Everybody Should Meet Gavin MacLeod…Many Are

Gavin MacLeod hasn't had this much exposure since Mary Tyler Moore was Mary Richards and Murray Slaughter changed his pseudonym to Captain Stubing. Today, the 82-year-old actor who played both those roles is everywhere…NBC's Today, on board the new Royal Princess, signing copies of his autobiography, in the Los Angeles Times, on CNN, in People Magazine

What he's doing is meeting a LOT of people, which is what he does best. Because once he meets them, he tells a story. Or twenty stories. All of them The Captain's bookare entertaining, and most of them are in his book: This Is Your Captain Speaking.

We've been fortunate to have met him twice. The first time, for a 60-minute lunch that turned into three and a half hours…and not because we were that engaging. He was. The second, just a few weeks ago, at the church where he worships, on a Friday evening when he was telling stories after a showing of his last movie, The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.

Everybody should meet Gavin MacLeod. He's 82 going on 52 and he seems to slow down only long enough to attend to the needs of the love of his life, Patti, his wife of 36 years in two installments (it's in the book). While he is an author today, he is also a goodwill ambassador for Princess Cruises, and proud of the fact that this is the second time he's been on a ship called the Royal Princess.

"I brought the first one over to North America in 1984," he says, sounding like the ship's captain he was for a decade on The Love Boat.

We haven't read his book yet, but we will, of course. Just like we watched Jonathan Sperry and  bought a handful of copies of his movies, a fund-raiser that night at his church. We don't need to read This Is Your Captain Speaking to recommend it.

"It was written like I talk," he told us.

That's recommendation enough.

Royal Princess
7 nights
December 15, 2013
Fort Lauderdale (return): Princess CaysSt.ThomasSt. Maarten
Inside: $759
Cost per day: $108
www.princess.com

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