Like Father, Like Son

August 21, 2014

A line from Joshua Runyan’s Aug. 15 Opening Thoughts (“Looking to the Past for Our Future”) brought to mind a line from a radio program starring ventriloquist/comedian Edgar Bergen and his wooden dummy Charlie McCarthy that aired from 1937 to 1956.

“The son is the acorn,” Runyan wrote, quoting Alan Arkin’s Dr. Sheldon Kornbett in the 1979 movie, “The In-Laws”. “The father is the oak.”

Similarly, Charlie McCarthy “told” Bergen that his grandfather was named Pine Tree McCarthy. His eldest son, of course, was named Cone.

Gerald Schoenfeld
Baltimore

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