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UKArchive ID: 11745DRIVING TELLY SAVALAS by chrisk
Originally published on April 25, 2005 in Fiction

I made this trip atleast half a dozen times, but after the first time, never at night!



DRIVING TELLY SAVALAS.
By C R Krishnan


Selsey is by the sea. A small town, in West Sussex close to Chichester, a holiday resort to many British, lower and middle class families.
I am a Print Salesman. I have a client there who owns an Indian curry house. He wants some menus printed.
It is 6 P.M. These restaurant people are only available from then until midnight, I mean that’s when they open and ready for business.
I am driving from Brighton, some thirty miles from Selsey. It’s December and it is dark.
After Chichester bypass on A27 you turn left to where it is sign posted to Selsey and I am driving listening to some chat on Southern Counties Radio. The road winds and winds and I am doing may be 20 miles an hour, not a great speed but I have to be careful as it is a ‘B’ road and it’s dark This is my first time out on that road.
I see in the headlight a man wearing a raincoat and hat in the middle of the road. I slow down and almost come to a halt. The man comes to the passenger side and peers in.
‘Hey buddy, any chance of a lift?’
‘Where are you heading?’
‘Selsey’, he shouted at the closed glass window of the passenger door.

Well, the fellow took his hat off to show a shaven head and he looked like Telly Savalas, the Greek-American actor who used to be on telly sucking a lolly and saying ‘who loves ya baby?’
I unlocked the passenger door and he got in.
‘Hey, you look like Telly Savalas, the actor.’
‘I am Telly savalas, the actor!’
I told him I don’t believe him as Telly Savalas died a few years ago. He said that I should not believe all I read in the newspapers. How could he be dead as he is sitting with me? He then took out a lolly from his pocket and started sucking it.
‘Hey man, did you want one?’
I told him I will probably be offered some food by my client and didn’t want to spoil my appetite. We were approaching the High street and it started raining heavily.
‘Just pull up here man, and thanks a lot and hey who loves ya baby?’
With that he opened the passenger door and was gone.

In the early seventies Telly Savalas gave an interview on TV. He mentioned then about his driving one rainy night to Selsey to see a friend of his, a Greek restaurant owner. It was nighttime and he saw a man walking in the middle of the road. He stopped the car to avoid hitting him just like I did. He eventually gave him a lift to the town. The fellow said he was a Doctor and he was in an accident.
He mentioned this incident to his Greek friend.
‘Telly my friend, this Doctor you mentioned died a few years ago in a car accident not far from here. He used to come and eat here at least once a week. You couldn’t have given him a lift!’

Telly Savalas had died in 1994, ten years before I gave him a lift.







© chrisk (chrisk on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 11745
Archived comments for DRIVING TELLY SAVALAS
discopants on 2005-04-25 13:37:18
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An interesting read- so was it the ghost of a ghost? One other comment I'd make is that I wondered why you used reported speech so much rather than direct speech. After the 'I am Telly Savalas, the actor', I thought you could have cut down on the number of times 'he said' and 'I told him' appear.

By the way, is it Telly or Tele?

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chrisk on 2005-04-25 15:41:59
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Discopants,
Interesting comment. Sorry, I lost you when you mention 'he said' and 'I told him'. I don't understand what you mean. I do not see a problem there.
It is Telly and his real name was Aristotle Savalas.
Regards
Chrisk

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niece on 2005-04-26 07:07:12
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Dear Chrisk,
Very interesting story! Could it be a prankster who took advantage of his resemblance to the TV personality? I am a real scaredy cat, so I always try to find an explanation for these kind of things.
Regds,niece

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chrisk on 2005-04-26 09:05:54
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My dear niece
I did warn you and all here that this is 'fiction'. So u better be really scared. You see my dear, when u see ghosts in fiction they are for real! Lol.
Love
chrisk


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discopants on 2005-04-26 13:05:25
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Chris

I was referring to the following section:
'I told him I don’t believe him as Telly Savalas died a few years ago. He said that I should not believe all I read in the newspapers. He said how could he be dead as he is sitting with me? He then took out a lolly from his pocket and started sucking it.'

Rather than have 'I told him' etc I think it would flow more smoothly if it went along the following lines:
"I don't believe you; Telly Savalas died years ago."
"Don't believe all you read in the newspapers. How can I be dead- I'm sitting right beside you."
He then took...

Does that make sense? Of course, this is just my personal preference so feel free to ignore!

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chrisk on 2005-04-26 14:09:25
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Discopants
Ya, it makes sense now. You are right. I shall change it tonite with a few other corrections.
I am grateful to u
Chrisk

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Claire on 2005-04-26 16:09:14
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Nice creepy edge to it... very creepy actually! Enjoyed the read.

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chrisk on 2005-04-27 20:49:41
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You know Claire my dear, I always look forward to your comments mainly because they are positive and makes me feel good to know that you enjoyed reading it.
Love
Chrisk

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Apolloneia on 2005-05-04 10:03:47
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For me this wasn't creepy, it was quite sad, made me think of life, of people, of Savalas's "Who loves ya baby?", a good very Greek question...

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chrisk on 2005-05-04 10:13:53
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Nicoletta
Fond memories for me too. Despite his image on TV he was a modest man especially when being interviewed here in UK. He said the lollipop was making him fat! He always managed to put a smile on my face whenever he was on TV.
Thank you, and Nicoletta, who loves ya baby? Lol
Chris

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Apolloneia on 2005-05-04 10:22:20
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See? a good question, no answer, just a Mona Lisa smile.. I think I have a poem in my mind, Savalas and Mona...
😉


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eddiesolo on 2005-08-06 11:38:18
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Nice and creepy and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Si:-)

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chrisk on 2005-08-06 11:59:27
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eddiesolo
Thank u. The road is off A27 in Chichester and it winds and winds and goes to wittering/selsea.
Chrisk

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