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Here’s one way to deliver the newspaper

It's at about 47 seconds into this.

Are you able to see youtube stuff on your device without being required to register or whatever? If it's more trouble than it is worth, I'll stop posting youtube snippets.

This week on “Dick Van Dyke” in 1964

A good-looking bachelor moves into the neighborhood and the Petries try to fix him up with a woman.

Rob's candidate is his co-worker, Sally. Laura pushes her cousin on him.

In the end, he doesn't wind up with either, and we learn that it is just as well. Turns out he has a history of hitting women.

I'm not making that up. It has to be one of the weirdest twists in sitcom history.

The episode was called “The Lady and the Tiger and the Lawyer.”

Things that started on 10/3 include…

“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” which first aired on Oct. 3, 1961.

I have a younger co-worker named Lynn who knows more about this show than anyone else her age.

This night on “Dick Van Dyke” in 1962

An episode called “A Bird in the Head Hurts” first aired on Dec. 5, 1962.

Ritchie keeps getting attacked by a woodpecker, and his parents suspect he isn't telling the truth. Naturally, that worries Rob and Laura.

I was never a fan of the child actor who played Ritchie, so I preferred that he stay in his room and out of sight.

But the real problem here is that “The Andy Griffith Show” had adressed this theme a few months earlier in a terrific episode called “Mr. McBeevee.” This was early in that show's run, but it featured Griffith and Ron Howard at their best.

“A Bird in the Head Hurts,” on the other hand, was pretty forgettable. 

Oct. 30 on “Dick Van Dyke” in 1963

In an episode called “Too Many Stars,” the New Rochelle PTA plans to stage its annual variety show. Antics ensue.

How much money would you have donated to the fundraisers in exchange for not having to sit through said variety show?

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