Thursday, October 4, 2012


It's the day after we concluded the year-long salute to 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' and it's time to reveal the answer to the trivia question I asked at the beginning:

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' has two somewhat tenuous connections to Andy Warhol. One was "outside the box" - one of those six degrees of separation situations on the production side. The other was within the "reality" of the show - one of Andy Warhol's works of art actually appeared in an episode.

So, nobody even attempted to guess the two connections Andy Warhol had to 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'. And that means I get to keep the Richard Rosebud Petrie Prize - (a rock and a paper clip glued together!)

Anyhoo, here are the answers:

The first connection was a "Six Degrees Of Separation" - actress Sylvia Miles played Sally Rogers in the original pilot for the show, "Head Of The Family", in which Carl Reiner played Rob Petrie.

From Wikipedia:
Over the years, Miles has become a cult figure, both for her ties to the avant-garde (Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey, etc.) and her increasingly bizarre appearance over the years and her willingness to attend any public function. Wayland Flowers and his puppet Madame first uttered the widely quoted line "Sylvia Miles and Andy Warhol would attend the opening of a sewer."

The second connection was a showcase for his artwork within the reality of the series. In 1951, Warhol was commissioned to create the artwork for a book cover:

Throughout his career Warhol created numerous artist books. However, he also designed book covers for other authors. This is the design for the cover of the book ‘Pistols for two’ by Aaron Marc Stein.

In October of 1965, Millie Helper was reading this book, as seen in the episode "Draw Me A Pear".


And that's how Andy Warhol fits into the world of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', both behind the scenes and within Toobworld.


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