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    RIP Terry Jones

    Didn't know where to put this, but since Flying Circus was the first thing I thought of, figured it could go here. Hard to weigh how much impact this guy and the rest of the Pythons had on me growing up. That TV show is one of the first things I can remember seeing, and Terry Jones for whatever reason often gets overlooked. RIP.

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    R.I.P. TERRY JONES. Jones was the very first celebrity I ever interviewed. It was in Boston in the early 80s when he was promoting the Monty Python pic THE MEANING OF LIFE (which he also Co-Directed). He was a charming breakfast host and couldn't have been lovelier to myself and a couple of other college reporters. Of course, we were in such awe that none of the questions cut too deeply.
    A lovely memory of a lovely man.

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    R.I.P. Terry. Aside from his many screenwriting credits (the Pythons, Labyrinth!), he was a damn good children's writer. His Fairy Tales was a much loved book when I was a kid. Plus he directed Life of Brian solo! That one distinction would be good enough on it's own for me!

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    Monty Python was a big deal to me growing up too, because my uncle and grandfather were huge fans (it was a yearly tradition for the two of them to recite the Dead Parrot sketch at Christmas dinner for some reason!) so I saw a lot of it as a little kid and it had an impact on me for sure. When I was younger, Jones was probably my least favorite member but as I got older he really grew on me, he was really pretty brilliant in a lot of ways and yeah, like Mark says, a bit of a shame that he gets overlooked for some of the other guys.
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    I've been a huge Python fan since I was about fifteen. I was huge into Rocky Horror and a pen pal (ha!) recommended MPFC to me. One of my favorite shows, still! TJ seemed to be having a hard time in the end and it seemed hard on his loved ones (MP, at least). Hopefully for him, in Heaven, there really are Sony walkman headphone sets and the latest video games!
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    Terry Jones/Monty Python - I'm (Still) So Worried.

    RIP, Terry.


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    From Michael Palin's site...

    Knowing Terry
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020

    I’ve spent so much of my life knowing Terry that it’s very hard to take in that I shall no longer be able to put an arm around him or ask him which of the twenty-seven beers he’s just sampled I should drink, or thank him for the most amazing dish he’s created or watch his indignation when I mention one of the many buzzwords which unfailingly caused him to ignite. “Democracy’ was one. “America” another.

    It’s not easy to define what it’s like just being with someone. Memories drift in and out. In the Oxford Revue at the 1964 Edinburgh Festival we performed a version of the Manfred Mann hit ‘5-4-3-2-1’, which we re-christened ‘R-S-P-C-A’. It required the cast to line up on stage in a blackout. The only access was a flight of very steep stairs. Terry was halfway up the stairs when out of the darkness came a loud discordant ear-splitting crash, a moment’s silence, followed by a plaintive high-pitched cry. ‘Oh no! I’ve broke my sodding guitar’.

    It wasn’t Johnny Cash, but it was a wonderfully endearing moment.

    What else do I remember? Giving blood together – Terry enthusing, “They give you a cup of tea!”. Being asked to be the first to use the newly opened public toilets in Lambeth Walk. Terry and I, bladders at a standstill, as the band played outside, and reporters gathered for our verdict. Queuing up to buy the Sergeant Pepper album and spending the entire working day, when we should have been writing jokes for David Frost, playing it over and over again with forensic delight. The night I had to drive Terry to the local hospital after he’d slashed his finger while shucking oysters. The sight of two Pythons walking in, one with his hand up in the air, so raised the spirits in A and E that the doctors asked if we could come in more regularly.

    Terry was a quiet thoughtful man, but once he’d taken refreshment he could become dangerously relaxed. His unscheduled striptease on stage at the Oktoberfest Beer Festival in Munich was later described by Eric, who witnessed it, as one of the most potentially suicidal performances he’d ever seen.

    Tunisia 1978. Terry directing The Life Of Brian and playing the hermit at the same time. Discussing camera angles whilst stark naked save for a long grey beard (attached to his genitals by gaffer tape I believe)

    After the Meaning Of Life our working lives went off in different directions but we continued to meet up for a beer, or a game of squash, or a meal and we’d chat about our different projects. Terry was unfailingly supportive, but honestly critical too. He had a way of nailing down what was not working and suggesting a way round it. He treated me as if we were still writing together.

    Terry was warm, generous and sociable. Always interested in meeting new people and sharing his enthusiasm with them. I’ve made many good friends through Terry and their messages and memories, coming in over the last few days, all conjure up a vision of a good man.

    And that’s really it. Terry was a good man.
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    Ooof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Tolch View Post
    Ooof.
    I thought it was sweet.
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