Leslie G. Cohen, MD
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Cohen LG. Sundays at Seven. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164:629-630. doi: 10.7326/M15-2447
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(9):629-630.
While rummaging through a cellar closet, I noticed an unmarked, dust-covered cardboard box. To my surprise it was full of audio cassettes; my collection of now-obsolete radio tapes of “The Jack Benny Show” and other well-known comedians of that era. I could never bear to throw them away. Just seeing them again made me chuckle and brought back a memory from childhood. Like many families on Sunday nights after dinner, before television eclipsed radio, we listened to these programs.
I thought about my favorite program, “The Jack Benny Show,” and could still hum his theme songs. As I thumbed through the titles of episodes, I recalled the show's cast of characters: Rochester's hoarse streetwise voice; wise-cracking Mary Livingston; naive tenor Dennis Day; jive-talking band leader Phil Harris; announcer Don Wilson; multivoiced Mel Blanc; and the beloved Mr. Kitzel, whose trademark hot dog pitch was singing “pickle in the middle and the mustard on top.” And, of course, there was Jack: his legendary miserliness, perpetual middle age, fragile vanity, toupee, and squeaking violin.
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