Friday, October 10, 2008

Captain Mitch

I had to do a post about Mitch Agruss, or Captain Mitch. What a dear man he is, kind and gentle, soft spoken. His all familiar voice and bright smile takes me back to my childhood. I so enjoyed his company for Rosh Hashanah dinner last week. Dinner at my mother in laws is always delicious. There were 8 of us total, including my adorable little grand nephew Emil. I had the privlidge of sitting next to Mitch as we feasted on some of the usual traditional holiday food. Challa bread, chicken, potato latkas and apple sauce, and apples dipped in honey to bring in a sweet new year. We discussed many topics, I really wanted to know everything about him, and hear tales of his days on the show. I had so many questions, but I didn't want to appear to be the over excited little girl I was feeling like I was, so I kept my cool. It was hard to though, I mean, it was Captain Mitch! A childhood dream finally came true at age 52! I did find out that the Captain Delta/Mitch show spanned nearly 30 years. I couldn't believe it! He said he started to do the show in 1961, and it continued in one form or another until 1990. I had no idea! He began doing theater in the 1940's when he was 18 and is still doing theater today. In fact he just won an Elly award (see: ) for supporting actor in a drama for his role in Endgame at the Actor's Theatre of Sacramento. Although he was very humble about it. Congratulations to you!

Anyway, I am posting this to put it out in the universe, Captian Mitch is alive and well in Sacramento. Here is a photo of Captain Mitch as many of us knew him.

He is a present to the world and touched so many lives. I just hope he knows. Be well... Tj.


Anonymous said...

Great entry, T.L.

Wonderful to get the inside scoop on what Captain's been up to.

Campbell Jane said...

What a wonderful evening. Dinner sounds really yummy too. I love your pink pieces!!!!!!(yes I'm yelling hahaha)

David T. said...

That's awesome. I have no recollection of ever watching his show but I must have because I have a tape with a couple of short clips that he's in. If anyone's interested in seeing it my cousin has posted it on youtube under "80s commercial vol. 38". Captain Mitch appears about 1:36 in and again 3:46 in.

Greg said...

What great news! He seems like an old friend from my youth, though, of course, I never met him in person. I know that this is a few years later, but I hope that the dear man is still thriving.