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“A Summer Place” degrees of separation

Was watching a few minutes of 1959's “A Summer Place” last night.

Maybe you would agree that it's one of those “so awful it's almost irresistible” offerings.

“Are you bad, Johnny? Have you been bad with girls?”

Plus, there's that theme music.

Anyway, the actor Richard Egan appeared on screen and I got to thinking. I have an older friend who lives next to Audubon Park. He appeared in a scene or two with Egan in a short-lived TV Western from 50 years ago called “Empire.”

I realized that meant I was only a step or two away from having a connection to “A Summer Place.”

Plus, I've been to Maine several times.

So how far removed from “A Summer Place” are you?

Or, if your name is Johnny and you would rather answer those questions that Sandra Dee put to Troy Donahue, be my guest.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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