March 20, 2020

Update on Eddie

Eddie's sister Barbie reports that he is making slow but steady progress. He can do 300 (somewhat shaky) steps with the walker - that's better than what he could do on his birthday (2 weeks ago).

March 06, 2020

The latest message from Eddie

TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND PALS.
 
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR BIRTHDAY WISHES + GREETINGS. THEY MEANT SO MUCH TO ME.
YOU ARE VERY KIND. MY PROGRESS HERE IS VERY SLOW. I FELL OUT OF BED + BROKE A RIB. MY PHYSICAL THERAPIST SAYS IT SHOULD BE LESS THAN A YEAR FOR ME TO BE UP AND WALKING AGAIN AND MY VOICE IS STILL RASPY AND HOARSE.
 
I LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH. I SAW A GREAT MOVIE - KIRK DOUGLAS IN “PATHS OF GLORY”
 
I HOPE TO BE BACK ON FACEBOOK IN A FEW WEEKS OR MONTHS.
 
ALL MY LOVE - YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS - EDDIE.
 
P.S. I ATE A BOWL OF CEREAL WITH A FORK THIS WEEK - THEY FORGOT TO GIVE ME A SPOON SO I ATE MY CREAM OF WHEAT WITH A FORK.
 
P.S.S. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I MISS YOU. YOU ARE ALL VERY IMPORTANT TO ME.
MUCH LOVE - YOUR FRIEND ALWAYS - 63-YEAR-OLD EDDIE.

February 17, 2020

Presidents Day Update

Eddie continues making good progress, and his voice is improving (he says it's about 25%). He is also getting a bit better at walking, and his appetite is starting to return. He still has a lot more resting and healing to do, but he continues on a good trajectory.

February 11, 2020

Eddie is settling in at the rehab center, and they are beginning the long process of getting him "up and running". Tomorrow he begins speech therapy (right now he can only whisper).
 
Eddie is still very weak and sleeps most of the day. He is not able to receive visitors - infection is still a very serious concern.

February 06, 2020

Thursday Afternoon

Eddie is being transferred to a rehab facility in Cumberland sometime today. They expect him to be there for some time while he regains his strength.

This facility is much closer, so Eddie's family won't have to do the 3-hour drive to Ruby Memorial that they have been doing every day.

At this point, they are limiting visitation to family members - Eddie is still very weak, and infection is always a concern. Right now, he needs to focus all his energy on getting stronger, walking, eating, etc.

A number of you have asked about an address to send cards - the best place to send things is the Fan Club - I will personally make sure it gets to Eddie - here's the address:

The Eddie Deezen Fan Club
P.O. Box 21
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028-0021

February 04, 2020

Tuesday Afternoon update

Eddie is doing much better today. He walked 3 times, and he is slowly regaining his strength.

He is ready to move to a nursing/rehab facility, but that is on hold because the insurance company has to do some sort of approval - things are complicated because Eddie's insurance is California-based. That said, it sounds like it will happen soon, but for now, he's still at Ruby Memorial.

February 01, 2020

Saturday Afternoon Update

Good News! Eddie is doing much better today. He walked about 50 steps this morning, and they have him off the feeding tube and oxygen! If he continues to make good progress, they will be able to discharge him early next week.
 
Obviously, he won't be going home, but to some sort of skilled nursing or cardio-rehab facility - hopefully closer to Cumberland so his family won't have the 3 hour round-trip every day.
 
Truly great news!

January 29, 2020

Wednesday Afternoon Update

Eddie continues to make slow progress. The family, including Eddie's Mom (age 91), comes to see him pretty-much every day.

The last couple of days Eddie has been eating a bit more (he is still on the feeding tube), and was able to walk to his chair today - although it was very painful.

It is important to remember that Eddie has been through a tremendous ordeal and it's just going to take some time for him to heal and recover.- but he will!

Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers...

January 24, 2020

Friday night update

Eddie has improved enough to be moved from the ICU to a "step-down unit. His vital signs are improved, and he is sitting up for longer periods of time. He is still very weak, and still on the feeding tube and oxygen, but he's going in the right direction.

