Goodbye Hightower
August 4, 2011 4:33 AM   Subscribe

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Yamma, yamma, yammmmaaaaaaa
posted by fijiwriter at 4:38 AM on August 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by drezdn at 4:42 AM on August 4, 2011


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posted by Flood at 4:43 AM on August 4, 2011


This obit post is lazier than a Police Academy sequel.
posted by box at 4:53 AM on August 4, 2011 [6 favorites]


At least it's not a single-link obit post.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 4:54 AM on August 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


Would it be wrong to call this a double? Of itself?
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:55 AM on August 4, 2011


Bah!
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:55 AM on August 4, 2011


Sorry if my post seemed lazy - I'm fairly new to metafilter (this is only my second post) and just wanted to let people know that he had died and hopefully get a discussion going with some good links and memories of him.

Hope that clarifies things. Let me know if I'm doing something wrong.
posted by MighstAllCruckingFighty at 4:56 AM on August 4, 2011


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posted by eriko at 5:21 AM on August 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I was just thinking about his guest spot on Married With Children as Al's old football nemesis, Spare Tire (so named not, in fact, due to his girth, but because he wore a spare tire on a chain around his neck). And the marketing for that episode, for which I was *totally* the target market. Bubba Smith and Ed O'Neil? Mom, I don't care if I have to miss a funeral, I'm watchin this.

As something of a gentle giant myself (nowhere near as tall as him, tho), I loved his character in the Police Academy movies. It's always sad to lose one of your heroes.

(I hear he also played some sport or something... Wonder if he ever figured growing up that he'd be primarily remembered by some for his acting).
posted by Eideteker at 5:38 AM on August 4, 2011 [2 favorites]


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posted by Gelatin at 5:44 AM on August 4, 2011


He didn't just "play for Michigan State", he played in The Game of the Century or one of 'em anyway, 1966 Michigan State vs Notre Dame, a 10-10 tie.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:44 AM on August 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by Flashman at 5:52 AM on August 4, 2011


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posted by heatvision at 6:03 AM on August 4, 2011


hopefully get a discussion going with some good links and memories of him . . . Let me know if I'm doing something wrong.

Yup.
posted by yerfatma at 6:07 AM on August 4, 2011


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Also, I remember him mostly for his work with Dick Butkus, especially on Blue Thunder, a TV show with disturbing political overtones but a kickass helicopter.
posted by suetanvil at 6:13 AM on August 4, 2011


Man, I was just thinking about his guest spot on Married With Children as Al's old football nemesis, Spare Tire

"Let's Rock"
posted by stifford at 6:16 AM on August 4, 2011


From Police Academy: Hightower driving a '78 Civic, to train for the police car driving test.

RIP Mr. Smith.

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posted by zarq at 6:27 AM on August 4, 2011


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posted by Webbster at 6:39 AM on August 4, 2011


"I also like the easy-opening can."
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:51 AM on August 4, 2011 [1 favorite]


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posted by scruss at 6:54 AM on August 4, 2011


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posted by Halloween Jack at 6:54 AM on August 4, 2011


hopefully get a discussion going with some good links

FYI, providing 'good links' is the posters job. Depending on the commenters to do it for you is lame not best practice at Metafilter.
posted by nooneyouknow at 6:58 AM on August 4, 2011


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posted by nooneyouknow at 6:58 AM on August 4, 2011


TWinbrook8: "he played in The Game of the Century or one of 'em anyway, 1966 Michigan State vs Notre Dame, a 10-10 tie"

He was a monster on the field; I'm proud he was a Spartan. He had his number retired a few years back, only the 3rd MSU football player to receive such an honor.

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posted by caution live frogs at 7:20 AM on August 4, 2011


Man, you people ought to be ashamed. Bubba Motherfucking Hightower Smith has left this mortal coil, and yet all you can do is nitpick this pile of shit obit post. Yeah, it's crappy, but it's not nearly as crappy as living in a world without Bubba - a world that frankly I don't know I want to live in.

Pest in peace, Moses Hightower. Rest in oversized, towering peace. At least you're with Tackleberry now.
posted by item at 7:21 AM on August 4, 2011


here in baltimore, there's still a little bit of disdain towards bubba smith because of a book he wrote where he accused the baltimore colts of throwing the 1969 superbowl against the jets.
posted by LouieLoco at 7:46 AM on August 4, 2011


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