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"Nor-r-rm!" - Greeting screamed by the local patrons of the Cheers tavern when Norman Peterson, (George Wendt), a portly accountant (later house painter) entered the popular Boston pub on the situation comedy CHEERS/NBC/1982-93.

George Wendt as Norm Peterson - CHEERS
Norm anxiously waits for his beer

After Norm respond "Hello, Everybody", he quickly saddles up to his regular bar stool and downs his favorite beverage...a beer.

When the bartender asked "How's it going, Norm?" Norm would respond with a witty comeback like: "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing Milkbone shorts"; or "I never met a beer, I didn't drink."

Coach Pantusso (Nicholas Colasanto) once asked "How's a beer sound, Norm?" Norm replied, "I dunno, I usually finish them before they get a word in."

The name Norm was intentionally chosen by the show's creators because his character was supposed to represent the "norm." Norm was also the first word spoken by the baby boy of Dr. Frasier Crane's (Kelsey Grammer), a regular at Cheers.  See also "Beer"

TRIVIA NOTE: On the sci-fi adventure STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE/SYN/1993-99, a portly humanoid character called "Morn" sat away the hours in the space station lounge drinking exotic beverages. Morn is an anagram for Norm, George Wendt's character on CHEERS. Norm's real name on the show was Hilary (the name of Wendt's real-life daughter) named for his grandfather.


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