Bob Newhart

The “Overweight Sensation” That Was Allan Sherman

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentI may be a goyische shiksa, but I know from Yiddish. That fact has flummoxed more than one Jewish friend in my life. “Where did you learn to say ‘Gotenyu’ [‘for God’s sake’]?” someone will ask. The simple answer: I learned it from one of my oldest friends and mentors — a self-professed “Brooklyn boy” whose ancestors fled Russian pogroms to make their fortunes in America. My Brooklyn friend was born in 1948 — two generations too late for shtetl-speak, but right on time for …

Bob Newhart Is a Hit on ‘Big Bang Theory’

Posted on 04/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentBob Newhart’s fans have been waiting for this one — his first appearance on The Big Bang Theory Thursday night (May 2).  Duly promoted as befits a sweeps-sized casting coup, Newhart has come aboard TV’s highest-rated sitcom for at least three episodes, playing a “Mr. Wizard”- style kiddie science show host who’s a childhood idol of Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki).  When Sheldon learns that “Professor Proton” is available for appearances, he giddily books him for an engagement at …