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Handey Looks Ahead

Joe Holley

Here at The Post readers have been known to send us advance obituaries, for themselves, not trusting family members to get the facts right when the time comes. Here's the first line of an advance obit from one Jack Handey: "We are gathered here, way far in the future, for the funeral of Jack Handey, the world's oldest man. He died suddenly in bed, according to his wife, Miss France."

Longtime fans of "Saturday Night Live," will no doubt recognize the name. Jack Handey produced "Deep Thoughts," quirky little items that served as fillers between sketches on the long-running show. A couple of "Deep Thoughts" might jog SNL memories:
"It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man."

"Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis."

Handey's advance obit is, of course, a spoof. It's in the March 31 issue of The New Yorker. Here's another snippet: "He started out as a baby but worked his way up to an adult. But even when he was a full-grown adult he never forgot that he was a baby. His philosophy of life was a simple one. 'I'm-a no look-a for trouble, because-a trouble, she's-a no good,' he would often say, in his beloved fake Italian accent."

By Joe Holley |  March 27, 2008; 5:33 PM ET  | Category:  Joe Holley
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Jack Handey always remembered tht with every new sunrise, there is a new chance. But with every sunset, you blew it.

Posted by: TBG | March 29, 2008 11:11 PM

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