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Phil Silvers, comedy giant, was born on this day in 1911. He was the man who was always “glad to seeya” and we were certainly thrilled to see him. Best known as Master Sgt. Ernie Bilko, Silvers was the embodiment of the comedic con-man. He gave memorable performances in Top Banana, Sgt. Bilko, It’s A […]

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Okay, I went to YouTube this morning because I was searching for some specific clip. Not surprisingly, I’ve already forgotten what it was. However, those of you who are frequent visitors to YouTube know that when you enter the site, it has a variety of clips set up and ready to go based on your viewing […]

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Orson Welles would have been 100 years old today. That’s a strange line to write because Welles always seemed to be 100 years old, even when he was 20 or 30 or 50 years of age. There was a  timeless quality about Welles. It was as if he was the “first storyteller” and he’d  been […]

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s start the proceedings off with some memorable “Pats.” Here’s a favorite of the Italians of the 1960s and 1970s, Pat Cooper. I always wanted to like Pat Cooper because so many others seemed to enjoy him so much but his humor just never did it for me. Even […]

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For many of you younger readers out there, you may recognize “The Merv Griffin Show” theme song from the “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer supposedly rescues Merv Griffin’s old set from a New York dumpster. For me, it’s a song I remember very well from my younger days. I was a talk show junkie. I watched […]

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