People, Mar. 17, 1975

It just may have been an ordinary week for a comic who has built his career around the plaint, "I don't get no respect." Shortly after Rodney Dangerfield taped 31 days of material for New York Telephone's Dial-A-Joke, 170,000 Manhattan phones went dead because of a fire in the company switching station. No matter, really, because the New York Daily News, which was to run advertisements and a phone number for the feature, was shut down by a strike. Dangerfield remained calmly pessimistic through it all. Said the cut-off comic to his nightclub audience in Manhattan at week's end: "Today was...

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