Cliff and I were watching some old Beverly Hillbillies episodes during and after lunch (pork roast, mashed potatoes, and liver and onions... don't ask).
Cliff saw the name "Paul Henning" at the beginning of an episode and wondered who he was; I recalled his being from Missouri. The story was that he had tried to peddle his hillbilly story for years before it finally sold. The rest is history.
Then Cliff wondered about the lady playing Pearl Bodine; "She was in some other show," he said.
Indeed she was. Her name was Bea Benaderet, and the show that first came to my mind was the old "Bob Cummings Show", which I absolutely loved as a kid. But she was in many, many others.
Bob Cummings was also from Missouri: Joplin, to be exact. His godfather, Orville Wright, taught him to fly.
Obviously, I spent a lot of time on Google this afternoon.
Still watching Beverly Hillbillies, Cliff asked if all those actors were dead.
Welll, Ellie May is still kicking, and so is Max Baer (Jethro). The older ones are deceased, although many of them lived to their 90's. Bea Benaderet died of lung cancer at age 62.
All that reminiscing then reminded me of the old Topper show, and Cliff and I discussed that for awhile. But I'll stop at that, or this post will never end.