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Mayor and 'Laugh-In' cast shine spotlight on Burbank

October 20, 2001

Laura Sturza

MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- "Business is booming in 'beautiful downtown

Burbank,' " Mayor Bob Kramer said at his State of the City Address, a

Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday that featured cast members from

"Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In."

Gary Owens, master of ceremonies for the event, originated the line

that promoted Burbank on the Emmy-winning, landmark NBC program that


aired 1968-73.

When introducing Kramer, Owens said, "Today, he joined the Big

Brothers of America, and now every Saturday some guy comes over to his

house and takes him over to the ball game."

Kramer countered by honoring cast members Owens, Dick Martin, Ruth

Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, Arte Johnson, Henry Gibson, Alan Sues and guest

star Tim Conway.

"You've brought hundreds of hours of laughter and entertainment.

Pretty much like our council meetings," Kramer said.

"At a time when there's not a lot of positive news on TV, you can see

today there's a lot of positive things going on in our city," Kramer

said, introducing a videotaped tour of Burbank's recent developments.

Tooling around town in a canary-yellow 1967 Camaro convertible, Kramer

and Owens visited locations including the grand openings of Target and

Costco and the site of the future Buena Vista Public Library.

Selected clips from "Laugh-In," which repeatedly mentioned Burbank,

were edited into the video, now airing on Charter Communications Cable

Channel 6.

About showing up, Tim Conway said, "In all honesty, I truly had

nothing else to do today."

Reruns of "Laugh-In" have recently begun showing on Trio Satellite TV.

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