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18 March, 2002

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Reader Review

Steeleye Span: Part III

By Dave Romm

Steeleye Span
Part III: Mature Musicians

Celtic Folk/Rock is my favorite type of music and Steeleye Span is my favorite group, and has been for more than 25 years, but I'll try to keep it short. I won't link to all the albums, but you can get many of them from Amazon here or here and find the lyrics to almost all their songs here. I love the net.

Commoners Crown is their darkest album, which is saying a lot for Steeleye Span, and yet ends with Good Show ad libs. Go fig.

Little Sir High contains no specific reference to the real horror of the song: It's an old ballad called Sir Hugh, or the Jew's Daughter that's been used to perpetuate the Blood Libel against Jews and probably relates to St. Hugh or one of the several saints that were canonized from the lie (and, to my knowledge, since decanonized). The song is bloody enough: Dark and chilling, about a child being cruelly murdered. A disturbing song, suberbly told, even if they've purged anti-semitism from the Britain of the time. Long Lankin is another long song, chillingly dark, about a child being murdered.

One of the biggest culture shocks in listening to the SSpan canon (and then reexaming other folk songs) is how many of them deal with young women, often young mothers, leaving, never to be seen by anyone living again. Are they really tales trying to surpress women who are leaving a bad marriage, or are they old wives' tales (if you'll pardon the expression) trying to explain why a woman is gone after dying in childbirth? Roughly a third of all women died in childbirth prior to the rise of antiseptic medicine in the 1800s and infant mortality was as high as 50% (no, I'm not going to delve further into that: Do your own research), and folk songs like The Foggy, Foggy Dew refer to their death in childbirth more directly. What would happen if a man were called on to explain his wife's disappearance? These were times when they burned witches who didn't drown in the test; superstition and folk tales would be the norm. Demon Lover is about a woman who leaves her husband and child for the riches of a faraway place, which turn out to be Hell. Elf Call, more sympathetically, tells the tale of a woman who has just lost her own child being called to nurse the Elf King's child. A beautiful song, one of my favorites.

Bach Goes to Limerick is a gorgeous fugue, with the first part working better than the second when the drums come in and it goes rock. Dogs and Ferrets is another poaching song, done in an odd time signature. Galtee Farmer is another interminable cow song that I could live without. But the album ends quite strongly. Maddy Prior sings both parts of an a cappella duet wherein her lover in pressed into service (ie kidnapped onto a British Navy ship) by the Weary Cutters. This segues into New York Girls, a comment about American sluts, I suppose, which also ends with impressment. A bouncy cautionary tale recorded by many, SSpan managed to persuade Peter Sellers to play "acoustic ukelele". The liner notes of a 1978 compilation aver: "Apart from playing well, Sellers enlivened the session with a stream of ad-libbed Goon humour, some of which was kept in the final mix. The band still have a version that is entirely swamped with manic Goon Show interruptions." I'd keep that, too. As it is, the few lines from Sellers at the end of the album are mildly amusing but a must for the dedicated Goon completist.

Immediately noticeable is the strange cover art of All Around My Hat. This is a piece of art that, alas really only works on the vinyl album cover. First of all, the back of the record (but not the CD) contains the other three members of the band, similarly skewed. Second, the album liner notes are are required to see the art properly. You pull out the inner card, just a little. There are three holes: flip up the edge to look through a whole to see the band member normal; flip down to see the back cover. Was this use of Anamorphic Projection a good idea? What the heck. More important to the success of the album was the producer, Mike Batt, of Womble fame. As mentioned in a previous review, the Wombles became a hit, and the animated series... went on tour. It's rumored that the people inside the Wombles costume were Steeleye Span. They owed him, since this is one of their most successful albums, and the title song was #3 in the British pop charts in December 1975. 'Pop', more than 'rock' describes much of this album, but it really works most of the time.

