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Goodnight, Pee-wee Herman, aka Paul Reubens, Gen X icon, comic genius, Fella of the Jewish persuasion and way ahead of his time on race and gender and different people issues. Before they held honorary degrees and acting awards all over creation, S. Epatha Merkenson and Laurence Fishburne were Pee-wee’s buddies in the Playhouse.
That’s right. Pee-wee hung with Lt Van Buren from Law and Order and Furious Styles before we found them ourselves.
Side Note: The Pee Wee Herman Radio Hour was entirely amazing classic black women of pop and soul & R&B and Jazz. The man had taste. Sail on, Yid Brother in a bowtie. You had a strut with your giggle, a funk in your funny little walk.
You were way more than you seemed.