Ted Baxter


Dear Fred:

Really liked your story about you killing Ted Baxter. The Mary Tyler Moore Show is one of my two favorite sitcoms, along with the Dick van Dyke Show, another one of your favorites as well. (What is the commonality there?) But did you know that Ted Knight got started on television right here in the Capital Region, where you used to live, and where I still do? Check out this story.

I must admit, though, that I’ve NEVER seen the last episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Now, I’ve seen clips – the Kleenex scene, for instance – but not the whole program. I’ve managed to miss it in reruns, even though it was on TV Land or Nick at Nite on New Year’s Eve for a number of years. If you see it on the cable schedule, please let me know, O.K.?

Another confession: there was a period when I would confuse Ted Knight with another silver-haired fellow, Jack Cassidy, who was married to Shirley Jones. (Did you know that the Partridge Family was Gordon’s guilty pleasure?) Jack was David’s father, and Shirley was David’s step-mom. Of course, a cultural maven such as yourself would NEVER make such a mistake, would you?

Glad that your reduced blogging schedule is working for you, though I miss those daily words of wisdom.

And where’s the Macca review?

All the best, Roger