In my graduating
year at University, I travelled from London, Ontario to Miami to see
Bobby's act at the Deauville Hotel. I was that kind of Darin fan as
a teenager. You can imagine the thrill 7 years later when I was working
as a writer in Hollywood and was offered a job on the writing staff
of the Bobby Darin Show at NBC. Bobby took me under his wing, as the
rookie on the staff, both nurturing me and trusting me as his "young
eyes" on what my demographic might like on the show.
the original music for each episode, usually as part of a sketch.
My favorite was the Macbeth Rock Musical we did, featuring Bobby as
Banquo and George Burns as Macbeth. We often reminisced about that
softball games - Dodd was there - and screenings at the Darin house.
He even visited my house for a party. My Mom was visiting and she
loved the souvenir photo of them together. In the months between the
end of the TV show and Bobby's passing, I spoke to him by phone a
couple of times. I never saw him again. We all have those people we
wish we could have seen one more time. Bobby was that for me.