There were 11 seasons of Cheers.

My favourite sitcom.

The sitcom that I watch all 257 episodes of.

Each and every year.

Remembering.

This is a short story about remembering.

Remembering who or what helped you to get where you are today.

Remembering the good people.

And the important people.

Coach. 

Coach.

Or Ernie Pantusso.

Played by a fine man called Nicholas Colasanto.

Was only in the first 3 series of Cheers.

Because he died before the making of Series 4.

However.

(And I like this).

Coach was remembered in every single season ever made.

The first 3 season because he starred in them.

And the last 8 seasons because of the photograph of Geronimo at the back of the bar.

Just across from where Cliff and Norm sit.

Geronimo. 

This photograph hung in Nicholas Colasanto’s dressing room during the first 3 seasons of the show.

And from the fourth season to the last season.

It hung in the bar.

It was always there.

Because the cast and the crew wanted coach to be remembered.

So much so that.

At the end of the final episode.

Aired May 20th 1993.

Just after Sam Malone says the final words ever to be said on Cheers:

Sorry. We’re closed.

He then wanders slowly over to Nick Colasanto’s photograph.

And gently straightens it.

Remembering.

This is a short story about remembering.

Remembering who or what helped you to get where you are today.

Remembering the good people.

And the important people.

Here’s the clip: https://www.50odd.co.uk/sorry-were-closed/

 

5 Comments

  1. Wonderful. The roll-call of those who helped us is important. Being on the other side, being a helper also matters. Not defining yourself by it but just being kind. Kindness is a competitive advantage. This is a beautiful post. Thanks.

    • Michael Owen

      Thank you for taking the time to comment Mark.

      I am in the US later this year.

      I am not sure if i can get to Boston to see the Cheers bar.

      But I may try.

      See you soon!

      M.

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