"I love Allan Sherman's work. Allan was funny, clever and touched my heart. He was more than just a writer of song parodies. He was an extraordinarily gifted word-weaving rhymester, and this is a definitive look at this talented, complicated, conflicted little munchkin!"Thank you, Tommy Smothers!
And here's the rest of the story.
Smothers met Sherman in 1971 when they both lived in the same LA high-rise and Sherman was on his last legs.
"It was sad. He was up there in his room. I don't think he ever went out," Smothers told me.
But Sherman had written something and he wanted Smothers to read it.
"I could not put it down. I thought it was the best thing I ever read."
The still unpublished work was Sherman's Every 600 Years, on a Tuesday (The Journey to the Perfectly Fair). The Dr. Seuss-inspired work features Sherman's two children and a magical visitor that tries to persuade them that despite appearances, life is ultimately a fair deal. But that doesn't mean the world holds no villains.
You climbed over the fence," the Chief said, "but that's mild.
The worst crime you've committed is Being a Child."
"Do you mean," asked the children, "you actually punish
Human beings for being not yet twenty-oneish?"
Is that not great?
Smothers owns the rights to the work, so thanks again to Tommy for permission to quote.