Torah Portion: Matot/Ma'sei
Book of Numbers
July 5, 2013
Biblical society was far different than the American society we live in. Regardless of efforts by religious fanatics of every stripe to return us to the Middle Ages, the drumbeat of freedom and human dignity for all continues to beat loudly. This does not mean we cannot still learn from the wisdom of the Torah.
In this week's Torah portion it is written, "If a woman makes a vow to the Lord or assumes an obligation while still in her father's household by reason of her youth, and her father learns of her vow. . .and remains silent, all her vows shall stand. But if her father restrains her on the day he finds out, none of her vows. . .shall stand (Num. 30:4-6)." Commenting on this verse, Rabbi Brad Artson writes, "While many moderns are troubled by the power of men to override the vows of women, it is also striking that the Torah insists that the husband either use his power instantly, or lose it forever." The Torah does not afford the father an option to wait. By speaking out or remaining silent, he has acted.
The Torah is teaching that "silence is assent." Remaining silent is still a vote. The old saying, "Bad candidates are elected by good people who don't vote" is just another way of saying "silence is assent." Artson goes on to write, "How often do we face acts of injustice or callousness with silence? A derogatory joke in our presence, an act of selfishness or cruelty, or simply reading about political oppression in our newspapers. We can either verbalize our opposition immediately, or, through our silence, become allies of the act or words we abhor."
Martin Niemoller, a prominent German Protestant pastor who became an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in a concentration camp, is best remembered for the following quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
Today, and in this country alone, we face record numbers of homeless and unemployed. Violence threatens the very fabric of our communities and neighborhoods. Schools are producing illiterate children who grow up to be unskilled and poorly motivated adults. There, but for the grace of God, go I. Religious people cannot remain silent. Silence is assent.
Rabbi Judah Loew, the great 16th century rabbi of Prague, wrote: "While a person may be individually pious, such good will pale in the face of the sin of not protesting against an emerging communal evil. Not only will such piety not avert the impending evil, but such a pious person will be accountable for having been able to prevent it and not doing so."
Is silence really golden?
Rabbi Howard Siegel
1. Dennis the Menace (1986 TV series) – Dennis the Menace is an American animated series produced by DIC Entertainment, based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. Dennis is an impulsive, angel-faced little devil who is getting into scrapes which end up tormenting his hapless next-door neighbor. Dennis finds himself involved in all kinds of wild adventures but always manages to save the day, the series was originally aired in syndication in the U. S. distributed by The Program Exchange. The second season aired on Saturday mornings on CBS, each half-hour show consists of three six- or seven-minute shorts. The show was sponsored by General Mills, Dennis Mitchell, a well-meaning but trouble-prone boy. Henry Mitchell, father to Dennis and Alices husband, voiced by Phil Hartman in Season 1 and by Maurice LaMarche in Season 2. Alice Mitchell, Henry Mitchells wife and Denniss mother, usually voiced by Marilyn Lightstone, but on certain occasions by Louise Vallance. Mr. George Wilson, the Mitchells neighbor, often exasperated with Denniss antics, voiced by Phil Hartman in Season 1 and Maurice LaMarche in Season 2. Mrs. Martha Wilson, a loving, grandmotherly type who enjoys Denniss company, voiced by Marilyn Lightstone or Louise Vallance. Tommy Anderson, Denniss other best friend, margaret Wade, Denniss friend and occasional nemesis, a goody-goody girl in the neighborhood. Gina Gillotti, Denniss tomboyish, yet warm and feminine friend, voiced by Donna Christie and later Sharon Noble. PeeBee Kappa, Dennis friend and resident genius and technology freak and his name is a play on Phi Beta Kappa. Jay Weldon, Denniss too-tall friend who loves to play basketball, voiced by Riva Spier Ruff, the Mitchells family dog. Voiced by Phil Hartman in Season 1 and Maurice LaMarche in Season 2, other Kids, voiced by Matthew Godfrey and Kimberly Kim Duncan in Season 2. Strike Up the Band/Queen of Chinatown/Tale of a Tux Give a Little Whistle/Charmed Im Sure/After Hours Baseballs Best Ballplayer/Mr, animal Antics – contains the episodes Lean, Green Jumping Machine, Shark Treatment, Jungle Bungle and Dinosaur Doozy. Boys Will Be Boys – contains the episodes Disaster on the Green, Baseballs Best Ballplayer, Soccer it to Me, Dennis, spies, Robbers and Ghosts – contains the episodes Ghost Blusters, The Monster of Mudville Flats, Young Sherlock Dennis and The Defective Detector. Movie Exclusive - The Mitchells Move - Dennis father Henry gets promoted to a new job in his business, only his job is in Alaska, and Dennis and his family have to move in one week. Features the episodes The Boss Gets Scalped, The Big Candied Apple, Going to the Dogs, Vampire Scare, A Royal Pain, Trembly Assembly, and Shock Therapy
