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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The crumbling pillars

With the deaths yesterday and today of Brooke Astor and Phil Rizzuto, it really feels that right now, the last of that generation that gave this City so much of its unique cultural character over the course of the 20th Century are disappearing, just as the City has entered a new Century, struggling to maintain that unique character in the face of rampant, bulldozing development. There's your deep thought for the day.

Oh, and thanks to Precious Little for reminding me that Mr. Rizzuto was the first ever celebrity mystery guest on the original What's My Line!

3 Comments:

  • At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Sharon said…

    Do you know if any of the episodes that he was on are still airing? Or do you have any of them?

     
  • At 11:35 AM, Anonymous Clammy said…

    The first episode i ever saw of wml? happened to be the first episode ever, so i've definitely seen that one...it still comes up on GSN...and they'll usually play an episode in memorial for someone who died...so I wouldn't be surprised if they play it within the next couple weeks.

    Also, I'm a dork.

     
  • At 11:47 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    All true! Only a handful of the early years' episodes survive on tape, but the first episode is definitely one of them.

    Perhaps a dork is just someone who is truly passionate about something that most people don't bother to learn. Yeah, there you go.

     

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