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      1. Re: Wayne Newton
           From: Phil X Milstein 

Message: 1 Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 14:33:31 -0500 From: Phil X Milstein Subject: Re: Wayne Newton Mike wrote: > Austin, thanks for your memories about Wayne Newton. From other > people I have met that know Wayne, they only have the very best > things to say about him. I saw him on interview show once, and > he said something very interesting: "I am proof that if you can > dream of it, you can do it." He sure is!! Johnny Carson, however, would likely have disagreed. According to legend, Newton, who'd came to national fame while still a scrawny and squeaky-voiced adolescent, was pushed finally over the edge by Carson's gags at the expense of Newton's (presumed lack of) masculinity. (And, granted, Carson was hardly the only one at the time to use Newton's name as shorthand for "gay," that is when they weren't using Liberace's or Paul Lynde's.) He busted into Carson's office one afternoon and in no uncertain terms told the talk-show king that if he didn't knock it off, the now full-grown, newly-buff and karate black-belted singer would knock his scrawny block off. Thus ended that stream of humor, a turnabout which helped signal the arrival of Newton as an adult star. It's been a while since I read it, but I believe Newton addressed this story in his autobio, "Once Before I Go." If anyone's innarested, I could look it up. --Phil M. -- Cover Art Gallery: lotsa new posts: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
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