Jerry Reed (The Snowman) dies

Jerry Reed (The Snowman) dies

Along with Star Wars and Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit was a defining movie for my youth. It made me want to either get into movies or be a truck driver (though I soon lost that urge when music took over and I started looking at the personal hygiene of some of the truck drivers I’d met).
Reed’s slightly gawky character, The Snowman, was a perfect match for the suave Bandit played by Burt Reynolds. Smokey and the Bandit is never going to be nominated as one of the greatest films of all time – it’s dripping with cheese in places – but it’s a movie that captures the essence of the highway. It’s cheeky, naughty and funny – perhaps one of the all-time best trucker/cowboy movies. In a way, I’m loathed to watch it again in case I don’t like it, because the memory of how it made me feel as a kid is still strong. But, then I’m of half a mind to get all three of them out and have a Snowman memorial day this weekend.
That’s a big 10-4, over and out.

Along with Star Wars and Cannonball Run, Smokey and the Bandit was a defining movie for my youth. It made me want to either get into movies or be a truck driver (though I soon lost that urge when music took over and I started looking at the personal hygiene of some of the truck drivers I’d met).
Reed’s slightly gawky character, The Snowman, was a perfect match for the suave Bandit played by Burt Reynolds. Smokey and the Bandit is never going to be nominated as one of the greatest films of all time – it’s dripping with cheese in places – but it’s a movie that captures the essence of the highway. It’s cheeky, naughty and funny – perhaps one of the all-time best trucker/cowboy movies. In a way, I’m loathed to watch it again in case I don’t like it, because the memory of how it made me feel as a kid is still strong. But, then I’m of half a mind to get all three of them out and have a Snowman memorial day this weekend.
That’s a big 10-4, over and out.

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