Roger L. Simon

(Get) Smarty-pants

Cathy Seipp has an amusing… what would you call it, Cathy – show-bit?… for the recently passed Don Adams of Get Smart fame. La Seipp has the ability to look through the television rather than at it and often comes up with unpredictable observations. (For me TV is a flat-screen Ambien replacement.) What I learned from her this time: The great Buck Henry was a co-creator of “Get Smart.” (He undoubtedly earned more from that than his legendary “The Graduate” script.) And Adams himself wrote one of those silly bathroom pamphlets for LA publisher Price Stern Sloan. I can remember pitching to them as well years ago – to no avail. Maybe I needed a TV series.