By Gary Burghoff, Larry Gelbart
To thousands of trustworthy tv audience, Gary Burghoff will continually be Walter "Radar" O'Reilly, the cute telepathic assistant to Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H. however the guy at the back of the bespectacled television Land icon is a real Renaissance guy. he is a classically expert level actor, a jazz musician, an environmentalist, a poet, a songwriter, an inventor, a natural world artist, and now - a author. during this intensely own memoir, the writer takes you on his trip from his family's domestic in Wisconsin to his profitable carreer at the ny level, from the Hollywood movie model of M*A*S*H to the hit tv exhibit, from the demanding situations of married existence to the rewards of unmarried fatherhood. frequently humorous, occationally poignant and continually sincere, To M*A*S*H and again is an account you'll lengthy take into accout.
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It was a heartfelt consolation that one of their projects in the cellar workshop was solely devoted to me. Dave and I kept it on the nightstand between the two beds in our room. Dad had eased up a bit regarding our bedtime schedule and we were allowed to stay up (lights on) ’till nine. That radio! That wonderful magical box! It was a conduit to a world of laughter, learning and imagination unequaled in our lives. In this present age of visual imagery, it is difficult to explain to post-radio generations how special radio was to us.
We were unfazed at our house because we had listened from the beginning and heard the CBS announcer introduce the program: “And now, Orson Welles and the CBS Mercury Theatre Players present . ” But those citizens nationwide who tuned in during the performance heard a documentary-style delivery from those excellent radio actors, so convincing that most thought they were listening to an actual emergency news broadcast, declaring that a Martian invasion was in progress, and they were destroying the world as we knew it!
I knew that my credibility with our principal, Fred Sherman, was dubious. I had been sent to his office for disciplinary action too many times. Bill Yacky was our class honor student. I made sure he signed the petition, and insisted he accompany me during its delivery to Mr. Sherman’s office. Fred Sherman was no slouch as a principal. I see now that he possessed a wealth of tact, integrity, and wisdom. Some principals may have reacted with “who do you think you are? ” Mr. Sherman read the petition with genuine concern and consideration, as Yacky and I sat before him at his desk.