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Groucho Marx dedicated his 1959 autobiography, “Groucho and Me,” to “six masters without whose wise and witty words my life would have been duller.” The six were Robert Benchley, E.B. White, George S. Kaufman, Ring Lardner, S.J. Perelman, and James Thurber.

Thurber’s book My World and Welcome to It is a collection of short stories and humerous essays. A short-lived television series of the same title was based on Thurber’s book. I remember watching this program and enjoying it very much, but at the same time I knew it wouldn’t last. You had to think a little to appreciate  what was going on. Television at the time was being dummed down, a sad trend which continues. Each episode was like a blog post, short and sweet with a point made  somewhere in or around it. 

Thurber died before the Internet existed, so he isn’t the original blogger. But his essays and his illustrations would have been perfect for a blog and if he were alive today I’m sure he would have a great one. And the television show would be the original video blog.

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