TELEVISION: The Trials of Birdie

"Why do I do this every night?" wailed the TV star in despair. "I can't sing, I can't dance, I can't act ... Quit? How? I can't help being a star!"

Readers of the sentimental, stylishly drawn comic strip, On Stage (Chicago Tribune-New York News syndicate), thought they recognized its new character, a late-night TV talker named Bud Birdie. The readers were right. From the top of his toupee to the tips of his well-bitten fingernails, Birdie was a reasonable facsimile of Jack Paar. And although Birdie's troubles were planned and drawn more than three months ago, his first appearance...

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