JOHN WOOD would like to live a normal life, but it's not going to be easy for him anymore. Take, for example, what he faces tomorrow: a luncheon in his honor and a day in his name.
The city sanitation worker, whose personality inspired producers Fox TV's sitcom 'Roc,' will be honored by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke during a brown-bag luncheon at the Abel Wolman Municipal Building on Holliday and Lexington streets. The mayor will declare John Wood Day and will present to Wood a proclamation from the city.
"I'm glad, I'm proud," said Wood. "It's something I can tell my grandchildren and it's something they can tell their grandchildren."
The show about the life of a hard-working trash collector and his family is scheduled to premiere Sunday. It features Charles Dutton, the Baltimore actor who was the Tony-nominated star of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Piano Lesson."
"I'm still the same person," said Wood of his recent encounter with fame. "Some people, it gets to their head and they think they're higher or something. But I'm still the same."
Wood just returned from a whirlwind tour of Hollywood, an all-expense paid trip to meet the show's cast and crew. He and his wife, Hattie, sat through a taping of the show. "They had things just patterned like it was me," said Wood. "The same things that he [the lead character] said, I said. They'll be keeping in touch with me."