Yeh, but in those days, Miss Mona knew him as Melvin P. Thorpe, and, of course, played by Dom Delouise in the movie. I am back on the east coast now, but I'm hopin Marvin is still doin well on Ch. 13, with Dave, Shara, and the gang.
Well, I don't watch Ch. 13 in the evenings, only in the early AM, so I don't see those same people.
Marvin is still going strong. I know that because Don Nelson on the 6AM News did a little special segment on him the other day, pertaining to his wigs. It might have been another birthday, but I'm not sure. I think it would be about number 84 or 85.
Marvin's wife died a few years ago - they had been married over 50 years, I believe. The funeral procession passed by my house to and from his church is why I recall it so well, lol. He has since remarried fairly recently.
He has had 5 face-lifts and multi-numbers of other plastic surgeries, 10 or 15, I think, which he talks about all the time. Has hundreds of wigs and hairpieces, wears dark glasses all the time now, for some eye condition, but I don't know what it is. He has had a lifetime contract with Ch. 13 since some time in the 80s.
Shara is gone from Ch. 13. She had colon cancer several years ago, but beat it. Then 2-3 years ago, she stopped being an anchor, but still did some special reports and I saw some PSA's she did, which still run. They said something last month about her leaving the station for good at that time, but I don't know the reason. She was the longest-time female anchor in the Houston market when she left.
Dave is still around, but I don't know much about him (he's not one of my favorite people).