Hugh Fink - Rossini's Overture

Tommy Sledge & Hugh Fink Season 1, Ep 0119 02/24/1992 Views: 1,280

Hugh remembers the classical country-western stations. (2:09)

MY NAME IS HUGH FINK.

IN FACT, THAT'S MY REAL NAME.

WHEN I WAS KID, I SAID,"DAD, IS HUGH SHORT FOR HUBERT?"

HE SAID, "NO, IT'S LONG FOR( aspirates the sound of "H" )."

( laughter )

I GREW UP IN INDIANA,BLUEGRASS CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

WHICH IS STRANGE BECAUSEWE HAD A CLASSICAL RADIO STATION

WITH A COUNTRY-WESTERN FORMAT.

( playing Rossini overture )

( drawling: )YOU BEEN LISTENING

TO ROSSINI'S OVERTURE LA GAZZA LADRA

WHICH IS I-TALIAN FOR"ALL MY EXES LIVE IN TEXAS."

( laughter )

( cheering )

MY PARENTS STILL LIVEIN INDIANA.

I'VE BEEN IN CALIFORNIAFIVE YEARS.

MY FOLKS DO NOT UNDERSTANDTIME ZONES.

I TALK TO THEM ONCE A WEEK; SAMECONVERSATION OVER THE PHONE:

( with Midwestern inflection: )"WELL, IT'S 8:00 HERE.

"WHAT IS IT?6:00 THERE, HUH?... HUH?

"WELL, IT'S 1:30 HERE.

"WHAT IS IT?9:30 THERE, HUH?... HUH?

"IT'S MONDAY HERE. WHAT IS IT?WEDNESDAY THERE, HUH?

"IT'S SUMMER HERE.WHAT IS IT? WINTER THERE, HUH?

"WELL, WITH THE INDUSTRIALREVOLUTION HERE

WHAT IS IT?THE PALEOLITHIC ERA THERE, HUH?"

( scattered laughter )

I WENT TO COLLEGE OUT OF STATE.

MY FATHER SAID IF I NEEDED CASH

MAKE A COLLECT CALLFROM HUGH BROKE.

THAT WAY HE'DWIRE ME THE MONEY

WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAYFOR THE PHONE CALL.

I MADE A COLLECT CALLFROM HUGH BROKE.

A MINUTE LATER, MY PHONE RINGS:"WE HAVE A PERSON-TO-PERSON CALL

FOR MR. HUGH BROKEFROM ROB BANK."

( laughter )

I RESPECT MY FATHER'S OPINIONSON CURRENT SOCIAL ISSUES.

I SAID, "DAD, DO YOU THINKA FAMILY SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT

TO WITHDRAW LIFE SUPPORTON A LOVED ONE?"

"WELL, IT DEPENDS ON WHICH KID."