James Garner

James Garner, celebrity and class act

To the editor: Baby boomers like myself grew up on James Garner/Doris Day comedies. Our parents had watched "Maverick," and together we watched "The Rockford Files." Then there were the many terrific TV movie performances, commercials, interviews and his engaging autobiography, "The Garner Files." ("James Garner dies at 86; TV antihero of 'Maverick,' 'Rockford Files,'" Obituary, July 20) Years ago my parents were driving home from visiting friends in the San Diego area and decided to stop at an IHOP. A smiling James Garner eventually walked in with his two daughters; he'd been playing in a La Jolla celebrity golf tournament...