Thursday, December 23, 2010

Steve Landesberg, 1936-2010, and Fred Foy, 1920-2010, R.I.P.

1. Actor/comedian Steve Landesberg passed away recently at the age of 74. You may have read that he was 65, born in 1945. Not according to his daughter: “He got kind of a late start in show business, so he tried to straddle the generations." Landesberg was probably best known for his portrayal of Detective Arthur Dietrich on TV's Barney Miller. Dietrich's character echoed Landesberg's own laid-back stand-up persona. A very funny guy, whose loss is more than a little disturbing for someone who logged so many hours watching that particular show... like myself.

2. Fred Foy, radio and TV announcer. Mr. Foy was not the first man to announce The Lone Ranger on radio or television, but his rendition of the show's opening for both is probably the best-known of each. (Among his numerous other credits, he was also the announcer of The Dick Cavett Show on ABC during the 1970s.) The Lone Ranger character, as I've stated before, was one of my idols and role models during the early, early days of my childhood. And something about Mr. Foy's delivery made "those thrilling days of yesteryear" quite... well... thrilling, indeed.

On my 29th birthday in 1985, I actually met Clayton Moore, the best-known actor to play the Lone Ranger. But I wish I'd known that Mr. Foy had lived a little more than an hour away from me for the last 20 years or so. I probably would have looked him up.

Speaking of Clayton Moore, by the way, here's a great anecdote:

And one more thing, fellow babies... It's "Hi-Yo, Silver," not "Hi-Ho, Silver!" Just sayin'. 

Thanks for your ti--  But WAIT, there's MORE!!!

THIS JUST IN!!! And it's not a joke!

According to The Telegraph, a British newspaper which I follow online, "The CIA has set up a task force... to assess what damage has been done by the mass release of thousands of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks."

The WikiLeaks Task Force will be known by the acronym WTF! And all I can say to that is... well... "WTF?!?"

Don't believe me? Go here!

And thanks for your time.


  1. Oh man, that is a great Clayton Moore story! And this is the first I heard that Fred Foy had passed.

    The WTF story doesn't surprise me at all.

    Have a great holiday!

  2. WTF...just seems fitting...and a nice tribute...watched a little lone ranger in my days...

    have a very merry christmas SF!

  3. I hope you have the most wonderful Christmas! I'm so glad you are my bloggy friend!

    You met Clayton Moore? that IS neat. :)

    In the grocery check out today I was looking at all the tabloid front pages and one had a picture of all the stars/actors/celebrities that had passed away during 2010. It's kinda of sad how quickly we forget..especially the ones that died early in the year. I kept saying to myself "Oh yea...I forgot that..."

    Hope your holiday is wonderful, Silver.


  4. Happy Krimble to all!

    @Betsy: Of my three childhood "role models" -- The Lone Ranger, Zorro, and Batman -- I only met Clayton Moore. I saw Adam West at a convention in the early 1990s (although the comic book character was technically my role model even before West played Batman starting in 1966). I never met any of the actors who played Zorro. "My" Zorro as a child was the one from the Disney version, Guy WIlliams.


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