Sunday, August 19, 2007
THIRTY YEARS WITHOUT GROUCHO
On this day, thirty years ago, the world lost one of the greatest comedians of all time: the one and only Groucho Marx. Groucho appeared once at Carnegie Hall and absolutely slew the audience. It was there he told the "Samson and Delliah"/ Cecil B. De Mille story that I've told here and yet that was but one of the many classics he told that fateful night. He also told that evening that he was coming out of dinner and had just lit up up a $250 cigar when a Roman catholic priest recognized him, slapped him on the back and said "Groucho Marx", said the priest, "God and I would like to thank you for all the laughter you have brought into the world". The cigar went flying out of Groucho's mouth where it landed on the ground to the great one's utter dismay! Groucho watched as some oblivious fat woman passing by and stomped on it not even knowing what she had stepped on. Groucho looked up at the priest and said "And I'd like to thank you and God for all the joy in the world that you've taken away!" God Bless you, Groucho Marx, wherever you are! I can bet you are still making the angels laugh-- and God knows they need it! I see also that the new Grease opens on Broadway tonight. The original starring Barry Boatswick and Adrianne Barbeau opened on Valentine's Day in 1972. This was the same year that Paul McCartney debuted with his new band called "Wings". Sad to note the passing of Stanley Myron Handelman last week of a heart attack. I used to watch him a lot on the old Dean Martin Show and "The Tonight Show". My sympathy and prayers go to the families of those brave fire fighters who lost their lives fighting that seven alarm fire right near the World Trade Center in NYC last week. That sad street has had more tragedy that it can bear.
well it's Sunday, but I neeed to go to work today-- so off I go!