A Nostalgic Glance Down Memory Lane: Remembering Joe Franklin

January 28, 2015 6:31 PM

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Or maybe it was because he loved the talk show format, or that he was unconventional, marching to the tune of his own sound bite. Or that he collected playbills, memorabilia (a Greta Garbo shoe and a Jack Benny violin), and sheet music. Or because I'm the Queen of Reminiscence, and he was the "King of Nostalgia." Or that he was the grandson of Jewish immigrants. Or that he had moxy, introducing himself to George M. Cohan as a teenager. Or that he loved silent films, Hollywood's Golden Age, Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties, and jazz music. Or maybe because he loved to interview both the A- and D-listers.

But whatever the reason, I was a Joe Franklin fan. I 'd always wanted to be a TV host -- growing up in the 1960s with a family of talk show watchers. I became one too and joined my parents in their Bell Park Gardens, Queens living room with Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, and Dick Cavett. But my all-tim...

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