Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tee dom dom dah da dom dom.

"The Andy Griffith Show."

We all know that song. "The Fishing Hole"

Just hearing the whistling of those opening notes always puts me into a great mood.

Earle Hagen, composer of that and several other memorible television theme song died today. He was 88.

Hagen composed original music for more than 3,000 episodes, pilots and TV movies, including theme songs for "That Girl," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer," "Make Room for Daddy,"and "I Spy." and for several movies. He even won an Oscar for one score.

Hagen called himself "A Famous Composer -- Nobody Ever Heard Of." In fact that was the title of his autobiography. Hagen wrote two other books on the subject of composing.

Kristie and I went to a movie tonight. "Made of Honor" I'll likely write more about that later. We didn't realize it until tonight but Actor, Director Sydney Pollack who passed away yesterday had his final role as an actor in this movie as the hero's father. He was 73.

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