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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

THE MOST FANTASTIC FIG I EVER MET

Early in my husband's law career--1972-- he leased an office in a "lawyer's suite".  
There was a receptionist in the entry (so each lawyer didn't have to hire his own) & a law library for use by all (saving the young attorneys a lot of time & money).   These suites, & there were several of them, were leased by another lawyer, Paul Fegen, who called himself "Fig".  Paul was & is a very flamboyant character.  He loves the color purple, because it has his name in it, according to him--"purPAUL". He no longer leases these suites or practices law, but makes his living appearing at parties as a magician.  He claims to have put himself through college by performing magic.  This is a picture of him from the net:

This is the kind of car he drives around Beverly Hills--
a vintage Excalibur convertible with the license plate "FIG"
 

but this is the color, of course!

I don't know if he still does it--we've pretty much lost contact with him--but he used to host absolutely amazing parties.  We were never privileged to attend, but we would hear about them in the news.  Paul had very long, wiry, wild hair (past his shoulders) & I guess it bothered his mother.  At one party he showed up in overalls or something equally sloppy casual.  In the middle of the party, a barber's chair was wheeled out & he got his hair cut to acceptable business standards of the day.  He then put on a tuxedo & the party continued.  He was extremely close to his parents & would have brunch with them every Sunday.  Since the death of his mother a few years ago, he's kept a "memorial" Popsicle in his freezer.  I understand he hasn't had his hair cut since she died.

When our oldest son was about 10, Bud had some papers to deliver to Paul.  We sent Matt into Paul's office with the papers while the rest of us waited in the car.  It was over a half hour later when he came back.  We asked him why it took so long & he told us, "Mr. Fegen taught me how to juggle!"

I wonder if this is Paul's attitude:

or this:

Probably not, but for sure, he's a lot of fun!!


Good--I see I still have room for another cartoon!


Today is our 116th wedding anniversary--
58 years each!!



Bye for now----fishducky











21 comments:

  1. Well bless your heart and Happy anniversary. Party, party.

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    1. We'll probably go wild until 9:00 or so!!

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  2. That is amazing, that you would both have a 58th annaversery on the exact same day!

    Happy anniversary!

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    1. What are the odds for something like that?

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  3. 58 years together is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations.

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    1. I sent my husband an ecard saying, "It's remarkable how long we've tolerated each other". This was his reply:

      "I wouldn't call it remarkable...miraculous might be more appropriate. Love, ME"

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  4. I can only echo each sentiment above. Took the words right out of my mouth. Happy anniversary!

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    1. As Elvis would say before he left the building, "Thangyouverymuch!"

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  5. Here's to all the Figs in the world!

    Seriously? 58 years? You got married in pre-school?

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  6. Happy Anniversary! Paul sounds like quite a character. The meaning of life cartoon with the complicated formula makes me think of The Hurricane.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Dear Fran, happy ann i verse ary i!!!!! I wish you could hear me singing this right along with the Flintsone gang! Peace.

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    1. I hear it--you have a lovely voice!!

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    2. Dear Fishducky, thank you so much, thank you so much, thank you, fishducky. Thank you so much. (Sung to the tune of Happy birthday to you!) Peace.

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  8. Congratulations to you and Mr. F. Looks like you couldn't wait for Valentine's Day ~ how cute is that.

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    1. I think it was more like when he could get leave from the Army!!

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  9. Maybe you should hire Fig for your Anniversary party. :) I love that he keeps a memorial Popsicle, but can you imagine the frostbite it must have?

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  10. Fig sounds like an elaborate character! I bet he was quite the friend to have and I loved how he taught your son to juggle while you all waited in the car! Hahahaha!

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