Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 01:09:48 -0000
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From: "DKV-J Consultancies (Totalise)"
Subject: Re: OT: RIP: Many absent friends this year...
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Humour is a different emotion to each of us Stan, and I think it's
probably likely that there are many people on SAS/L who did appreciate
Dudley's work, just as you don't. It would however be a shame to deride
the sensitivities of those who did value his work, and will miss his
passing. Sadly, his work has been non existent since 1999, just as
Spike Milligan had done little in public for many years.
I feel sad for the passing of Milton Berle, although the only film of
his I can recall at all clearly is 'mad, mad world', where I feel every
actor in the film was gracefully and effortlessly upstaged by Spencer
Tracy. Not being the best is not a putdown for any other actor, as the
Academy awards prove year after year. In any case, I know of Milton's
success as a comedian, and feel that I have not had the opportunity to
appreciate his comedy as much as others.
We are getting older, as someone remarked, and I am surprised to realise
how much time has passed since some of my favourite performances were
first recorded. My set of 6 classic Jack Benny episodes were recorded
some forty years ago, as the youthfulness of Kirk Douglas and Fred
MacMurray testify in that wonderful jam session they played together.
If I could find any more, I'd treasure them, on PAL or NTSC. The
average viewer may not know it, but he truly was a talented fiddler and
made his early living on Vaudeville that way, as that horrid repetitive
Kreutzer arpeggio study that became his theme suggests.
Every Christmas my family toast absent friends. Each year someone else
is foremost in our minds, and sometimes we have different people in
mind, but we share an appreciation of each other's sense of loss. I
think there might be just such a toast at a certain SUGI dinner this
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2002 09:34:05 -0700
From: "Stanley A. Gorodenski" <vvgsgor@DE.STATE.AZ.US>
Subject: Re: OT: RIP: Milton Berle
I'm afraid I do not feel the same about Dudley Moore as some. I feel he
missed his calling by not playing the parts of taxi drivers, or two bit
grubby chislers in large cities. It's anyone's opinion, and this is
Milton Berle, though, was really great, in the same class as Sid Ceaser
(who is still living, I believe) and Jack Benny.