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Center Square by Steve Wilson
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really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2014

It's been awhile since I've read a celebrity memoir, since those usually aren't my thing (unless they're about Frank Zappa). I will however occasionally indulge myself with one if it's about a unique individual or favorite actor. Center Square fits both those criteria.

I remember Paul Lynde as a pretty versatile comic actor - though like most of his characters, they were just versions of himself - and pretty quick on the quip. I never really even considered he was gay - he was just the goofy guy who had KISS on his Halloween special, and was always in the middle of the Hollywood Squares board. According to this biography, Paul was a much more complex person than I would've realized, and occasionally much more troubled and petty.

The book has two pages of photos, and covers all of Paul's career, from his days with WAA-MUU, summer stock, early TV, Bye Bye Birdie, his failed TV shows, and all the other high and low spots. The book is very straight-forward about the uniqueness of Paul's homosexuality; considering his status as a star from the game show and being in America's face daily, as it were, it surprising that it wasn't as big an issue in the day.

Overall, this is a very well-written and researched book. If you enjoy Paul Lynde's comedy, you'll like this. And if you'd like to understand more about the TV pilot process in the sixties, this has a lot of inside information on that as well.

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Reading Progress

June 21, 2014 – Shelved
June 21, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
July 6, 2014 – Started Reading
July 6, 2014 –
page 16
July 6, 2014 –
page 29
July 17, 2014 –
page 103
July 18, 2014 –
page 118
July 18, 2014 –
page 123
July 19, 2014 –
page 143
July 20, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
July 20, 2014 – Finished Reading

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