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Spreads from books I designed and typeset while at Cumberland House Publishing.

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1. Ive Been Down this Yellow Brick ever entered your mind. I hope this will be suffi- Road Before! cient for all you fans who have wondered about these topics and written me letters. Here goes: I wish I could stay and have a long conver- that I dont remember it at all, I do: It was Do you have a favorite memory of making The sation with each and every fan of The Wiz- the thrill of my life. I made lifelong friends Wizard of Oz? ard of Oz who has approached me with because of The Wizard of Oz, too, and the I think how wonderful Judy Garland was to all of wide eyes and curious hearts. Im flattered movie probably means more to me today us. I think maybe some of us were expecting her that I get recognized. I get questions about than when it happened. to be a snob because she was just then becoming Oz just about everywhere: restaurants, air- So in order to handle some of the most ports, and elevators. Unfortunately, theres common questions Ive been asked over the just not enough time to answer every ques- decades, I thought it might be best to offer tion in person, in every situation. I dont re- answers right here for you. I hope you call all of the day-to-day activities of making wont mind my doing it this way. Some of the movie; remember, it was made seventy these questions you might have already years ago. That was a long time ago. Its not thought of yourself, some might not have Here is Judy chat- ting with some of us Munchkins on the set. (left to right) Fern Formica, Rae-Nell Lasky (child Munchkin), Priscilla Montgomery (child Munchkin), me, Betty Ann Bruno (a child Munchkin whose head is peeking out behind me), Judy, and little Olga Nardone. This is the memory I keep of Judy, sitting down and talking with 31 us during the downtime. 2. 3 Oh, I wish i were an oscar mayer wiener O NE OF MY FIRST FORAYS into television, when TV was in its infancy, was Superman, star- ring George Reeves in 1951. Originally it wasnt intended to be for television. I was hired along with a few other little guys (Tony Boris, Johnny Bambury, and Billy Curtis) to play subterranean-dwelling mole creatures in a feature film called Superman and the Mole Men. Naturally, I knew who Superman was from comic books and the serials, so this was an ex- citing job. Outside of serials on Saturday afternoons, Superman had never been on the big screen. I was pretty sure this might be something big. In this film, us little guys played these creatures who are angered when an oil company has invaded our space with the worlds deepest well. After the film was completed, a TV series starring the Man of Steel was sold and the first few episodes consisted of this movie chopped up into thirty minute segments. 71 3. In a few sketches on The Andy Williams Show, I played a little dancing bear, while Janos Pro- haska was the larger dancing bear. I wanted cookies! Andy loved to have Jonathan Winters on the show too. would follow Janos looking for cookies, too. Youd be surprised how many fans sent in boxes of cookies to the show; then the cookie companies began shipping out cases and cases of complimentary goodies, hoping for a plug on the show. I wish Andy would have used me on one of his Christmas specials during those years. As the Little General in a sketch with the great Jimmy Durante on The Andy Williams Show in 1970. The character of the Little General was the most memo- He never did. I could have played an elf, but I guess no one thought of it. Im not sure rable one I did on the show. I would interrupt Andy and yell German commands at him at the wildest times. 116 117 4. His first name was Jesse. He never liked that name. He let me know it one time Chock-Full oKnotts and I always called him Jess after that. ANDY GRIFFITH M aybe the greatest career challenge for Don Knotts came early in 1964, when he faced a serious crossroads. While his fame was skyrocketing, his shelves were filling up with awards, and his wallet was fat, he wasnt sure what to do next. Like a frazzled Barney Fife, he was all over the place, in the middle of the street with horns honking at him and cars whizzing by. Knotts told veteran Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper in January of that year that he had a tough decision to make. Committed as a resident of Mayberry for one more year, Knotts wasnt sure where to turn after that. He was welcome to stay in town or head out on his own. It was his choice. Ive had several offers to do my own show when Im free, but I dont know where to jump. If I had a hit show the financial gain would be great; but there are many things to think about. I was on TV with Steve Allen four years, then this present series will make nine years straight on TV. My only Broadway experience was two years in No Time for Sergeants, and Id like to do another play. Most of all Id like to do an English comedy; I love their sense of humor. Theres been some interest in