My Dad's lifelong best friend is the actor Samuel L. Jackson (they grew up in Chattanooga together and have been best friends since 5th grade). My Dad, who was an alcohol and drug counselor, got Sam off crack and cocaine. My Dad is the major reason any of us have seen Sam in any movie from Jungle Fever on, in which he played a crack head and won a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Supporting Actor, which they invented for his role that year. During the cleaning-up period, he stayed at our house for over a month. I address him as "Uncle Sam" and have traveled to visit he and his wife, LaTonya Richardson, a few times on my own.