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RIP John Ritter

Okay, I can't believe I'm about to post this, because this is totally my baby, but in honor of John Ritter, here is the song "Jack Tripper":



'Jack Tripper' (to the tune of 'Day Tripper' by Lennon/McCartney. Lyrics by Bryan Irrera. Copyright 1988)

When he first moved in
they told the Ropers he was gay.
When he first moved in
that's what the girls had to say, now

(chorus)
They call him Jack Tripper,
He lives with two girls, yeah,
And one is brunette
And one's blonde...and one's blonde

Went to the Regal Beagle
to see if Larry was around
Went to the Regal Beagle
And Mr. Furley, man, what a clown, now.

(chorus)

And he owned a bistro
Yeah, that Jack he could cook
and he owned a bistro
After all of those classes he took, now

(chorus to fade)


I wrote this around the same time we were doing my college "Video Tech" class. Our final video project involved an homage sitcom that we put together called "Two Hits and a Miss" (it starred two guys and a gal, a reverse of the "Three's Company" formula). We still had the wacky landlords (though because their were personality disputes late in our production time, their characters mysteriously disappeared in the second act), the same wacky humour, roughly the same character types (though they were also based on ourselves)...I cast myself as the dumb one, the "Chrissy" if you will...We did a knock-off of the theme song which began with the line "c'mon and give us an A..." instead of "c'mon and knock on our door"..., we even had our characters mentioning that they hung out at the "Droopy Snoopy" (our version of the Regal Beagle). Anyway, Jack Tripper/John Ritter, you will be missed.

I suggest that anyone who really feels bad about Mr. Ritter's dying may want to make his (other) life's work count: make a donation to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation!

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