Post by Jerry Friedman Post by Harrison Hill
My bit is from about 3.17.
Laura (emulate St George for email)
I don't think I know what "a cameo" means, but this is one.
I don't think so. Originally, I believe, a cameo was a short but
interesting (as a cameo is small but painstakingly made and beautiful)
part in a play or movie suitable for a famous actor. Now it seems to
mean any small part in a movie given to a famous person or to anyone
chosen for who they are (e.g., the scriptwriter or a friend of the
producer) instead of by the usual casting process. Either way it's
someone playing a dramatic role, not being themselves.
Laura was chosen for that segment in the normal way, because of her
interest in and knowledge of the kind of subject that was covered on
the show (I suppose). I feel sure it's not as if someone said, "We'v
got to get Professor Spira in here somehow."
Post by Harrison Hill
A face, a relief, an interjection? Something which is "by the
by" (or bye) and is at the same time "to the point"?
Do others of the rest of you not have videos of yourselves?
If not why not :)
Nope. Someone may still have tape of my appearance on a high school
quiz show, but I don't.
I never even saw the tape (it was the very early days of videotape, probably
1982, and only one person had a machine and didn't keep the tape after showing
it to some of the participants) of my appearance on *A.M. Chicago*, Oprah
Winfrey's local morning program on WLS-TV. I was in the audience, and she put
her arm around my shoulders as I asked my question of the guest.
I was also on *Bible Story Game*, a 15-minute TV quiz on WNBC, and my father's
partner made an audiotape of the second of two appearances (the one we didn't
win). That was 7th grade, so 1962-63.