|A brief followup to my story about former Kansas City actor Arlis Howard, the star of TV’s new hit drama RUBICON on TBS…
Arlis showed up in KC a couple years back to promote his new film, Big, Bad, Love, co starring his wife Debra Winger. And I met with Les – his bartender monicker when he worked for my dad at Stanford’s in Westport years ago. So Les and former Stanford’s general manager Larry Marks and I had lunch together that day. Larry had been close with Les when he bartended there in the early 80’s.
In fact it was Larry, a Vietnam war vet, who’d showed Arlis how he and other field troops has cooked eggs in their helmets during the war. They’d cracked the eggs, salted and peppered them in the helmet, took a lighter and cooked it all up in the helmet bottoms and then ate them.
Later this turned up in a scene a scene in a movie Arlis starred in called Full Metal Jacket.
But Les and I never got close again after he moved to LA.