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Ron Glass died over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the age of 71. He was best known for his luminous portrayal of Det. Sgt. Ron Harris of the 12th Precinct on the classic 1970s/1980s ABC sitcom, Barney Miller. He was also known for his role in the Sci-fi cult hit Firefly as Shepherd Book. Glass […]

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The answer to the above question is, “No, he can’t.” However, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady apparently can. They are listed as the directors of the PBS American Masters special from last night entitled, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of Myself. I just finished watching the program and it was, surprisingly, a disappointment. I say surprisingly because […]

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I believe that I have stated on this site before that unlike millions in America, I never really loved Lucy. Personally, I always thought that Carol Burnett (someone who DOES love Lucy) was far funnier. But that makes no difference right now. There is one particular “I Love Lucy” episode for which I have a […]

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I just watched a movie on You Tube called “Poor Devil” from 1973 starring Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Klugman. It was actually a made-for-TV movie which apparently was supposed to be a potential pilot for a TV series. Needless to say, it was never developed into a series. You can watch the movie for […]

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I always wished I had been born sooner than I was. I loved the culture, the music, the movies of my parent’s generation. They were part of what is now called “The Greatest Generation.” And while I agree, in many ways, that they were a great generation, I’m not crazy about how or why that […]

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