Daily Archives: October 25, 2009

Approaching November in a Dismal Employment Rut…

I’m, as they say, out of work again. My recent client (pretty regular for the last six months) was hit by extreme lack of sales due to the recession and  the other aspects of this economy, and have cut me off unexpectedly. While things could change in the future and they may call me back to create stuff for the blog I made for them and to do SEOs on their eight web sites, for now they are relying on a son-in-law who works for free and are cossing their fingers that things will pick up.

So I’m looking for work again, something a 63-year-old guy in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia (not a heavy hiring area to start with)… sending my applications around, following the online and print ads, and looking for something that makes use of my skills that is not two hours or more away.

I’ll start by adding some new stuff to BillTchakirides.com, and put together a new e-mail list of potential clients. Certainly, I can help make someone’s market better… I’ve done it many times before.

We’ve lost Lou Jacobi… Dead at 95

I’ll admit it, Lou Jacobi was one of my favorite character actors… and while he hasn’t been at work for a number of years, the report of his death at age 95 made me sad.

Lou Jacobi

In the words of Clive Barnes, fomer NY Times B’way critic: “Mr. Jacobi is a very funny actor who hardly needs lines to make his point. He has a face of sublime weariness and the manner of a man who has seen everything, done nothing and is now only worried about his heartburn.” And that was Lou Jacobi.

Jacobi was born in Toronto, Canada, where he ran a YMHA drama program… among other things,  he went to London and  got stage work, and came to the US for television roles in the 1950s and 60s.

We saw him in a lot of films… he was known for the part he played in the Diary Of Anne Frank (Theatre and Film), and my personal favorite was the bartender/narrator in the film of Irma La Douce.

Great character actors stay in our minds long after we see them work, and Lou Jacobi falls into this category. I said to my wife this mornng: “Lou Jacobi died.” She asked “Who’s that?” I said that she knew, she had seen him many times, and I held up my laptop and showed her the picture above.  “Oh yes… Of course!” she said.