Great Rolling Stone Article About Eric The Actor And Howard

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    Howard Stern Regular Eric the Actor Remembered by DJ Peter Rosenberg
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    By Peter Rosenberg | September 30, 2014
    On September 20th, Eric "The Actor" Lynch, a member of Howard Stern's "Wack Pack" since 2002, died at the age of 39. The 3-foot-tall fledgling actor was afflicted with tissue disorder Ehlers–Danlos syndrome among numerous other medical conditions. Lynch gained notoriety as a frequent caller to Stern's show and upon his death, many celebrities and fans, including Jimmy Kimmel and Zach Braff, paid tribute. Peter Rosenberg, a morning show host on influential New York radio station HOT 97, remembers what made Lynch unique and memorable.

    I don’t know how it plays when the average non-Howard Stern fan hears the news about the passing of famed wack-packer Eric "The Actor" Lynch. There is really no context if you have not heard him on the air before or if you’re not someone who understands the brilliance of Howard generally. For all of us that had the joy of hearing his regular call-ins, the impact was great. In many ways, Eric was the ultimate character in the Howard Stern universe.

    He was dealt a tough hand physically. He was 3 feet tall and needed a motorized wheelchair thanks to a club foot. None of this seemed to affect Eric’s expectations for fame and success, though. You can’t say he never complained, because, well, he complained constantly. But not about his physical condition. Instead he complained about Howard’s rabid fans who taunted him and his manager who never got him enough work. For some reason, that complaining was arguably the most entertaining part of the Howard Stern Show in recent years.

    Eric "The Actor" (who spent most of his public years known as Eric "The Midget") defined a term that is completely overused in our business — "Radio Gold." "Radio Gold" is supposed to be used when a completely real person or situation makes for captivating radio. Stern is the best radio personality of the modern era (and probably of all time) because of his ability to mine "Radio Gold." His interviews have become iconic, his natural sense of humor and ability to share his own life are fantastic, but it’s really his ability to get other characters to feel comfortable being themselves that makes him the gold standard for radio.

    Those characters have ranged from A-list celebrities and musicians to no-names who found stardom through being regulars on the show. Most of the Wack-Packers have some sort of unusual physical or mental ailment (often both) and most of them are in on the joke, gladly taking the trade-off of being the butt of the joke for the fame and appearance money that comes with the gig. Eric took it a step further, though.

    He was in love with the idea of being in show business and obsessed with fame. By the end, he had achieved both. In death, he was treated like a true celebrity, with his death announcement appearing in numerous media outlets and his passing garnering condolences from celebrities far and wide. He received television tributes on SportsCenter and Monday Night Raw (the latter would have had special meaning to Eric considering his love for pro wrestling).

    Ultimately it all worked out for Eric. He may have never gotten to be a pro wrestling manager or a guest spot on Sons of Anarchy, but he did make a handful of appearances on his favorite shows and by the end, the Stern fans who drove him crazy were undoubtedly crushed to hear of his passing.

    More than any of those accomplishments, the most amazing thing about Eric’s life is that at 3 feet tall and riddled with a myriad of health issues — he was so much bigger than his body. Howard and the gang always jokingly dreamed of the day that Eric would use balloons and float through the sky. As it turned out, he did rise above everything, but he did it completely on his own. Bye for now, Eric. Ack ack.

    Peter Rosenberg is the Morning Show host on Hot 97 in New York City and hosts the Cheap Heat Podcast with David Shoemaker for Grantland and Hip Hop podcast Juan Epstein with Cipha Sounds.
     
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    That's the same look he gets on his face when he watches Beef get made 'airtight' from his all black security detail.
     
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    Rosenberg equals JEW
     
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    A thoughtful article that expresses how lovely Eric was treated by the gentle wit of Howard and his writers. Always in on the joke, never made to weep at the endless references to him as a monster, stuffed turkey, mattress humper, shrinky-dink penis freak.
     
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    Every time I read an article about Howard, I can just tell that the writer hasn't listened to Howard in the last 10 years (at least). Is Buchwald involved with Rolling Stone somehow? They lick Howard's ass whenever possible.
     
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    Remember that story of the "celebrity" that blew him at a party?

    Jann Wenner, Gay Papa Founder of Rolling Stone:

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    What's wrong with his eyes, too many cumshots?
     
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    This guy Rosenberg is a huge stern fan so he listens.
    He brings up stern a lot
     
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    Apparently, he and Howard share the same dentist.

    The fuck? :shakey:
     
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    No, Eric was never treated with gentle wit. Yes, Eric was never in on the joke. But it was only Eric's delusion that made it all possible.

    I think the cruelest jokes had to have come from Johnny Fratto. He's the one who set Eric up with Kendra, the saddest and most humiliating episode Eric went thru.

    Then again, common sense (or should) tells you not to fall in love w strippers or soft core porn stars.
     
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    Fratto was a user just like Howard. Except that Howard never claimed to be ETM's friend.
     
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    Dreamking The dogs of doom are howlin' low...

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    That was the saddest part of it all.

    The reason the midget fell for the Kendra broad was because Fratto made the introductions and that he would never let him get hurt. Then again, Fratto had him driving around Beverly Hills in a big-wheel kiddie car, so he couldn't have been overly concerned w Eric's feelings...
     
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    I think there is too much being speculated here.
    In all honesty, as it's been documented from shows past, that Eric was a "high" functioning retard. Eric's IQ scores were repulsive and people who think Eric was in on any sort of joke or knew what was going on is garbage.
    Howard wants you to believe he was a great character but he wasn't... Eric was dealt one the worse deck of hands in the world and he likes to leave out that important "mental capacity card".
    They made fun of a retarded, gnarled, wheelchair bound midget for a decade and got him laid and gave him a better life then he would have ever had on his own much like many of the Whack Packers, Howard likes to give money to people who shouldn't have it or opportunity to people who will not hold onto it.
     
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    I loved that video of Eric driving that car around. It's sad that men with incredible means took this poor soul for a ride. Yes, Eric achieved fame and recognition he would have never enjoyed otherwise, but those two men with the deep wallets used him for their own selfish endeavors and he was left with crumbs.
     
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    Howard didn't give him shit. What opportunity did Howard give him or any other wackpacker? Nothing was given outside of being a bit. Getting Eric laid was part of the joke. It just so happened to be of some benefit to Eric as well. Same for the television cameos. Those weren't for Eric. Those were for Howard and for the shows to promote themselves through Howard's show. Who does Howard like to give money to? I didn't realize he liked giving anyone money.
     
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    HOT 97. More listeners that THSS
     
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    Fuck Rolling Stone,
     
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    This. Every Eric tribute -- including and especially Howard's -- that praises his extremely healthy sense of self-worth, unstoppable feistiness and unwillingness to be defeated by his handicap overlooks something very crucial: the fact that he had an IQ of 90. He just wasn't that bright, and wasn't self-aware.
     
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    Fuck Rolling Stone for putting the Boston Bomber douche on their cover like he was Jim fuckin Morrison. Fucking liberal cunts.
     
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    Stopped reading when it said Eric "The Actor". Revisionist fucking history, it's Eric "The Midget". And Eric was NEVER in on the joke. His hypocrisy never ceases to get my blood boiling.