Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dine, K-Doe, Dine!

Ernie K-Doe's professional peak was some time ago (at the height of the New Orleans R&B hey-day) culminating in his perennial classic, "Mother-In-Law". But he remained, until his death, a local celebrity, easily recognized by his flamboyant attire, highly coiffed wig, and outrageous bravado, often accompanied by his devoted wife, Antoinette (easily recognized by her matching wig).

A while back, Ernie shuffled off this mortal coil, but apparently he still likes a good meal.

A couple nights ago, I was chatting with some waiters from Ralph's on the Park. They told me that, on more than one occasion, Antoinette has come to dine, accompanied by Ernie's life-sized mannequin replica seated in a wheelchair. She says things like, "Ernie wants that table in the corner," then wheels him (er... it...? him...?) across the dining room (inadvertently bumping into other patron's along the way) and takes her seat opposite him. She orders him a steak.

I tried to compose some wry commentary to conclude the vignette. Here's what I've got: Wow. Just... wow.


  1. Anonymous11:14 PM

    More "Wow" :
    Ernie makes public appearances and gets a yearly salary!

  2. Anonymous10:41 PM

    I love this story!

  3. Anonymous9:37 AM

    That is AMAZING.

    Here is the only story I know like it. Jeremy Bentham was a very famous 19th century British moral philosopher and social reformer. When he died, he willed that his body be dressed in his favorite clothes, with his cane and spectacles, and put in a glass case, on wheels. Why the wheels? Bentham wanted to be present at department and other university meetings even after his death. So to this day they wheel him into various meetings, and the agenda will mark "The Auto-Icon is present". (The Auto-Icon was the name Bentham chose for his post-mortem self.) You can visit him at University College London--although some students from a rival college once stole his head, so his head is now locked in a safe and the Auto-Icon is displayed with a fake head.

    Still, so far as I know, the Auto-Icon does not partake of the refreshments at meetings.

  4. I must confess - I have actually visited Jeremy Bentham at University College in London. When I got there, it somehow seemed perfectly normal that his body was sitting there in a glass case, in a wheelchair, waiting for the next meeting.

  5. Anonymous2:36 PM

    Your father has visited Jeremy.also, Slim