All Around My Hat sent me scurrying to the college library to find out what the herbal references meant, and whether they were part of the same symbolism as in Simon and Garfunkel's Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme. Both refer to the loss of a lover, but have slightly different takes on the jilted beau's reaction. The SSpan song has Maddy Prior at her scorned best with rock verses and an a cappella section. Several groups have done Black Jack Davey (or Black Jack David or Gypsy Davy or other variants) from The Incredible String Band to Koerner Ray and Glover, but the SSpan version is my favorite, telling the story of a young woman who runs away with a low class boy in a menial job (he slaps tar, or 'blackjack' on ships) and her father chasing them. Gamble Gold (Robin Hood) is a nice take on part of the legend rarely mentioned (well, I'd never heard of it, before or since). Sum Waves is an incredible violin instrumental. Cadgwith Anthem and Hard Times of Old England are nice vocal arrangements dealing with economics; the first about robbers and the second about merchants. I confess I don't like the other three songs very much, but they do have the occasional bit of lovely harmony and nice arrangement.

*Whew* An entire section devoted to two albums... but two of their best. While All Around My Hat is probably more accessible for the average rock listener and certainly more upbeat, Commoners Crown may be the height of their tight musicianship and storytelling ability.

Dave Romm is a conceptual artist with a radio show and a web site and a very weird CD collection. He reviews things at random for obscure web sites. You can read all his music recommendations from Bartcop-E here.

Thanks, Dave!


He's Back From Fishing & Updated Already

The Worried Shrimp

The The Worried Shrimp must have plenty of time to cogitate while on his fishing trip. He's back at work again...

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Tag, You're It

Warning: This article could be hazardous to your sanity. It contains discussions of songs so diabolically annoying that merely reading their titles -- "It's a Small World," "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "My Sharona" -- can cause them to get stuck in your head. Proceed at your own risk.

'' For years, humans have been tortured by Stuck Tune Syndrome, in which a seemingly innocuous piece of music lodges in the brain and refuses to leave. So far, no cure exists, but a University of Cincinnati professor hopes to change that. James Kellaris has embarked on a study to figure out why songs sometimes commandeer people's mind.

Kellaris, a marketing teacher who moonlights as a bouzouki player in a Greek band, theorizes that certain types of music operate like mental mosquito bites. They create a "cognitive itch" that can be scratched only by replaying the tune in the mind. The more the brain scratches, the worse the itch gets. ''


Walk in Light and Love,

Wren Walker

The Witches' Voice

Thanks, Wren. Currently I'm suffering from this condition. The kid & I went to a local matinee production of 'Little Shop of Horrors'. Little shop, little shop of horrors.....although 'Suddenly Seymour' would be worse. Yep, much worse.


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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

As stated earlier, the kid & I went to a 'Little Shop Of Horrors' matinee. It's 'Smithsonian' Week in Long Beach, and it's pretty cool. This year's theme is 'Space, Spiders & Musical Theater', (talk about stretching connections!). Some wonderfully talented people were involved. The girl Greek chorus had 3 fabulous voices! The direction was amazing, considering all the constraints (time, money, space). Yeah, we had a pretty good time.

Caught some of the 'Simpsons', and some of the 'X-Files'. But, by the time 'X-Files' was on, so was Erin, and she had Mark from on. He did a great hour (by phone) from Chicago.

TV after 11 pm on Sunday bites in LA. Big time. There are at least 21 'over-the-air' channels here, and, in a pinch, I'll even watch soap operas in Korean. (Channeling Ted Cassidy as Lurch....''oeh-eheheheheheheh'' while head shakes from side to side.)

Tonight, Monday, it's a fresh night! 'King Of Queens', the debut of 'Baby Bob', 'Raymond', 'Becker', and 'Family Law'.

NBC also has a fresh night, with a 90-minute 'Fear Factor', 'Colin Quinn', and 'Crossing Jordan'.

ABC has a rerun 'My Wife & Kids', a fresh 'Wayne Brady Show', then a repeat 'Before They Were Stars' and then a fresh 'Once & Again'.

The WB has a rerun '7th Heaven' and a fresh 'Glory Days'.

Faux is fresh tonight with 'Boston Public' and 'The American Embassy'.

UPN has reruns 'The Hughleys' and 'One On One'. Then, they have a fresh hour with 'The Parkers' and 'Girlfriends'.

AMC celebrates a bit of Katharine Hepburn with 'On Golden Pond' and 'Lion In Winter'.

