Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Barry Bremen -An Impostor Extraordinaire

Barry Bremen

Not every impostor is out for ill-gotten gain. All Barry Bremen wanted was a few laughs.

A Detroit salesman who peddled toys and novelties to retail stores, Bremen spent his free time crashing sporting events and award ceremonies. His odd little hobby started in 1979 when he swiped a basketball jersey, crept into Detroit’s Pontiac Silverdome, and started warming up with the rest of the NBA stars. Bremen was about 6’4″ and fooled everyone in the arena . . . for a couple of seconds, before he was tossed out.

The year 1979 was busy for Bremen. In addition to his basketball hijinks, he donned a New York Yankees uniform and caught a few pop-ups, but one of his most infamous moments was when he posed as a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. After shaving his legs, losing 23 lbs, and practicing dance moves inside his living room, Bremen successfully made his way onto the Texas field. Unfortunately, despite his self-described “great legs,” Bremen was caught after delivering a single cheer. Dallas officials didn’t take kindly to his cross-dressing gag and threatened to sue Bremen and permanently ban him from all future Cowboys games. Luckily, they eventually lightened up and dropped the charges.

After the cheerleader fiasco, Bremen disguised himself as The San Diego Chicken, played a few practice rounds in the US Open, and was ejected from a baseball game by the legendary Tommy Lasorda. However, there was one stunt Bremen actually felt bad about. In 1985, he tried to accept the Best Supporting Actress Emmy for Hill Street Blues star Betty Thomas. Bremen thought Thomas wasn’t in the audience, so when she came walking down the aisle, it was awkward for everyone.

The great impostor died in 2011 at the age of 64. Before he shuffled off this mortal coil, he left one last piece of wisdom for any other impostors out there. “Don’t do it,” he said. “It’s against the law. Stay away. This is my act.”

Today's Reflection:
I'm reading a book on anti-gravity.
It's impossible to put down.

Live Long and Prosper...

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