Monday, September 20, 2010


(November 22, 1963)

Edwin Newman has passed away at the age of 91. The venerable NBC newsman, both reporter and anchor, and stickler for the English language was living in Oxford to be closer to his daughter.

Putting aside all of the air time he had as a newsman, and even his appearances on talk shows and game shows, Mr. Newman tallied up an impressive number of appearances as himself in several TV movies and sitcoms:

"Elvis Meets Nixon"
'Murphy Brown'
'The Golden Girls'
'Mr. Belvedere'
'Not Necessarily The News'

These programs would serve for him as well as representing his televersion in Skitlandia:

"Lily For President?"
"Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 3"
'Mr. Miller Goes To Washington"
'Saturday Night Live'

I think it likely we'll see Edwin Newman joining the ranks of the TV Crossover Hall of Fame next year.

But we won't see his like again in Toobworld, in the reality of TV news programming. Not just because of his expertise, but also because TV news is cluttered with store window mannequins......

Good night and may God bless.


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