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Q: Yeah, the book is full of enthusiasm. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many exclamation points.
A: That’s just me and the way I talk. Maybe I’m a walking exclamation point. That’s a good line.
Q: Who was the biggest star who ever boarded “The Love Boat’?
A: That’s a hard one. Tom Hanks came on when he was doing “Bosom Buddies.” He acted with Doris Roberts. He still talks about it when I run into him.
One of the thrills of my life was doing an episode called “Love Boat Follies” in which I got to perform with Carol Channing, Ann Miller and Van Johnson. I was in actor’s pig heaven. I also have fond memories of the last episode, when I married Marion Ross, who I love so much. Did you know she’s from Minnesota? I think you live in one of the greatest places. I did Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” there and “Moon Over Buffalo.” I think the Ordway is one of the most beautiful theaters in the country. I still need to get up there and see the Mary Tyler Moore statue.
Q: If there was a statue of Murray Slaughter, what would he be doing?
A: Wow. No one has ever asked me that. Maybe it would be like this: One side would be him in a captain’s uniform giving a salute. Then you turn it around, and it’s a guy with a sweater sitting in front of a typewriter.
Neal Justin • 612-673-7431 • Twitter: @NealJustin