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Hey, Chevy Chums!

Pretty much everybody fell in love with this heartthrob from the 70’s. And it’s true that Hollywood legend, Clark Griswold himself, *ahem* I mean—Chevy Chase—was a summer camper back in the day! I posted about this funnyman a number of years ago when this Blog was still in its starting stage. Since I posted about this guy years ago, I thought we could revisit Chevy to get to know him a little bit better.

In the previous post, I discussed how he attended Camp Tamakwa and then Learn some interesting points about Chevy Chase.covered a series of moments in his life throughout his acting career. Today, however, I want to go real deep so we can attempt to really get to understand who Mr. Chevy Chase is at his most core level, not as a celebrity, but as a human being:

Don’t Have a Cow, Man

Believe it or not, Chevy has always created a reputation for himself of being a jokester employing an offbeat sense of humor. In the early 60s, Chase was enrolled at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. For a long time, Chevy claimed to have been kicked out because he kept a cow in his dorm room. Just ten years ago, his old roommate from Haverford cleared the air that the real reason Chevy left was because of a poor grades.

Replaced by Bill

One of the show’s original cast members—not to mention the very first to ever say, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”—Chevy holds a number of Saturday Night Live records. Despite being one of the founding SNL fathers, Chevy was also the first person to leave the show. He did so after just the first season. Chevy has since expressed his regrets of his early departure and being replaced by Bill Murray.


Another regret Chevy has is not starring in the 80s Blockbuster hit, Ghostbusters, though the role was offered to him. Why’d he give up such an awesome opportunity? Chevy wasn’t convinced the role would be so great. After all, the original script that had first interested Chevy had undergone some wild changes from the script that Chevy was initially shown.

Despite his missed opportunities, Chevy has made us all laugh over the years in all the classic roles he’s brought to life. If you have interest in checking out Chevy’s stomping grounds at Camp Tamakwa, give them a closer look some time. And, as always, thanks for reading.


- John

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