Winston Hightower

January 21, 2007

In the past few weeks, I’ve been to my local clinic twice: the first time, as it turned out, was to be diagnosed with right middle lobe pneumonia; the second time was a follow-up to make sure I was healing properly. Anyway, both times I was sitting in the waiting room—the first time coughing incessantly and having what was later discovered to be a 103.6° fever—the little TV on the wall was looping through videos of a moderately famous black actor talking about a variety of health conditions, with a special emphasis on those—glaucoma, hepatitis C, &c.—that disproportionately affect the African American community.

I haven’t seen Police Academy or Ghostbusters in a while, so I couldn’t for the life of me remember whether the mustachioed black actor from a prominent 1980s movie comedy franchise was Hightower or Winston.

Bubba Smith, a.k.a. Hightower Ernie Hudson, a.k.a. Winston

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