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Denny's Daily Zinger: Without Good Writers, You're Toast

February 24, 2014 By Denny Hatch
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My new book, Write Everything Right!, is for every person who wants to communicate well and does not want to bore readers.

How important are writers? We are Downton Abbey addicts. But the series would be bupkis—zero, zip, nada—without the writing genius of Julian Fellowes.

The Passing of Sid Caesar
Caesar was a maniac—addicted to pills and booze. In 1957, I was an NBC page and worked the short-lived Caesar's Hour at the Century Theater off 59th Street. TV was live in those days. I remember a doctor chasing Caesar around backstage brandishing two syringes. One hyped him. The other calmed him down.

I never understood how a guy could live like that.

He was damn lucky to have lasted until age 91.

Caesar had a blue Cadillac limo with white leather roof and blue carriage light on top. After every show, the limo would be idling by the stage door. In it were Caesar's driver, agent, wife and Caesar himself, presumably decompressing. The limo would just sit there a long time.

Caesar's Secret: Writers
Sid Caesar was a hilarious man, blessed with a team of magnificent writers.

Among them:

  • Mel Brooks
  • Woody Allen
  • Neil Simon (the most successful playwright in the history of American theater)
  • Carl Reiner
  • Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie, Oh, God, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum)
  • Mel Tolkin (All in the Family)

Pay your writers well. They can make your or break you.

Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His recently published book is "Write Everything Right!". Visit him at dennyhatch.com or contact him at dennyhatch@yahoo.com.

 
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