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A Tax Day Salute to TV’s Greatest Accountant: Norm!

Normie! George Wendt‘s Cheers accountant may not have been the greatest at his job – no one who spent that much time downing beer and cracking wise with Sam, Cliffie and the rest of the Cheers gang could have been getting much work done – but he’s still the best account in primetime history.

And, in honor of Tax Day, a round-up of all things Norm Peterson:

1. Normisms. He routinely had some of the show’s best lines, but the all-time best still has to be this little exchange with Woody:

WOODY: “How’s it going Mr. Peterson?”
NORM: “It’s a dog eat dog world, Woody, and I’m wearing Milk Bone underwear!”

Five more great ones:
“What’s the story, Norm?”
“Boy meets beer. Boy drinks beer. Boy meets another beer.”

“What’s going on, Mr. Peterson?”
“The question is what’s going in Mr. Peterson. A beer please, Woody.”

“Whatcha up to Norm?”
“My ideal weight if I were eleven feet tall.”

“What’s the story, Mr. Peterson?”
“The Bobbsey twins go to the brewery. Let’s cut to the happy ending.”

“What would you say to a beer, Normie?”
“Daddy wuvs you.”

And you can wear your Normie wuv proudly with a Normisms t-shirt, and sip your own libations from a Norm mug.

2. Norm’s real name: Hillary Norman Peterson. He was named after his grandfather.

3. Wendt played the character on Cheers for the show’s entire 11-season run, but Normie has also popped up in episodes of St. Elsewhere, Frasier, Wings, Family Guy, The Simpsons and the short-lived Cheers spin-off The Tortellis.

4. Norm’s appetite for food was just as big as his appetite for beer. His favorite restaurant: The Hungry Heifer, where his favorite meal was the Feeding Frenzy.

5. Normie, or rather Wendt’s, Hollywood connections: His nephew is Saturday Night Live funny guy Jason Sudekis. And Wendt’s wife, Bernadette Birkett, provided the voice of Vera, Norm’s wife, who was heard on Cheers, but whose face was only shown as it was covered with a pie.

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