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Monday, January 08, 2007

Trivia of the Day

Did you know...

Fox News jefe and Republican political strategist Roger Ailes produced both a Broadway flop and an Obie-winner in the 1970s?

The loser was the short-lived revue "Mother Earth." The hit is even more surprising: Lanford Wilson's "Hot L Baltimore." Yes, that great anti-nostalgic play about hookers, Johns, and lowlifes in a rundown hotel.

Both shows were produced in association with legendary Broadway mogul Kermit Bloomgarden, who bought us "Death of a Salesman," among other pinko classics.

Ailes' whole background before politics in fact was showbiz, specifically tv, producing Mike Douglas' talkshow and (according to his Wikipedia entry) even a documentary about Fellini!

Needless to say, his move from showbiz to politics--as early as the '68 Nixon campaign--was hardly incidental.

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