Howdy had many Palmer tales to tell. The best story was about the day Arnie shot a hole-in-one with him at Wilmington Country Club; Howdy told it as we stood on the 13th tee where it happened. (It is one of 17 holes-in-one that Palmer has had in his career.)
As you might guess, Howdy is a big Howdy Doody fan, and a few years ago he played a round with Buffalo Bob Smith, who led every show with, “Hey kids! What time is it? It’s Howdy Doody time!” Howdy visited Bob’s house and had his picture taken with the original Howdy Doody puppet. I don’t think he met Clarabell though.
My golf game was still on vacation, and I did my best not to let it get me down. So my round at Wilmington was all about relationships and being the most entertaining guest I could be. Telling my Top 100 stories and listening to Howdy’s Arnie stories was so much fun that I can barely remember the golf course. Larry Berle.
Date: November 27, 2014