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January 6, 2005
I'm compelled to tell you how much I appreciate Chris Erskine's columns. Great, great style. He reminds me a lot of Max Shulman, who many readers may be too young to know. (Among other accomplishments, he created the TV show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.") I don't know how Erskine does it. Every column is a good one. Donald B. Brown Rancho Palos Verdes
April 7, 1996
To add to your explanation of the meaning of the term ETAOIN SHRDLU (Letters, March 31), it should be noted that this series of letters was not arbitrarily chosen merely to catch the eye of the typesetter or whomever. They were chosen because they were the letters that were used with the greatest frequency in the English language, and in that order. I recall that Max Shulman named a character in one of his books Etaoin Shrdlu (quite fittingly an editor, I believe). He must have been a distant cousin of Al Capp's Joe Bftsplk.
March 28, 2002
Musical Theatre Guild will present a staged concert reading of "How Now, Dow Jones," the 1967 Elmer Bernstein-Carolyn Leigh-Max Shulman sendup of the stock market, on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. Directed by Nick DeGruccio, with musical direction by Brad Ellis, the performance will feature stage veterans Doug Carfrae, Jennifer Gordon, Mary Jo Mecca and Larry Raben.
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April 20, 2002 |
Betty Shapian, 73, a publicist who handled a number of best-selling authors during a 35-year career, died Monday of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Born in Ridgefield, N.J., Shapian initially worked in the foreign department at Doubleday. She later moved into the publicity department. In the late 1960s, she opened Doubleday's West Coast office. A few years later, she started her own firm, Shapian & Associates, where she handled publicity for writers including William F.
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February 15, 2006 |
Jean Byron, 80, an actress best known for portraying Patty Duke's mother on the 1960s TV series "The Patty Duke Show," died Feb. 3 from an infection following hip replacement surgery in Mobile, Ala. As Natalie Lane, she was Duke's "Mommo" on the ABC show that aired from 1963 to 1966. When the cast came together for a 1999 reunion show, Byron and Duke reconnected and began speaking every Sunday, they both said at the time. Byron was born Imogene Burkhart in Paducah, Ky.
January 13, 1994
* At Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa: Rhapsody in Taps, Jan. 29; Glenn Yarborough, Feb. 11; Peking Acrobats, Feb. 12; The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats & Magicians, Feb. 18. (714) 432-5880. * At the La Habra Depot Theatre: "How to Eat Like a Child" (youth theater production), Jan. 28-Feb. 26. (310) 905-9708. * At the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa: Dresden Philharmonic, Jan. 25; Pacific Symphony, Feb, 2,3; State Symphony of Russia, Feb.