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The Harpooning of Malcolm Pray



John Margenot, Ted Yudain and Fall Guy Malcolm Pray

photograph by bob capazzo

The mission of the Harpoon Club has always been to preserve the sense of humor of the citizens of Greenwich. So, it came as a surprise to many that this year’s Fall Guy at its annual roast was none other than the supposedly humorless Malcolm Pray. After much debate among the so-called Dirty Eleven, the committee charged with choosing each year’s victim, they approached Malcolm and asked, “Is the rumor that you have no sense of humor true?” “Oh, I have a sense a humor,” declared Malcolm. “It’s just that I don’t think many things are funny.”

As it turned out, Malcolm was meat for one of the Harpoon Club’s more outrageously funny evenings. It was immediately obvious that he was not only in the spirit of the evening, but he also had prepared well for it. Nudged by the pointy end of Ted Yudain’s harpoon, he made his grand entrance in top hat, white tie and tails, driving a Styrofoam cutout of his trademark Delahaye roadster.  

From the beginning it was no holds barred as harpooners Steve Walko, Ed Dedakis and David Hopper relentlessly poked and prodded at the Fall Guy’s soft underbelly.  Speaking of Malcolm’s well-known generous support of the Republican Party, weatherman Bill Evans claimed that GOP really stands for Good Old Pray!

Nor were his days as bon vivant bachelor between marriages off limits, as his old friend Walter Stratton alluded to some of Malcolm’s previously unrecorded peccadillos.

It was all in good fun, and after his impressive rebuttal that marked the official close of the evening, Malcolm had arranged a special surprise: A trio of gorgeous USO gals marched in to sing the theme songs of each of the services. Whatever complaints there were over women breaking into this all-male hall of infamy were very muted.

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