A Toast to McGee


This past May was Travis McGee’s 50th birthday. The Deep Blue Good-by appeared as a paperback original about six months after JFK was assassinated. (In fact, JDM had intended to name his hero “Dallas,” but changed his mind after 11-22-63.)

My plan was to find a watering hole on the water somewhere around the Twin Cities in May, and there toast Travis’s 50th. Well, May was wet and cold; and June got away from us entirely. So, finally, earlier this week, I was able to coordinate schedules with Sue and two friends (one of whom is also a Travis fan). We decided on one of the area’s oldest waterside eateries, Lord Fletcher’s on Lake Minnetonka.

There turned out to be a couple of holes in our scheme, however, relating to the martinis we intended to toast with. First, Fletcher’s  pours neither Plymouth nor Boodles (see Kevin Comer’s excellent post just below). Second, they serve their  mixed drinks not in glass. So, you see above what we had to settle for–$9 Tanqueray martinis in plastic.

Obviously, there was no satisfying clink-clink-clink, as I said the toast: To Travis McGee, fifty more years at least! But it was a sincere and hearty toast, at approximately the right time in approximately the right place.

The post-toast McGee discussion focused mainly on who should play our knight in tarnished armor in the prospective movie. Liam Neeson, we decided, was a bit too old. I confessed to being partial to Josh Brolin. One friend rather liked Chris Evans and the other Chris Hemsworth. Sue had no opinions one way or another. We all agreed that DiCaprio dropping out was a good thing. Trav needs to be a big, robust guy.

If any of you regulars have raised a glass (hopefully not plastic) to our hero, be sure to leave a comment here on your toast to McGee.


3 thoughts on “A Toast to McGee

  1. Very cute. My wife’s cocktail of choice is Tanqueray & soda. Despite waxing poetic about gin, it is too much for me, although I would venture to take a sip to join your toast.

    I just began rereading Blue in my self-satisfying quest for material, and it is brilliant. JDM paints a completely engaging — even enchanting — portrait of McGee in the first 3 chapters and it gets better from there. There is no reason this shouldn’t hold up for another 50 years.

  2. The Duke of Wellington’s first toast of an evening was always “To absent friends.” A sentiment which I am sure Travis would heartily endorse.

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