Friday, September 3, 2010
This week's podcast: Douglas on Letterman sparks memories of Michael Landon
I remember meeting Landon and being thrown by his colour. He looked quite orange, something I wrote off at the time as some weird Hollywood tanning mishap. He chatted briefly with PR man Harry Flynn before our exchange and in retrospect I remember Flynn seemed concerned about Landon`s health. It wasn`t until I got back to Toronto that about a week later that news broke about Landon`s deadly cancer diagnosis.
There was no hint of that talk in our exchange. I sat in his office for over an hour and he had me in stitches mainly with Bonanza stories. Landon kept goofing on Canadian-born Pa Cartwright Lorne Greene, calling him the Jewish cowboy and pointing out every time Greene rode a horse, you could see daylight as he bounced high up and down off the saddle.
Fortunately for Douglas, there have been tremendous advances in cancer treatment since Landon`s passing. Scott and I talk about it and you can listen in here.