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Todd Larson
Worked at Pressley Associates Landscape Architects
Attended Bowdoin College
Lives in Watertown, Massachusetts
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I loved hearing this on the car radio when my father drove me to school in '76. Its peerless arrangement and patriotic upbeat gave me the stimulation I needed for another day at school. It jibed with the disco era, yet did full justice to George M. Cohan's original song. Thanks for posting—however, this appears to be a shortened version of the song. Could you post the full version?
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This and "Turn to Stone" are my favorite ELO songs. "Telephone Line" is the quintessential seventies — a masterful fusion of the Beatles, Queen, Chicago and the Bee Gees, with a touch of '50s doo-wop thrown in. It strongly recalls the Bee Gees' 1972 hit "Run to Me," a primer of blue-eyed soul and the tight '70s harmony so many folk groups, supergroups and prog-rock groups were to adapt, which essentially all began with the Beatles' "Because" from "Abbey Road." The orchestral backing gives it a classical flair. Thanks for posting this!
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Trite, stale, recycled jokes these may be—but their spot-on delivery, punctuated by the use of Sesame Street's Ernie & Bert sketch end-cues (some of the best punch-line music ever written), made this a delight for me to watch. Clearly this vaudeville shtick was designed to give kids a break from the learning grind The Electric Company was putting them through by offering them a taste of the lighter side of life—and it did it for me back in '73! Thanks for posting...and Good Evening, Friends!
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I was in kindergarten when I saw this show! I remember how impressed I was with its "mod" cartoonish title sequences, Quincy Jones' quirky theme music, and its use of videotape to give it more of a "here and now" feel. (I also remember laughing at a scene where the punchline was "Bubble gum!") But what didn't impress me was the fight my buddy Erik and I had over it - he wanted to watch it, and I didn't, so I tried to turn the TV off while he tried to keep it on, and in our little tug-of-war, he pulled the knob right off the set! Perhaps that's why I never watched it again - not to mention its cancellation after only 31 episodes. But "Hey Landlord" has its place in TV history, as one of the first sitcoms to be taped before a live audience, and as the first outing of Garry Marshall, who would go on to produce the legendary "Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley." Thanks for reviving this rarity!
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I was in kindergarten when I saw this show! I remember how impressed I was with its "mod" cartoonish title sequences, Quincy Jones' quirky theme music, and its use of videotape to give it more of a "here and now" feel. (I also remember laughing at a scene where the punchline was "Bubble gum!") But what didn't impress me was the fight my buddy Erik and I had over it - he wanted to watch it, and I didn't, so I tried to turn the TV off while he tried to keep it on, and in our little tug-of-war, he pulled the knob right off the set! Perhaps that's why I never watched it again - not to mention its cancellation after only 31 episodes. But "Hey Landlord" has its place in TV history, as one of the first sitcoms to be taped before a live audience, and as the first outing of Garry Marshall, who would go on to produce the legendary "Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley." Thanks for reviving this rarity!
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What a great song! Reminds me of my college days in the '80s when those frat parties really "burned down the house" with the New Wave/Punk beat blasting all over the dance floor and onto the campus to dimmed lights, crepe paper and beer-pong. But the Talking Heads were real craftsmen with that style - they took it beyond where the Beatles' "Carry That Weight" picked up and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" left off. Burn, David Byrne!
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I loved hearing this on the car radio when my father drove me to school in '76. Its peerless arrangement and patriotic upbeat gave me the stimulation I needed for another day at school. It jibed with the disco era, yet did full justice to George M. Cohan's original song. Thanks for posting—however, I noticed that a few sections are missing and the song starts over toward the end. Did the record skip? Is there any way you could clean it and repost the song in its entirety?
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This is a classic. It was shown on children's tours of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts, when I worked there as a tour assistant in my 9th-grade Work/Study program in 1977 - a wonderful experience. The kids always laughed at the slapstick, especially the final title card. Thanks for preserving this treasure.
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I like the fade-out music the best - it fits Bert's anger to a T. It's also the most vaudevillian use of the electric guitar since the opening twang of Warner Bros.' "Merrie Melodies" theme introducing Bugs Bunny (and the Beatles achieved a similar effect in "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," come to think of it). Thanks for posting this '69 vintage classic!
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I was in kindergarten when I saw this show! I remember how impressed I was with its "mod" cartoonish title sequences, Quincy Jones' quirky theme music, and its use of videotape to give it more of a "here and now" feel. (I also remember laughing at a scene where the punchline was "Bubble gum!") But what didn't impress me was the fight my buddy Erik and I had over it - he wanted to watch it, and I didn't, so I tried to turn the TV off while he tried to keep it on, and in our little tug-of-war, he pulled the knob right off the set! Perhaps that's why I never watched it again - not to mention its cancellation after only 31 episodes. But "Hey Landlord" has its place in TV history, as one of the first sitcoms to be taped before a live audience, and as the first outing of Garry Marshall, who would go on to produce the legendary "Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley." Thanks for reviving this rarity!
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I was in kindergarten when I saw this show! I remember how impressed I was with its "mod" cartoonish title sequences, Quincy Jones' quirky theme music, and its use of videotape to give it more of a "here and now" feel. (I also remember laughing at a scene where the punchline was "Bubble gum!") But what didn't impress me was the fight my buddy Erik and I had over it - he wanted to watch it, and I didn't, so I tried to turn the TV off while he tried to keep it on, and in our little tug-of-war, he pulled the knob right off the set! Perhaps that's why I never watched it again - not to mention its cancellation after only 31 episodes. But "Hey Landlord" has its place in TV history, as one of the first sitcoms to be taped before a live audience, and as the first outing of Garry Marshall, who would go on to produce the legendary "Odd Couple," "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley." Thanks for reviving this rarity!
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What a great song! Reminds me of my college days in the '80s when those frat parties really "burned down the house" with the New Wave/Punk beat blasting all over the dance floor and onto the campus to dimmed lights, crepe paper and beer-pong. But the Talking Heads were real craftsmen with that style - they took it beyond where the Beatles' "Carry That Weight" picked up and Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" left off. Burn, David Byrne!
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Marketing Director, Freelance Writer & Editor
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  • Pressley Associates Landscape Architects
    Marketing Director, 2011 - 2012
  • Writer, Editor, 2012
  • Boston Business Journal, 2010 U.S. Census, Community Newspaper Company, MIT, Dakota Partners (formerly Architectural Partners)
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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New York and Boston - New York City
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A professional writer for 21 years, I love to write on a wide range of subjects, including architecture, real estate, business and travel. I have published in the Boston Business Journal, Victorian Homes, The Improper Bostonian, the Boston Herald, Banker & Tradesman, Boston Homes, the Cambridge Chronicle and other leading publications.

For Pressley Associates Landscape Architects of Cambridge, MA, I wrote project summary sheets, proposals, business query letters and press releases, three of which I published in the New England Real Estate Journal, Landscape Architect Business Magazine and High-Profile Monthly. For Dakota Partners of Waltham, MA (formerly Architectural Partners of Watertown, MA), I wrote newsletters, project sheets and press releases, one of which was published on a section front of the New England Real Estate journal.

My 21 years of copyediting experience includes book manuscripts, school papers, doctoral dissertations, screenplays and Wikipedia entries. I am also an expert researcher, online and in the library.
Education
  • Bowdoin College
    Philosophy, 1980 - 1984
  • Brookline High School
    English, French, History, Drama, 1977 - 1980
  • The Park School
    English, French, Mathematics, Biology, History, 1974 - 1977
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