Recalling a Magical Moment
By Barbara Saltzman
(The Jester’s Mom)
I remember so well joining the great actor Ed Asner on stage at the L.A. Sports Arena to bring The Jester Has Lost His Jingle to life before thousands of students over two decades ago. The late Ed Asner was magical.
The seemingly gruff star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant and the animated feature Up showed his great humanity in reading the story and portraying The Jester & Pharley. Before thousands of LAUSD elementary students in the giant stadium, he was empathetic, funny and serious. No one since has offered a more vivid, compelling, funny and touching presentation of our late son David Saltzman’s children’s book than Mr. Asner.
Ed Asner was a great friend to The Jester & Pharley Phund. His kindness and generosity in those incredible moments with The Jester will never be forgotten.