Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Even though I know it must be wildly inaccurate, Rob, Sally, and Buddy will probably always inform my vision of what life as a television writer must be like. This is a clip from a season 3 episode called “Too Many Stars.” You can watch the full episode on Hulu. Here’s a link:

The Dick Van Dyke Show \”Too Many Stars\”

The song is “A Doodlin’ Song” written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh. It was the A side of a Peggy Lee single recorded in 1963 and it has since become a jazz standard. It appears on a few children’s introduction to jazz albums because it is a fun little ditty.

The town I live in has a very similar name to the Petrie’s suburb! That’s pretty much where the similarities end. New Rochelle, New York is a swanky city with high priced real estate and a population of over 70,000. My town has under 10,000 and it is decidedly blue collar. Downtown is 2 blocks long and there are no buildings over 2 stories high. I’m not kidding. We have no taxis and no public transportation and Walmart IS our mall. And no, it’s not Super Walmart. When I first heard the name of my current home town, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was the first thing I thought of but it has much more in common with the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois from the “Roseanne” show. But the people here are friendly and the streets are pretty safe. In the seven years I’ve lived here our one “murder” turned out to be an accidental drowning. Besides, when people ask me where I live, if I slur my answer just right, they might think I’m a sophisticated New York socialite!*

*What?! It could happen!

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