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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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It is approximately 8:00 p.m. on Broadway in the bustling metropolis of New York City. The year is 1926 . . . or is it 1946? No one knows for sure. As theater patrons hustle to their evening’s entertainment, dozens of men dressed in tuxedos, carrying instrument caes larger than themselves, begin to assemble on […]

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