On the Record: May 10, 1982

"I get no respect. They took the shirt right off my back," says Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, 60, head bobbing nervously, eyes bulging like a pair of hard-boiled eggs in a bowl of oatmeal, and his left hand grabbing at the spot where his tie once hung. It's tough, as Rodney will tell you, it's tough. What's a guy to do when the Smithsonian asks for a donation of his trademark white shirt and red tie for its permanent collection in Washington, D.C.? "I was a little hesitant at first," says Dangerfield. "I only have...

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