supposed to tally the amount of money and time? I’ve been keeping track, but don’t know if I really want to know the total ;-).


  2. Robin
    June 6, 2008 at 3:49 PM #

    Hi Mark! I’ve been tracking since Jan. 1 in an Excel file, so I see the tally every time I add time and, being so damn anal, I see the average time per day in each category over time and the ratio of actual piecing, quilting, etc to everything else! Each month I’ve made comments and set goals (increase creative time, decrease online time). I’ve succeeded at one… guess which! It will be so weird to stop tracking, but it would be a good thing to stop. I get a little crazy.

    Robin in DE


  3. mary lou
    June 6, 2008 at 4:15 PM #

    When I click on the utube links I get a picture of Ed Mc. Am I doing something wrong
    Thanks Mark,
    Mary Lou

    Very weird. It’s working for me here on all of my screen names and on Jeff’s mac. Curious. I know that Ed comes up on the preview but if you click the arrow once, the video plays and Ed goes away. I have no idea why Ed is in the preview, by the way. xoxom


  4. June 6, 2008 at 5:57 PM #

    You’ve got great quilting girls in your latest issue. I’m going to the store to get it today. Love Anne and Mary both. Poor Ed. It could happen to any of us, but in a smaller scale.


  5. Sandi
    June 6, 2008 at 9:21 PM #

    Aha! Did you receive my e-mail with the full tally of time and $ spent? How cool that you put my blog on your blog Pickle Road. My Grandson, Jacob, dictated that last sentence. We are going to set up another blog tonight just for the projects we do together!!


  6. bettina
    June 6, 2008 at 11:00 PM #

    bummer about ed mc M, but i have a little trouble feeling too sorry for someone who is over a half million behind on his “estate”….geez….w/ 10% of that we would be debt free…..& as for evander h…..at least 9 kids???? can someone say “snippit”???


  7. bettina
    June 6, 2008 at 11:01 PM #

    oh…ps….glad mark is back to a somewhat regular posting on the blog….i really like reading it….


  8. Sue
    June 6, 2008 at 11:20 PM #

    I’m still tracking all my quilting stuff…want us to go through the end of June?

    Sue in NJ


  9. BCQuilter
    June 7, 2008 at 5:51 AM #

    Mark, you are super!

    I asked a question on a forum I belong to… how those we the “regular” people think of as “celebrities”, like yourself, think about us thinking of you as celebrities. I’m sure you must consider yourself, to be just like the rest of us.

    How do you cope with the “celebrity status” we have pinned to you?

    I didn’t know of you, until your Magazine was released and I think its the “bees knees”. I am finding I am a quilter that likes to look at a pattern, but put my own spin on it, and I find the other magazines do not fill the creative side I crave, that your magazine does.

    I signed up for a subscription a couple of days ago. I look forward to getting your magazine on a regular basis.

    I think it is super that you are making our day, by including us on your blog. I thank you.

    You are most super!

    Oh Alice, pah-lease gurlfren! I’m so far from any kind of celebrity that it’s not even funny. I’m just a guy who writes for a magazine because I was bored with all of the other magazines. That’s it. It’s a job. Now I’ve been with celebrity — literally chased through the bowels of a mall by a huge pack of screaming and crying girls trying to get to MENUDO (yes, I met Ricky Martin before he had pubic hair). That’s celebrity. Try walking into a party behind Whitney Houston. That’s celebrity. Imagine having lunch with a fellow producer and having to use code words to protect our ‘star’ and to avoid being quoted in a gossip magazine or newspaper by reporters who would evesdrop. Nope, I honestly don’t think I’m affected by celebrity because I don’t think of myself as one. Now, there are more than several “famous” quilters who act as if they ARE Angelina Jolie! LOL POP! It could all be gone in a snap. Ah, celebrity! xoxom


  10. June 8, 2008 at 8:19 PM #

    Hi Mark! Check out this FUNNY post about your magazine. It just cracked me up! http://www.simplythisthatandtheother.blogspot.com/
    You will love it!


  11. Ramona G. (Belcher)Monoskey
    June 12, 2008 at 4:22 PM #

    hey mark!

    just wanted to say thank you for the heads up on the magazines that you found on ebay — i posted a note for you yesterday on the pickle road groups board but have yet to see any comments about it—- in short i won them — now to wait until they come lol

    it pays to be a pickle lol



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