Rehab from what Eddie has gone through can be a long process, but doctors are confident that he will fully recover if he continues on his current trajectory.

January 21, 2020

Tuesday update

Eddie is making slow but steady progress. The doctors seem to feel that is what we can expect for the next few weeks - he has been through a heck of an ordeal. The next step is to get him strong enough to leave the ICU again - if he continues to improve, perhaps in a few days...

January 19, 2020

Sunday night update

Eddie is doing much better today. He is much more alert. Able to eat some solid food. Talking. He even sat in a chair for a short while. One of his nurses said it was a dramatic improvement over just 24 hours.

They have been able to reduce some of the medications, but they are still treating the infection, of course.

January 18, 2020

Saturday update

They have moved Eddie back to ICU so that he can be more closely monitored until they get him back to a more stable condition and get any infection under control.

He is fighting a tough, hard fight, but I know he can do this - as his nurse said to me a few minutes ago - "It's two steps forward, one step back".

January 16, 2020

Thursday Evening Update

After several days of good progress, Eddie had a bit of a relapse today - he seems to have developed an infection (they think it is pneumonia), and is less responsive than he was. He is receiving antibiotics, so hopefully this is just a small bump, but, of course, everyone is very concerned because of his weakened condition.

January 14, 2020

Tuesday Afternoon update

Eddie can still only whisper, he is very weak (his sister had to hold the phone for him), but this is the first day he has been able to speak more than a few words.

He is making slow, but steady progress - please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

January 12, 2020

Sunday Night Update

Eddie He is still somewhat disoriented, but he continues to make progress every day. He is still dependent on the oxygen through his nose, but they are hopeful that they can start to "step him down" starting tomorrow, and if that goes well, he might be able to leave the ICU soon.

 

 

January 10, 2020

Friday Night Update

Eddie is improving steadily. They removed the breathing tube and he is now able to talk.

He is still very weak, and mostly sleeping. The nurse said that if he keeps improving, he should be out of the ICU in a few days.

January 09, 2020

The latest news on Eddie

We just got an update from Eddie's nurse.

He is doing better today and more responsive - so much so that they have taken him off the Heart/Lung machine and hope to have him off the breathing tube by tomorrow.

He will still be in the CV/ICU, however.

Eddie's a fighter and he's fighting his way back to us.

Rest in Peace
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes

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January 08, 2020

Update on Eddie's condition

Eddie underwent successful open-heart surgery yesterday morning. Doctors were able to complete the procedure. Unfortunately, Eddie had some very serious complications during surgery (or just after) and he was in pretty bad shape yesterday.

The good news is that he is doing better today and they are hoping that maybe by Friday he will be recovered enough to perhaps leave the ICU.

Obviously he is in no shape to have visitors or flowers -

Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

January 06, 2020

please keep Eddie in your thoughts and prayers...

TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND PALS:

i WILL BE GETTING OPEN-HEART SURGERY TOMORROW MORNING. PLEASE SAY A PRAYER FOR ME, PLEASE SEND GOOD THOUGHTS AND BEST WISHES FOR ME. I'M VERY, VERY, VERY NERVOUS.

SORRY I HAVEN'T BEEN ON FACEBOOK MUCH LATELY. I MIGHT STILL BE OFF FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT I HAVE TO GET THIS DONE.

[Editors note - Eddie is in Ruby Hospital in Morgantown, PA. His mother, sister and brother are with him - please keep him in your thoughts and prayers]

November 15, 2019

Eddie talks about last night's Polar Express Train Appearance

"I CRIED MY GUTS OUT, LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL".

TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND PALS.....................

THE FIRST STOP ON THE NATIONAL TRAIN TOUR OF "THE POLAR EXPRESS" WAS LAST NIGHT IN FILLMORE, CA.

