died this week. I have a funny story to tell you about him.
Peter Falk was an actor who hit it big with a terrific TV cop-show called "Columbo." He played a detective who was disarming and willy. His character, named Columbo (no first name), investigated crimes and always found ways to implicate sleazy culprits by tricking them into revealing damning evidence. Columbo appeared disheveled and clueless, but that was a calculated act: he closely observed everything and got people to let their guard down when they mistakenly thought he was a fool. The show was a bit hit on TV from 1971 to 1977.
When Falk was a child, he lost an eye due to cancer. Later, he was told by Hollywood agents and producers that he'd never work on television or film because of that. He proved them wrong and was beloved by many viewers. His handicap never stopped him from pursuing and achieving his dream.
Falk spent a year at the college I attended (Hamilton College). While there, he played baseball. During one game, he slid into second base and was called out by the umpire. Furious, Falk popped out his glass eye, handed it to the umpire and said, "Here... you need this more than I do."