Fun_People Archive
13 Sep
Passing of an American Icon...

Date: Tue, 13 Sep 94 12:07:18 PDT
To: Fun_People
Subject: Passing of an American Icon...

Forwarded-by: John Lupton <jlupton@COBRA.SAS.UPENN.EDU>

... this item on the newsgroup caught my eye...

The real-life "Officer Obie" from Arlo Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant"
died Sunday.  He was former Stockbridge, Massachusetts Police Chief William
J. Obanhein.  The article describes how Guthrie was deemed unsuitable for
military service because of his arrest for littering by Obanhein in 1965;
the tale told it Guthrie's song "Alice's Restaurant."  It also mentioned
that Obanhein played himself in Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" movie based
on the song.  Alice Brock, who owned Alice's Restaurant in Stockbridge, is
also quoted in the AP story.

[=] © 1994 Peter Langston []