The Saddest Thing I Ever Saw.
It has haunted me all of my life.
In 1978, I had a small business which catered to the birthday, anniversary, etc. industry.
Somebody had ordered a special gift for comedian Harvey Korman,
to be delivered to him at his vintage house in Los Angeles.
When I arrived, somebody guided me to the kitchen where Harvey was entertaining a group of people. He was telling stories and the people were in hysterics. I gave him his gift, he was very cordial and I exited the small kitchen area. Just before I got to the main door, I saw a small den. There was a man in the dark den and he was very sad. He looked like he had the whole weight of the world on his back. I had just gone from a scene of jubilance to one of despair. Why was he not with the others celebrating? From the position of his body he was in great turmoil. This was not any man. And seeing him this way was shocking. It was legendary comedian and performer Danny Kaye. My generation knew him from TV. My parents knew him from the movies. How I so wanted to go up to him and say "Mr. Kaye--Thank You For Making Me Laugh Hundreds of Times In My Life." It was obvious this was not the time to do that. Seeing a man who had made the whole world laugh sitting despondent by himself in a dark room was distressing. I'm glad none of you ever had to see him like that. I just walked on out and closed the main door quite shaken.