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Local man broke through Anthony Bourdain’s facade during hectic Dayton visit

Downtown Dayton resident Mike Colvin had misgivings about meeting Anthony Bourdain when the celebrity chef, author and TV star brought his “Guts and Glory” tour to the Schuster Center on Nov. 18, 2012.    

In that setting, a VIP meet and greet, Colvin said it seemed a little weird to meet the man who had his dream job and got to eat and drink himself around the world.  

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Colvin is among the many Dayton-area residents expressing grief over the death of Bourdain, the host of CNN’s award-winning series "Parts Unknown." 

Here is how Mike explained it in a Facebook post related to Bourdain’s suicide: 

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I was shocked to see that there was a meet and greet ticket option when he came to town. Not shocked enough to keep me from immediately exercising that option, mind you, but still… It seemed like exactly the kind of thing he would hate and refuse to do. Spending an evening forced to sit in a room and take photos with a bunch of stuffed shirts who had the economic means to afford a “VIP” experience (and me, who didn’t, but spent the money anyway) really felt like the last thing Bourdain would enjoy, and probably something he was reluctantly enduring because it was part of the contract for his tour or something. 

 At the event, I circled the room, ate finger sandwiches, and generally avoided going near him because it still felt weird to me. My suspicions about his level of enjoyment seemed confirmed, as he appeared to be making minimal conversation with guests, half-smiling for photos, and, without being rude or cold, had a general “let’s get this over with” look to him. I even overheard someone try to tell him that we had a great bourbon bar in town that he should check out, and he replied, “Yes. I’ve heard” with an undertone that indicated this was the 30th person who’d tried to get him to try a Dayton business and the 3 millionth person who’d tried to take him to the best spot in their town, and he was over it. 

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 The event was almost over, and I decided that, weird or not weird, this was why I was here. So I got in the line of the few remaining people waiting to meet him. Each person approached, said whatever they had planned to say to him, and received a polite but incredibly succinct response as he signed their books and allowed them to pose for photos with him. When it was my turn, I said “Thank you for being here,” paused, and said “and thank you for doing THIS.” Without looking at me, he calmly said, “You’re welcome. Thank you” and we took a picture. 

 As I turned to walk away, I suddenly got the urge to say something to break through the monotony and rote process of his evening and see if I could get a reaction, partially for my own selfish reasons of wanting a better experience with him, but also to try to give him something other than an hour of book signing and photos with people spouting “we watch you all the time” pseudo-praise at him. 

 On his various shows, I had always enjoyed the fact that he couldn’t help himself when it came to making Apocalypse Now/Heart of Darkness references. He’d work a quote in every time he was near a river or in a jungle or anywhere else he could. There was always a comment about Kurtz or staying on the boat or Martin Sheen to be thrown into his own situation in the moment. During his presentation that had preceded the VIP event, he had listed some of the places he’d be going soon to film the upcoming season. One of them was the Congo. 

 My photo snapped and my uneventful interaction with Tony finished, I turned to leave and stopped in my tracks. Over my shoulder, I said, “If you’re going to the Congo, I expect at least 12 references to Heart of Darkness or Apocalypse Now in that episode.” I looked back to see his eyes get wide and a smile come across his face as he looked at me and said, “Oh, hell yeah. We’ll steal the f@$king music, too.” 

 Thanks, Tony.”

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“He had a snarky side and I enjoy that”

“Well, we only met him at the meet and greet thing but he was exactly the way he is on TV, just like you expect: smart, friendly enough, no B.S. So sad for his young daughter,” she wrote in Facebook message. 

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This article contains information from WHIO-TV reporter Caroline Reinwald

Children honor father with unique, offbeat obituary

When William Ziegler, 69, died at the end of July, his four children honored him and his sense of humor in a lighthearted way.

They submitted a humorous and sarcastic obituary to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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"William Ziegler escaped this mortal realm on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the age of 69," the obit begins. "We think he did it on purpose to avoid having to make a decision in the pending presidential election."

It details occupations that Ziegler held during his life, including the time when he forged his father's signature to join the Navy to serve in Vietnam and 25 years as a fireman.

"William volunteered for service in the United States Navy at the ripe old age of 17 and immediately realized he didn't much enjoy being bossed around. He only stuck it out for one war ... Upon his return to the city of New Orleans in 1971, thinking it best to keep an eye on him, government officials hired William as a fireman. After 25 years, he suddenly realized that running away from burning buildings made more sense than running toward them. He promptly retired."

Other highlights of the obit include references to Ziegler's love for "potted meats," his "alcoholic dog" and the "morons" with whom he worked. 

"It was a combined effort," said Ziegler's daughter, Sharah Currier, of the obit. "My brothers, my sister and myself batted it around for a couple (of) weeks before we posted it."

Instead of holding a service, the family asked that well wishers "write a note of farewell on a Schaefer Light beer can and drink it in his honor."

Ziegler is said to have loved "tasteless internet jokes" and odd obituaries.

"He would have loved this," said Currier. "He probably would have forwarded this obituary to us."

The obit ends with another joke and a sincere note: "Unlike previous times, this is not a ploy to avoid creditors or old girlfriends. He assures us that he is gone. He will be greatly missed."

Read the full obit here.

William Ziegler loved to collect obituaries and forward them on to his kids. He died on July 29th and his kids honored him with an obituary that stopped us in our tracks.Posted by NOLA.com on Thursday, August 11, 2016

Former 'Wolf of Wall Street' film consultant found dead

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Barry Gesser, a real-life adviser to the Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, was found dead in West Hollywood Wednesday, according to People

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A Los Angeles Police Department source told People that the cause of death is unclear.

Although Gesser didn't have a character named after him in "Wolf on Wall Street," the former hedge-fund manager served as an advisor to Belfort in real life. He also served as a consultant to director Martin Scorsese and actor Jonah Hill in the 2013 film.

Gesser, 52, served three years' probation from 1999 to 2002 for stock fraud.

"Wolf of Wall Street" starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, an infamous stockbroker involved in the “pump and dump” fraud scheme.

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