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BartCop Astrology

Hot from Geneva:
My astrological focus this issue is the chart of Andrea Yates, the Houston, Texas mother convicted of murdering her 5 children by drowning them in the bathtub in the family home. The astrological aspects at work in her chart are absolutely fascinating. Here's a chosen excerpt:

'' Andrea's Pluto at 12 Virgo exactly squares her daughter's Pluto at 12 Sagittarius, and to round things off Mary's Jupiter, 5 Gemini, squares Mom's Saturn at 4 Pisces. This child, more than the others was, as perceived by Andrea, the final straw, the annihilation of the last fragile shreds of her diminishing sanity. If Andrea could have stayed pregnant forever then the problem with the chemical imbalance wouldn't have ever been so grave, but post-partum psychosis begins to show its lethal nature within a few weeks to a few months following birth, due to the severe drop in circulating hormones from pregnancy and then after delivery. This birth, along with the abundant (Jupiter) stresses, demands on her time, tension and anxiety in Andrea's life was to send her reeling into hideous and shocking action.

On the otherside of the chartwheel, transiting Pluto at 13 Sagittarius was opposing natal Mars and transiting Saturn. We've seen the devastating destructive effects of the Saturn/Pluto opposition in the 9/11 tragedy. This follows Pluto's nature of creating an intense sense of annihilation in order to bring to our attention an area that needs to be fixed and to achieve meaningful change. Perhaps these children's lives will not have been lost in vain, if we can effect more profound and insightful laws and treatment to address the issue of mental illness. Maybe others in Andrea's situation can be saved before this horrific scene plays out again in another home, another bathtub. ''


Last Night For Natan Lane & Matthew Broderick

''The Producer's''

'The Producers' producer Mel Brooks addresses the audience at New York's St. James Theatre as Nathan Lane, second left, and Matthew Broderick look on after their last performance in

Goodbye to Broadway's original Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom.

After nearly a year's run, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick leave "The Producers" on Sunday, turning over the starring roles in Broadway's biggest hit in years to English actor Henry Goodman and television star Steven Weber.

The Mel Brooks musical, based on his 1968 film about two rapscallion Broadway producers who bilk investors out of their money by putting on a musical about Adolf Hitler, won't have to worry about sagging ticket sales. The show, which won a record 12 Tony Awards (news - web sites) last June, is pretty much sold out for months to come.

Lane collected a Tony for his portrayal of Bialystock, the role originated in the movie by Zero Mostel, and Broderick was Bloom, the hapless accountant, played by Gene Wilder in the film.

Lane and Broderick will not be idle for long.

Lane will try his luck again on television with a new CBS series called "Life of the Party." His last TV effort, a comedy called "Encore! Encore!", set in the California wine country, lasted only a few weeks on NBC in 1998 despite the valiant efforts of Lane and a cast that included such theater veterans as Joan Plowright and Glenne Headly.

Broderick also will segue into television. He will star for ABC in a TV version of "The Music Man," playing another charlatan of sorts, Professor Harold Hill, reportedly opposite Kristin Chenoweth as Marian the librarian.

''The Producer's''


Class Of 2002 Inductions Tonight

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Modesty prevented singer Brenda Lee from voting for herself the first two years she was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But when her ballot arrived in the mail a third time, Lee checked off her name.

Maybe it made the difference, because she's being inducted Monday in a Hall of Fame class with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Isaac Hayes, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Gene Pitney, and Chet Atkins.

Jewel will induct her, keeping with the Hall of Fame's tradition of having contemporary stars explain how they were influenced by their forebears. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder salutes the Ramones, Jakob Dylan inducts Petty, and Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante honor the Talking Heads.

Grammy darling Alicia Keys salutes Hayes, the chef of hot buttered soul who said he was surprised in December when his driver told him he had been voted in.

This year's class marks the first time the hall has opened its doors to the first punk rock generation to the Ramones and the Talking Heads.

It's a bittersweet moment for the Ramones, given gangly lead singer Joey Ramone's death from cancer 11 months ago. Green Day, whose lightning-fast guitar riffs are clearly influenced by the Ramones, will perform some of their songs.

Talking Heads, art rockers whose music soared upon taking funk influences, broke up amid acrimony and lawsuits in the 1990s. But its four members will set aside their differences to perform two songs together Monday.

Singer Darlene Love will induct Pitney, singer of "(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance" and "It Hurts to Be in Love."

