Unhappy Friday

This isn’t the typical “Happy Friday” I usually celebrate, because as I was scrolling through Facebook  this morning, so I can start my day off with judging people by their status updates, I saw that someone had posted that Robert Hegyes died. You may or may not remember that I waited on him way back when and told him that I had a crush on him when he played “Epstein” on “Welcome Back Kotter. He died of a heart attack and was only 60 years old 😦


“He was best known for his role as Juan Epstein — full name: Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein — on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter” from 1975 to 1979. Perpetually scheming and always ready with a self-written note signed “Epstein’s Mother” to explain his school absences, Epstein stood out among a group of characters that included the super-cocky womanizer Vinnie Barbarino (played by a young John Travolta) and hip but beleaguered high school teacher Gabe Kotter (played by Gabe Kaplan).”

(The standout phrase in that paragraph is “the  super-cocky womanizer Vinnie Barbarino, played by John Travolta”   Womanizer?)

But I hope Epstein’s family is okay.

Anyway,  on top of Epstein dying, the Hot Rod also went to its final resting place this week. I admit, I cried a little bit. They towed it away while I was at work, which was probably for the best, but it was kind of like coming home and your parents telling you they had the family dog put down. You knew it was gonna happen, but still sad to see the empty food bowl. The food bowl being a metaphor for the empty parking spot.

R.I.P. my dear old friend....

But on a brighter note, my brother left for Singapore and gave me his car while he’s gone….and it’s a fast, little sports car that’s really fun to drive…especially without insurance. Just kidding. He’s in Singapore for a stunt job, and as much as I will miss him over the next year, the car makes up for his absence, especially when I’m driving 90mph.

I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

About Death To Hollywood

My name is Celeste Donohue and I am a writer/comedian who started this blog to tell stories about my life growing up in a funeral home and my adult life which I have spent in Hollywood, California – hence the name, “Death To Hollywood”. Hopefully, you like to read those kinds of stories. If not, go read something serious and boring.....
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10 Responses to Unhappy Friday

  1. The elder sister says:

    R.I.P. Epstein! Sad to see another piece of my childhood die!

    Sorry to hear bout your truck. Yu had a long time with it though! Glad Johnny is letting you borrow his little hot rod! T.G.I.F.!

  2. mdonohue says:

    Hi Celeste,So sorry about your vehicle,But you must feel somewhat relieved and safer than before.I know it’s hard to give up a good friend.Have a great weekend anyway.Love,Mom

  3. Lacy says:

    Sounds like you closed one door so another could open. Get excited–something BIG is about to happen for you!! Love you so, Lacy

  4. barskii says:

    Hey Little Woman !!!!

    We are surrounded by destruction and loss out here, and just happy to be alive.
    This life is full of Ups & Downs – Laughs & Frowns – get dressed up – smile – Take a drive in your loaner and Enjoy Your Beautiful Day !!! Be happy & think of how many people Love You !!!
    Have a Great and Wonderful Weekend !!!

  5. Josephine says:

    I so feel for you. I think I already told you about Esmeralda, my ’64 Plymouth Valiant. A true workhorse for 34 years with me. I donated her so I hope she had a few more good years in her for someone.

    How does a damn hunk of metal do that to us?

    I always liked that character too. He had more charm and I think he actually reminded me of kids I went to school with in New Jersey. R.I.P.

    • Yes, it’s amazing that just a vehicle can become like a friend, but I guess they are since they take us everywhere we need to go. Oh how I’ll miss my hot rod. I never named it though, I like how you named yours “Esmerealda 🙂 great name for a car!

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