sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

.....Negotiations on two properties take all the brain power I've got......Which is a perfect setup for a brief tribute to Don Adams.

Here's this morning's N.Y. Times obit, while this AP write-up contains some interesting notes about Maxwell Smart's real life.

According to Barbara "99" Feldon, Adams had an 'amazing memory' that allowed him to take an unususal approach to filming. Instead of learning his lines ahead of time he would have a script assistant read his part to him just once or twice. He invariably got it right but that didn't stop people from placing bets on it...."

Would you believe......

"In 1941, he dropped out of school to jon the Marines. In Guadalcanal he survived the deadly blackwater fever and was returned to the States to become a drill instructor, acquiring the clipped delivery that served him well as a comedian."


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