Milestones, Apr. 28, 1975

Died. Michael Flanders, 53, gruff-voiced English musical comedian best known for his long partnership with Schoolmate Donald Swann in their wacky At the Drop of a Hat revues; of an apparent heart attack; while vacationing in North Wales. Crippled by polio during World War II, the bulky, bearded Flanders performed from a wheelchair, while the spindly, cricketlike Swann hunched over his piano diffidently, squeaking multilingual ballads. Their routines were a confection of bluff nonsense ("If God had meant us to fly, he'd never have given us the railway"). Flanders and Swann entertained cabaret...

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