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Merv Griffin has passed away. RIP, Merv.
FOX NEWS | 08/11/07 | Self

Posted on 08/12/2007 8:45:42 AM PDT by Robe

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1 posted on 08/12/2007 8:45:43 AM PDT by Robe
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To: Robe

RIP


2 posted on 08/12/2007 8:46:03 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Robe

RIP Merv.


3 posted on 08/12/2007 8:47:12 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Robe

RIP ,.. he was a nice fellow , really smart about “the biz”


4 posted on 08/12/2007 8:47:39 AM PDT by Dad yer funny (FoxNews is morphing , and not for the better ,... internal struggle? Its hard to watch)
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To: Robe

You beat my post by 1 minute.


5 posted on 08/12/2007 8:47:47 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party will not exist in a few years....we are watching history unfold before us.)
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To: Robe

I knew someone who knew him, said he was a great guy.Rest in peace Merv.


6 posted on 08/12/2007 8:49:58 AM PDT by SupplySider
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To: Robe; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside

Prayers for a classy guy.


7 posted on 08/12/2007 8:51:46 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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May he rest in peace. I know the Reagans loved him and that is good enough for me.


8 posted on 08/12/2007 8:52:02 AM PDT by ClarenceThomasfan (I want President Bush to run for a third term!)
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To: Robe

He had a good, solid show.


9 posted on 08/12/2007 8:53:15 AM PDT by RightWhale (It's Brecht's donkey, not mine)
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To: Robe

Merv Griffin I always felt was a fine man. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in Peace, Merv!!!


10 posted on 08/12/2007 8:54:29 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Robe

Piece of America died. Prayers for Merv and family.


11 posted on 08/12/2007 8:55:15 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Duncan Hunter for president!)
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To: Robe

A gentleman in a brutish world , gone to a better place.


12 posted on 08/12/2007 8:56:57 AM PDT by borntoraisehogs (Our lives,our fortunes,our sacred honor)
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To: Robe
Merv Griffin--besides being a well-known TV talk show host for many years--became a very powerful TV show producer along the way. He will be sorely missed.
13 posted on 08/12/2007 8:59:09 AM PDT by RayChuang88
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To: Robe

Thanks for the laughs Merv.
R.I.P.


14 posted on 08/12/2007 8:59:14 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Robe

rest in peace merv griffin.


15 posted on 08/12/2007 9:00:40 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Dad yer funny

I very nice man, very successful financially, a good friend of the Reagans, and still a friend of Nancy.


16 posted on 08/12/2007 9:00:52 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Robe

I found this video of a very young Merv (I hardly recognized him) singing a clip of “bye bye baby”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNdTxUkMeaY

RIP, Merv. We’ll miss ya.


17 posted on 08/12/2007 9:01:36 AM PDT by California74
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The thing I remember most about Merv is when he bought the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City from Donald Trump. Trump immediately went public and said how he put one over on Merv, selling him a high priced run down building which would allow Trump to upgrade his other three casinos. During the entire time, Merv said not one word. Matter of fact he never commented publicly about it that I know of. Today, Resorts is still chugging along, making money, and Trump's 3 casinos were sold in a bankruptcy sale 2 years ago.

The entire episode proved what a classy guy Merv was. It also demonstrated what a classless blowhard Trump is and will always be.

18 posted on 08/12/2007 9:03:19 AM PDT by kylaka
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So long Merv. Thanks for Jeopardy and the shows catchy theme. RIP.


19 posted on 08/12/2007 9:03:57 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (All comments now being monitored by BOR. He's looking out for you!)
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To: Robe

Sad news.


20 posted on 08/12/2007 9:03:58 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Robe

bttt


21 posted on 08/12/2007 9:04:59 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Robe

RIP Merv....

The Decency/Class factor in Hollywierd just dropped many points....


22 posted on 08/12/2007 9:05:01 AM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: Robe

My Name Is Not Merv Griffin

Now people stop me often, and ask if I’m Merv Griffin.
But I don’t even know him. I’ve never seen his show.
Now everybody loves him. What would they do without him?
They ask me all about him, [Hey, what about Merv Griffin?] and I don’t even know.

His name is not Merv Griffin, his name is not Merv Griffin,
his name is not Merv Griffin, his real name is George.

They think that they all know me. They tell me I’m their buddy.
They want to touch my body. They want to go to bed.
They give me pens and pencils. They give me candy apples.
They want to see my nipples. I wish that they were dead.

His name is not Merv Griffin, his name is not Merv Griffin,
his name is not Merv Griffin, his real name is George.

I can’t go to the bathroom without somebody peekin’,
And someone’s always sneakin’, and things are getting worse!
People steal my undies, my jockstraps and my panties!
My doctor takes my urine, and sells it to his nurse!

His name is not Merv Griffin, his name is not Merv Griffin,
his name is not Merv Griffin, his real name is George.

My name is not Merv Griffin! My name is not Merv Griffin!
My name is not Merv Griffin! My real name is George!

