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September 11, 2013 |
Don Nelson, a screenwriter, film producer and musician who co-wrote scripts for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" - the classic American television series centered on his brother Ozzie's family - as well as for more than two dozen other films and TV series, has died. He was 86. Nelson, who had Parkinson's disease, died of an aortic aneurysm Tuesday at his home in Studio City, said his wife, Marilyn. As a staff writer for "Ozzie and Harriet," one of the longest-running family comedies in TV history, Nelson came up with Ricky Nelson's trademark catchphrase "I don't mess around, boy," and contributed to more than 200 episodes of the series with storylines anchored famously on the harmless.
August 28, 1999
"Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol," based on an "unauthorized biography," is a distorted exploitation of a family I love very much: Ricky Nelson, his brother and his mother and father ("Unbalanced Portrait of 'Teen Idol' Rick Nelson in VH1's Biopic," by Steve Hochman, Aug. 21). The Nelsons remain the most decent human beings I have ever known. Those of us who had the good fortune to have worked with them, as I did for five years on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and to have known them personally know the truth.
February 9, 1986 |
It wasn't planned that way, but less than a month after Ricky Nelson's death ABC reran a "Moonlighting" episode that contained a joke about the rocker. The episode, first shown in October, originally was set to be rerun Jan. 7 but ABC pulled it when Nelson died Dec. 31. There were no plans to reschedule it, but on Jan. 28, the day the shuttle blew up, President Reagan canceled his State of the Union address at the last minute.
January 19, 1986
Having waded through two issues of Calendar since the death of Ricky Nelson, we are both shocked and disappointed that no print at all was devoted to his career. Surely his contribution to music surpasses many of the personnel mentioned in your pages. Both the local public radio stations (KCRW, KCSN) have had the sense to recognize that a giant of the industry has passed on. What is the purpose of the Calendar section anyway? Can't you people strive to be more than a Bruce Springsteen fan magazine?
August 5, 2000
What teen pop star does Robert Hilburn compare Britney Spears to in the "staying power" department? David Cassidy? Ricky Nelson? Oh, I know! Leif! ("Britney in Concert: A Night Out With the Girls," July 31.) Frankly, I have never heard her sing a note, but if someone has the power and energy to make thousands of young enthusiasts happy and excited for a night, what difference does it make? Either way, it appears the young Ms. Spears bears the label of pop phenomenon, one that Hilburn will undoubtedly never have the pleasure of claiming.