Friday, April 11, 2008

Cavett. Just Cavett.

Go read "Memo to Petraeus & Crocker: More Laughs, Please." You'll be glad you did.


Anonymous said...

I didn't realize Dick Cavett was still alive. But I did like his line, '...the tinpot Genghis Khan of Crawford, Texas...' He always had the gift, didn't he?

I remember ages ago when we were of a mind to send B-1 bombers to blow up some of Moammar Khadaffi's children (which I certainly supported, thinking it a far superior strategy to destroy egg and sperm in the pre-pubescent whenever possible, being of a socio-biological slant, even to this day). The French objected, as is their nature, rejecting our request to fly over their hallowed land on the way to Libya, suggesting that we find some other route.

In response, Cavett told the more-than-likely apocryphal story that he was once sitting on the floor of a terminally crowded commuter train traveling from Manhattan to the wilds of Connecticut when a fellow passenger, seeking the train's door, asked in a heavy Parisian accent if he could step over Cavett. Cavett allegedly replied, "Go around." To the great laughter of his TV audience.

True or not, I love the lore.

bjkeefe said...

Great story!

Sorry you didn't know that Dick Cavett is still alive and kicking, but happy to have informed you that he is. You should definitely keep an eye on his blog. He doesn't post all that often, but he's got one of those newfangled RSS thingies that all the kids are raving about.

Skim the archives, too. His memories of times with Bobby Fischer, William F. Buckley, Jr., Chris Rock, and Norman Mailer are all really good, as are his observations on our current sturm und drang.

Beth said...

Love Dick Cavett - he was always a welcome bit of intelligence in the world of television.

Beth said...

P.S. And I will check out his blog.