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LOSING A FRIEND – Leonard Maltin’s Film Loopy

LOSING A FRIEND – Leonard Maltin’s Film Loopy


There isn’t any simple method to mark the lack of a longtime pal. Rick Scheckmanwas a quiet man, the final one to name consideration to himself in any state of affairs. He was additionally a loyal pal and a part of our prolonged household. My daughter Jessie has identified and cherished him her total life (she’s heartbroken that he gained’t get to satisfy my granddaughter Daisy.) I met him after he wrote me a collection of fan letters about my early books The Nice Film Shorts and The Disney Movies. He was 5 years youthful than me however we spoke the identical language and cherished the identical offbeat shorts and cartoons.

He was an avid movie collector, however a long time in the past he and two like-minded buddies turned their interest right into a full-time enterprise, forming Streamline Movies. They equipped oddball movie footage for commercials, TV present parodies and the like. In case you wanted a canine yawning, one telephone name was all it took. This meant organizing and cataloguing tons of upon tons of of 16mm reels and determining a manner to supply fast entry to particular person pictures. It additionally meant should you arrived at a seller’s room at a conference like Cinefest after he did you misplaced out on the true goodies. The sellers would possibly as nicely have positioned a “Ricky Was Right here” signal on their tables.

Within the early days of David Letterman’s late-night present on NBC, the employees referred to as on Ricky so usually that he was finally provided a full-time job. That job turned a second dwelling, fostered ongoing friendships and uncovered the usually shy “Movie Coordinator” to the world in a collection of foolish appearances on-camera—which, he famous, earned him a welcome price. Letterman additionally benefited from Ricky’s huge information and entry to personal movie collections for his personal amusement and edification.

I met Ricky when he was nonetheless a youngster and by no means obtained used to calling him Rick. At Letterman he earned the nickname Shecky, which caught. He was a part of a bunch of Cinephiles who, underneath the management of Phil Serling (founding father of the annual Cinefest in Syracuse, New York) started taking cruises and continued doing so even after the heartbreaking lack of our fearless chief.We traveled the globe and Ricky outdid us by taking much more cruises, typically with a pal or two however usually on his personal. 

He lived merely within the dwelling the place he grew up in Queens, New York. It was stuffed—and I imply stuffed—with books, magazines, and ephemera protecting a large swath of popular culture. Each time I referred to as him it appeared he was studying a newly-published ebook on film historical past or a set of comedian strips.

It’s change into a cliché to say that you just don’t get to decide on your loved ones, however as my daughter can attest, you can select your surrogate household. In befriending Ricky we selected nicely. Alice, Jessie and I’ll miss him terribly. His mates and colleagues at Letterman put collectively an exquisite video tribute–you may watch that HERE.



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