05/10/2004: Sad news....
The WaPo informs us that comedian Alan King died yesterday at the age of 76 (registration required at the WaPo site). You just gotta love someone who can come up with a line like this:
He also worked as the opening act for such music stars as Lena Horne, Billy Eckstine, Patti Page and Judy Garland, who he joined in a command performance in London for Queen Elizabeth.Some of my favorite King lines come from the Carnagie Hall concert he gave in the late '80's (I think; it was towards the end of my first marriage) which was televised on HBO (quoting from memory, so accuracy isn't guaranteed, but I think they're close enough for our purposes here):
After that show he was introduced to the queen and, when she asked "How do you do, Mr. King?" he said he replied: "How do you do, Mrs. Queen?"
"She stared at me, and then Prince Philip laughed," he recalled. "Thank God Prince Philip laughed."
There are those who think that I shouldn't make fun of President Reagan. I don't hold with that. I've been making fun of presidents of both parties for 30 years, and I'm not going to stop now. Especially when it's this easy.He'll be missed.
And mirrors on the ceiling. I don't know what it is with mirrors on the ceiling. I'm preparing for a night of romance, and in my mind I'm Robert Redford. Then I look at the ceiling and in the mirror I see a fat Jew....
Len on 05.10.04 @ 09:47 AM CST