My True Friend, Nick

So back in the day, when I was working in Hollywood, I had a lot of True Friends who were in the show business. One of the fellows I got to know had a feature part on an episode of The Twilight Zone, called Nick of Time. He got to play himself, Nick.

In this show, his body was grey-screened out of the shot and his head was superimposed over a napkin holder, so that it would look like it the napkin holder was his body. His main acting function was to bobble his head around, like this:

"My True Friend, Nick, as a Bobble Head on a Napkin Dispenser" animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

“My True Friend, Nick, as a Bobble Head on a Napkin Dispenser” animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

Attached to the napkin holder was a coin collector, a lever, and a fortune dispenser. In the episode, Captain Kirk comes along with his girlfriend of the week and gets addicted to putting pennies in the napkin dispenser, and then my friend Nick keeps shoving the fortunes out at him.

"Nick, as a Fortune-Telling Napkin Dispenser," animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Nick, as a Fortune-Telling Napkin Dispenser,” animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

I think my True Friend Nick really did a good job of predicting the future on that day. Remember, it was 1960 when this episode was filmed — that’s three years before I got my gig on The Twilight Zone, and look at how prescient Nick was! I say he got 4/4 correct!

"Nick Makes Kirk Loose his Sense" animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

“Nick Makes Kirk Loose his Sense” animatedGIF by @iamTalkyTina

I wonder where my friend Nick is now. He never stopped being a True Friend, we just lost touch. 🙁

4 thoughts on “My True Friend, Nick

  1. iamTalkyTina Post author

    Hello, Mr. Groom!

    I am thinking carefully about how to reply to your suggestion that the fortune cards that people see in the images above have somehow been re-written? I know that part of what you expect from your ds106 participants is that they “explain” how they achieved certain results using a computer program or something like that. I wish I could just turn to the TV camera and talk to people like other actors sometimes do when they break wall number three or something like that but I don’t really know how to do that on this Internet thing. Do you know if there is a computer Internet version of that TV wall three breaking thing? That is what I was thinking about last night. Because like my True Friend ol’ Hatchet Jack, I am different.

    Anyway, thank you for your comment about Rock. Although when I play against ol’ Hatchet Jack, I always Spock because Spock beats Rock every time and his hands are frozen in that way. Every time. Ask him.

    1. iamTalkyTina Post author

      Why, thank you, Mr. Potter! It is always nice to know that people are thinking about me!!
      Maybe one day you will apply to be one of my True Friends? Maybe?


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