2. Dennis the Menace (film) – Dennis the Menace is a 1993 live-action American family film based on the Hank Ketcham comic strip of the same name. It, however, is not the first live-action Dennis the Menace film, that was Dennis the Menace, Dinosaur Hunter, which premiered on television in 1987. The film was directed by Nick Castle, written and produced by John Hughes, the film also features a cameo appearance by Jeannie Russell who was a cast member on the original television show. A direct-to-video sequel called Dennis the Menace Strikes Again was later released in 1998 without the cast from this film and it was also followed by a Saturday morning cartoon series called All-New Dennis the Menace. Dennis Mitchell is a boy who lives with his parents in Evanston. Henry and Alice, and is the bane of next door neighbor, one morning, Mr. Wilson pretends to be asleep in order to avoid dealing with Dennis. Dennis enters his bedroom, only to find him asleep with by his prescription medication on his night stand, to make him feel better, Dennis flings an aspirin into his mouth with a slingshot which causes him to gag and spit it out, as Dennis flees home. He isnt too happy about this, because she is mean to him, when he arrives, he and Margaret, along with his best friend, Joey, venture into the woods to an abandoned tree house and intend to fix it up. Later, while getting paint from a shelf in the garage, Dennis tries to grab his slingshot, which was taken away from him by Henry. That night, Dennis has a set of babysitters, Polly and her boyfriend and he plays doorbell pranks on them and they retaliate by sticking a thumbtack on the doorbell and preparing water and flour to dump on the prankster. This gets noticed when Mr. Wilson gets his picture taken for the newspaper, meanwhile, a burglar named Switchblade Sam arrives in town and begins robbing peoples houses, as well as stealing things outdoors and striking fear into children he meets. Unfortunately for Henry and Alice, they have a time getting people to watch Dennis while they both work. Unfortunately for Mr. Wilson, he and Martha are being charged with the task of doing so, as both Henry and Alice are being called away on business trips on the same weekend. Martha loves him as if he were her own grandson, as she and Mr. Wilson never had children, alternatively, Mr. Fortunately for Mr. Wilson hes been selected to host the Summer Floraganza, a long awaited summer event. He has been growing and nurturing a rare night-blooming orchid for about forty years especially for it, despite the investment the flower dies shortly after it blooms. Alice’s flight is delayed due to a thunderstorm forcing Dennis to stay at the Wilsons for the night of the party, Martha is understanding, but Mr. Wilson is deeply dismayed about this. But, at her insistence, he agrees to let Dennis stay outside for the party only with a firm warning to behave himself. He does not enjoy it much because the guests pinch his cheeks, however, in his curiosity, he finds himself pushing the garage door button, causing it to open, knock over the dessert table, and make a huge mess
3. Dennis the Menace (video game) – Dennis the Menace is a multiplatform video game based on the 1993 movie of the same name. The object in all versions of the game is to defeat a burglar who managed to find Dennis town via the railroad connection. Stages include Mr. Wilsons house, the outdoors, a boiler room. Dennis Mitchell has to rescue his friends Joey and Margaret, along with Mr. Wilsons coin collection, controlling Dennis Mitchell, the player has to go through four stages, collecting five large coins in each one. If the player manages to both of Denniss friends along with Mr. Wilsons entire coin collection, he will have won the game. If Dennis is touched by an enemy, one heart will disappear, once all of the hearts are gone, the player must restart the level. Pieces of candy located throughout the levels fully restore Dennis health when collected, the player has 999 seconds to complete each stage. If time runs out, there is a game over. The clock is not reset when Dennis loses a life, electronic Gaming Monthly gave the Super NES version a 5.6 out of 10, remarking that the game is somewhat unappealing, with a main character that just doesnt come to life
