My grandmother’s ambition for our family band to go on Lawrence Welk

I’m trying to fathom why my grandmother Margaret Tillotson loved Lawrence Welk so much. What little I know is that they were born around the same time; came from small towns in Nebraska and North Dakota, respectively; and were Catholic, although she was Irish Catholic and he was German and in her mind there was a big … More My grandmother’s ambition for our family band to go on Lawrence Welk

Edward Herrmann provided a cerebral, classy quality to Dodge ads

I find myself being asked about Edward Herrmann, who died on Dec. 31. Besides his extensive acting credits, people forget that Edward was spokesman for Dodge in the 1990s–the long-running, successful campaign with the tagline “The New Dodge. We’ve changed everything.” Fifteen years ago this month, when I was a copywriter for Dodge’s marketing communications agency, I went to Salisbury, … More Edward Herrmann provided a cerebral, classy quality to Dodge ads

Falling down, shocked, after Bob Hope biography by Arthur Marx

“The Secret Life of Bob Hope,” by Arthur Marx, son of Groucho, is an often tabloid-style exposé published in 1993, telling the story of the dominant American mid-century comedian. The chief distinction is dishing that Hope liked women and had lots of adventures. Meanwhile, he presented himself as a devoted father and husband. OK, I’m truly shocked! Shocked! … More Falling down, shocked, after Bob Hope biography by Arthur Marx

Reopening the case of Flomaster pens from my Days of cue card art

Battle Tested: I’ve kept these pens with me ever since 1982, when I left the service of the late, great Barney McNulty, the inventor of cue cards. He employed me for three years in Hollywood. We worked on Bob Hope’s specials, Carol Burnett’s summer series, the CBS telecast of the Rose Parade, and many more shows. A mainstay was “Days of Our Lives.” … More Reopening the case of Flomaster pens from my Days of cue card art

Diane Sawyer’s Lapels

Have you seen Diane Sawyer anchoring “ABC World News?” She took over for the retiring Charlie Gibson on December 21. The next day was her sixty-fourth birthday. (She had been on “Good Morning America.”) On the nightly broadcast, Sawyer has been wearing blazers without a shirt, blouse, tube top, or sweater. A highly distracting triangle of bare bodice plunges right to the bottom of the screen. … More Diane Sawyer’s Lapels