3 June 2022

Published June 1, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction circa 1935
Word Count: 100


Nine-year-old Melvyn Kaminsky held his breath as he stood by the tenement window watching for Uncle Joe’s checkered cab. He could always tell when it was his uncle’s because he was so short the cab appeared to be driverless.

            Uncle Joe’s friend gave him two complimentary tickets for a Broadway play— Anything Goes by the great Cole Porter, starring Ethel Merman.

            Melvyn hid on the cab’s floor so Uncle Joe wouldn’t get in trouble for giving out free rides.  

            From the dizzying last row of the second balcony, the future Mel Brooks decided there was no business like show business.


56 comments on “3 June 2022

  • Dear Rochelle,

    What a lovely story about a very talented man. Loved the way he described Uncle Joe and Uncle Joe’s friend had no idea that when he gave Mel tickets to the Broadway show, how it would change his life. He and his wife, Anne Bancroft, a great actress, were married for 40 years. She was the love of his life. I can just imagine who he used to make her laugh.


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  • I can see why young Mel would be transfixed by Merman singing Porter. I thank Mr. Brooks for the many lung-clearing laughs via his designs over the years. Young Frankenstein is one of my favorites by him.

    Thanks for using my photo this week, Rochelle!

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    • Dear Lisa,

      I love Young Frankenstein, too. Excuse me…Frahnkenshteen 😉 Will never hear Puttin’ on the Ritz the same way. Thank you for your kind words re my story and thank you for the lovely photo.



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      • Rochelle, I love the ensembles he had in his films. It’s one of those gestalt — or is that geshtalt? — things. You are very welcome on the photo 🙂


  • I love Mel Brooks. I literally would not be here if it weren’t for Mel Brooks. My parents’ first date was to see “Blazing Saddles.” My mom was not interested in seeing “a Western,” but my dad talked her into it, and here I am. “Spaceballs” and “History Of The World Part 1” are my favorites. Now that Carl’s gone, it concerns me that Mel won’t be far behind.

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  • It’s fascinating to think how small events can lead on to much bigger things and even set the course of a person’s whole life. In this case, his life has also impacted on and brought joy to so many others. You show it so well here, Rochelle.

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    • Dear Andrea,

      WP can be really strange. Thank you for identifying yourself. 😉 There are a couple of commentors who always end up in my trash folder. Go figure. Glad you enjoyed my little story.




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