Continue reading "Eddie talks about last night's Polar Express Train Appearance" »

November 13, 2019

Come see Eddie on the
Polar Express Train

Eddie is only on SELECT Trains - here is the schedule:
(Subject to change without notice):

Thursday, 11/14: Fillmore, CA (Ventura County)

Saturday, 11/16: Texas State RR, Palestine, TX (3:30, 5:00, 6:30, 8:00 Trains)

Sunday, 11/17: Texas State RR, Palestine, TX (3:30, 5:00, 6:30 Trains)

Wednesday, 11/20: Durbin & Greenbrier RR, Elkins, WV (5:00, 7:15 Trains)

Friday. 11/22: Western Maryland Scenic RR, (7:30 Train)

Saturday. 11/23: Western Maryland Scenic RR, (3:30, 5:30, 7:30 Trains)

Sunday, 11/24: B&O RR Museum, Baltimore, MD (8:45am to 3:15pm Trains)

Saturday, 11/30: Brightline, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (10:10am to 8:10pm Trains)

For more information, go to:

PolarExpressRide.com

 

September 13, 2019

Come see Eddie in Merced or San Mateo!

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I WILL BE SIGNING AT THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC COMIC CON TOMORROW, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH.

THE NEXT DAY, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH, I WILL BE SIGNING AT THE SOUTH SIDE COMIC CON IN SAN MATEO, CA.

HOPEFULLY, BOTH SHOWS WILL GO WELL.

I LOVE DOING THESE SHOWS, THIS IS MY GREAT JOY.

I LOVE MEETING ALL THE NICE PEOPLE.

IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF EITHER MERCED OR SAN MATEO, PLEASE DROP BY.

I'D LOVE TO SEE YOU.

HAVE A GREAT FRIDAY EVERYBODY!!

AND A GREAT WEEKEND!!

YOUR FRIEND, EDDIE "MONEY UP FRONT OR I DON'T SIGN" DEEZEN

 

June 25, 2019

Come see Eddie Friday and Saturday in Hagerstown!

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OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL MY PALS IN CUMBERLAND, MD!!

I WILL BE APPEARING THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, JUNE 28TH AND 29TH, IN HAGERSTOWN AT THE HAGERSTOWN BRAVES BASEBALL GAMES.

I WILL BE THROWING OUT THE FIRST PITCH AT BOTH GAMES AND SIGNING THERE.

PLEASE COME SEE ME IF YOU CAN.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE MY FAMILY AGAIN AND MY CUMBERLAND FRIENDS!!

March 21, 2019

Eddie talks about filming Grease

December 08, 2018

JOHN LENNON - IN MY LIFE...

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I RECALL CLEARLY THE BEATLES COMING TO AMERICA IN 1964.

I REMEMBER RIDING TO THE GROCERY STORE WITH MY FAMILY AND LAUGHING AND GETTING ALL THEIR NAMES STRAIGHT.

I REMEMBER THE EXCITEMENT AS I SAT ON THE FLOOR WATCHING THEM ON THAT UNFORGETTABLE ED SULLIVAN SHOW THAT LONG AGO NIGHT IN FEBRUARY OF '64.

I REMEMBER GOING TO SEE THEIR TWO MOVIES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND HELP!.

THERE WAS A CONSTANT SCREAM FROM THE GIRLS IN THE THEATER ALL DURING BOTH FILMS.

IT WAS SURREAL, A BIZARRE MOVIE-GOING EXPERIENCE, NEVER TO THIS DAY DUPLICATED.

90 MINUTES OF GIRLS SCREAMING - YOU COULDN'T HEAR THE DIALOGUE, JUST THE SCREAMS WAFTING THROUGHOUT THE THEATER.

MY PAL GORDY MANDELL AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT THE BEATLES ONE DAY AT LUNCH AND HE ASKED ME MY FAVORITE BEATLE.

WE LOOKED AT A SERVING TRAY WITH ALL FOUR BEATLES PHOTOS ON IT AND I IMMEDIATELY AND INSTINCTIVELY POINTED AT JOHN LENNON.

