COLUMN: A Senior Moment with Barry ZeVan: Sylvester Stallone

Updated: 01/28/2013 11:07 AM KSTP.com By: Barry ZeVan

In this week’s column from Barry ZeVan, he gives his “Senior Moment” on Sylvester Stallone:

It was fun to see Sylvester Stallone as one of the presenters on the Golden Globe Awards a few nights ago. I never met him, but did get to meet his mother and sister Carla during my Washington, D.C. television weather casting days. I also met his father, just one time, but that time was very memorable.

While shopping in a Potomac, Md., Safeway Supermarket, the person with whom I was with said, “There’s Frank Stallone.” At the time, I hadn’t yet met Sylvester’s sister or mother, and definitely did not know the name of Frank or Sylvester Stallone. 

Regardless, I was introduced to Frank.

He told me he often watched my TV weather casts, but also told me know I had been an actor.

“My son’s an actor too, and he has a part in a movie,” he said.

I said that was wonderful, and then we said our goodbyes and that was that.

Two days later, I opened the Washington post and saw a full page advertisement announcing the opening of “Rocky.” A part in a movie? Frank’s son, Sylvester, was the movie, as we all know, but Sylvester’s father’s understatement in that supermarket aisle has been burned into some of my best thoughts ever since.

Bravo to Frank Stallone for his genuine pride in his son, but also for a lesson in genuine, sweet and exemplary humility.
 

Barry ZeVan is a columnist for KSTP.com.