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Suns introduce 'Earl' bobblehead in honor of TV show creator

August 10, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - Of all the things he has done right in life, "My Name Is Earl" creator Greg Garcia puts attending college in Western Maryland high on his list.

That was the message Wednesday when the Hagerstown Suns and Frostburg State University officials unveiled a bobblehead doll likeness of Earl, the hapless longtime loser created by Garcia for NBC.

The first 1,000 fans at the Suns' Sept. 3 game against the Delmarva Shorebirds will take home dolls of the flannel-clad, one-eyebrow-raised Earl, officials said.

"This is the kind of stuff you dream about when you hop in your car with everything you own and drive out of Frostburg heading to Hollywood to become a T.V. writer," Garcia said in a statement read by C.J. Johnson, senior director of marketing for the Suns.

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FSU President Jonathan C. Gibralter said Garcia is "one of our most distinguished alumni. A 1992 FSU graduate, Garcia won a trip to California after submitting a script in a Warner Bros. writing for television class at college, he said.

Garcia, an Arlington, Va., native who also is executive producer of "Family Guy," was not at the unveiling of the Earl bobblehead.

"My Name Is Earl" depicts the misadventures of Earl, who wins the lottery, loses the ticket and decides to clean up his life by righting all the wrongs he has committed.

To improve his karma, Earl begins crossing off items from a list of past misbehavior that includes snatching Halloween candy from a child, sucking gas out of a hose and stealing a cooler containing a donated kidney.

In its first year, the show, which often makes references to Western Maryland, was nominated for Golden Globe and Writer's Guild of America awards. But, Garcia said in a statement, the bobblehead is better.

"I'd take a Hagerstown Suns bobblehead over an Emmy any day of the week," Johnson read from Garcia's statement.

Fans with lists of the 10 mistakes they would most like to fix - Earl's note of miscues is much longer - can compete in a contest sponsored by the Suns. The team also will sponsor an Earl look-alike competition at the game, which starts at 5:35 p.m., Johnson said.

FSU alumni can meet Gibralter, who took over his duties as president earlier this month, during a picnic from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., said Liz Medcalf, FSU associate director of news and media services.

The game also features what the Suns' Web site bills as the "world's largest game of 'Duck, Duck, Goose.'"

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