JOHN WAS THE BEATLE WHO WROTE THE BOOKS, THE FUNNY BEATLE, THE TOUGH BEATLE.

AS GEORGE HARRISON SO PERFECTLY PUT IT: "JOHN GAVE THE BEATLES THEIR HARD EDGE".

THEY WERE ALL FUNNY, ALL FOUR BEATLES, BUT JOHN'S WISECRACKS AND ANSWERS TO INTERVIEWER'S QUESTIONS WERE ALWAYS JUST A LITTLE FUNNIER, A BIT MORE CLEVER, THAN THE OTHERS.

HE ALWAYS SMILED, BUT ALWAYS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF A SMIRK BEHIND IT.

EVEN AT THEIR GREATEST MOMENT, ON THAT IMMORTAL FIRST "ED SULLIVAN SHOW", I SAW JOHN SMILING, BUT KIND OF SMIRKING.

AS THE WHOLE WORLD WAS FLIPPING OUT AND GOING GAGA OVER THE FAB FOUR, JOHN SEEMED TO BE SAYING TO HIMSELF, "ISN'T THIS SUCH BULLSH*T?"

JOHN HAD THE GREATEST VOICE IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC.

OH, IT WASN'T AS PRETTY AS PAUL MCCARTNEY'S OR AS SMOOTH AS ELVIS PRESLEY'S, BUT IT JUST SO PERFECTLY CHANNELED WHAT ROCK 'N' ROLL IS.

IT WAS PRIMITIVE, VERY GUTTURAL.

BUT IT ELECTRIFIED YOU, MADE YOU WANT TO JUMP, TO GET UP OUT OF YOUR CHAIR AND DANCE, THIS IS WHAT GREAT ROCK MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT.

IT WAS PERFECT (ALTHOUGH, IRONICALLY, JOHN ALWAYS HATED HIS OWN VOICE. KIND OF LIKE THESE GORGEOUS, KNOCKOUT WOMEN WHO HATE THEIR OWN LOOKS.).

HE WAS THE GREATEST SONGWRITER EVER.

OMG------HELP, STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER, IN MY LIFE, GIRL, TICKET TO RIDE, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS, ET AL.

AND THAT PERFECT WRITING COMBINATION WITH PAUL.

JOHN'S HARSHNESS, HIS TOUGHNESS, HIS CYNICAL, UNFORGIVING, RATHER BRUTAL NATURE- COMBINED WITH PAUL'S LIGHTHEARTED OPTIMISM, HIS WARMTH, HIS HOPEFULNESS, HIS SWEET MELODIC CHARM.

THEY OFFSET EACH OTHER SO PERFECTLY, MUCH LIKE DEAN MARTIN AND JERRY LEWIS HAD A FEW YEARS EARLIER.

LIKE SO MANY GREAT ARTISTS, JOHN SUFFERED.

HE WAS ALWAYS IN SPIRITUAL PAIN.

THIS WAS EASED, TO A GREAT DEGREE, ACCORDING TO HIM, BY HIS BELOVED WIFE AND PARTNER YOKO ONO.

MANY OF US BEATLE FANS COULD NOT COMPREHEND YOKO AND NEVER WILL, BUT THE FACT OF HER BRINGING SUCH JOY INTO JOHN'S LIFE WILL ALWAYS BE APPRECIATED BY US- JUST AS JOHN BROUGHT SO MUCH JOY INTO OURS.

I DON'T KNOW WHERE JOHN LENNON IS NOW- WHERE HE ENDED UP AFTER THAT JERK-OFF TOOK HIM AWAY FROM US.

WHEREVER HE IS, HE IS STIRRING UP TROUBLE SOMEHOW, STIRRING THE POT, I AM SURE, SASSING BACK AUTHORITY, ENTERTAINING, MAKING THEM LAUGH, ENCHANTING HIS FOLLOWERS.

JUST AS HE DID WITH US.

JOHN HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY GREATEST HERO.

