Sunday, December 18, 2016
ART FERGUSON, AKA CHARLIE TUNA
One of my pleasures is to pick who is, and who isn't, an ImmortalNobody. There are no qualifications other than ones I choose. And I don't answer to anybody for them. Interestingly, I have a more difficult time thinking of my picks as a "Nobody" than the "Immortal" which in my book has no religious connotation nor statement on an afterlife. These Immortal Nobodies I choose are because I personally value their touch in my life, whether it was a real "touch" or simply a finger of fate touching my soul.
Today's ImmortalNobody went by two names. I knew him by "Charlie Tuna," the DJ on KIIS every morning of the work week, but as noted in the headline he was, in the real world, Art Ferguson, a name I didn't know until he passed away in February of this year.
I think most of us hope the life we choose to live will be important or meaningful to someone. We rarely get feedback if and when that happens. Charlie and I never met, but our lives intersected, and I wrote a blog about it.
After I posted this blog, one of my daughters called Charlie while he was on the air and sent him a link to the blog. She then phoned me to tell me what she had done and said he would be calling me shortly. He did, and on the air we had a short dialog about two things: one, how his patter on the air unknowingly kept me going through a very bad time in my life and 2) my story reminded him that when he first started on the air, his hope was that he would make a difference in someone's life. A few words made a big difference in both of us. Read that blog here.
Charlie Tuna stands with the other ImmortalNobodies I have picked, a group of people who are important to me for one reason or another. He hardly can be called a "Nobody" but for my purpose, he's at the top of my ImmortalNobody list.