By Associated Press He was my sister's father-in-law for about a decade. He claimed that he had never seen any of the Dan Akroyd parodies of himself, and I don't believe that he realized that his resurgence as a guest speaker, particularly addressing college-aged audiences in the 1980s and early 1990s, was fueled by that notoriety. In a related vein, I sometimes wonder if William F Buckley had any idea how obscure he himself would have been to most of the public if David Frye had not imitated him so often and so well on the Ed Sullivan Show. Kilpatrick was offered a part in an Airplane sequel in which he would have basically parodied himself, boisterously butting into some other passengers conversation, maybe like Marshall McLuhan did in Annie Hall, but he was not interested. Little did he realize that if he had, his exposure to another generation would have been worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to himself in future earnings.