Yesterday Sam discovered the special features disk on my Marx Bros. DVD set. It has Today Show appearances by Harpo, Groucho, and Billy Marx (Harpo’s son). The host asks Billy if his uncles were funny around the house, and he said they were almost never there, because the brothers spent their days together at the country club and were sick of each other in the evenings. It was funny, or maybe it was regretful–I don’t know.
This morning we drove past the Rancho Park golf course, across the street from Fox, and I pointed it out to Sam.
“You know the club where the Marx Brothers played golf?”
I wish I could describe his awed whisper, or the frantic pointing as he tried to direct me to take him there. I tried to be gentle when I explained that they played there a long time ago, but I don’t think he understands at all. He was so excited. It was wonderful, even if it’s a little sad.