Jim Lange spent years with Chuck Barris, the game-show king and self-proclaimed CIA assassin.
Q: While he was serving as a "Dating Game" chaperon in "fabulous Helsinki" and "romantic West Berlin," Barris maintains, he was actually conducting "company business" for the CIA, for whom he says he killed 33 people.
A: Chuck calls his book "an unauthorized autobiography," so he may be taking liberties. It's all so strange. But, then, Chuck is a very strange man -- a bit remote and fidgety, a loner with few friends. He'd disappear for weeks, saying he was going to Europe, where his daughter was at school. A murderer, though? Unlikely, though I can't say it didn't happen. If he killed 33 people, he's the world's greatest actor. All this is wonderful theater, a way of getting recognition, perhaps.
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The Red and the Green Stamps
My father gave me the book when it came out originally. Can't quite recall the year. It has to be one of the funniest books I've ever read. I took as tounge in cheek. The man is a true comic genius. Can't wait to see the movie.