Some of my earliest memories of TV are of watching STEVE ALLEN. The first time I ever stayed up and saw the clock strike 12 midnight, I turned and saw him on TV. He was a guy who would talk to and treat young comedians as equals. When I first came out to Los Angeles, I could go up to him, even on the street, and talk to him--then after 10 minutes, it would dawn on me that I was talking with Steve Allen.

I know he composed songs, wrote books, played concerts, acted in plays and films. But for me,...

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