This week, we all lost someone very close to our heart. Edgar Stiles, or “Nugget” as we used to call him back in college, was a dedicated CTU worker, and loving beta fish breeder and of course a collector of 1957 Vintage Crochet Ruffled Doilies.
I’ve known Nugget since Mrs. Blunck’s advanced typing class in the 5th grade, (or for our Canadian readers, grade five). Believe it or not, Eddie wasn’t always the out going extrovert he was in his adult life. He used to be socially awkward. I know…I know! I wouldn’t believe it either if I hadn’t witnessed it first hand. One summer, this would have been back in high school, we both took a job working at Ol’ Man Galini’s Pizza and Pasta right off the expressway. I was in working out front, but Nugget was kept near the side by the window tossing the dough up in the air and catching it. One day, Morales Carzon came in with her friends. Quick back-story, Nugget had had a crush on her for years but always got flustered when she was around. So she comes in and sits right by his station, and he was so distracted by her, when he threw up the dough, it landed on his head. So there he stood, with is white uniform, a little overweight, wearing his bakers hat, and now he has all this dough all over him. Oh it was sooo zany. Giani the manager actually managed to
get a photo of it. That was typical of Nugget back then.
It actually had a little bit of a scary ending, he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see anything with the dough on his head, he tripped onto the floor, and when he pulled the dough off his head, his mouth was bleeding. Turned out he bit off the tip of his tongue. Most people never really noticed but he did have a slight lisp after that. I think you could only tell if you were a close friend of Eddies.
But letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s face it, who wasn’t a close friend of that cuddly bastard. I’d like to personally thank all of you for coming to TvGasm and remembering Edgar “Nugget” Stiles today. His family is a mess after the loss of their matriarch last year due to a sudden and unexpected nuclear fallout and now the natural causes death induced by the nerve gas Nugget inhaled. It has been a trying time for them and appreciates all your love and support.
I don’t think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a lone in having years of good memories with and about Nugget. I’d like to invite each of you to share your special memories old or new of time you had with Edgar. I think when these stories come together, we will all have a better understanding of who Edgar Stiles was, and his family will see how much joy he brought to the world.
Please leave your memories below.
Nugget in ROTC 1989 and Post Navy in 1997