Dead People I Love

Hello Dear Readers!  Lately I’ve found myself hanging out with a lot of really fun dead people!

You see, I’ve been surfing YouTube and watching clips of the old talk shows of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. These shows are a treasure trove of legendary showbiz types.  Here’s a couple of people I have a new appreciation for thanks to YouTube videos.

Oscar Levant

“There is a fine line between genius and insanity.  I have erased this line.”

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Fascinating Oscar Levant, a multi-talented genius.

Oscar Levant was a pianist, composer, humorist, actor and author and was famous for his witticisms in radio, television and the movies. He suffered from neurosis and hypochondria and he was  frequently committed to mental hospitals by his wife.

When asked by Jack Parr what he did for exercise, Oscar Levant replied:  “I stumble and then fall into a coma.

Still, he was talented as all get out and had a sharp wit and boy oh boy could he play the piano!

“In some situations I was difficult, in odd moments impossible, in rare moments loathsome, but at my best unapproachably great.”

Oscar Levant died of a heart attack at age 65.  His death was discovered by his wife when she went to get him for an interview with Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) who was a photo-journalist at the time.

Oscar Levant wrote three memoirs:  A Smattering of Ignorance, The Unimportance of Being Oscar Levant and the one I just ordered, The Memoirs of an Amnesiac.

Phyllis Diller

“I asked the waiter, ‘Is this milk fresh?’ He said, ‘Lady, three hours ago it was grass.”

Phyllis Diller was much more than a comic.
Phyllis Diller was a comic and so much more.

“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” 

We all remember Phyllis Diller as the wild-haired wife of Fang.  But she was also an accomplished concert pianist and performed with orchestras all over the country as Dame Illya Dillya.  She also loved to paint and many of her paintings have been bought by art collectors.

“My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her left breast. Turned out to be a trick knee.”

Phyllis Diller was the mother of six children, three of whom she outlived.  One of her daughters suffered from schizophrenia and was institutionalized for most of her life.

After watching YouTube clips of her, I learned that she attributed her success in life to a book she described as life changing called The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol.  She talks about it here:

The Magic of Believing is free online.  I found a free audio copy of it here:

Well that’s all we have time for today, Dear Readers, I hope you enjoyed the very first installment of Dead People I Love. 

Until next time . . . I love you


33-Word Trifecta Challenge: Al Gore Conquers the Crossword Puzzle

Hello Dear Readers and welcome to Saturday, where you aren’t reading this because you are outside enjoying the wonderful spring weather unless you’re inside at your computer reading this in which case * high five* !!

This weekend’s Trifecta Writing Challenge is to write 33 words using these three words:




Al Gore Conquers the Crossword Puzzle

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor


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Until next time . . . I love you


Al Gore Comics: Al’s New Cable TV Network Idea

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Al Gore Cartoon Linda Vernon Humor

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Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Humor

Al Gore Comics Linda Vernon Huor

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Until next time . . . I love you

A Little Friday Fun With Al Gore!

Hello Dear Readers!  Well, we made it through another breakneck week in the wild, wild blogosphere! 

It wasn’t easy.  Different combinations of the alphabet were flying at us from all directions.  We had to carefully navigate through a sea of punctuation, while at the same time, we had to keep from getting pierced by some really good points!  But, of course, there’s nothing us Jolly Bloggers like better!

So here’s a little Friday Fun I hope you’ll enjoy!  It was brought to you by none other than:

Our Beloved Al

Until next time  . . .  I love you

Limerick Lamentation

Limerick Lamentation

“Don’t get me wrong. I like being tall . . . but not THAT tall.”

There once was a girl named Doreen

Who was as tall as a mutant string bean

Even when kneeling

Her head hit the ceiling

And now both her ears have gangrene

Amy Vanderbilt’s Very Special Student

Dear Readers, Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Dudes and Dudettes, Babes and Babies, Presidents and Prime Ministers:

It’s time for us to say goodbye to awkward moments!  Turn our backs on social faux pas and bid adieu to obnoxious behavior.  For I have managed to procure for us, Dear Readers, the answers to all our problems:

Amy Vanderbilt’s  Complete Book of Etiquette!

Let’s flip through some pages . . . Ah here we go!

A Guide to Tactful Conversation!

Amy says:

“In greeting people we say, “how do you do?” we do not really expect an answer, but it is all right to reply, “Very well, thank you,” even if it is a blue Monday and you feel far from well.”  No one wants a clinical discussion in response to this purely rhetorical question.”

Amy will illustrate what she means by doing a little role playing with a Typical Person.

Amy:  How do you do?

Typical Person:  Does your stomach stick out like that because your preggers or are you just fat?

Amy says sorry but it is never polite to answer a question with a question. Amy says try again:

Amy:  How do you do?

Typical Person:  That depends . . . is that mildew smell coming from me or you?

Amy says this is better, but this reply is still in the form of a question. Amy says try again:

Amy:  How do you do?

Typical Person:  Who wants to know Funyun breath?

Amy says this reply is trending towards tactful but is not quite there yet. (She also says this typical person reminds her of someone but she can’t think who.)  Amy says try again.

Amy says:  How do you do?

Typical Person:  I like Funyuns.

Yes!  Very good!  Amy is so proud!!  Now Amy will move on to the next part of the tactful conversation lesson which covers not remembering names:

Amy says:

“If you are warmly greeted by someone whose name — or maybe whose face, too — you can’t recall say something harmless such as “nice to see you”.  Then while looking quite attentive, let the other person do the talking until he or she gives a clue as to identity.”

Amy:  Nice to see you.

Typical Person: You do not have a clue who I am, you are just pretending to look attentive but you have not been listening to a word I just said about the en-vi-RON-ment.

Amy says she likes this response because there are no contractions in it.  Amy says this person reminds her of someone but she still cannot think who. 

Amy:  You are looking well.

Typical Person:  It feels like we have been talking for one thousand, billion, million trillion hours.

Amy:  Al?  Al Gore?  Is that you?

Typical Person, Al:  Yes. Yes. Yes.  It is me Al Gore. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Amy:  Thanks for standing me up the other night! You have some nerve!

Typical person, Al:  Sorry I cannot do anything but stand up. Plus I was out of Funyuns.  Do you want to go to get some Funyuns with me?

Amy:  Of course Al!   You know, I cannot resist a man who does not use contractions!

Amy says that concludes our Guide to Tactful Conversation lesson one!  But Amy is sure she will be back real soon to teach us more etiquette because she just cannot help herself! 

Until next time . . . I love you

Funyuns. Funyuns. Funyuns. Yes. Yes. Yes.

The Very First (and Possibly The Very Last) Friday Comics

Hello Dear Readers and welcome to the very first (and quite possibly the very last) Friday comics!

  Our Beloved Al

Until next time . . . I love you