Guitarist Chet Atkins, who died last June and sold more than 75 million albums, will be inducted by Brian Setzer and Marty Stuart.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame


Sunday New York Times Magazine Is Gay?

Editor Says So

The editor of the Sunday New York Times Magazine just confirmed something that we, along with many readers, have long suspected. "I actually edit a magazine that's pretty gay," Adam Moss told a panel of fellow gay and straight magazine editors from Newsweek, Fortune, Vibe and Talk last week. The Wall Street Journal's Tunku Varadarajan, who is married with children, asked one gay Times magazine writer to elaborate. "Well, it's mostly lower-case gay, to be honest, not upper-case gay," he said, adding, "There's a frequent focus on musical theater." The writer also says the Times has assembled a special gay e-mail list to alert gay readers to the frequent gay-themed articles in the Sunday magazine and in the rest of the paper as well. "Where did they get the list from?" he asks. "I don't know!" In fact, Moss said the Times magazine would be even more gay than it is if he didn't rein it in a bit. "If anything inhibits the amount of gay material we publish, it's me." A rep for the Times did not return calls.

Sunday New York Times Magazine Is Gay?


In Venezuela

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani, singer of the U.S. band No Doubt, performs at the second Caracas Pop Festival in Guarenas, Venezuela, Saturday, March 16, 2002.
Photo by Fernando Llano


Wretched Sounding Disney-Faux Effort

Prince William

Britain's Prince William, a fixture in every tabloid and every teenage girl's diary, is the subject of a new telefilm for ABC, produced by Fox TV Pictures.

The project, tentatively titled "Prince William," is set to air Oct. 13 as part of the network's "Wonderful World of Disney" franchise.

"The way we pitched it (to the network) was 'James at 15' with the royal family," Madden said. "We basically took the tack that we were going to do a true coming-of-age of a kid who is going through in some ways all of the things that every kid goes through of dealing with adolescence, coming of sexuality and dealing with your dad."

Prince William


Major Expansion Plans In Florida

Universal Studios

Universal Studios, which recently restored work schedules cut back after Sept. 11 and raised pay for hourly employees, is working on plans to open three new attractions at its theme parks.

The final go-ahead for the expansion plans depend on solid attendance in the first two quarters of this year, said Universal Orlando president Bob Gault.

Gault is also hiring 800 seasonal workers to beef up park services for spring break and the Easter holiday.

Universal Studios


Look Who's Expecting

The Little Ones

Rumour has it that Alexandra Wentworth, who married George Stephanopoulos on Nov. 21, is pregnant ...

The Little Ones


Sunday In LA

Nimoy & Shatner

Leonard Nimoy, left, and William Shatner talk privately while autographing copies of their recently released DVD/VHS "Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime", Sunday, March 17, 2002, in the Century City section of Los Angeles. Mind Meld is an examination of the impact the Star Trek experience has had on the franchise's two most celebrated participants.
Photo by Ric Francis


At The Scientific & Technical Oscars

Norwalk Virus

A disease that spreads through food infected with sewage pollution is likely responsible for a mystery illness that overcame at least 100 guests who attended a pre-Oscar ceremony earlier this month, public health officials said Friday.

The March 2 event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills honored scientific and technical achievement in cinema. About 500 people attended the dinner and awards presentation.

After collecting stool samples from some of those infected, epidemiologists have classified the disease as a type of Norwalk virus, a common infectious agent that causes gastroenteritis, said Dr. Lauren Mascola, head of infectious diseases for the Los Angeles County Department of Health.

"At this point, we haven't found any smoking gun," Mascola said. "We haven't narrowed it down to a particular food item or determined what caused this outbreak. Unfortunately, we don't always find out what happened." Nearly 20 employees of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences called in sick after the event amid the organization's busy Oscar season, said spokesman John Pavlik. Among them was Laura Ziskin, who's producing the March 24 Oscar telecast.

The Norwalk-type virus traditionally spreads through food tainted by fecal material, often shellfish infected by raw sewage pollution in the ocean or meat tainted by stool from sick food handlers.

