After a very busy month for Bronson, he has graciously (as always) replied to the latest questions sent by our visitors!
Q: How, if at all, is the real Bronson anything like Balki? (I think I remember reading in one of the early PS articles that you said you are like him.)
A: Well, his playfulness is mine, and his optimism, and his rubber-legged physicality, and his vulnerability, and his instinct that everyone should be hugged. His speech and dietary patterns are his own.
Q: Are there any charities or charitable causes particularly of interest to you?
A: Poor single mothers trying their best. I feel a bit leery about organized charity.
Q: Will you ever guest star on Glee? I want to see you play Rachel’s dad!
A: Never seen it. Who’s Rachel?
Q: Bronson, did the producers of Two and a Half Men ask you to eplace Charlie Sheen?
A: Lord, no. I’m not on anybody’s radar, more’s the pity.
Q: Have you ever been to New Zealand?
A: Only in my dreams.
Q: If not, would you like to visit NZ one day?
A: Yes, if I can be knocked out for the entire trip over and wake up to a brilliant lamb supper.
Q: It seems to me at times that Balki is almost supernatural, or “super.” He can be totally benevolent to people who are trying to hurt him. He has a gift for making other people do the right thing. He has all sorts of artistic talent AND athletic ability. And some of his Myposian solutions to problems really do seem like magic: the lost pet chant, the cure for the horse’s disease. Would you agree with this interpretation?
A: Yes, absolutely. He was and is the person I would like to be.
Q: What do you like best of living in Pennsylvania?
A: The stars are like diamonds, the grass smells good when it’s cut, it’s very lush, and my home is here.
Q: I have copies of books in the Wizard of OZ series of books. If a person wanted to know what edition their book was and it was not marked but seemed to be very old what would you suggest, being that you are interested in books and the Wizard of OZ franchise? My copy of Tin Woodman of OZ has me confused in that area.
A: It is easy to do it by publisher for the first thirteen. If the Wonderful Wizard of Oz is published by George Hill, it is a first edition. If the next twelve, including Tin Woodman, are published by Reilly & Britton, they are first editions, or very early editions. In 1919 the publisher changed its name to Reilly & Lee and from that point on, you must consult a collector’s guide.
Q: What is the ultimate question?
A: Why, if given this capacity for love and kindness, do human beings act any other way to each other and to any other creatures.
Q: How long have you been rehabilitating old houses and what first got you interested in doing so?
A: Ten years. Seeing one and wanting to love it and take care of it.
If you have any questions you would like Bronson to answer in the next Q&A, send it to email@example.com! 🙂