At 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov 9, at Village Books, Bellingham’s Bob Simmons will read from the late Greg Palmer’s wonderful memoir, “Cheese Deluxe,” written in 2008.
Here is what Simmons says about the event:
“If you were a KING 5 watcher in the grieved-and-gone heyday of TV news, you might remember Greg as their witty, creative essayist and theater and movie critic. He and I worked together for a dozen years in the KING 5 newsroom and later on some of Palmer’s documentary projects for PBS-TV.
“He died five years ago at age 62, from lung cancer — just at the peak of his productivity in books, plays, TV films and documentaries,” Simmons says. “Losing him was an awful blow.”
“Cheese Deluxe” is a collection of some of Palmer’s favorite memories working at the (now-gone) Samoa Drive In on Mercer Island, where he was “chief cook” the summer after his high school graduation in 1965. When the second edition of “Cheese Deluxe” arrived, along with an audiobook version (read by Seattle actor Jeff Steitzer), Greg’s widow, Cathy, asked Simmons to do the reading at Village Books.
Although the event will highlight Palmer’s book, here’s more about Simmons, a local celebrity in his own right.