Tag Archives: sitcom stars

Good Times to Future Cop, the amazing journey of John Amos… The robots of law enforcement… My defense of Norman Lear… And so much more

I don’t know that it changes anything, but I wonder if the folks behind the statue of Robocop, which will soon be staring-down the citizens of Detroit, know that he wasn’t the first robot to wear a badge… No, a full decade before officer Alex Murphy became Robocop, there was officer Gregory Yoyonivich, breaking down […]

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From the erection of the Bronze Fonzie to the closing of the Pabst plant…. Your virtual tour of old Milwaukee

The family and I spent this past weekend in Milwaukee with my old high school friend Dan, his wife Jen, and their two daughters. Here’s some of what I learned. The history of Milwaukee started when the white people showed up… OK, maybe that’s unfair. Maybe there are places around town where would could hear […]

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On once making eye contact with Sherman Hemsley, or some other short, balding, black man drinking wine

When I heard yesterday that Sherman Hemsley had died at the age of 74, I was reminded of an afternoon several years ago in Ann Arbor spent staring over a beer at a man I believed to the iconic character actor. He was sitting a few seats away, drinking by himself. I think I was […]

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James Burrows on Andy Kaufman

It occurred to me tonight, as I was standing on the stage at the Dreamland Theater, rehearsing Friday’s show, that it had been a while since I’d posted anything on the site about Andy Kaufman. And, here, to remedy that, is a short interview with television director James Burrows, on that infamous day when Andy […]

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“McKenzie baby you blew your mind”

This afternoon, when I heard that MacKenzie Phillips was preparing to drop some kind of bombshell about her her childhood on Oprah, I was reminded of an old song by Redd Kross called McKensie. Well, I’ve been looking around the house for my old copy of Neurotica for about an hour now, and it’s nowhere […]

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