A Big Downside To Fame : Tom Petty, His Father Earl's Death & Aunt Pearl

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  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Tele-Afflicted

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    I've been reading this e-book which is available through my local library:

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    Tom Petty's father Earl passed away in 1999. But his dad's twin sister, Pearl, has some work for Tom before he pays his last respects and hits the road:

    "After things had gone well enough, and we were getting ready to leave," Petty says, "Earl's twin sister, Pearl, shows up. And she just lets out this huge scream, like, 'Nobody told me you were going to be here! Come here, come here!' And I was like, 'No, we're leaving right now.' And she's grabbing my arm, insisting, 'No, you can't leave—I got stuff ya'll gotta sign!' I mean, I'm walking away from my dad's coffin. It's a hundred feet away from us, right? I'm thinking, 'He's your brother, for Christ's sake, and you're looking for autographs at his funeral?' I'm just shaking my head. So we get in the car kind of as quick as we can, and we start to back out, and she's at the window, banging on the window. And she gets her hand on the door handle of the car, trying to open the door. I just said, 'Bugs, go.' And we took off, with this screaming woman in the background. That was my father's funeral." The swamp had sent its ambassador.

    Pathetic. :( I guess aunt Pearl wants some souvenirs for the neighbors back home?
     
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    She had legal papers for him to sign about life insurance.
     
  3. ZackyDog

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    No, not really. She had pulled this kind of stunt before, only it was more heinous this time because his father, and his Aunt Pearl's brother, had just died.
     
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    Isn't that special! What an unfortunate rock star to be stuck with disgusting needy relatives like that. She's lucky he didn't run over her.
     
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    You can pick your nose but not your family
     
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That isn't just from fame, every funeral has at least one miserable wretch that shows up to demand something.

    When my Grandmother died, she divided up all the farmland that she owned with her children. At the funeral, my Uncle showed up and demanded that he should receive all the land since he was the only farmer. He ended up punching 2 people because they were only willing to sell him their portion at market value...nearly knocked the casket over in the process.

    I hate funerals, it often brings out the worst in some people.
     
  7. Mike Eskimo

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    That's Dan Zanes bro that wrote that book.

    I should have seen Petty this summer or any summer - just didn't get around to it.

    No comment on the southern family squabbles ...
     
  8. ZackyDog

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    She had done this before, on a separate occasion or two.
     
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    studio Poster Extraordinaire

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    Bummer.
     
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    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    This is very true. Theatrical displays of grief from folks who weren't that close to the deceased, arguments, etc.
    However, it's really the fighting over assets and possessions that is really galling in some situations.
    Have a will or detailed instructions for things of sentimental value, etc. My mother wanted my sisters who helped care for her and who did not earn as much as my brother or I to receive the bulk of her limited financial estate and he and I were okay with that. We understood and didn't feel slighted in any way.
    Families are no better than the general population. You have the same percentages of folks in a family who can be total assclowns.
     
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    This is why I told my wife to put my body on a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus. They'll eventually drop me off in Oak Cliff.
     
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    Well, bless her heart.
     
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    Is that Tom's quote or did someone just say that happened. Can't believe someone would do that. How heartless
     
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    You seem to have some inside knowledge about Aunt Pearl and Tom Petty.
     
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    I have been to more funerals than I care to remember. Not one had even the slightest incident with a friend or relative being inappropriate.
     
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    I always heard "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose...but you shouldn't oughta pick your friend's nose"....
     
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    ... but you can't wipe your friends on the side of a chair.
     
  18. ZackyDog

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    That's from Tom.
     
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    What a callous, greedy *****. My first thought when I came to that passage when I read the book.
    Petty doesn't come off as a shining knight in the book, but merely as a real, but flawed human being.

    Just like you and me.
     
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    His Dad worked at the local bait shop, thought it was so cool I was buying shiners from Tom Petty's dad, when I was a kid!
    Pretty sad situation there. Stuff like that might be why he "don't come around here, no more".
     
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