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July 31, 2006



"Do what makes you happy." Those wise words from my dad after I finished my first night on the air as a 17-year-old dj at a small FM station in the San Fernando Valley (north of L.A.)"I have no idea."And those wise words from my dad 45 years later, shortly before he died, when I asked him the purpose of life.Lizard's words would have received a resounding endorsement from the wisest man I ever knew, and I'm sure they'll resonate with others. Great scene.

The Minstrel Boy

i sometimes tell people that i would give up my whole career in the studio, soundtrack, and jingle aspect of music for a working bar band in l.a., san francisco, or even seattle. it's hard to feel like a musician when you're caged in a booth alone for six hour stretches. but then, i have days where i decide work isn't that important and on a whim fly somewhere to catch a ball game. . .trade offs and choices can just be a bitch.


I like it.

Scribe LA

The title "Satisfaction" may have been the reason for the non-sell. In the 90's it was still too close to time when the Julia Roberts girl power band flick "Satisfaction" torched up the box office. Wait a minute, that "Satisfcation" wasn't, ahem, satisfying at the box office. Oh, well, maybe it is the whole Bakersfield DJ thing after all. Thanks for sharing some of your goodies.Scribe

Lloyd Thaxton

KEN:Isn't there a law against plagiarism? You stole my list.LloydP.S. It's OK. I've really stopped thinking about it. The people on the list, I mean.

Hollie Nell

Great scene. I'd like to see a screenplay like this. But instead I'll have to see Superman 15 and Batman 12. Oh well.. It's good to hear that even writers as successful as yourself still have scripts that even if they are good aren't going anywhere. Tells me just to keep at it. Someday one will be the ticket.

Richard Jensen

Ken: Very lovely scene. Now I'm curious to read the whole thing. Since that's not possible, I'll just have to wait to see it in the theaters. One minor beef though, ANN COULTER!!!


I actually saw Alan Alda as Lizard. He likes working these days. Maybe you can do it as a play...in Bakersfield to start.


Bonnie wasn't with CBS back in the 90's.And Cameron Diaz??? She's two paychecks away from being white trash you wouldn't even look at in line at Sav-On.

Bob Harlow

Ken,I have to say I agree with at least one of the women on that list!


This scene looks naive when compared to the sex talk in "American Pie" franchise. It contains a very smart transition from the spiritual talk at the beginning to the mundane talk in the second half. Nevertheless, it is not as good as it could have been, I believe.


Alas, Sun, Fun, Stay, Play is no more. Ken Jones purchased the two signs in 1983, and somewhere down the road, they were scrapped. We now have the stupidest squiggle you have ever seen.


Nice to see Bob Harlow's name in print.


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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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