• What Tim Conway Meant to Me and to the PTC

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    My work affords me some really amazing opportunities to meet some really amazing people.

    One of the greatest opportunities for me was to meet, to get to know, and to work personally with the comedy legend Tim Conway, who was a Parents Television Council advisory board member for over two decades. He passed away on Tuesday, May 14.

    Most people think they know Tim as a modest, warm and incredibly funny man through the characters he played on TV such as Dorf, Mr. Tudball, or as the inept Dentist.

    Here’s the real story: he was modest, warm and incredibly funny in real life, too. Amazingly funny. So funny that I literally had to use the restroom before I would talk to him, just to avoid the risk of an accident.

    My special “secret” about Tim is that I shared with him a slightly-irreverent joke that my mother told me a dozen or so years ago; and he loved it so much that he decided to incorporate it into his traveling show.

    He was always there when we needed him, whether it was to come to an event, to sign books to be used as special gifts to major benefactors, to write letters of support, or to offer his guidance when I needed it.

    What also stands out about Tim Conway is this: He was fully committed to the mission of the Parents Television Council to create a safe and sound media environment for children. He understood that the TV was a visitor in our homes and that the visitor should be respectful. His letter to me in August 2006 reflects his all-too-rare viewpoint on this:

    “’Oh, yeah, well what about the time you….’ How often has that phrase come into play during the heat of an argument? It’s an expression I feel some people might be saying about me when I take a stand to clean up the TV programming surrounding the times when children may be watching. To be honest, I don’t know of anyone, including myself, free enough of foul language that they could cast the first stone. Even my best friend, Father Olliver, dotted the air with a few off-color phrases when the tire wrench slipped and he hit his knuckles on the lug nut. But I did notice that he never repeated those phrases on Sunday when he delivered a sermon.

    “To me, that’s what the PTC is trying to do when we make all the noise about cleaning up TV. Just put adult programming in the proper time slots. In the ‘old days’ you didn’t have to worry about the programming offending anyone. The TV set was a member of the family. You could laugh, or cry, or just relax together while you enjoyed the program. And you certainly looked forward to watching with the family. I don’t know about you, but some of the programming today is so embarrassing. I find it impossible to sit in a room with my kids and watch TV…and my kids are in their 30’s and 40’s. So, how about putting shows in their proper place? That way, family shows can be enjoyed by the entire family. Now that stone didn’t hurt, did it?”

    [Click to read Tim Conway Letter]

    What a blessing this man was to humanity. And what a blessing he will continue to be to the countless millions whom he will make laugh even after his departure from earth.

    Rest in peace, Thomas Daniel Conway. God bless you.

     

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    Tim Winter is president of the Parents Television Council. He has more than 20 years in broadcasting, cable, internet and new media technologies, along with a law degree.

    10 Responses to What Tim Conway Meant to Me and to the PTC

    1. Christopher Schwinger
      May 21, 2019 at 1:29 am

      I would like this passed on to Tim Conway’s daughter: I especially love his Don Knotts collaborations, but watching the movie McHale’s Navy Joins the Air Force recently, it was really fun for me seeing how well he and Joe Flynn were able to make an Abbott and Costello type of comedy work without even Ernest Borgnine in that movie. I love also the airport security skit on the Carol Burnett Show which I saw recently on YouTube. Hopefully I’ll soon get his book and enjoy that.

    2. Ben Sloan
      May 19, 2019 at 11:37 am

      Tim Conway has always been one of my favorite comedians, and I loved watching his antics on McHale’s Navy, one of my favorite shows. He will always be remembered in my heart as one who made the world a brighter place, not just for me but for countless others.
      My prayers are with his surviving family members, and may God bless them always.

    3. Lise
      May 17, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      I found out about 10 years ago that Tim C. was a Christian – I saw him on TBN. And I just found out he was a Board Member of PTC. I’m so happy to know that a gifted Hollywood actor like him loves our Lord Jesus. And I know he’s now up in Heaven with Him!

    4. Jacque
      May 17, 2019 at 6:12 am

      Tim Conway’s humor always brightened my day! The memory of him will always bring a smile to my face. He has been a blessing to many and will be greatly missed. Sending prayers for his family.

    5. SANDI STEIDLEY
      May 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      WHAT AN AMAZING COMEDIAN!! THEY DON’T MAKE ‘EM LIKE TIM CONWAY ANY MORE! MY FAMILY AND I HAVE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED WATCHING HIS DELIGHTFUL ANTICS AND LAUGHING AT HIS AD LIBS AND WE’VE GONE SO FAR AS TO MIMIC MANY OF HIS ACTIONS. WE LOVED HIS SHUFFLE AND THE TIMES HE PLAYED MR. TUDBALL. HE’S SUCH A NATURAL. WE’RE SO SORRY HE HAD TO LEAVE US BUT WE PRAY FOR GOD’S PEACE AND COMFORT FOR HIS FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING HIM TO ENTERTAIN US. GOD BLESS YOU…

    6. Joan D. Calhoun
      May 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm

      Thank you for sharing this with Tim’s fans…he was a wonderful comedian and will greatly be missed.

    7. Carolyn Mullen
      May 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      My condolences go out to your family. May God Bless your family. Tim was a great commedian.

    8. Sharon DeFelice
      May 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Tim Conway was one of the funniest comedians there ever was in T.V. His comedy was clean and funny. He will be truly missed.

    9. Maribeth Seely
      May 16, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Dear Mr. Conway. You have done your Irish background proud . . .and your American background proud. Everyone is talking about how wonderful you are! God bless you mightily as you spend time in Heaven. We will miss you.

    10. Glenda B Minton
      May 16, 2019 at 11:36 am

      We will definitely miss you Tim Conway. Your sense of humor always delighted me. Rest in peace.

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