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Island raconteur Victor Lang dies at 78 - The Galveston County Daily News : Local News

October 25, 2014

Island raconteur Victor Lang dies at 78

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  • RonShelby posted at 3:54 pm on Tue, Aug 19, 2014.

    RonShelby Posts: 561

    He's one of those people that you really enjoy talking to and learning from. Unfortunately, there's always a lot more to learn, than time to learn it. He's one of those that I'll incredibly miss.

     
  • isleshire posted at 2:24 pm on Tue, Aug 19, 2014.

    isleshire Posts: 319

    Good guy, I saw him at Jack's last Tuesday. He was always smiling and happy to see me. A very gracious man. A gentlemen when few anymore know how to be a gentleman. We will miss you Commodore.

     
  • Janjgal posted at 11:24 am on Tue, Aug 19, 2014.

    Janjgal Posts: 12

    He was a distant cousin on my mom's (The Stechmann's) side of the family. Fay Allison directed both of them im J. M. Barry's ("Peter Pan") one-act play, "The Twelve Pound Look." Set just during the Gay '90's, turn of the 20th century, a housewife decides she wants more and leaves her well-to-do husband. Years later, he hires her (without knowing it is her) as a stenographer . . .

    Mom prided herself on "one-upping" Victor during that whole production which lead to Fay's Masters of Art in Theatre . . . Their ego clashes kept me squarely in the middle!

    Yes, he also played Sheridan Whiteside in COM's production of "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Pretty good immitation of Monty Wooley's performance, I must admit!

    Victor certainly lived a full and varied life! His speech pattern sounded like he was from Boston (from his time in D. C. I suppose). He would always refer to his mom as "Motha" . . . he also used to play the piano at Mother Harvey's Bordello at 27th and Postoffice, noting that " . . . Motha would NOT have approved!" He also swore he'd walked down every street in Galveston drunk at least once . . . . RIP, Victor who is probably up there right now entertaining Robin Williams with his stories . . .

     
  • miceal o'laochdha posted at 10:26 am on Tue, Aug 19, 2014.

    miceal o'laochdha Posts: 540

    Victor was a good friend and the very definition of a Gentleman. His razor-sharp wit and rare intelligence will be sadly missed. My wife, children, and I are all better people for having had the opportunity to know him (and especially to converse with him).

    I will never be able to view the old film: "The Man Who Came to Dinner" without thinking that Monty Woolley did not play that character as well as Victor did.

    Rest in peace my friend, you had a full and a colorful life; and the repose of your soul will be in our prayers tonight.