The following are excerpts from the Wikipedia article on Shari Lewis, as it appears on October 8, 2011.
“an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children’s television show host, most popular during the 1960s and 1990s.”
“[Her father] had been named New York City’s ‘official magician’ by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia during the Great Depression.”
“In March 1956, Lewis made a guest appearance on Captain Kangaroo”
“In 1968, she and her then-husband, Jeremy Tarcher co-wrote the episode ‘The Lights of Zetar’ for the original series of Star Trek.”
“‘Shari’ Hurwitz acquired the name Lewis by a brief marriage.”
“When Lewis appeared before Congress in 1993 to testify in favor of protections for children’s television, Lamb Chop was granted permission to speak. Lamb Chop’s passionate, well-informed and vivid testimony made an indelible impression.”
I don’t have any particular reason for posting about Shari Lewis today. It isn’t any sort of anniversary. I didn’t see or read anything about her recently (aside, obviously, from her Wikipedia article). There isn’t any reason, believable or otherwise, for me to specifically single out Shari Lewis today as someone to write about. But I like to think that we live in a world where a guy can dedicate a blog post to Shari Lewis without having his motives questioned. So be it.