I don't usually pay attention to the credits at the end of TV programs (of course, I watch very little TV). Somehow this evening, watching CSI credits, I happened to notice a familiar last name... Berman. The Executive Story producer's name is Josh Berman.
The name "Berman" rang a bell. Back in 1959, I was fifteen years old. I did without lunch at school so I could buy record albums from Columbia Record Club.
One album I purchased with my saved lunch money was "Inside Shelley Berman".
Oh my goodness, that man was hilarious! Sometimes he'd appear on the Jack Paar Show, which I often stayed up too late watching, on school nights.
I watched "Meet the Fockers" recently and didn't have a clue until this evening that Shelley Berman was in it, playing the part of Judge Ira. I didn't even know the man was still alive. And he's been on Grey's Anatomy and Friends, and lots of other popular television shows.
So I did a Google, typing in Shelley Berman and Josh Berman: Turns out Shelley adopted a son, Josh.
Surely it's his son, Josh, who is producing CSI.
Now I must go to Amazon.com and see if there are any CDs of Shelley's old routines.
You know you're getting old when the credits of a television show send you tripping down memory lane.
A final note: I guess this Josh is not Shelley's son, because here's what I found on another search: "Then in 1975 the family got news that dwarfed Berman's professional struggles: Josh was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Within 18 months, at age 12, he was gone. 'I had him studying for his bar mitzvah until he couldn't stand it anymore, because I wanted him to live to the very last minute,' Berman recalls. According to Gerald Nachman's book Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s (Pantheon, 2003), Berman gave an interview a month after Josh's death. 'I've been taught a profound lesson," he said then. "the future is a breaker of promises.'"