Sunday, July 10, 2005

Whatever Happened To…

Jamie Farr, otherwise known as the cross-dressing Corporal Max Klinger from the TV series M*A*S*H, is still around and still a proud son of Toledo. There’s a golf tournament named for him…and appropriately enough, it’s a women’s event.

Jameel Joseph Farah was born in Toledo on July 1, 1934, the only son and second child of Samuel, a Lebanese meat cutter and grocer, and Jamelia Farah, a seamstress.

Seventy-one years later, the man better known as actor Jamie Farr is one of Toledo’s favorite sons.

At his peak of popularity in the 1970s and early ’80s – playing the role of the humorous, cross-dressing Klinger on M*A*S*H, one of the highest-rated and critically acclaimed television shows of all-time – Farr often managed to work his Toledo ties into the show’s script, whether it was donning a Mud Hens jersey or extolling the virtues of Tony Packo’s.

Farr is now best associated with the annual LPGA golf tournament at Highland Meadows that bears his name.

Nice to see a kid from the north end of town make it.