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I Fed Half of Hollywood and All I Got Was This T-Shirt

February 26, 2008 4:48 PM

Cleveland’s native son Drew Carey has been giving stuff away on “The Price Is Right” for a handful of months now. But he also gave away food during the Writers Guild of America strike, covering the meals of striking writers during the pickets at Swingers and Bob’s Big Boy in the Los Angeles area.

Writer Elaine Aronson thought that was really sporting of Mr. Carey, and expressed her appreciation and that of other writers by giving him a signed shirt.

Drew Carey's Shirt

Ms. Aronson took in a meal at Bob’s Big Boy a few days before the writers’ big meeting at the Shrine Auditorium in early February and noticed a vast majority of the patrons at the diner were WGA writers.

“I thought it would be really nice to take advantage of having so many people there to get something special signed to send to him. At first I thought maybe a card, but I couldn't find one,” she wrote in an e-mail to Blink.

Ms. Aronson estimates Mr. Carey spent tens of thousands of dollars feeding hungry writers.

“I know some people who went to eat at Bob's or Swingers every day of the strike,” she wrote.

Some notes from the writers on the shirt include, “You’re my big boy,” “Thanks for the strike fuel,” “Like Cleveland, you rock” and “Drew, I ate there and I threw up, so you should get your $8.50 back.”

Mr. Carey did not respond to a request for comment.

Andrew Krukowski

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