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RIP Professor Irwin Corey; 102; World's Leading Authority

 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: RIP Professor Irwin Corey; 102; World's Leading Authority Reply with quote

Croaked on Monday in his house in Manhattan.

He frequently used the moniker "The World's Foremost Authority" but I recall some of his TV appearances from the 1950s when he billed himself as "Leadling". He had other, similar titles for himself. This guy had a rather long career.

Here he is at his 100th birthday party, with footage courtesy of the New York Daily News as posted on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knRL_BgTxKw

His townhouse is reportedly worth millions, but he frequently was on the streets of his Murray Hill neighborhood begging for spare change.

Had been blacklisted during the Post-War era for his communist and anarchist beliefs. He supported Fidel Castro until the day Fidel died, and beyond.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He explained the pan handling here:

https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/11/a-familiar-figure-begs-on-the-street-but-not-for-himself
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corey stopped working on real standup comedy acts some years ago when he became a favorite on late-night TV talk shows. On these shows, where the minimum fee started at $320 fifty years ago and gradually increased, you could live well in Manhattan on that kind of money, as long as you owned your own home or apartment.

All he had to do was show up and talk gibberish for a few minutes. At that point, he was just coasting on days gone by and was quite boring.

Non-union members received honorariums rather than fees and those, IIRC, qualified as gifts and were not reported by the networks to the Internal Revenue Service.

I think AFTRA finally made Ms. Miller -- a regular audience member that Jack Paar took a liking to and had come to the interview chair and talk -- on a regular basis -- join. The show paid her in cash and sent a staff member to escort her home from the old Hudson Theatre off Broadway when the show was broadcast live from New York, with the first 15 minutes of the show shown only on a few stations, including WNBC in New York City, and the network feed going live at 11:30 PM nightly. Paar did a 105-minute live show five nights a week.

Who knows what Corey did with the panhandled money? When I panhandled back in the day, I guarantee you I never sent any of the money to Cuba, though I did purchase a front-row orchestra-seat for Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso's first "Giselle" ever at the new Metropolitan Opera House when the State Department let her back into the U.S. on a ten-day visa. She was close to 60 at the time and the spirits came back for that one night and made her young again. Scalpers were paying $500 a ticket for the $25 seat the night of the one-time-only performance with American Ballet Theatre and using Alonso's own version of the end of the score.

I had bought a pair of seats when my Cuban emigre friends tipped me off about her return, but my girlfriend didn't want to go for whatever reason and I sold the ticket for what I paid to an old friend. He went deaf after sitting through the endless thunderous applause both when Alonso first came on stage and at the end of the show. (She's still alive.)

And these days, when I panhandle for gourmet food in front of supermarkets, none of that food goes anywhere except into my stomach or my neighbor's (she's in her 80s and the local nonprofits can't be bothered getting her on SNAP -- which is the new name for food stamps).

I'm skeptical of most everything...

Here's Hollywood pioneer and creator of the Our Gang/Little Rascals many series, the original Hal Roach, at age 100, who was quite concerned about getting some money for his talk-show appearance. He still knew what counted in Hollywood. Roach started as an actor in 1912 and was a major producer within three years -- it was a once-in-100-year-era in movies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap-eBNB0ieM

Roach was in bad shape when the Jay Leno show appearance was taped. He died within the year.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corey was my life long idol & I based my life on everything he ever said. Kind of short, but we wore the same shoes.---Steve Yohe
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