DAVID MERRICK--the Ziegfeld of the '60s, the Abominable Showman (a description he adored), a boss who scared the pants off this young man whom he had just hired to write the songs for Hello, Dolly! (starring Carol Channing, pictured with Merrick), entering his blood-red office for the first time. A jokester who used rave quotes by ordinary people (who had the same names as the seven Broadway critics of the day) to advertise a flop show of his in a full-page New York Times ad, a loving father, a ladies' man--the dictator who forced me to write Before the Parade Passes...

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