Showing posts from January, 2012

centerfieldmaz Remembers actor Robert Hegyes (Welcome Back Kotter's -Juan Epstein)

Today, centerfieldmaz  remembers Robert Hegyes who portrayed the character Juan Epstein, in one my favorite classic sitcoms Welcome Back Kotter. Robert Hegyes was born May 7th, 1951 in Perth Amboy,New Jersey. He grew up in nearby Metuchen, NJ, attending high school there, then going to Rowan University at Glassboro, NJ. He began acting in a Greewich Village Theater group as a teen & got the part for Welcome Back Kotter at age 23 in 1974. In reality Hegyes was of Italian / Hungarian decent although he portrayed the Puerto Rican / Jewish "Sweat Hog" Juan Epstein. On "Welcome Back Kotter"- Juan was one of many Epstein brothers & sisters. He usually wore cut off denim vests & sported a high afro. He was the tough guy of the sweat hogs, walking around with a bad ass strut & a red bandanna hangin out of his pocket. He was voted  "most likley to take a life" at Brooklyn's Buchanan high school by his classmates. The actor Hedgyes was a fa

Giants Beat the Packers In Green Bay Once Again: Advance to NFC Championship Game

Today It's all about the football New York Giants. Another upset to another team that was suppose to be so good. The Giants continue to roll & beat whoever gets in their way, especially when it counts. The Giants went North to Green Bay a place that has become very comfortable for them to play in, winning their second playoff game there in four years. The defense removed Aaron Rogers silly imaginary belt & sacked him four times while taking the ball away another four times.  There were Fumble recoveries by Antrel Rolle,  Deon Grant (who also had a late 4th Quarter intercetion) when he recovered the ball after Osi Umenyiora  swatted it away from Rodgers, and then Chase Blackburns 4th Quarter recovery after after Kenny Phillips yanked it away from  Ryan Grant. That led to a Mario Manningham TD. Now maybe everyone realizes  how good Eli Manning is & that he is one of the NFL's elite quaterbacks. He completed 21 of 33 passes with three touch downs & his pers