Hi all. As promised, I’m sharing the complete text of the conversation I had with Edward Herrmann back in 2009 for The Gilmore Girls Companion. When I went back through my notes I discovered that it ran to 40 typed pages in all, so it seemed best to make it available as a PDF rather than online.
I apologize for the design quality of the document itself; Pamela is up to her eyeballs in deadlines right now so I had a go at putting it together myself. She’s the designer, I’m the writer, and unfortunately I’m afraid that shows.
That said, I wanted to get this text out there sooner rather than later, especially after the thoughtful emails and blog comments I’ve received since Mr. Herrmann’s passing.
A word here on the process: I sent him a few sample questions before we actually spoke by phone for the first time. I recorded the conversation, transcribed it, and sent the transcript to him to make any corrections or clarifications he deemed fit. That corrected text is what you’ll find in this PDF.
More than anything else, I really wanted people who never had the opportunity to meet him to see how he spoke and his thought process. I think the part towards the end where he relates his experience with his own daughters to the way he approached Lorelai and Rory is probably my favorite.
He was a rare individual, and greatly missed.
PS – As a fellow old-time radio fan, I wanted to include a few quick links to the shows and personalities Mr. Herrmann references in the interview. For those interested in hearing the programs first hand, there are many free podcasts available – just search for “old time radio” or “otr” in your favorite podcatcher or in iTunes.
I’m at an utter loss to express my sadness over the passing of Edward Herrmann. I’d taken then week off, and the first time I came back online this morning I see this…
I only spoke to him a few times by phone and email during the writing of the book, but it was enough for me to say that he was probably the most intelligent, best-educated person I’ve ever spoken with. Yet these attributes were clothed in a humor and humility that utterly charmed.
When he agreed to write the forward to The Gilmore Girls Companion, I was less excited by the prospect of having one of the fine actors involved in that program introducing the book than by being able to read the man’s recollections of Gilmore Girls in his own words. As it turned out he wrote as he spoke – really like Richard Gilmore spoke – eloquently.
I will be publishing one of my longer interviews with him in full here next week (once I locate it) so that you all can get a better idea of what I mean.
You were a man among men, Mr. Herrmann. And you were loved.
A big thank you to Gilmore fans Kirsty and Kathryn for calling our attention to The Gilmore Girls Companion entry on Amazon. We just got back from a business trip this evening to discover her email — we’d been checking Amazon for the book all week except for yesterday and today, which is when it popped up.
I must admit there’s an extra thrill in having Edward Herrmann’s name as a co-author in the entry (for the foreword he wrote to the book) — a good day, indeed. (Just don’t ask about the harrowing flight into town…)