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October 3, 1976

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Heartland
by Mort Sahl
Every time the Russians threw an American in jail, Nixon would throw an American in jail to make sure they didn't get away with it... when I went into Wallace headquarters a campaign worker, this young lady, said to me, "Have you had dinner yet?" That plain humanity doesn't exist with liberals. They've forgotten who they are... there are murderers among us, killers of the dream. You know what they did. I know some of you don't want to get involved, but you began your involvement when you began life. - from Heartland


Some book nut in a dusty Buy-Old-Volumes-by-the-Pound warehouse on some obscure Fourth Avenue of the future, in say 40 years or so, will come across a battered copy of "Heartland" and, leafing through a few pages, will wonder just who the hell this Mort Sahl was. Well, anyone who was slugging it out in the entertainment world of the middle 50's and early 60's would certainly know. When I first started my own career as a humorist, paying customers would come up to me after the show in nightclubs in Cincinnati or Philadelphia and ask me, "Have you heard this guy Sahl?" He almost immediately thereafter became the hot-test thing in the business, toasted by Presidential candidates, movie queens, and even Paul Newman. Ponderous old Henry Luce put him on the cover of Time, which in those days was about like being canonized. He was forever enshrined among the hallowed greats of history along with Chiang Kai-shek and Thomas E. Dewey.


Copyright: 1976 NY Times

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October 03,1976
Book Review

Courtesy: Gene Bergmann