Bill Clotworthy, “SNL” Censor

Bill Clotworthy, “SNL” Censor

You’re probably not familiar with the name Bill Clotworthy, who died last week at 95. With the official title Director Of Program Standards, Clotworthy was NBC’s censor, and thus worked with the writers, performers, and producers on “Saturday Night...
Ed Asner

Ed Asner

I was saddened to hear of the death this weekend of Ed Asner at 91. I hope the cause of death wasn’t spunk. That’s a joke that only works if you saw the first episode of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” in which he co-starred as Lou Grant, news director of WJM-TV. When...
Walter Yetnikoff

Walter Yetnikoff

When I heard that Walter Yetnikoff died Sunday (just days before his 88th birthday), I remembered the conversation I had with him in 2004 — one of my all-time favorites. Yetnikoff was the president of CBS (Columbia) Records from 1975 to 1990, when the label had...
His Widow Remembers Belushi

His Widow Remembers Belushi

The John Belushi documentary that’s running on Showtime is quite good. It’s an oral history made up of interviews done by Tanner Colby and lots of archival footage from many parts of Belushi’s life. If you don’t have Showtime, but want to hear...
Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

I’m saddened to hear of the death last night of Mike Sexton, who is in the Poker Hall Of Fame for his decades as the game’s ambassador, longtime play-by-play man for the World Poker Tour, and CEO of the online poker site Party Poker. He was two weeks short...
James Lipton, Inside The Actor’s Studio

James Lipton, Inside The Actor’s Studio

I was sad to hear of the death today of James Lipton, longtime host of “Inside The Actor’s Studio,” at age 93. As an interviewer myself, I respected Lipton because of the work he did before he sat down with his guests — studying their...