4. Sitcom – A situation comedy, or sitcom, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with sketch comedy, where a troupe may use new characters in each sketch, and stand-up comedy, Sitcoms originated in radio, but today are found mostly on television as one of its dominant narrative forms. This form can also include mockumentaries, a situation comedy television program may be recorded in front of a studio audience, depending on the programs production format. The effect of a studio audience can be imitated or enhanced by the use of a laugh track. The terms situational comedy or sitcom werent commonly used until the 1950s, there were prior examples on radio, but the first television sitcom is said to be Pinwrights Progress, ten episodes being broadcast on the BBC in the United Kingdom between 1946 and 1947. There have been few long-running Australian-made sitcoms, but many U. S. UK sitcoms are a staple of government broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in the 1970s and 1980s many UK sitcoms also screened on the Seven Network. By 1986, UK comedies Bless This House and Are You Being Served, had been repeated by ABC Television several times, and were then acquired and screened by the Seven Network, in prime time. In 1981, Daily at Dawn was the first Australian comedy series to feature a gay character. In 1987, Mother and Son was winner of the Television Drama Award presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission, in 2013, Please Like Me was praised by the critics, receiving an invitation to screen at the Series Mania Television Festival in Paris. And has garnered three awards and numerous nominations, nominated to the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for Best Television Comedy Series. Conversely, however, Canadian television has had greater success with sketch comedy and dramedy series. The popular show King of Kensington, aired from 1975 to 1980, corner Gas, which ran for six seasons from 2004 to 2009, became an instant hit, averaging a million viewers per episode. It has been the recipient of six Gemini Awards, and has been nominated almost 70 times for various awards, other noteworthy recent sitcoms have included Call Me Fitz and Schitts Creek, Letterkenny and Kims Convenience. Sitcoms started appearing on Indian television in the 1980s, with serials like Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, since it ceased production in 1992, the show has earned an estimated billion in syndication fees alone for Televisa. Gliding On, a popular sit-com in New Zealand in the early 1980s, won awards over the course of its run, including Best Comedy, Best Drama. The first Russian sitcom series was Strawberry, which was aired in 1996-1997 on the RTR channel, however, the boom of Russian sitcoms began only in the 2000s - when in 2004 the STS started very successful sitcom My Fair Nanny. Since that time sitcoms in Russia were produced by the two largest entertainment channels of the country - STS and TNT, in 2007 the STS released the first original domestic sitcom - Daddys Daughters, and in 2010 TNT released Interns - the first sitcom, filmed as a comedy. Most American sitcoms generally include episodes of 20 to 30 minutes in length, some popular British shows have been successfully adapted for the U. S
5. Hank Ketcham – In 1953, he received the Reuben Award for the strip, which continues today in the hands of other artists. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ketcham was the son of Weaver Vinson Ketcham and his great-grandfather was James Weaver, who ran for President twice on third party tickets in the late 19th century. When he was six years old, his father had a guest over for dinner who was an illustrator, after dinner, he showed the youngster his magic pencil and drew some illustrations. Ketcham was immediately hooked, and soon his father set up a desk in the closet of his bedroom at which he could draw. After graduating from Queen Anne High School in 1937, he attended the University of Washington but dropped out after his first year and hitchhiked to Los Angeles, hoping to work for Walt Disney. Ketcham started in the business as an animator for Walter Lantz and eventually Walt Disney, during World War II, Ketcham was a photographic specialist with the US Navy Reserve. He also created the character Mr. Hook for the Navy during World War II, also while in the Navy he began a camp newspaper strip, Half Hitch, which ran in The Saturday Evening Post beginning in 1943. After World War II, he settled in Carmel, California, in 1951, he started Dennis The Menace, based on his own four-year-old son Dennis Ketcham. Ketcham was in his studio in October 1950, when his first wife, Alice Mahar, burst into the studio and complained that their four-year-old and your son is a menace, she shouted. Within