The Real Bob Newhart

Newhart_bobYes, Bob Newhart was indeed feted Wednesday night on the 35th anniversary of his TV series and his 78th birthday. But, Thursday morning, he was off to Boston for his true love — a stand-up gig. He told me it was for an NAARP group. I asked how many more “live” performances he now plans. “About 20 a year,” he said, seriously. I also asked his opinion of current sitcom TV and what he watches. “‘Everybody Loves Raymond’…I couldn’t catch it the first time around.”

Newhart didn’t get a birthday cake at the Paley Center for Media (the Museum of Television and Radio) tribute, but he was later supper-partied at Spago. Don Rickles, who remained remarkably silent in the front row during the museum tribute, later at Spago offered a few tales of decades of traveling with Newhart. Missing at the post-party was panelist-costar Suzanne Pleshette. Although she announced to all, “I’m cancer-free,” she recently had another hospital bout with pneumonia. But she looked beautiful as did Newhart show’s costar Marcia Wallace, recuped from cancer surgery and telling Suzanne she was ready to lecture again on cancer survival and cancer care giving. The show’s Peter Bonerz, who missed participating on the panel due to a work conflict, joined the group at Spago. Tom Poston was sorely missed–but his widow, the inimitable Suzanne, announced he had taken good care of her–“with shopping malls.”

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