Mr. T

Marisa Demarco
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Mr. T
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When I was a kid, my pops would wake me up early in the morning, maybe 4 a.m., and much to my mother’s dismay, we would watch reruns of “The A-Team.” (See episodes here.) Then we would go to the truck stop, where I would eat French fries for breakfast.

Mr. T (or B.A. Baracus, as he was known in the show) was my favorite.

So I was thrilled to get a text from a friend the other night telling me that, according to
his Wikipedia entry, Mr. T lives on a 20-acre ranch in the Sandia foothills—in Albuquerque!

Our city just gained serious awesome points for me (if it’s true, that is). This morning I started learning more about Mr. T, who, though a childhood hero, I’ve never really considered beyond his work in one of the best shows ever beamed to your TV.

Things I didn’t know about Mr. T:

-He got his hairstyle from a
National Geographic article on the Mandinka warrior.

-All those crazy gold chains he wore were worth about $300,000. Sometimes he slept in them.

-Some jerk at a news conference asked him if he was as dumb as his “A-Team” character, and he said, “It takes a smart guy to play dumb.”

stopped wearing all that gold after Hurricane Katrina.

-He once brought a kid
out of a coma.

-He also did a commercial for one of those places that does
payday loans and title loans, which is jenky. You’ve probably seen it.

more stuff about Mr. T, in case you want to keep thinking about him (I do!).

Anyway, maybe you already knew all this, but what the hell. A salute to Mr. T!
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