five months,16 newspapers began carrying the adventures of the impish, by May 1953,193 newspapers in the United States and 52 abroad were carrying the strip to 30 million readers. Ketchams first wife Alice Louise Mahar died in 1959 of a drug overdose, Hank and Alice were separated at the time of her death. Ketcham married for a time to Jo Anne Stevens and moved with her and Dennis to Geneva, Switzerland. In 1977, he moved back to the United States and settled in Monterey, California, with his wife the former Rolande Praepost, whom he had married in 1969. Mr. Ketcham took the boy to live with him in Geneva, but Dennis had difficulty with his schooling and was sent to boarding school in Connecticut while Mr. Ketcham remained in Switzerland with his second wife, the former Jo Anne Stevens. Dennis Ketcham served in Vietnam, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and had contact with his father. Hes living in the East somewhere doing his own thing, Mr. Ketcham said in March, thats just a chapter that was a short one that closed, which unfortunately happens in some families. People from around the country sent captions to him, and he would one that he liked. In 1990, Ketcham published a memoir titled The Merchant of Dennis the Menace and he retired from drawing the daily panel in 1994, at which time his former assistants, Marcus Hamilton and Ron Ferdinand, took over
6. Jay North – Jay Waverly North is an American actor. As a teen, North had roles in two Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature films Zebra in the Kitchen and Maya, as well as starring in the NBC television series adaptation of the film, also titled Maya. North was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Hollywood, California, Norths father was an alcoholic, and his parents marriage was stormy. When he was four, his parents separated, and North never saw his father again, for a short time Jay resided happily at 1631 Cresthill Rd. in Birmingham, Alabama. Later, as a mother, Mrs. North went to work as the secretary to the West Coast director of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to support Jay. Mrs. North, who was aware of the stories of troubled child stars, had reservations. Norths first professional acting job was an appearance on the gameshow Queen for a Day. After receiving news that his first audition had not gone well, the studio agreed and was impressed with his second audition. After the studio saw hundreds of boys for the role, North was asked back to screen test with Herbert Anderson, Gloria Henry, and Joseph Kearns, and a pilot was filmed later that summer. In the episode, he portrayed Laddie Stone, a boy who pays bounty hunter Josh Randall eight cents to find Santa Claus. Over the next months, North made television appearances on such shows as 77 Sunset Strip, Rescue 8, Cheyenne, Bronco. Dennis the Menace premiered on CBS on Sunday, October 4,1959, North was paid $500 per episode, his strawberry red hair was bleached platinum blonde for the role, and the eight-year-old was instructed to shave a year off his age when speaking with the press. Norths mother continued to work at AFTRA full-time to support the two of them, and hired business managers to invest Norths earnings for him. In a 1993 interview with Filmfax magazine, North spoke highly of his mother, saying, I never supported my mother during. She earned her own money from AFTRA and she never lived off my earnings. I know that sometimes happens with child actors, but it was not true in my situation, while Mrs. North worked, her sister Marie Hopper and brother-in-law Hal Hopper served as Norths on-set guardians during filming for Dennis The Menace. In the fall of 1960, the season of the series was ranked among TVs top 20 shows. North made crossover guest appearances as Dennis on such shows as The Donna Reed Show and The Red Skelton Hour
7. Herbert Anderson – Herbert Anderson was born in Oakland, California. He was the son of Herbert Julius Anderson and Gertrude M. Anderson and his father, the son of Norwegian immigrants, served as Oakland City Treasurer during the 1920s. He attended Oakland High School and later the University of California, after a few minor roles in films for Warner Bros. and Rascal. Anderson also acted extensively in Broadway shows, including the role of Dr. Bird in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. He was also in the version of The Caine Mutiny, with Humphrey Bogart. Ironside, Gunsmoke, Nanny and the Professor, The Jimmy Stewart Show, The Smith Family, The Rookies, rawhide as Sheriff Burr, and The Waltons. Anderson retired from acting in 1982 after undergoing heart surgery and he died of complications from a stroke on June 11,1994, in Palm Springs, California. The Filmgoers Companion / with a Foreword by Alfred Hitchcock, Herbert Anderson at the Internet Movie Database Herbert Anderson at AllMovie Herbert Anderson at Find a Grave
