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Comedian George Burns was born 121 years ago today. It seems unfathomable to me that I can have so many distinct memories of a guy who was born well over a century ago but that’s what happens if you live to be 100 years old as Burns did – you transcend multiple generations. Like most […]

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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,┬áit has a variety of clips set up and ready to go based on your viewing […]

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Years ago, Frank Sinatra asked the above question in a song written for him by Earl Robinson and Lewis Allen. Briefly, the answer was: The house I live in, a plot of earth, a street, the grocer and the butcher and the people that I meet, the children in the playground and the faces that […]

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Every year at this time for the past three years in a row, I’ve read the book “All My Best Friends” which was written by George Burns and published in 1989. I do this because it’s a book that I find very funny and even comforting in a way. I feel it’s a good way […]

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The other morning I picked up my copy of “Name-Dropping: The Life and Lies of Alan King.” The late comedian’s autobiography was written with Chris Chase and published in 1996. I’ve read the book before and I wasn’t intending on reading the whole book again but once I started, I just couldn’t stop. King was […]

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My friend, Sal Viscuso, was kind enough to send me a copy of Carl Reiner’s new book entitled, “I Remember Me.” It seems, however, as I read the book, that Mr. Reiner doesn’t remember too precisely . . . at least not when it comes to time. First of all, before I get into the […]

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