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    When I was a young man we were treated to some real comedy. Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca, others forgetable & Tom Lehrer. Tom will be 85 next month, but was quite the character. Harvard @ 15 with necessary creds, but multi talented with very clever songs - all 37 of them . Such notables as the "Vatican Rag", "National Brotherhood Week", "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park", "Be Prepared" (safe sex advice to Boy Scouts), "Lobachevsky" (on plagiarism), "Smut" (an ode to obscenity), "So Long Mom", & the "Elements". His initial hit "Fight Fiercely, Harvard" Is still played at Harvard football games.Somewhere in my LP's I have at least one of his.

    His comments briefly on the world today -
    Quote Originally Posted by TL
    What passes for satire today is just easy targets. Irreverence has been subsumed by mere grossness.
    Quote Originally Posted by as
    No one has equalled Lehrer's incisive songs that punctured America's pomposity & hypocrisy & only one has tried, Mark Russell. But Russell's ditties are set to existing melodies & lack Lehrer's cutting insight, macabre sentiments, scathing lyrics, & sly, artful rhymes.
    With that, Good Night .

    Marvin S

    Everyone's friend is No One's friend

    Someday your life will flash before your eyes. It's your responsibility to make sure it's worth watching!

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    Hardly anyone seems to remember Tom Leher anymore.
    "Know in your heart that all things are possible. We couldn't conceive of a miracle if none ever happened." -Libby Fudim

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