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Monthly Archives: February 2016

Dinah Shore was a favorite of my mom. She was, no doubt, a favorite of more than a few dads in America as well. I know some were a little turned off by her sugary sweetness but, the truth is, that’s who she was! I’ve known two people who worked with Dinah Shore and knew her […]

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For Baby-Boomers and their parents, all you needed to say was “The Great One” and they instantly knew you were talking about Jackie Gleason. Physically, comedically and even mythically, he was larger than life. He’s best remembered now as Ralph Kramden, the hapless dreamer/bus driver from Brooklyn, New York, who, along with his loyal wife […]

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Tom Dreesen might be the greatest comedian you’ve never heard of. If you’re old enough, like I am, you may remember him from his many appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” and both of David Letterman’s late night endeavors, “Late Night with David Letterman” and “The Late Show.” He is what I like […]

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This past weekend, the Screen Actor’s Guild honored Carol Burnett with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The SAG Lifetime Achievement Award seems to me to be one of the more meaningful of the myriad prizes that Hollywood enjoys giving themselves. A quick perusal of the past 50+ years of winners boasts some of the best and […]

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For those of you who may not been aware of it, actor/comedian Craig Ferguson hosted a late night talk show following David Letterman on CBS for about 10 years. As is possible with that 12:30 a.m. time slot, the host can sometimes get to feel like no one knows he’s there. The flip side of the arrangement is […]