- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Among those of us who knew him before “Ocean’s Eleven” or as one of the infamous “Original Kings of Comedy,” the Mac Man will be truly missed. Bernie Mac had a style of his own that was classic. “I ain’t scared at ya” and “Who you wit” became two of his catchphrases, with a belief that someday he would make it big.

Watching his career grow as a comedian and actor gave Chicagoans great pride. He grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where you often could catch him laughing and joking with other customers at Lou’s Barber Shop in the South Shore area.

Though his career finally took off, he always remained humble. He just wanted to make people laugh, and with the Fox hit “The Bernie Mac Show,” he did just that. He made us laugh and sometimes even made us cry.

He helped us realized through his monologues to America what being a loving uncle/parent was all about. He spoke about true family values in his own way - drawing on his own life to help us laugh at ourselves.

You might remember Bernie in his HBO special “Midnight Mac,” filmed in Chicago, or you might remember him for coining the phrase “bucket-naked” in the movie “The Players Club.” No matter how you choose to remember Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, aka Bernie Mac, one thing is for certain: He’ll always be remembered in his hometown of Chicago.

Who knows, maybe the city will even name a street after him. “Bernie Mac Drive” sure sounds good to me - speed limit 50.

WILLIAM J. BOOKER

Chicago

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