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Subject: Jack Benny

Written By: Howard on 01/09/04 at 02:15 p.m.

I was just thinking about him last week when I was viewing his website and  saying to myself that if he was alive today at 110 years old,where would he be? Cause I wasn't around during his heyday and I was only a year old when he died on December 26th,1975 from pancreatic cancer.Maybe at 110 he'd probably make some guest appearances On Letterman and Leno but that cancer would still be in him & slowly dying in his wheelchair & looking old and frail but not in the very healthiest state of mind.You ever wonder about those old time comedians from the 40's and 50's that today if they were alive at over 100 years old,What would they be doing these days?


Subject: Re: Jack Benny

Written By: Mr_80s on 01/10/04 at 10:22 a.m.

Well, a lot of that depended on the person involved.

Some of them (George Burns, Buster Keeton, Charlie Chaplin) had very successful careers quite late in their lives.  In fact, George was even more successfull in his 70's and beyond then he ever was in his prime.

But some, they should have quit when they were ahead.  Bob Hope comes to mind.  I saw him doing appearences during the 1990 Gulf War, and it was obvious then something was wrong.  He could barely talk, mumbled almost incoherantly, and would stop in the middle of a joke to start another one.  It was only his wife that kept him from embarassing himself.

Sadly, Jack's career ended much to soon.  He never really recovered from the death of Radio comedies.  I listened to him every week when I lived in LA.  Sadly, the radio station stopped their "Drama Hour" in November 2003, after over 50 years.

If you want to see a great cameo of Jack, check out "It's A Mad Mad World".  Jack pulls up to the mother-in-law, and offers to help.  He is even driving..  a Maxwell!   :)

Subject: Re: Jack Benny

Written By: Howard on 01/10/04 at 10:25 a.m.

What about guys like Laurel And Hardy,WC Fields and The Marx Brothers? I know most of them today would've been at least 105-110 years old. :( :( :(


Subject: Re: Jack Benny

Written By: Howard on 01/15/04 at 04:42 p.m.

Or how about guys who made it to 100 years old and after but died,would they have been doing things or just be retired?