His name is not Merv Griffin, his name is not Merv Griffin,
his name is not Merv Griffin, his real name is George.

His re-, -al, name, is, Geo-o-o-o-o-o-orge!


23 posted on 08/12/2007 9:05:06 AM PDT by null and void (When they say Itís for the children, never forget that the moonbats consider YOU a child ~Philistone)
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To: Robe

Bye Merv, you did a great job and thank you for all the smiles and laughter.


24 posted on 08/12/2007 9:07:16 AM PDT by McGavin999 ("Hard is not Hopeless" General Petraeus)
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To: Robe

I remember watching Merv........he would often have authors on promoting their books. I remember The Other, by Thomas Tryon being promoted on his show. Excellent book, excellent author.


25 posted on 08/12/2007 9:07:37 AM PDT by tioga
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To: Robe

May he rest in peace. He was a classy guy.


26 posted on 08/12/2007 9:08:33 AM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: Robe

RIP Merv.
I had the opportunity to work for his X-wife Julann in Virginia. The pictures she had in her house of her and Merv meeting with different politicians like Ron and Nancy were incredible.

I will have to get a hold of her. Even tho they were divorced the Love they shared was sincrere.


27 posted on 08/12/2007 9:09:42 AM PDT by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.óProverbs 16:9)
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RIP, Merv. Never met him, but I worked for several radio stations in Connecticut that he owned. I am sorry to hear that he’s passed, but know he is in a much, much better place.


28 posted on 08/12/2007 9:10:43 AM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again. And Always Act.)
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To: Robe

Maybe I’m thinking of someone else or otherwise misremembering but wasn’t Merv Griffin a major financier of the gay rights movement?


29 posted on 08/12/2007 9:12:25 AM PDT by hlmencken3 (Originalist on the the 'general welfare' clause? No? NOT an originalist!)
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To: Robe

God Bless you, Merv. One of the good guys. One of us.


30 posted on 08/12/2007 9:15:21 AM PDT by peggybac (Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing)
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Rest in Peace, Merv. He was a class act.


31 posted on 08/12/2007 9:17:11 AM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: Robe

Merv was a great man and a Republican....

May he find the Peace of God.


32 posted on 08/12/2007 9:18:02 AM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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Met him one time back in the 80’s up at Saratoga Race Course on Travers Day, nice man, loved horses & handicapping. Rest in peace Merv.


33 posted on 08/12/2007 9:18:36 AM PDT by DoingTheFrenchMistake
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I know Merv was the target of a couple of palimony lawsuits, but both were thrown out.


34 posted on 08/12/2007 9:19:20 AM PDT by Ikemeister
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RIP, Sir.

My memories of him are as a pallbearer for the Great Ronaldus.

That seals it for me.


35 posted on 08/12/2007 9:21:02 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA
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To: kylaka
The thing I remember most about Merv is when he bought the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City from Donald Trump. Trump immediately went public and said how he put one over on Merv, selling him a high priced run down building which would allow Trump to upgrade his other three casinos.

Not to rain on your parade, but when Merv first operated resorts, its was the only casino in Atlantic City.

36 posted on 08/12/2007 9:21:25 AM PDT by Go Gordon (The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.)
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To: Robe

RIP Merv. He contributed a lot that was all positive to our lives. Prayers for his soul, and for Nancy Reagan who will need some strength to bear the loss of her good friend.


37 posted on 08/12/2007 9:25:16 AM PDT by Fudd Fan (Don't you worry, never fear, FDT will soon be here. http://www.imwithfred.com)
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To: Robe

He was one of the good ones.


38 posted on 08/12/2007 9:25:25 AM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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RIP Merv

ap obit

Merv Griffin dies at age 82
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1880124/posts


39 posted on 08/12/2007 9:25:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: Robe

Aw heck. RIP Merv.


40 posted on 08/12/2007 9:27:41 AM PDT by Wolfie
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Talk show host Merv Griffin appears beside his television logo in this undated handout photo. A spokesperson for Merv Griffin reports Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 the entertainer and entrepreneur has died at age 82. (AP Photo)

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AP File - 1979

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Merv Griffin poses at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this July 3, 1989 file photo. A spokesperson for Griffin reports Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007 the entertainer and entrepreneur has died at age 82. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)


41 posted on 08/12/2007 9:29:57 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: Go Gordon

Resorts was the first casino in Atlantic City and it was operated by Resorts International. Merv had no interest in it until he bought it from Trump in about 1990 - 92. As far as I know, Merv or his entertainment company still owns it.


42 posted on 08/12/2007 9:34:51 AM PDT by kylaka
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To: Robe

Goodbye, Merv. Thanks for the smiles.


43 posted on 08/12/2007 9:36:22 AM PDT by FryingPan101 (Who will lead?)
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To: rottndog

RIP. Prayers up.


44 posted on 08/12/2007 9:36:30 AM PDT by ChicagoConservative27
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To: Robe

RIP good man!