At The Scientific & Technical Oscars


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The Wedding Planner

Jim Rose

Sideshow svengali Jim Rose shot to infamy in the '90s when his stable of freaks, fire-eaters and carnival characters toured the country with the Lollapalooza festival. But these days, Rose is busy planning a lavish wedding for his "Mexican transvestite wrestlers," Lo Blow Ventura and Tickles Valdez. Because they fell in love while incarcerated in a Texas jail cell, the cross-dressing couple will honeymoon in an actual prison. "We're looking at a closed penitentiary in Wyoming that's being used as a tourist attraction," Rose tells us, "but I'd much rather do it in New York than Wyoming."

Jim Rose - Wedding Planner


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A publicity image of Hormel's Spam tins surrounding the world. The tinned pork luncheon meat is 65 years old this year and shows no sign of retiring gracefully.


Accurate Insight On 'Politically Incorrect'

Dave & Ted & Bill

Late-night's silent victim: Politically Incorrect

By Peter Bart, Variety Editor-in-Chief

I realize everyone's sick of reading about the David Letterman latenight follies, but there are still a few things I can't figure out.

For example, with all the massive over-coverage, including successive page-one stories in the New York Times, only one concrete development emerged from the imbroglio -- a development that the press avoids mentioning. To wit: "Politically Incorrect" was summarily beheaded.

For the rest, Late-night's silent victim: Politically Incorrect

Peter Barth is the Editor-in-Chief of the showbusiness Bible, Variety. From my perspective, he hits this one square on.


Not Looking For An Apartment In NYC

Barbara Bush

Not even the Secret Service can intimidate Manhattan's aggressive residential real-estate brokers. Last week, presidential daughter Barbara Bush and a gaggle of Secret Servicemen had lunch at Bobby Flay's restaurant Bolo. Seated next to them was a large group of brokers from Citi Habitats, one of whom sidled up to the Secret Service and started chatting. "He used the guys to get in with Barbara and started chatting her up." When it looked like he was going to get the boot, the broker blurted out, "Are you looking for an apartment?" to which Bush demurely replied, "Oh, no thank you."

Barbara Bush


Actor Arrested In Pakistan

Erik Anthony Aude

A Pakistani court on Saturday charged a California man with drug-smuggling following his arrest last month at a Pakistani airport with nearly 8 pounds of opium in his suitcase.

Erik Anthony Aude, 21, of Lancaster, Calif., will be formally charged March 29 with trying to smuggle 7.9 pounds of opium into Pakistan.

Aude, who appeared in court handcuffed and visibly shaken, could face the death penalty if convicted, although he is more likely to be sentenced to 14 years in prison, considered a life sentence in Pakistan.

Aude, who played minor roles in the television show, "Reba," and the teen movie, "Dude, Where's My Car?," was arrested Feb. 15 at the Islamabad airport with what Pakistani authorities say was $3,400 worth of opium hidden in his suitcase. He was arrested before boarding a Dubai-bound flight.

Since his arrest, Aude has been in jail, where he spends most of his time reading and praying, authorities said.

Erik Anthony Aude


Episode Not Shown In Virginia

''Once and Again''

In a move protested by gay-rights groups, a Virginia ABC affiliate has said "never again" to an episode of Once and Again, which featured a kiss between two teen girls.

For its part, WSET wasn't saying why it preempted the show. Instead, the station aired an hour's worth of infomercials, and viewers who emailed in to complain were told the episode would not be airing.

ABC said WSET was the only station to pull Monday night's episode, adding that affiliates have the right to air what they want. (For another example, witness the aversion to Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect displayed by ABC's Washington, D.C., affiliate WJLA.)

Interestingly enough, the show just got a boost by its recent move to Monday nights. This week, it actually won its time period. And if the series continues to fare well in its new home, Once and Again may avoid death. Again.

''Once and Again''


Tales From The Bachelor Party

David Gest

The groom was not pleased when three Liza impersonators turned up at his bachelor party.

But David Gest was a good sport - subdued, but gracious.

After recovering from his initial shock, he exchanged pleasantries and a few laughs with the drag-queen Liza-lookalikes. But he refused to pose with them, and refused to let any of them sit on his lap.

"Not a chance, he's really not happy about them being here," one party-goer said.

But the groom did clap appreciatively when the most fetching of the trio, Richard DeFonzo, belted out bride-to-be Liza Minnelli's signature songs, "Cabaret" and "New York, New York."

