As you may know, former refrigeration magnate, Morris Frye and I have been friends for many years.
Even if you did know this, you probably didn’t know what terrible fashion sense he has. His fashion faux pas are not quite as legendary as, for example, my generosity and humility.
But, even if you did know those things, you almost certainly wouldn’t know how a throwaway comment that I once made to him ended up in a famous Hollywood movie.
One time, must have been around 1984, I was invited over to see Morris’ new car – a 1961 Ferrari Spyder. Now this was a nice car, and he’d been restoring it for years. Also, I’m told these things can go for $10 million or so, nowadays. So, I’m trying to admire the car, but I find myself distracted by the photos on the garage wall. Morris had all these pictures hanging there showing him with various celebrities of the day. Him with Ken Kercheval, him with Gary Coleman. That sort of thing. But in each of these pictures Morris is wearing the most horrific goddamn neckties you ever saw. Morris, in his defense, points out that he got rid of those ugly things years ago.
But, I joke to Morris: “A man with PRIOR TIES so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile!”
Now I have to say, Morris didn’t really find that very funny. He never did have much of a sense of humor. But as he’s giving me a blank look while rubbing the car with a diaper, who do see walking through the open garage door? Only a young Ferris Bueller, who had just arrived to visit his friend, Cameron Frye!
I could see by the smirk on his face that he’d overheard my little quip. And the rest, as they say, is celluloid history!