There will be no “Your Monday Reality Check” column this week. Instead, I wanted to offer you some sights and sounds to help remember the life of the incomparable Art Donovan.
As a 30 year old, I don’t have the pleasure of having Art Donovan football memories. My memories of the man who called himself “Fatso” are more of him as an entertainer. I lose many hours of sleep a night watching clips of Donovan making legendary appearances on late night talk shows with the likes of David Letterman and Johnny Carson. These next few are absolutely “must-watch”.
I also discovered a clip of Artie trying his hand as a WWF announcer (with little success) a few years back and have lost a number of hours watching this one as well.
Nestor Aparicio has shared a number of Art Donovan pictures on his personal and the WNST.net Facebook pages. Of all of them, this one (with former WJZ sports anchor John Buren) is probably my favorite.
Nestor also shared this video from the tribute to Art Donovan at Martin’s West back in 2008.
I found this picture from the Kinnear family’s website. It’s something Art Donovan was known to do, sign empty cans of Shlitz for fans.
Artie had a great commercial a few years back to help you with your “cock-a-roaches”, one that Buren and WJZ’s Denise Koch couldn’t stop giggling over.
You may also remember the show “Braase, Donovan and Friends” he hosted with former teammate Ordell Braase. He was pure gold.
Here’s a bizarre story Artie told NFL.com. I don’t know how else to set it up.
I also found my last interview with Art Donovan. It was in November 2011 and he was talking about an upcoming event. He was 87 and he was still incredibly entertaining.
My friend (and former WNST.net contributor/Ravens PR staffer) Sam Angell suggested what the Baltimore Ravens could do in 2013 to honor Artie Donovan.
As I find more I’ll share it here to help remember a great man and a Baltimore institution.