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Retired Anchorman Mort Crim Stays Classy in Midst of Barrage of Media Attention

It’s been fun to read the media coverage of 78-year-old former Philadelphia and Detroit TV news anchor Mort Crim. Thanks to a recent Rolling Stone interview with Will Ferrell, the man who helped inspire not the mustache or the “Stay classy” catchphrase but rather the smooth, authoritative delivery has been back in the limelight, culminating with Sunday’s New York City premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Per Julie Miller of the Detroit Free Press, Crim had a great line ready when he finally, for the first time, met Ferrell at this weekend’s NYC premiere:

“I walked up to him at the party that went on afterward,” Crim said Monday from New York. “He recognized me. I stuck my hand out and said, ‘Will, it’s nice for you to get to meet me.’ ”

Ferrell laughed and complimented Crim on how he’s been handling the barrage of attention lately. “He said: ‘It’s an honor. I’ve been reading your interviews, and I appreciate the good humor you’ve shown through all of this.’”

One of the more interesting bits of Crim coverage was done by the Indianapolis Star. The real anchorman’s father was a pastor; his stepson is a city Councilor; and he really knows how to set up a first date:

Renee first encountered Crim when he delivered the commencement address for Anderson University in 1989…

Impressed by Crim’s speech, Renee mailed a letter to the Detroit newsman — who responded by flying his plane to Indiana for their first date. They’ve been married since 1991.

In case you’re wondering, Crim’s sign-off phrase was a little more straightforward – “That’s tonight’s report. Have a good evening.” He now lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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