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THE HATOS-HALL FAMILY

The "Classic" 1963-1977 Version...

                        Alan Gilbert - Berni Gould - Steve Feke

Steve Feke, Berni Gould and Alan Gilbert - at the studio

Alan Gilbert (Writer-Producer) - Alan's father was a standard comedy act in vaudeville, and at a young age Alan became his father's straight man.  He later worked at his uncle's office on Break the Bank, which was one of the first shows to be simulcast on radio and TV.  Another of Alan's uncles wrote the lyrics to Waiting for the Robert E. Lee, Romona and other hits.  In short, Alan was born and bred in a show business family.  Alan passed away in Hollywood on April 23, 2005.

Berni Gould (Writer) – Berni began as an actor on Broadway, and he was in Rodgers & Hart's longest running show, By Jupiter, with Ray Bolger.  He met Stefan Hatos while working at Ralph Edwards Productions.  Berni made a guest appearance on the new To Tell the Truth shortly before his death in 2003.

Steve Feke (Writer) - Steve went on to co-write and produce the 1983 feature film When A Stranger Calls starring Carol Kane, Charles Durning, and Colleen Dewhurst.   He wrote some episodes of Scarecrow and Mrs. King and produced the TV series Dark Shadows in 1987 and the syndicated series Hawk starring Lynda Carter and Lee Horsley.  He has written episodes of Profiler, Beastmaster, and Flatland.

Joe Behar (Director) - Joe directed The Ernie Kovacs Show.  He directed every LMAD show from the pilot in 1963 to the first few of the 1986/87 season when his brother Hank Behar took over.  He was also one of the directors of Days of Our Lives from 1963 to 1989.  Joe now regularly directs General Hospital.  

Ivan Ditmars (Musical Director/Arranger) - jump to our music page for more.

Sheldon Allman (Theme Music) - Sheldon wrote the LMAD theme song as well as the  themes for George of the Jungle, Super Chicken and Tom Slick.  He also has an extensive list of credits as an actor including the films The Sons of Katie Elder, Hud,  Dirty Harry, and All the President's Men.  He also appeared in the television shows Little House on the Prairie, The Twilight Zone, and I Dream of Jeannie, and was the singing voice of television's talking horse, Mr. Ed. Sheldon passed away on January 22, 2002.

Richard James (Art Director) - Richard worked as a designer at NASA before he broke into art direction.  After LMAD, he was the production designer on the film Silkwood with Meryl Streep, Cher, and Kurt Russell.  He became the Production Designer on Star Trek: The Next Generation in its second season and then Star Trek: Voyager.

Richard Lewis (Set Decorator) - Richard later won an Emmy for his production design on the television series Max Headroom and was nominated for his work on SeaQuest DSV one of Steven Spielberg’s first television series.

Barney McNulty (Cue Cards) - Barney is credited with inventing cue cards.  Stef Hatos hired him on early Bob Hope television shows, and for a while Barney made a bedroom out of Stef's walk-in closet.  Among Barney's most important clients were Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, and Bob Hope - whom he accompanied on USO tours.  Click here to read our page about "The Cue Card King".

Jeff Margolis (Cue Cards) - After his work for Barney McNulty on LMAD, Jeff formed his own cue card company and did the cue cards for the Smothers Brother Comedy Hour.  He was the Associate Director on the Sonny & Cher Hour, and is now one of the top directors in “variety” television.  He’s won the Emmy for directing the Oscars telecast.   HOMONYMS - Why English Suffers

Robert Christman (Associate Director) - Bob served as A.D. on many of the shows taping at ABC Studios during the 1970's - including THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW, HOLLYWOOD PALACE, THE PEARL BAILEY SHOW, THE TOM JONES SHOW, THE DATING GAME, THE NEWLYWED GAME, PASSWORD. and LMAD. He also worked on many field remotes during his career with ABC, including the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, for which he was awarded an Emmy.  Bob's fascination with word play and word games recently resulted in his authorship of a book ‘Homonyms, Why English Suffers" - a humorous treatment of homonyms.

 

 The “All New” 1984-1985 Version…

Marc Brickman (Lighting Designer) - Before LMAD, Marc designed the lighting for The Wall concert tour for Pink Floyd.  After LMAD he went on concert tours with Bruce Springstein, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand.  His credits also include the Nelson Mandela tribute concert, the Barcelona Olympics and Arnold Schwarzeneggar's movie The Running Man.

Todd Thicke (Music Coordinator) – Todd has written episodes of the ABC-TV series Growing Pains which starred his brother Alan and has been a Writer and Co-Producer of America’s Funniest Home Videos.  

 

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