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This little man's big eyes are even wider now that he has recovered from his 1952 heart attack and this is his recall of the people (who ""are wonderful"") in his life. Starting with his grandmother Esther and his East Side, impoverished days, to his wife Ida and their children, to the girls and boys of show biz, his first agent and his first partner, through the producers and song writers, he goes on to spotlight his audiences, theater, radio and TV; he doesn't neglect the announcers and orchestra leaders, the discoveries and new talents, the big names or the smaller ones. There's the feeling of the privilege and responsibility that an entertainer should have, the necessity for taking part in benefits and fund raising (and their rewards), and the appreciation for the life he has found good--and even better now. The Names of those he has known get a series of profiles that run along with his career together with anecdotes, stories, professional and personal reminiscences. A stand up, speak out and cheer type of book that bears the hallmark of a real performer.

Pub Date: May 17th, 1957
Publisher: Doubleday