When I was a kid Password was a TV game show hosted by Alan Ludden, also known as Betty White’s less amusing half. Like most of the great game shows of its era, it featured the opportunity to see just how smart, funny and personable some of your favorite celebrities were in real life – people like Elizabeth Montgomery, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Paul Lynde, and Betty White herself. And of course, Orson Bean. I even had the home version of the Password game, and it was pretty fun. The object of the TV and home versions was to give clues to your partner and help them guess single-word “passwords.” Watching and playing this game was really the only ti ..


Duel of the Dawdlers

(This article appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine on July 13, 2014) There is one area of my life in which I always come in dead last. And I couldn't be more proud. You see, whenever I fly, I have to be the last one on the plane. No exceptions. When I look around the gate, there can be no other stragglers, no other challengers vying for the title of "Leader of the Back." I’ve had my challengers. Some have proven to be worthy opponents. But all have fallen victim to my legendary patience and fanatical desire to bring up the rear. A recent return trip from Las Vegas, however, proved to be my Waterloo. After the first four waves of passengers had boarded, I s ..