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Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Thank you for your thoughtful obituary of Buddy Hackett in your July 14-20 issue.

You might have added that in the late 1940s, Mr. Hackett played major roles in the first road company of the revue “Call Me Mister.” The entire company was supposedly composed of “unknown” WWII veterans. That was mostly true for the men, but a few of the women were civilian pros: the Kean sisters, Marilyn Day and Charlene Harris.

But surely we didn’t know the men who joined Mr. Hackett in making the a show a major Chicago hit. Examples: Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, William Warfield and Bob Fosse who, with his first wife Marian Niles, stopped the show every night with his dance specialty.

Twenty years later, Mr. Hackett worked with his young son on “Laugh-In.” See the Trio cable network for these performances, which are still hilarious.

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