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As the crowd gathered in the auditorium and as the music of the Manny Harmon Orchestra played the tunes of New York City, the audience grew silent as the SRO crowd knew it would be treated to another spellbinding opening of America thelBeautiful, sung by Robbie Britt.

In what was described by the New York Times as "the show, an only-in-California cross between a Broadway musical, stand-up comedy routine and unruly political convention," the complement of talent was guided carefully by our three master ceremonies, Stanley Ralph Ross, Johnny Francis and Budd Friedman. As a surprise treat Johnny opened the second half of the show with a warm rendition of I Can’t Give You Anything But Love.

Among those paying tribute to Pat and Dick were their good friends, Connie Stevens, Red Buttons, Jerry Vale, Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor. Mel Brooks, Estelle Reiner, Jan Murray and Dom Deluise, who could not attend the reunion sent their tributes by videotape procured under the direction of Jon Alexander.

Layfayette’s Larry King weighed in by recalling stories of boys chasing girls while growing Brooklyn while comedians John Byner, Sammy Shore and Charlie Fleischer provided their s brand of comic relief. Julie Budd and Jordan Bennett wowed the audience with melodious voices while the Mills Brothers created quite a stir by singing many of their classic songs.

Bronx Borough President. Fernando Ferrer came from The Bronx to show his support for our honorees.

The All-City New York Chorus led by choral director Reparatta Mazzola and 1yricist; Charlie Schlotter, along with arranger Ben Lanzarrone. and vocalists Suzanne Dennie, llene Graff and Barbara Minkus sang a special tribute in honor of Pat and Dick.
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The All-City New York Chorus consisting of Mr. Blackwell, Virginia Capers, Charles Durning, Hlerb Eden, Hank Garrett. Robert Gossett, Himtz Hall, Stan Irwin, Marvin Kaplan, Aliza Kashi, Bernie Kopell. Marty Kove. Ed Lauter, Thelma Lee, Len Lesser, Peter Lupus, Steven Macht, Rose Marie. Bruce Malmuth, Don Martin. Barbara McNair, Stanley Ralph Ross, Max Salter. Sammy Shore, Freddy Stewart, Donna Theodore, Viterelli, and Bea Wain created a feeling of enthusiasm that swelled throughout auditorium. no credit check payday loans

As a special tribute to Patti Van Patten, June Taylor and Marilyn Gleason came from Florida and Dottie Adams Ferrante came from Aspen to share the evening. As the audience watched in amazement, these four former. June Taylor Dancers did a “soft-shoe" routine reminiscent of their days on the Jackie Gleason Show. personal loan lenders.

The evening came to a close as James Dawson, the Headmaster from Professional Children’s School, flew in from Manhattan to officially apologize for the school having thrown “Dickie” out some 40 years ago. To make amends Dawson presented Dick with his official high school diploma. Patti beamed, because she had graduated PCS those many years ago, while Dick’s sister, Joyce Van Patten, another PCS graduate watched with loving approval.
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We thank producers Johnny Francis and Buddy Arnold; technical directors Jon Alexander, Ed Schachter, Ken Palius, Michael Siegman, and house manager, Arlene Schachter, Superintendent of Schools Sol Levine: and the stage crew at Beverly High for making the evening such a tremendous success. illinois installment loans

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