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Thread #129589 Message #2933987
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
24-Jun-10 - 11:27 AM
Thread Name: Smothers Brothers retiring (May, 2010)
Subject: RE: Smothers Brothers retiring (May, 2010)
Lots and lots of memories. I ran into Tom and Dick many years ago in San Francisco, while they were doing a gig at the old Purple Onion. Many years later, I found myself selling wine for Dick and for Pat Paulsen, their "Presidential candidate" from the old Comedy Hour who recently ran again - posthumously. Ironically, it was Tom who was the business head and shrewd negotiator. He was a prime reason the musical, "Hair," made it to New York stages. They pushed the envelope, did heroic battle with the censors and paved the way for many later and more controversial acts. And they did it all with class.
I can understand why they're retiring. Dick's just a year older than me and I wouldn't want to be touring regularly at this point either. What's amazing is that they had an act that was viable for so many years. Thanks, boys, for a great run.