Bob Effros in 1929

Bob Effros in 1929
Bob Effros (left) with Vincent Lopez Orchestra

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Joe Franklin and Bob Effros, Rest in Peace

Joe Franklin was one of the few TV shows that our entire family enjoyed together.   Joe will always be known as the “King of Nostalgia”.  

And being a nostalgic soul – I am compelled to write about him sooner  than expected.   Last month, Joe Franklin died.  Joe was one of those people you thought would live until at least 102!  After years of considering contacted Mr. Franklin, last spring I  finally emailed.  He graciously responded immediately.  I asked if I could interview him, when next in New York.

Grandpa was a guest on "The Joe Franklin Show" for two broadcasts.  The first time, I was little kid and so excited! Perhaps five years old, I sat with my parents and one sister. I started to cry at first when I saw Grandpa sitting next to Joe on our console television.

 “Why are you crying?” my parents asked.   I replied “Joe Franklin lives on TV and now Grandpa has moved in with him!”   Everyone laughed and promised Grandpa would call after the show.   Yes, he did.   He wanted to make sure I heard Joe say:
How great he looked (Grandpa was about 20 years older than Joe).   He responded “my oldest granddaughter, said I needed to use Bryl  Creem – and I did!”

The 2nd appearance for Bob Effros on Joe Franklin, was in Fall 1980.  By then, I was in my 20’s and planning my wedding.  Being the 1st granddaughter, and 1st to marry, my Grandparent’s were proud to have at least a short amount of guests they could invite.  The list was impressive, after our British cousins was included Ben Selvin, Jimmy Durante and Mae Questal among other well knowns.

Grandpa was never one for formalities.

While watching on live television from my apartment in Santa Monica, CA with a gang of friends:  I hear Grandpa say “ Joe  remember my oldest granddaughter Barbara?  I mentioned her last time I was on your show. Well she’s grown up and I am proud to say is getting married in California this December.  My wife and most of our family will be going out to Los Angeles for her wedding.  Joe, we’d love to have you there!  I’ll be sure you get an invitation from her, but put it on your calendar now!”
Truth!  Grandpa invited Joe Franklin on national television to my wedding. Quote is direct from VHS tape of live show, September 1980.

One of Grandpa's favorite stars he worked with: Bing Crosby.  Joe Franklin archives:

Here is an excerpt from one of countless Joe Franklin interviews:

Joe was known for asking his guests for a piece of memorabilia.  He had the longest running talk show and interviewed over 10,000 people and claims about 5,000 gifts he has saved. “I’ve  got Bing Crosby’s hat, George Raft’s sweater, Joe DiMaggio’s  yarmulke, Rudolph Valentino’s coffee cup — with coffee from 1926 still in it — Al Jolson’s razor, Eddie Cantor’s black face. It’s all hidden back there in this room.”

How do you find anything in this disarray?
I can’t have a neat office. I really tried, but I throw things downAlbert Einstein, a good friend of mine, told me that neat freaks were sicker than people like me who are slobs. My office is a place where I can lean back and lounge.

Thanks for the Memories!
I know you are in Heaven interviewing God and all your old friends!