ABOVE ALL THE OTHERS - ABOVE JERRY LEWIS AND DEAN MARTIN AND F.D.R. AND WYATT EARP AND WOODY ALLEN AND CLARK GABLE AND DOC HOLLIDAY AND OLIVER HARDY AND TOM BRADY AND ELVIS AND CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND BUSTER KEATON AND TOM HANKS AND JOHN TRAVOLTA AND MICHAEL JORDAN AND BABE RUTH.

AND YES, EVEN ABOVE PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO.

I'VE MET MANY CELEBRITIES AND I'VE MET OR SEEN FIVE U.S.PRESIDENTS.

SOMETIMES I'VE BEEN DISAPPOINTED BY THESE ENCOUNTERS.

I DEEPLY REGRET NEVER MEETING JOHN LENNON.

SOMEHOW I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT MEETING HIM WOULD HAVE BEEN EXCITING, ELECTRIFYING AND UNFORGETTABLE.

BUT NEVER DISAPPOINTING.

THIS GUY WAS A FORCE OF NATURE.

HE WAS WILD, UNCHAINED, UNINHIBITED.

HE TOOK DRUGS LIKE THE REST OF US CONSUMED JELLYBEANS.

HE LASHED OUT, BOTH PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY.

AND LIKE ALL OF US, HE OFTEN LATER REGRETTED WHAT HE'D SAID OR DONE.

JOHN WAS ALL OF OUR GREATEST LOVES.

THAT SPECIAL BOYFRIEND OR GIRLFRIEND WE'LL NEVER FORGET.

AND AS WITH ALL THE TRULY GREATS, WE ALL LIVED THROUGH HIM VISCERALLY - AT LEAST TO A DEGREE.

I KNOW I DID.

AND I ALWAYS WILL.

November 25, 2016

FLORENCE HENDERSON HAS DIED
- SHE WAS 82

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BRIEF THOUGHTS ABOUT FLORENCE HENDERSON.......

I NEVER LIKED THE BRADY BUNCH, I NEVER ONCE LAUGHED AT IT OR THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.

I THINK THE ONLY EPISODE I EVER WATCHED WAS THE ONE WHERE THE HOT CHEERLEADER DATES GREG- AND THAT WAS ONLY BECAUSE THE CHEERLEADER WEARS A SKIMPY BIKINI IN ONE SCENE (MAN, I LOVED THAT SCENE.)

BUT FLORENCE HENDERSON SEEMED LIKE THE NICEST LADY.

I NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING FLORENCE- OR EVEN SEEING HER IN PERSON.

BUT THERE IS NO DENYING HER ICONIC STATUS OR THE SHOW'S.

THE BRADY BUNCH BROUGHT JOY AND HAPPINESS TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THE WORLD OVER.

I GUESS MRS. BRADY WAS THE MOM EVERYONE WANTED TO HAVE.

I WISH FLORENCE HENDERSON A HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL JOURNEY.

SHE BROUGHT SOMETHING VERY NICE INTO THE WORLD- AND MAYBE THAT'S THE BEST EPITAPH OF ALL.

 

October 30, 2016

Reunited - and it feels so good!

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The last day at Chiller gave Eddie a chance to make the rounds, and to say "hi" to some old friends - here he is with his I Wanna Hold Your Hand co-star Nancy Allen.

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She saw him walking up and called out "Eddieeee!"

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and then a big hug.


October 29, 2016

Day 2 at Chiller

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Pictured above (L-R): Sal Sirchia, EddieLaura "The Lady in Red" Madsen, and guitar legend Godfrey Townsend.

Eddie is having a blast at the Chiller Theatre Expo - Did you take a picture with Eddie at Chiller? Email it to us at:

Info@EddieDeezen.com

and maybe you'll see it right here!

October 12, 2016

EDDIE RETURNS TO CHILLER

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Come see Eddie in New Jersey at the Chiller Theatre Expo!

OCTOBER 28, 29 & 30

Eddie will be appearing with dozens of stars - including
Nancy Allen - his co-star in I Wanna Hold Your Hand

Click HERE for more information

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