I had the pleasure of picking Lou up at the airport at the last Calgary con. Yes, I feel we're on a first name basis now
He's not deaf, but he's definitely hard of hearing. We had a great talk about his strict protein diet, his crappy knees, the city of Calgary, and what he should charge for his autograph. I think he charged $25 for his signature... but I was trying to talk him down to $20, so you don't have to use 2 bills. But he didn't have any of that, and charged $25. Whatevs.
It was pretty funny when we got to the hotel... I was carrying his bags in, that's right, he didn't carry them, and the first thing he asked the concierge was, "Where's the gym?"
OFFBEAT I laughed my ass off at your story!