JACK DOUGLAS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/15/1964 - HFSID 55204
JACK DOUGLAS Emmy-winning humorist Jack Douglas signed this letter, typed on his personalized letterhead, in 1964 to gossip columnist Louis Sobol about his latest book. TLS: "Jack", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., circa 1964 May 13-14. On his personal letterhead to columnist Louis Sobol.
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Emmy-winning humorist Jack Douglas signed this letter, typed on his personalized letterhead, in 1964 to gossip columnist Louis Sobol about his latest book.
TLS: "Jack", 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, N.Y., circa 1964 May 13-14. On his personal letterhead to columnist Louis Sobol. In full: "Thank you very much for the tremendous boost in Wednesday's column - it's a great shot which every book these days needs - Everybody writes books as you know and unless you're O'Hara - or publish the [word crossed out] laundry bills of Hemingway - you have to fight every inch of the way. If the royalties float in - I'll float out - to Tahiti. It's a long way from Danny's - but so is 69th street (nowadays). Thank you again and may I wish you and your Peggy all the happiness and good things that you deserve." The book Douglas mentions in this letter is likely The Adventures of Huckleberry Hashimoto (1964), a humorous travelogue of his trip to Japan with his 27-year-old Japanese wife, Reiko, and his 16-month old son. Douglas had published A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Grave: An Autobiography in 1962. New York journalist LOUIS SOBOL (1896-1986) wrote a gossip-oriented entertainment column for 40 years, initially focused on the Broadway stage but also covering film and TV personalities. His books include The Longest Street, a Broadway memoir. He retired in 1967. Emmy Award-winning writer JACK DOUGLAS (1908-1989) got his big break writing for the Red Skelton and Bob Hope radio show Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou (1938-1946). He continued writing for Skelton on hi TV show The Red Skelton Show (1951-1952). He also wrote for The George Gobel Show (1954-1955), work for which he shared an Emmy Award, The Jonathan Winters Show (1956) Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1970) for which he shared an Emmy nomination, and Jack Paar Tonite (1973). He also appeared on the TV shows of Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson and wrote a number of humor books, including the bestselling My Brother Was An Only Child (1959), Never Trust A Naked Bus Driver (1960), A Funny Thing Happened to Me on My Way to the Grave: An Autobiography (1962), Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes (1970) and The Neighbors Are Scaring My Wolf (1978). Usual folds, lower horizontal fold touches the "J". "File/Personal" written in pencil (likely in Sobol's hand) at upper left margin, date stamp at upper right margin. Slightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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