The most useful Firefox extension ever: Abe Vigoda Status

“Gets Abe Vigoda’s status from, and displays it in the status bar.”

Hey, if you gotta know, you gotta know.

The creator of apparently bought the rights to name a Boston sports arena (the Fleet Center?) for a day, and one of the most popular suggestions is the “Abe Vigoda Memorial Center.” The poor guy.

I won’t say it isn’t funny, though.

Well, that was weird.

Who is Abe Vigoda again?

Fish, from Barney Miller.
Great show, used to watch it every week.
I had no idea he was still alive.

It’s amazing, how long Abe Vigoda has seemed to be on the brink of death. I recall back in about 1993, I was in a bar in Athens, Georgia one afternoon, and the TV was tuned to CNN with sound turned off. There was some old stock footage of Anthony Quinn showing with a story about him, but of course we couldn’t hear what they were saying.

“Aww, Anthony Quinn died!” said one of my friends.

“How do you know he’s dead?” I asked. “We don’t know what they’re saying about him.”

“Oh, come on,” he replied, “what would you think if they were showing the Abe Vigoda montage up there?”

(It turned out Mr. Quinn would live until June 2001, but the point remains.)

And now I see that there was an Abe Vigoda death rumor in the 80s that may have started all this.

This reminds me of that meme that asked, “Are you John Stamos?”

Geoffry Ross during the Friars Club Roast of Drew Carey

Looks like Abe lasted longer than that browser extension.

Yeah, I had the extension back in the day. Very funny and awesome that he outlived it by a long shot.

Now that’s funny.