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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

I've Had Better Weekends.

Okay, I'll get right to the trivia question.
Nobody came close to getting the entire answer.
There were some nice tries, and there were lots of things that could be looked up.
Only Nick had one set of correct answers. He identified "Sheldrake" as the last name used in three Wilder movies: "Sunset Boulevard","Kiss Me, Stupid", and "The Apartment".
The other two answers are as follows:
In "Double Indemnity" Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson worked for the Pacific All-Risk Insurance Co.
In "Ace In the Hole" (a.k.a.) "The Big Carnival", Frank Cady, the bald guy from "Petticoat Junction" and "Green Acres", was
interviewed by a local reporter. When asked where he worked, he replied "The Pacific All-Risk Insurance Company.
And last, the theme music for "Stalag 17" is "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".
In "The Fortune Cookie", Jack Lemmon's wife lands a local TV singing commercial for Lindenbaum's Linoleum.
It's to the tune of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home".
So that's that.
The rest of the weekend was a lot more ominous.
Saturday morning, I had a stroke.
My speech is slurred, and my walking is almost non-existent.
I may have to take a vacation from the blog.
I'll try to keep you posted. In the interim feel free to e-mail me.


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".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have 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 it.
They can be downloaded on IPhone, IPad, or Blackberry.
The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not e-books.
I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is that you can't sign one.
But they are available for people without Kindle.
If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at
And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.



  1. Yikes, dude. Feel better.

  2. Phil In PhoenixMay 5, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Hang in there, Mark! Hope you have a speedy and full recovery!

  3. Based on family experience:

    If you still have speech, however slurred, that's a plus for you.
    Therapy will take care of that.
    Same with walking.
    Listen to the doctor, take the meds, and come back soon.
    Harlan Ellison can do this at 80, and so can you .
    All the best to you and your family.

  4. Thank you all.
    Mike, all is forgiven.

    1. Thank you. Bless you.

      As a get-well bonus ...

      ... four more Battle-Axes:

      - Hope Summers.
      From Mayberry to Rosemary's Baby.

      - Ethel Griffies.
      From "The Birds" diner scene, and a few Charlie Chans from years before.

      - Virginia Gregg.
      Jack Webb's resident harpy going back to the '50s.

      ... and last, but not least ...
      - Madame Spivy.
      "Take a good look in the mirror, Maish - and say goodbye to what you see."

      My idea of a get-well card.
      So get well already!

  5. Mark:

    I can't remember the particulars, but one day, not so long ago, I called up your blog on a day when I was feeling really, really down about something.

    And you made me feel a lot better.

    So I especially hope that you will feel better soon.

    In the meantime, take it easy.

  6. Mark:
    Good luck. I'm rooting for you. (I'll bet you get a play out of this.)
    Lots of love,

  7. Oh, wow, I wish you a speedy recovery. That you posted this is, I hope, promising.

  8. Hope you are better soon. I went through the same thing.

  9. It's over a year later and I'm reading posts I missed. This is terrible news and I'm so sorry. I hope you feel better. I don't think you ever see my messages as I put them on posts long old, but I really hope you are doing well. Sarah

  10. You could be qualified for a complimentary Apple iPhone 7.



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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 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."