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'I Used to Be Somebody' by Bob Wynn as told to Tom O'Connell & Johanna Miller
'I Used to Be Somebody' by Bob Wynn as told to Tom O'Connell & Johanna Miller

This book crossed my desk with a self-deprecating letter in which the 77-year-old author doubted very highly that anyone actually cared about his 40-plus years producing and directing television shows and extravaganzas for NBC, ABC, CBS and PBS. A beautiful air of indifference to his own legacy wafts through much of the book (he's human, after all, and allows himself a bit of record-straightening), setting it apart from so much of the self-mythologizing that poisons ex-executives in any field. This lightness adds to the glamour and the nostalgia for those bad old days with Sammy Davis Jr., Danny Thomas, Bob Hope and many others. Reading "I Used to Be Somebody" is so much like...

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