Tuesday, July 16, 2013

October 2012
I hate to even think of just how long ago it was that I met my friend Ann Tosco. I had a beer and wine store on Gillespie St. This was in the mid to late 1970s. Ann saw my ad and called to place a beverage order for a picnic she was organizing for seasonal migrant workers. She was a joy to do business with and besides she made a pretty good sized purchase.

A year or so la...ter I went to see a play and one the actor's voices caught my attention. I knew that I'd heard it before but didn't know where. During intermission I read the program and discovered that it was the lady from the season migrant workers picnic.

Over the years I got to know her better as she became a regular in various restaurants that I managed. She brought her family to The Boss Hawg every Sunday.

Restaurant managers love to have fans and Ann seemed to be one of mine. She called on me to cater for different organizations that she was part of. I catered a luncheon for the Blind Readers Service many times thanks to my friend Ann.

But I was a fan of hers too. You would never forget this lady's voice. On stage she was great with drama or comedy. I can still hear her say "Norman, Is that you?" from the comedy of the same name.

I remember her in the comedy Bubba & Betty-Sue's Wedding she interrupted the wedding ceremony to go to the bathroom only to return with a long strand of toilet tissue hanging from her dress.

I'm telling you this lady was funny.

She always hugged my neck and kissed my cheek and called me darling with a New York accent that was still there although she had been here for quite some time.

I'm sure the Lord is ready for her but even he must be warned; Ann-Marie Tosco is going to have him laughing.

I really liked this woman. Hell, I loved this woman. Bless her soul, Lord. She was my friend.

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