Sandy & More

vic fortezza
3 min readNov 24, 2023

Last night Catchy TV, channel 5–5 on OTA in NYC, ran a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast marathon. I caught about half of the Jackie Gleason take down. It was vicious, his weight and drinking targeted. Everyone on the panel was familiar and provided big laughs. There was one unfamiliar face, a beautiful blonde billed as Gleason’s personal “caddy.” Sandy Herdt had a very brief career. She was terrific in this instance, deftly handling zingers more risqué than was usually leveled on a DMCR. There are only four credits below her name at IMDb, three involving Dino, the other an appearance on Starsky and Hutch, all in the 70’s. There is scant info available on her. Born in Wyoming in 1950, she passed away in 2001. At least she had that one great moment before a massive audience. While scanning her photos at Google Images, I noticed one from an appearance on The Tonight Show. She brought an envelope to Johnny Carson as he finished his monologue and of course he directed one-liners at her in his inimitable fashion. Unfortunately, the youtube piece did not have close captioning, so I couldn’t interpret a lot of what she was saying, even when I raised the volume. At one point I believe she said she taught a class of children. Here’s a close-up of her from that exchange of two or three minutes:

Here’s a different sort of roast. Headline from “SEE IT: VP Harris torched for Thanksgiving photo with same appliance Biden is trying to ban.” I don’t wanna whip out an old cliche, but sometimes they fit perfectly — you can’t make this stuff up!

A FN article by Janelle Ash reveals some fun trivia. Matthew Perry and John Krasinski refused to have their characters cheat on their paramours in, respectively, Friends and The Office. Ben Affleck, a Red Sox fanatic, refused to wear a Yankees cap in Gone Girl (2014). Kudos to all three.

Video from a Minneapolis traffic cam captured this fantastic photo. At least they’re good for something other than separating citizens from their money. From GI:

It’s Black Friday but also Buy Nothing Day, a counterpoint to the madness. I bought an electric razor at ebay and would have bought sneakers at Amazon if the price had been right.

Nice return for the floating book shop on this brisk, beautiful day. My thanks to the woman who bought two hardcovers in Russian, and to Wolf, who purchased four as well as Power to the People by Laura Ingraham, Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel and 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America by Bernard Goldberg; and to The Quiet Man, who broke the ice on this year’s holiday inventory, taking home A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and Cheryl Harness and The Ghost of Christmas Past, a mystery by Rhys Bowen.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.