After getting roughed up in a fight, Hawk asks Spenser what happened. “I cut myself shaving.” To which Hawk replies, “What, you shaving with a weed wacker now?”
Hawk to Spenser talking about two thugs they are tailing: “If those boys were any dumber, you’d have to water ’em.”
Capt. Marty Quirk to Spenser: “Shit happens. You should probably put that on your business cards.”
“Your mother was a vending machine and your father was a roto-rooter.” An annoyed Louise Baltimore speaking to her robot Sherman in the 1983 novel Millennium.
“I solve all my cases. They’re just not all solved yet.” Spenser, 1994
“Better here than Philadelphia” on WC Fields’ tombstone
“I’ll have what she’s having” from When Harry Met Sally, 1989
“We should’a had a bigger boat” from Jaws, 1975
“The last time I was inside a woman, I was visiting the Statue of Liberty” from Crimes and Misdemeanors, 1989
“Roses are red, violets are blue. I’m a schizophrenic, and so am I” from What about Bob, 1991
“If I’m not back in 10 minutes, just wait longer” from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, 1994
“Klaatu, barada, nichto” from The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951
“If you build it, he will come” from Field of Dreams, 1989
This beautiful violin theme was actually written and produced specifically for a Prego spaghetti commercial in 2003.
Although I admired Bill Bixby, and I admit to a visceral enjoyment whenever he “hulked out” in the show, the TV show itself was not necessarily one of my favorites. But Joe Harnell’s haunting piano theme, The Lonely Man, definitely left a lifetime impression.
Belgian born, Jean-Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans began his career in the late 1940’s playing with the Benny Goodman band when Goodman toured Europe. His talent was quite unique – a jazz harmonica player. Toots is known for playing on a number of movie themes, perhaps the best known of which is the theme to the 1971 Academy award nominated film – Midnight Cowboy, starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. However, to the general public, he may be best known (at least for his music, if not his name) for the theme song to Sesame Street.
I fell in love with his music after first hearing the theme, Nice to Be Around, from the little movie – Cinderella Liberty – which came out in 1973. Nice to be Around was nominated for the Academy award for Best Original Song that year but, to my dismay, it lost out to Barbra Streisand’s Evergreen.
I was fortunate enough to hear Toots play in person a number of times over the years. He died in August of 2016 at the age of 94.