Well, my dad Stan Glazer turned 80 on New Years Day…
That’s a real milestone in our family because not only is he the oldest living male Glazer, as far as we know, he’s now the oldest ever. Most of our us pass away in our 70’s.
Stan’s wife, Lori Glazer – about half my dad’s age at 42 – threw a big splash at the InterContinental hotel on the Plaza. They used the top floor and bar area which holds several hundred. It was mostly friends and family that attended with just over 200 people.
And get this, the last time I was in that space it was in 2003 for my own wedding reception.
Yep, I got married at what was then the Fairmont – big wedding and dinner – those people at that hotel do it right.
Stan’s bash started at 8 PM and went until nearly midnight. And lots of KC "names" were there. Far too many to mention here, but some you might know include former Chiefs Hall of Famers Bobby Bell and Ed Budde, former KC mayor Richard Berkley, several city councilmen, David Block, The Mermaid, Jack Possiger, former Royals GM Cedric Tallis‘s daughter and Folly Theatre guru Gayle Tallis and on and on.
I took Jessie, the hottie whose picture you’ve seen here several times lately.
Yep, it was food, drink ticket and fun for all. Very upbeat.
Stan and Lori had assembled maybe 150 enlarged photos and articles on Stan’s life, family and career. But true to form, my brother Jeff and I only made it into about two of the shots and none of the articles.
That’s my Dad for ya!
Still, overall, it was well done and sweet.
The highlight of the night – aside from the free drink – was Stan’s speech at about 9 PM.
The guy really missed his calling, Don Rickles has nothing on Stan. He did about 10 plus minutes of standup on his life. Again, all more upbeat not so much a history of ups and downs. One story he told: "I’m a handsome guy for my age right (applause). Hell, I was great looking as a younger man too. But know what? I was so ugly when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother!"
Then Stan thanked everyone for being there – well, almost everyone. He thanked his wife Lori and her family. He thanked his brother Mort. he thanked his sister Paulette. Like I said, he thanked almost everyone.
Except for ME AND MY BROTHER.
That is until Lori leaned in and reminded him. At which point he ended by saying, "Oh damn I almost forgot to thank my sons."
Hey, that’s Stan – that’s my dad!
It’s like this, if I make the King of Sting movie and it gets nominated for best picture and call my dad to tell him, he’d say something like "WELL SON, ITS ABOUT TIME. I MEAN IT’S GOOD YOU GOT THE ONE NOMINATION. Now the trick is can you get another one."
Stan looks great for 80 – but it’s a little unreal thinking of my Dad as an 80 year-old. Good work Dad.