The Birdman of 'Deadliest Catch': Thom Beers Remembers Capt. Phil Harris
Click here for a story I posted yesterday on Zap2it.com in which "Deadliest Catch" producer Thom Beers talks about the late Capt. Phil Harris (seen below with son Josh) and the plans for the Discovery Channel show, which returns in April, and the crew of his Bering Sea crab-fishing boat, the F/V Cornelia Marie (seen above, other son Jake is in the red cap).
After you're done with that, come back here and look below for an extra tidbit from Beers...
"Phil had his passions," said Beers, "his birdhouses and his motorcycles."
"He built birdhouses," said Beers, "really exquisite houses that it took him a long time to make. Yeah, that was his strange little hobby. It's a wonderful little hobby. That's what he was. If you look, the guy was very successful. He went through a couple of marriages. He didn't have much of a high lifestyle. He lived on a nice piece of property, but it was kind of a mobile home.
"He'd say, 'This is my life, and I'm going to live it.' And that's what he did. I respect that. None of this changed him.
"You know what's my favorite story? Remember the crab party at my house a couple of years ago? Phil shows up, and there's great guys there, hosts of other shows. ('Survivor' host Jeff) Probst is there. And the women, they all wanted to meet Phil.
"It wasn't like they all wanted to jump his bones, but the guy, he could be your ultimate companion for the rest of your life. He's almost like a soap-opera star. They got to know him so well, they just wanted to be with him."
UPDATE: "Deadliest Catch" narrator and past "After the Catch" host, Mike Rowe of "Dirty Jobs," pays tribute to Harris.