Oak Park boy meets Jimmy Fallon at the Polar Plunge


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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

Many possibly walked away from the 14th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge, which benefits Special Olympics Chicago, Sunday morning with wet clothes and chattering teeth. But Longfellow Elementary School fifth grader Lucas Stowe walked away from North Avenue Beach with an autograph from his hero--Jimmy Fallon.

"The Tonight Show" host's venture in to the lake came by way of a challenge.

Back in February, Fallon invited Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel to visit his show. Emanuel replied via Twitter, "Thx for the invite @jimmyfallon. You should toughen up for the big leagues. Do the Chicago Polar Plunge with me and I'll join @FallonTonight."

Not only did Fallon show up, but a host of FalPals (a slang term for Fallon's most devout fans) dressed in neckties also showed up.

Stowe, 10, is possibly as a big a fan as they come. 

Not to worry, his mom, Sandra Arguello, says. He does not stay up to midnight to watch the late-night comedian, but rather catches up with the shows on weekends with his parents.

Arguello said Fallon has inspired her son to want to pursue speech and debate at Julian Middle School as well as becoming a better writer. 

Stowe will even be performing his version of a well-known Fallon skit, "Thank-You Notes," in a talent show at his school.

After meeting Fallon, Stowe told DNAinfo reporter Darryl Holliday that the show host said, "'Hey buddy, hope to see you on the show one day!'"

The day after meeting his TV hero, Stowe's mom says he was wearing is #JimmyFallon T-shirt.

"[Lucas] left feeling that Jimmy Fallon is just as amicable as he appears on TV," Arguello said.

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