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Friday, July 13, 2018

My Les Crane Story.

For those of you who don't remember, or never knew, Les Crane went head-to-head as ABC's Late
Night host opposite Johnny Carson in the mid-sixties.
He lasted 2 years.
He had a certain charm, and was extremely good-looking.
His gimmick was a studio audience in the round, and Les used a shotgun microphone to take questions from audience members.
It was very effective.
But his ratings were never more than anemic.
Everyone watched and loved Johnny.
And Les was soon enough left in the dust.
Virtually never to be heard from again.
He had a hit record, "Desiderata"
After that, nothing.
As the talk-show wound down, ABC stopped paying for Crane's limo service.
How do I know this?
My father was his limo driver.
And was he was left holding the bag when Crane didn't pay his limo bill.
So what do you do, if you're my father, you hire a collection agency to recover what you can.
In this case, $1500.
My father did not hesitate to sic-the-goons on Les..
So the goons were sic'ed on Les, and after crying "foul" to my father, and Les whipped out his
checkbook.  The goons took their cut. And that was that.
By the way, Les was married to Tina Louise at the time.
Yes, THAT Tina Louise.
They were divorced shortly thereafter.
And Les was officially a deadbeat.
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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Recent Celebrity Deaths.

Since I left the hospital, there are the most significant celebrity deaths that came to my attention---
Nick Meglin-Long time mainstay at Mad magazine.
Kent Mckray--Long time creative partner  of  Michael Landon.
Joe Pintauro- Priest turned playwright.
Steve Ditko-Co-creator of Spider Man.
Ed Schultz-former MSNBC political host.
A rather light turnout for death.  Which is a good thing.

Oh yes....and my favorite writer of the twentieth century----Harlan Ellison.  Devastating.

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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Doppelgangers.

It's a word that I'd heard of, but wasn't quite sure of its meaning.
And for the longest time didn't even think to look it up in  the dictionary.
When I was in the hospital, I was suddenly surrounded with people who spoke Doppelganger-ese.
So just by keeping my eyes and ears open, I learned the in-and-outs of Doppelganger-ism.
A famous person, one who resembles another famous person, is a Doppelganger.
Or an ordinary person who resembles a famous person is a Doppelganger.
The more famous the famous person is, the more combined the stature of the Doppelganger.
I saw a great Doppelganger in Hospital when I went to the rehab gym.
He was always on the bicycle.
He was a dead-ringer for about a 70 year old Orson Welles.
It couldn't have been Orson Welles who had been already dead for over 20 years.
That he could have gotten on the bicycle at all always astounded me.
This was the fat-old-Orson Welles.
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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
along with newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".
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Monday, May 21, 2018

More and More Steve..

If you are me, you can never get enough of Steve Hardy .            
He has 4 different popular shows that he hosts.
I like them all.  
Family Feud----How do you not love the Feud?  And if you love the Feud, how do you know love
Steve Harvey as the host of the Feud.  It's a perfect so over the top. It's perfect.

Little Big Shots----Very talented kids with Steve.  You can't beat it.

Steve--an all purpose variety show not as compelling as the first two, but very watchable nevertheless

Steve--A show that resembles "Maury" and "Jerry Springer" but far more less classy?

Steve----Give him a chance?  At least.
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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
They are all compilations of blog entries and it gets my vote-at have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".
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My books, "Show Runner" and "Show Runner 2" can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store,
are all compilations of blog entries thd it gets my vote-at have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.,
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, or Happy Days.
Check them out.
You don't need a Kindle machine to download them.
Just get the free app from Kindle, and they can be downloaded to an IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at macchus999@comcast.net
And now, there's my reading of my screenplay of my unmade "Laverne and Shirley" movie on "YouTube".
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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at macchus999@aol.com. Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."