Last night, some friends and I went to Mulberry St. for karaoke. It was my friend Brock's birthday. There was this old guy who kept singing Frank Sinatra songs.
"That old guy really looks like the old guy from Home Alone," Brock says.
He looks him up on his iPhone, on IMDB.
"The name of the actor who played the guy from Home Alone is Roberts Blossom."
"That old guy said his name was Barry."
"Maybe Roberts Blossom goes by Barry, to avoid getting bothered by fans."
"You really think there are that many Roberts Blossom fans?"
"You should go up and sing a song, and dedicate it to Roberts Blossom, to see if he reacts."
So I go up and sing "No Woman No Cry" and dedicate it to Roberts Blossom.
Barry does a double take. He definitely reacts.
After the song, Brock says, "Did you see that?! He totally reacted!"
"Okay," I say, "I will go ask him."
I walk up to "Barry" and say, "Sorry to bother you, sir, but I have to ask if you are Roberts Blossom. Are you the actor from Home Alone?"
He smiles and says, "I am not Roberts Blossom, but he was a good friend of mine. I am an actor too (He shows me his Screen Actors Guild Card. His name is Barry Hope). Roberts passed away last year. He was a great guy. I miss him."
"Thank you," I say.
A bit later, I introduce Brock to Barry.
The mystery of Roberts Blossom is solved.