8. Gloria Henry – Gloria Henry is an American actress, best known for her role as Alice Mitchell, Dennis’s mother, from 1959 to 1963 on the CBS family sitcom, Dennis the Menace. Henry lived and grew up on the edge of the Garden District of New Orleans and she was educated at the Worcester Art Museum School. She moved to Los Angeles in her teens and worked on a number of radio shows. She also performed in theater groups. Signed by an agent, Henry transitioned into film work via Columbia Studios and she had featured roles in the romantic comedy Miss Grant Takes Richmond that starred Lucille Ball and the western Rancho Notorious with Marlene Dietrich. Henry also appeared in three sports-themed stories, the football film Triple Threat, the horse-race tale Racing Luck and the William Bendix baseball comedy Kill the Umpire. The 1950s were a mixture of more B films and episodic TV guest parts such as My Little Margie. She was also a regular on the private eye series The Files of Jeffrey Jones starring Don Haggerty, in 1959, Henry landed the role for which she would become most well known, that of Alice Mitchell on the CBS comedy series Dennis the Menace. The series co-starred Herbert Anderson as her husband and young Jay North in the role of Dennis. Henry portrayed sunny domesticity and maternal warmth for four seasons until the cancellation in 1963. Henrys career slowed considerably after Dennis the Menace. She was spotted occasionally in TV-movies playing assorted bit-part matrons, and in 1989 she played a role as an art-collecting society matron in the prime time soap opera. Henry returned to the big screen in a role in Her Minor Thing. She occasionally attends film festivals and nostalgia conventions, in 2012, she guest starred on the Parks and Recreation episode Campaign Shake-Up, playing the role of Mary-Elizabeth Clinch. Henry wed architect Craig Ellwood in 1949, they divorced in 1977, the couple had three children, Jeffrey, Adam, and Erin Ellwood. Gloria Henry at the Internet Movie Database
9. Jeannie Russell – Jeanne K. Russell was chosen at the suggestion of Jay North, who starred in the role of Dennis, to play his nemesis playmate. She appeared in 31 of the series 146 episodes over the run of the show. Russell also appeared in other popular TV shows of the era, including, The Deputy, Assignment, Underwater, Death Valley Days, in 1993, she made a cameo appearance in the film version of Dennis the Menace playing one of the Mitchells neighbors. She has also done live theater and sound work as well as performing as a singer. In the 1990s, Russell was active on the talk show. Since 1978, Russell has been practicing medicine in the North Hollywood/Toluca Lake area. She also counsels and coaches patients, assisting them with intuitive eating skills to embrace a healthy lifestyle, Russell has also developed a powerful posture building series of movement and strengthening exercises, which draw from her career in show business. She is also trained in ballet and jazz dance and she and North occasionally appear together at celebrity events. Russell has co-chaired the Screen Actors Guild Young Performers Committee for several years, Russell is the sister of Bryan Russell, who was also a child actor from 1959 to 1967. Growing Up on the Set, Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film, Jeannie Russell at the Internet Movie Database Interview with Jeannie Russell, August,2015
10. Joseph Kearns – Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Kearns moved with his family to California when he was very young. His mother was Cordelia M. Kearns, a concert pianist and he and is family were strict Mormons, whose ancestors were Mormon pioneers. His acting career began in 1916 when he joined The Rising Generation and he briefly tried his hand at wool buying and worked for his father for a year. Kearns traveled the West as a representative of Howell, Jones and his wool-buying career came to an abrupt end when Kearns purchased five boxcars full of black wool from a breed called Karakul for $8,000. The problem was that black wool could not be dyed and no one knew how to use it in those days, after this fiasco, Kearns gladly gave up the wool business and pursued a show business career. Kearns played Ed, the security guard for Jack Bennys underground money vault, the running gag was that Benny had kept Ed on duty at the vaults door so long that the guard was not conversant with current events. When Benny informed him that The War had ended, Ed asked whether the North or the South had won and he played numerous parts on the Benny show, including an IRS Agent. He appeared in roles on The Mel Blanc Show and The Harold Peary Show as Old Doc Yak-Yak. He also played comedic parts