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In memory of my dear friend Kirk

 

Last updated 3/19/2009 at Noon



Years ago, as a young man in the dancing chorus of Balboa Park’s Starlight Theater, I met a fine man, comedian and actor. Carnell ‘Kirk’ Kirkeeng was the lead in “Little Me,” which went into extended performances at the San Diego Civic Center because of its popularity.

I was having dinner one evening at the once famous Chicken Pie Shop (I don’t know if it is still there). My fellow dancers from Missouri were with me when Kirk walked by our table and said hello. We recognized him from the show we were rehearsing but had not met him yet. As we prepared to leave a few minutes after Kirk had left, the waitress informed us that he had picked up our tab. On very limited funds as teenage kids out of town, we were eternally grateful.

I had no idea that this brief introduction and performing in a show with him would lead to a lifetime friendship and moral supporter.

I was so impressed with Kirk’s Antiques in Fallbrook I bought items from him on some of my California visits and enjoyed taking him to dinner as we both matured. This time it was my treat.

I am sure the long-term citizens of Fallbrook will always remember the snappy wit of Kirk and many knew him as a good, trustworthy friend.

I am a better person because of Carnell ‘Kirk’ Kirkeeng and I think Fallbrook benefited from this fine man living there. Thanks, Kirk, for the Chicken Pie.

Dr. Blaine Chambers

 

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