More on David Gerber

In 2007 I interviewed Emmy Award winner and University of the Pacific grad David Gerber after he had received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Attendees at the ceremony included actors Ed Asner and Ernest Borgnine.

The producer of such television shows as “Batman,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “In the Heat of the Night,” Gerber would only give his age as “70-something and then some.” Over the phone from Southern California he seemed to have the energy of a man half his years. He was funny, quick-witted and he noted that he was working on a new feature film. By the end of the interview I had much more than I could ever use in print.

On Saturday, Gerber died. You can read Record Staff Writer Joe Goldeen’s story about Gerber’s life here.

This morning I pulled out my notes from the 2007 interview. Below are some quotes from Gerber that didn’t make the story, which you can find here. (You can see Borgnine and Asner behind Gerber in the photo.)

David Gerber on receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:

“Everybody’s kidding me about it – they’re finally going to get to walk over me.”

(On former Fox executive Peter Chernin‘s praise at the walk of fame ceremony) “It was so good, I asked my wife, ‘is he really talking about me?'”

(On a proclamation he received that included his biography) “It’s too long, I don’t know where to put it in my house.”

When the star was unveiled “I took off my hanker chief and started cleaning it off.”

“I guess if you hang around long enough, they give you something nice.”

“I’m still a little excited about it.”

“I still get cards and letters coming in today, congratulating me.”

“It’s just a nice moment in my life.”

“I told them at the party, I can’t retire.”

On Stockton:

“Stockton is like a second home, because I’m so close to the Spanos family. We went to school together.”

“I went to school there, I met some wonderful friends. That meant a lot to me.”

“The people I met there we so friendly and so helpful.”

“They were so kind to me, so nice to me. My roommates took me home to their families.”

“It was really a second home, Stockton.”

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