Posted ByGerry O. on June 01, 2003 at 08:52:59:
In Reply to: Happy 109th Birthday Fred Allen!!! posted byJim on May 31, 2003 at 16:53:48:
: Happy Birthday Mr. Allen. It's seems as though everyone ever connected to Jack has been having a Birthday recently, albeit posthumesly.
The really sad part is that Fred had to leave us so soon....just as he was getting a new career going as a memoir author and as a regular panelist on TV's "What's My Line?" (where he fit in with those witty, intelligent regulars beautifully).
Fred was a real "Type A" who many believed worked himself to death. A very typical photo is a candid shot of Fred and Portland on vacation at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.....They're sitting on the beach in their swimsuits. Portland is relaxing in a beach chair reading a book, and Fred is also sitting in a beach chair....but HE'S wearing glasses, hunched over a small portable typewriter, busily banging out some sort of script or manuscript....I guess that that one photo pretty much tells the whole story!