Friday, October 26, 2012

Allan Sherman's "Big Week" Countdown Continues

Another day, another Allan Sherman 50th anniversary.

This one is the 50th anniversary of the apology the president of Warner Bros. Records ran in Cash Box magazine on October 27, 1962. The company hadn't issued enough copies of My Son, The Folk Singer.

You've seen the fan letter Sherman got from President Kennedy's chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton N. Minow. Keep in mind it was written on October 26, 1962, a very dicey moment during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

That's worth some reflection, so let's take a moment.

An op-ed in today's NYTimes states that, "On Oct. 26-27, 1962, human civilization came close to being destroyed. Schoolchildren were ordered into shelters; supermarket shelves were emptied of soup cans and bottled water."

But food and water weren't all that people hoarded. They stocked up on laughs, too. There was a run on Allan Sherman albums.

(Courtesy of Robert Sherman)

Sherman predicted this when he was 13 years old.

In June 1938 at Burroughs Junior High he wrote a short article called "Humor For Sale." It imagines a comedy department store that "would be the busiest store in the world. That is because people love to laugh."

As the old Barney's television commercial used to say, "Even then, he knew."

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