Death of A Salesman
by Michael Velazquez
Remember Ned Ryerson? He is the best known obscure guy that no one remembers. In fact, I was trying to forget him until recently, when he re-emerged in my consciousness, assaulted my senses, and made me laugh like crazy. You could look him up on Google but that would be cheating, besides, I will tell you who Ned is. Please read on.
If we don’t know Ned, we all know someone like Ned. Whether it was the dweeb from high school, or the guy we were forced to hang out with because we ran out of cool friends, Ned made awkward seem normal. Somehow, we eventually tolerated him and at times even found him charming. If we picked on him then, we feel guilty about it now, but somehow knew that he would never hurt a fly, and in a weird sort of way always had our best interest at heart.
OK, give up? Ned Ryerson was the geeky friend from Phil Connors’ past that runs into him on a street corner in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Both Phil and Ned are characters from one of the funniest comedies you will see, Groundhog Day. Phil was played by Bill Murray, and Ned by Stephen Tobolowsky, an accomplished actor who played his role to perfection: the quintessential, pushy, overbearing stereotype of an insurance salesman! This should have been a horror movie, right?