Ed Koch lived around the corner and he often shopped in the supermarket.
Whenever I would see him I would say hi and then I would scoot upstairs and tell my students that Frank Perdue was down there checking on his chickens. They always believed me and ran down to gawk. I hope Ed appreciated the attention I gave him.
Frank was dead at the time. This is from his NY Times Obit
It helped that he looked like a chicken. And Ross Perot. And Edward I. Koch, the mayor of New York. His bald head, droopy-eyed expression and prominent nose made people smile and feel comfortable with him. They tended to trust him more than they did slick-looking announcers.
Now they are both dead,