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I had a celebrity sighting shortly after Christmas. Captain Phil Harris, one of the crab-boat captains from the TV show Deadliest Catch, was at the Apple store in Lynnwood with one of his sons. For me, it was one of those moments when you realize TV celebrities also live ordinary lives. Father and son running an errand together — I bet many parents can relate to that.
At home, we’ve been fans of Captain Phil since we started watching the show years ago. My wife has a card he and other boat captains autographed for her at CatchCon last year. Boats and fishing have also become topics at the dinner table since some of my kids’ classmates have fathers fishing in Alaska who won’t be home for months.
This morning, I couldn’t help but being moved by the impromptu tribute for Captain Phil next to the Fishermen’s Memorial statue at Fishermen’s Terminal. Since the news of his death last week, people have been leaving flowers, photographs and handwritten notes next to the plaques with names of fishermen who lost their lives at sea.
I’m sorry this season will be Captain Phil’s last on the show, but I’m even sorrier his kids won’t be able to go to the mall with him anymore.
Rest in peace, Captain Phil.
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February 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM