I first met Allan in 1971 over a cup of coffee in an old fashioned diner in Manhattan. He, Doug Jeffers and myself were going to be the future icons of the VO industry, or, so we thought and we had so much to talk about along with our contagious enthusiasm. Allan was so generous with his wit, sensitivity and kindness and I shared the fact that there was an agency looking for talent that I had heard about and would call on his behalf to get him started. In those days there were limitations on talent from Canada working in the USA, but, what the heck, he needed a push and I was able to do the pushing.
Eventually, Allan did become an icon in the industry, but he was so much more. He was a dear friend to me.
Fast forward. Having beaten two cancers of my own, a quadruple bypass and many other medical adversities in the last few years I had recovered enough to visit him at the assisted living home he was staying in downtown. I brought him a "dozen" bagels and we laughed our heads off wondering how we got so old so fast. He, like myself faced many health adversities through the 45 years of our friendship, but, we always found time to laugh.
After an operation I had in Jan 2017 the doorman in my building called up to say that Mr. Allan Blevis was here and could he come up. I told him he'd better come up or I'll find a broom and fly down and get him myself. Well, that was our last get together in this world and I think we both knew it.
So, to conclude I wll say this to you, Bear. Hold a place in the studio of the Gods for me. We'll laugh again...I promise!!! Oh, I'll bring the bagels.