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    You are a sucker for wit as humor and few people really are. There isn't a lot of it out here now. I don't know if you have access to Netflix but there are to documentaries which will be worth your time. One is called Gore Vidal: the United States of Amnesia and the second The Best of Enemies Buckley vs Vidal. I encourage you to partake.
  2. Yeah, I watched all those shows, and Oscar Levant used to appear on the Jack Paar show, a lot. I remember Steve Allen well. Johnny Carson didn't take over the show until I think '62. He used to host a game show called "Who Do You Trust". Probably some clips of it on YouTube. Gore Vidal is wonderful, especially when he debated William F Buckley. Cheers.
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    wow. Someone else on a forum who knows both Oscar Levant and Gore Vidal. Its almost as though you watched Steve Allen and Jack Paar each night interview such types. I think we will get along very well.
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Armchair philosopher and political misfit. I offer points of view in search of views that might either surpass and change my own, or reaffirm my own. I let ( or strive to let ) the chips fall where they may. I believe that omewhere between two extremes is the truth, and by reasoned debate and civil discourse, we are better able to find it. I also use this forum to test a view which necessarily may not be my own, but one I'm considering, in order to hear counter arguments I can use to help me decide whether or not to adopt it as my own.

Note: "Oscar Levant" a celebrity in his time, is my avatar, for obviously I am not the famous Oscar Levant (RIP) whose image and moniker I am using, he is just someone I admire. Though I'm no where near as accomplished, I am a pianist, like Oscar, and admire his wit, and empathize with his faults, for how can anyone who is intelligent, keenly aware of humanity, not be depressed at the sight of the folly of man? Surely, cynicism and depression is often the price of awareness and intellect. I admire Levant who often made fun of himself, alas, humility plus intelligence and wit is a rare quality. Another fave of mine is Gore Vidal.

One more thing: Back in the Y2K years, late 90s, I frequented Usenet, and we had a term for what is the 'ignore function' on this board, the term was 'the kill file', if you see me use it, it's synonymous with the ignore function, just a bad habit I have, nothing sinister, rest assured.
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jazz piano, jazz guitar, photography, liberal causes.
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