I don't know what it is when I put together these lists, but my hit numbers and
e-mail and blog responses increase dramatically. I guess I've tapped into a fairly rich vein.
"The Jackie Gleason Show"
The original variety show, where they opened with a wailing, bombastic version of
It perfectly suited it's bombastic host, and got you in the mood to see the June Taylor Dancers.
This is not to be confused with the theme of "The Honeymooners."
Both were accompanied visually by fireworks.
Much more suitable for the variety show.
Totally out of place for "The Honeymooners", which did not make the list.
Nothing bombastic here. It was the ultimate in serenity.
Extremely classy and well done.
To this day, when I pick up my keys, and even slightly rattle them, my mind goes
right to the "Captain Kangaroo" theme dong.
Loved the Captain.
"I've Got A Secret"
The original theme, which was Leroy Anderson's "Plink, Plank, Plunk", and consisted
of violinists plucking at their instruments in a very charming way.
How tasteful for anyone to do anything by Leroy Anderson.
He was most well-known for his composition of "Sleigh Ride",
the Christmas perennial.
More will be heard from Leroy Anderson before I'm through.
"The Early Show, The Late Show, and The Late,Late Show"
These may have only aired in New York on WCBS-TV. I'm not sure.
They all used Leroy Anderson's "The Syncopated Clock"
I told you more would be heard from Leroy Anderson.
An early 60's low-key sitcom, nearly totally forgotten today.
It was very well done.
Jackie Cooper played a navy doctor.
It had a touch of realism that was rare for it's time.
The theme music was a jazz version of "The Sailor's Hornpipe".
Very catchy, and very effective.
More next time.
My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel,"Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
You can search by typing in my name, Cindy Williams, Laverne & 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 paperback, "Mark Rothman's Essays" is still available for people without Kindle.
I have many readings and signings remaining, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one.
If you'd like one, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne & Shirley Movie" screenplay 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 email@example.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."