It’s been almost a week since Jonathan Winters passed away already, and I’m still completely crushed over the whole thing. Last night, my dad and I were talking and it dawned on me as to why.
I have a lot of favorite scenes in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. I grew up with that movie and I consider it to be a major part of my childhood. There are two scenes that are my all-time favorites, however. One is the fleeting cameo of my beloved Buster Keaton…and the other is Jonathan Winters completely demolishing a gas station.
Pike was always my favorite character when I was a kid. I’m not even fully sure why, but I liked him. As an adult, I’ve since discovered that Jonathan Winters and I had some hobbies in common, namely making artwork and collecting toys and baseball memorabilia, and I, too, have suffered a mental breakdown, which started a few months before my 20th birthday. Sometimes we’re inexplicably drawn to people similar to us even before the things we have in common happen.
Miss you, Pike.