on Judy Canovas radio show, including her dumb boyfriend. Kearns made his debut in Hard, Fast and Beautiful. He was the voice of the Doorknob in Disneys animated film, Kearns appeared in other movies, making his final film appearance as the crime photographer in Anatomy of a Murder. He appeared on Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, I Love Lucy, My Little Margie, Perry Mason, I Married Joan, December Bride, Its a Great Life, Angel, Gunsmoke, Kearns played Fred on Professional Father. In 1959 Kearns appeared as criminologist Edward Langley in the Perry Mason episode, Kearns final role was as George Wilson, the grouchy, cantankerous neighbor in CBSs Dennis the Menace based on the comic strip by Hank Ketcham. After his death, Kearns was replaced in the cast by Gale Gordon, Kearns and Gordon had worked together prior to Dennis the Menace, on the old radio show The Cinnamon Bear. The last episode Kearns filmed was titled The Man Next Door, episode 100, sylvia Field as Georges wife, Martha, remained for a few more broadcasts, with John Wilson appearing in episode 103, John Wilsons Cushion, which aired on May 27,1962. There were references to George being back east in subsequent shows, while Kearns was still filming episodes, the show introduced Edward Everett Horton as Georges Uncle Ned, beginning with episode 90. In season four, Field was replaced in the cast by Sara Seegar, playing John Wilsons wife, Kearns never married nor had any children. Describing himself as an owl who hated to get up early in the morning, Kearns enjoyed cooking, reading novels, writing, traveling, going to the movies
11. Gale Gordon – Gordon also had starring roles in Balls successful third series Heres Lucy and her short-lived fourth and final series Life with Lucy. He is remembered for his role as school principal Osgood Conklin in the early 1950s television hit show Our Miss Brooks starring Eve Arden, Gordon was also a respected and beloved radio actor. He also co-starred as the second Mr. Wilson in Dennis the Menace, born Charles Thomas Aldrich, Jr. Gordon and his character of Mayor La Trivia briefly left the show in December 1942 when Gordon enlisted in World War II and the storyline followed. He was the first actor to play the role of Flash Gordon and he also played Dr. Stevens in Glorious One. From 1937–39, he starred as The Octopus in the Speed Gibson adventure series, in 1949, Gordon recorded the pilot for The Halls of Ivy, starring in the programs title role of Dr. Todhunter Hall, the president of Ivy College. In 1950, Gordon played John Granby in the radio series Granbys Green Acres, Gordon went on to create the role of pompous principal Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks, carrying the role to television when the show moved there in 1952. In the interim, Gordon turned up as Rudolph Atterbury on My Favorite Husband, Gordon and Ball had previously worked together on The Wonder Show, starring Jack Haley, from 1938–39. The two had a friendship as well as recurring professional partnership. In 1958, he appeared as a regular in the role of department store co-owner Bascomb Bleacher, Sr. on the NBC sitcom Sally, starring Joan Caulfield and he also appeared on the Walter Brennan ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys. Gordon had a role in the CBS television comedy Pete. At this time, he guest starred with Pat OBrien in the ABC sitcom, Harrigan and Son and he also appeared on the CBS/Desilu sitcom, Angel, with Annie Fargé. On The Danny Thomas Show, he guest starred in seven episodes, in five, he played the landlord of the building where the Williams family lived. In 1962, Gordon appeared as different characters on two episodes of another ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show, Gordon was under contract to play John Wilson on Dennis the Menace. Prior to Gordons replacing Kearns on Dennis the Menace, the two had worked together on an old show, The Cinnamon Bear. When Dennis the Menace ended in spring 1963, Gordon joined The Lucy Show as Mr. Mooney for the 1963-64 season, the somewhat portly Gordon was adept at physical comedy and could do a perfect cartwheel. He did this on The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy, after the sale of Desilu Studios, Ball shut down The Lucy Show in 1968 and retooled it into Heres Lucy and became her own producer and distributor. She used Gordon again, this time as her irascible boss Harrison Otis Uncle Harry Carter at an employment agency that specialized in unusual jobs for unusual people, in reality, it was just a continuation of the Lucy Carmichael/Mr. Mooney relationship, but with new names and a new setting, Gordon had all but retired when Heres Lucy ended, but in the 1980s he came out of retirement to join Ball for the short-lived Life With Lucy
12. Sylvia Field