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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

More on Freddy Anderson

Some further information on the passing of local talkradio caller, Freddy Anderson. First off, a shout out to Mr. KABC of KABC radio for reading our obit of Freddy on the air and giving us a plug.

During Mr. KABC's program Tuesday night, the step-daughter of one of Anderson's brothers called in. She said that Anderson grew up in Texas. One of the seminal events of Anderson's life - at the age of 15- was seeing his brother shot by a man and then dying in his arms. Because this was the segregationist South in the 1940s, Anderson was quickly arrested by the local law enforcement in an apparent attempt at witness intimidation. The man who shot Anderson was white. Upon being released from jail, Anderson's family urged him to leave town. It was this event that began Anderson's critical views of law enforcement and got him to California. The niece said that Anderson never married and never had any children. Besides calling talkradio programs, Anderson was somewhat of an accomplished operatic singer. Prior to his calls on the Larry Elder radio program, Elder would often play a clip of Anderson singing "Danny Boy."

A frequent KABC caller who goes by the name Big Money was the original source of informtion on Anderson's death. He had called into the KABC overnight program hosted by Kevin James early Tuesday morning to inform James of Freddy's passing. Big Money had attended Freddy's funeral on the 17th. Anderson died on October 7th. Big Money told Mr. KABC that Freddy was 77, that his funeral was held at the Inglewood Cemetary and that Freddy had died of a heart attack just after apparently being pulled over in a post office parking lot by a postal inspector.

Anderson's most recent job was that of a security guard at a Ralphs market somewhere in Los Angeles.


Anonymous Otito Gojito said:

Did not Freddy call George Putnam (Talk Back) all the time? He would start out relatively restrained with a coherent opinion, and George would be almost fraternal, then George would start patronizing Freddy and Freddy got all excited and start yelling Putnam was a racist cracker and George would start chanting "Sing Freddy, sing for me, sing Freddy!"

When (what year) did Freddy start calling radio programs?

October 19, 2005 10:41 AM  

Blogger Mayor Sam said:

The KABC folks estimate 25-30 years. Used to be on Ray Briem all the time too.

October 19, 2005 11:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't think he ever made it on Fistell, though.

BTW "Big Money" is Morris Griffin, well known black activist.

October 21, 2005 12:20 AM  

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