The late Steve Allen was an author, songwriter, and comedian, and among the most prolific talents in broadcasting history. He wrote more than 9,000 songs, including “This Could Be the Start of Something Big,” which is still aired at New Year’s Eve galas. Not bad for someone who played by ear.
He wrote TV scripts, gags, and jokes. Like many others in TV, Allen’s career began in radio where, as a young DJ, he once announced a Harvard vs. William & Mary football score as “Harvard 14, William 10, Mary 7.”
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His interests extended beyond show business as well. A tireless advocate, Allen was instrumental in the airlines’ smoking ban.
Capturing Good Ideas
I met Allen in the 1990s at the American Bookseller’s Convention in Los Angeles. It was rumored that he never traveled without a pocket tape recorder and when I asked him if this was true, he took out his pocket tape recorder and showed me.
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By Author Jeff Davidson at Right Wire Report
Photo by Drummkopf at Flickr.