"He had a sense of humor about it," said Miss Understood, the drag-queen owner of Screaming Queen Media, which provided the entertainment.

Several people described Thursday's bachelor party at Nanni's on East 46th Street - with 50 celebrants including Ben Vereen, Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson, and two of the Jackson brothers - as reserved. They also reported that the Gest of honor left early.

"He was very quiet - usually he's not," said restaurant owner Filippo Carnevale, who counts the flamboyant Broadway producer among his regulars.

Tales From The Bachelor Party


In Memory

William Witney

William Witney, who came up with the idea to choreograph screen fights and directed dozens of Westerns, movie serials and TV shows, has died. He was 86.

Witney died Sunday at a nursing facility near his home here in the Sierra Nevada foothills from complications following a series of strokes, according to friend Dave Holland.

During a 40-year career, Witney worked on two dozen serials, including the popular Lone Ranger, Dick Tracy and Captain Marvel shows. He also directed more than 60 feature films, many of them 1940s and 1950s B-Westerns, along with hundreds of episodes of TV shows such as "Lassie," "Wagon Train" and "Bonanza."

His last movie was "Darktown Strutters" in 1975.

Director Quentin Tarantino also was a fan. "I've found directors I like, but William Witney is ahead of them all," he told the New York Times in 2000. "I think it's so cool that he began as the king of cowboy serials and ended with a black exploitation film. That's a career, man."

"The camera movements are elegant," Tarantino said. "You have to have made movies for 30 years to be able to move the camera so unpretentiously."

Born in 1915 in Lawton, Okla., Witney broke into the movie business in 1933 as a messenger boy and four years later became a director at the ripe age of 21. He was pressed into service on a Republic Pictures serial after the director was fired.

Asked the secret of making Westerns, he once replied: "Make sure you have good headlights on your car. Because you go to work in the dark and you come home in the dark."

Witney often told the tale that he got the idea to choreograph film fights after watching Busby Berkeley filming a dance number one step at a time.

In the old days, stuntmen staged the fights themselves as one long brawl.

"By the time three or four minutes had passed, they were out of breath and scattered all over the set," he said in his autobiography.

Witney structured fights so they could be filmed in pieces, allowing the camera to focus on particular actions or zoom in for close-ups of the leads.

Witney is survived by his wife, Beverly, and a son by a previous marriage, John Witney, of Truckee, Calif.

William Witney


In Memory

Milton "Mel" Stewart

Milton "Mel" Stewart, best known for his acting stints on television's "All in the Family" and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," has died. He was 72.

Stewart died of Alzheimer's disease Feb. 24 at a nursing home in Pacifica, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

Stewart, a longtime Bay Area resident, also was an acting teacher whose students included Danny Glover.

An accomplished saxophonist, Stewart also played alongside such jazz legends as John Coltrane and Charlie Parker.

He also was a black belt in aikido and ran a martial arts school for inner-city youths in San Francisco.

Stewart's acting career started when he was a teen-ager in Cleveland. After landing roles in several Broadway productions in New York, Stewart moved to Northern California in the 1960s and joined the improvisation group known as the Committee, which eventually led to Hollywood. He was a semi-regular from 1971 to 1973 on "All in the Family," portraying the outspoken Henry Jefferson, a member of the black family next door to Archie Bunker. His character provided a racial counterpoint to the bombastic blue-collar Bunker played by Carroll O'Connor.

Stewart was often cast as an authority figure and landed roles in such movies as 1973's "Steelyard Blues" and "Newman's Law" in 1974. He retired after filming "Made in America" with Whoopi Goldberg in 1993.

Stewart taught acting workshops at San Francisco State University when not performing and also taught through a theater group he founded called BANTU (Black Actors Now Through Unity).

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Annie Dong-Stewart; daughter, Alia Dong-Stewart and a brother, Morris, of Cleveland.

Milton "Mel" Stewart


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'' And we've got a job to do at home, as well. You know, I was campaigning in Chicago and somebody asked me, is there ever any time where the budget might have to go into deficit? I said only if we were at war or had a national emergency or were in recession. (Laughter.) Little did I realize we'd get the trifecta. (Laughter.) But we're fine. ''

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This weekend's animation involves Pickles & her favorite purgative...LOL
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