Just Call Him Mike

Posted: July 10, 2009 in Justice

Well, I didn’t get a ticket today, so right off today had GOOD DAY written all over it. But this afternoon was extra, extra cool, so I guess that leaves today as a GREAT day.

Mike Farrell, better known as B.J. Hunnicutt from the mega-hit television show, M*A*S*H, came to Public Counsel today, and I had the chance to shake his hand, hear him speak, get a picture with him, AND get an autographed hardcover copy of his book, Just Call Me Mike. Way cool.

Mike Farrell

It was such an honor to have such an intimate audience with Mr. Farrell. Since his television star days, he has become known as an activist, particularly in his efforts to have the death penalty abolished. He is known as an activist, but as his book title says, he prefers you just call him Mike.

It was fascinating to hear him talk of his father, describing him as a “volcanic” alcoholic of whom he was terrified as a child. In fact, Mike went into acting (only after his father died because he would have been too scared to do such a thing otherwise) because he knew actors received attention, and that’s what he thought he wanted in life. Positive attention. Later, he learned that what he was really looking for was love.

In fact, that drives Mr. Farrell (um, I mean “Mike”)’s activism – the realization that what the invisible people of our society (the homeless, the aged, the incarcerated, et al) really need is to be valued as a human being.

He had good news to share in that he believes the death penalty will eventually be abolished in America. The only question is when. Unfortunately, much of this progress is because people are realizing that the death penalty is a huge waste of money instead of learning to value human life. Still, we’ll take it.

He told a fabulous (and at the same time, horrible) story about a woman who was rescued from her death sentence with just two days to spare. “Granny” had experienced horrible, horrible abuse in her life, and had killed on two different occasions in response to her victimization. After being rescued from death, she has used her life sentence to complete a college education and encourage many of her younger fellow inmates (who call her Granny) to pursue an education and create a brighter future.

I’m so glad we didn’t kill her first.

Well, it was a neat afternoon. Not a bad way to end a week of work.

  1. grammybourque says:

    Really cool! I’ve always liked “Mike”. For some reason he has always made me think of my brother. And now you’ve crossed paths with him!

  2. alsturgeon says:

    Thanks, Debbie!!!

  3. J D says:

    I liked him on M*A*S*H and another show that I can’t remember the name of. I’m glad we didn’t kill Granny too… but I doubt there are many Grannys. I do not disagree with the death penalty for some crimes. Anyhoo…I’m glad you got to meet him and I’d like to meet him meself! And no ticket! woo!

  4. alsturgeon says:

    Thanks, John!

    The bad news with killing people is there’s no way to know if there would be more Grannys in those cases. 😦

    According to Wikipedia, his other show was called “Providence.” I’ve never heard of it, but supposedly it had a good run.

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