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On “Inside TV Land”

The TVJBonInsideTVLandthemes Land cable channel produced a one-hour show on “TV’s Top 40 Theme Songs,” and I was enlisted as its resident historian (which basically meant that I talked about everything they couldn’t get a songwriter or actor to talk about). It was fun, though, and the show also boasted composers Charles Fox, Paul Williams, Lalo Schifrin, John Sebastian, Gary Portnoy, Charles Strouse, Vic Mizzy, Earle Hagen, Bobby Hart and Vonda Shepard. Producer/lyricist Sherwood Schwartz has a great line in the show: “More people knew the words and music to the Gilligan’s Island theme than knew the Star-Spangled Banner!”