45 posted on 08/12/2007 9:38:25 AM PDT by Marathoner 244
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I’d like to think that Arthur Treacher, Merv’s old partner and friend (who died in ‘75) turned to the crowd upstairs and said “And here’s the dear boy himself, Merv!”

Rest in Peace Merv, you were and remain a classy guy.


46 posted on 08/12/2007 9:40:59 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jan 20, 2009 - "We Don't Know. Where Rudy Went. Just Glad He's Not. The President. Burma Shave.")
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To: ClarenceThomasfan

I know the Reagans loved him and that is good enough for me.


That alsways impressed me about Merv. Also, his amazing business acumen.

Not bad for a creature of Hollywood.


47 posted on 08/12/2007 9:42:41 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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Bummer. RIP Merv.


48 posted on 08/12/2007 9:43:11 AM PDT by sauropod (You canít spell crap without the AP in it.)
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To: Robe

Prayers for Merv.


49 posted on 08/12/2007 9:43:39 AM PDT by freekitty
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/ap_on_re_us/obit_merv_griffin

Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, has died. He was 82.

Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his the family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.

Griffin, who began his career as a $100-a-week radio singer in San Francisco, created the "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" game shows, soon moved on to become the featured vocalist in Freddy Martin's band.

That led to a brief film career, in which he appeared opposite Doris Day and Kathryn Grayson, and later to a successful TV career as host of "The Merv Griffin Show," which aired for more than 20 years.

His biggest financial break, however, came from inventing and producing "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune."

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A true classy guy .. and a great American. I watched his show every day when my kids were young. God bless you, Merv. Nancy Reagan must be devastated ... he so close to the Reagans, and was her confidante and frequent escort to social events recently.

He was an honorary pallbearer for Ronald Reagan's funeral.

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http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/08/12/ap4011325.html

He made Forbes' list of richest Americans several times and started putting money in treasury bonds, stocks and other investments. But he went into real estate and other ventures because "I was never so bored in my life."

"I said, `I'm not going to sit around and clip coupons for the rest of my life,' " he recalled in 1989. "That's when Barron Hilton said, `Merv, do you want to buy the Beverly Hilton?' I couldn't believe it."

Griffin bought the slightly passe hotel for $100.2 million and completely refurbished it for $25 million. Then he made a move for control of Resorts International, which operated hotels and casinos from Atlantic City to the Caribbean.

That touched off a feud with real estate tycoon Donald Trump. Griffin eventually acquired Resorts for $240 million, netting a reported paper profit of $100 million.

"I love the gamesmanship," he told Life magazine in 1988. "This may sound strange, but it parallels the game shows I've been involved in."

It was in 1948 that Martin hired Griffin to join his band at Los Angeles' Coconut Grove at $150 a week. With Griffin doing the singing, the band had a smash hit with "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts," a 1949 novelty song sung in a cockney accent.

The band was playing in Las Vegas when Doris Day and her producer husband, Marty Melcher, were in the audience. They recommended him to Warner Bros., which offered a contract. After a bit in "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," starring Day and Gordon MacRae, he had a bigger role with Kathryn Grayson in "So This Is Love." A few more trivial roles followed, then he asked out of his contract.

In 1954, Griffin went to New York where he appeared in a summer replacement musical show on CBS (nyse: CBS - news - people )-TV, a revival of "Finian's Rainbow," and a music show on CBS radio. He followed with a few game show hosting jobs on TV, notably "Play Your Hunch," which premiered in 1958 and ran through the early 1960s. His glibness led to stints as substitute for Jack Paar on "Tonight."

When Paar retired in 1962, Griffin was considered a prime candidate to replace him. Johnny Carson was chosen instead. NBC gave Griffin a daytime version of "Tonight," but he was canceled for being "too sophisticated" for the housewife audience.

In 1965, the Westinghouse Broadcasting introduced "The Merv Griffin Show" in syndicated TV. At last Griffin had found the forum for his talents. He never underestimated the intelligence of his audience, offering such figures as philosopher Bertrand Russell, Pablo Casals and Will and Ariel Durant as well as movie stars and entertainers.

With Carson ruling the late-night roost on NBC in the late 1960s, the two other networks challenged him with competing shows, Griffin on CBS, Joey Bishop (later Dick Cavett) on ABC. Nothing stopped Carson, and Griffin returned to Westinghouse.

Meanwhile, Griffin sought new enterprises for his production company. A lifelong crossword puzzle fan, he devised a game show "Word for Word," in 1963. It faded after one season, then his wife, Julann, suggested another show.

"Julann's idea was a twist on the usual question-answer format of the quiz shows of the Fifties," he wrote in his autobiography "Merv." "Her idea was to give the contestants the answer, and they had to come up with the appropriate question."

"Jeopardy," begun in 1964, became a huge moneymaker for Griffin, as did a more conventional game show, "Wheel of Fortune," starting in 1975.

Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. was born in San Mateo, south of San Francisco on July 6, 1925, the son of a stockbroker. His aunt, Claudia Robinson, taught him to play piano at age 4, and soon the boy was staging shows on the back porch of the family home.

"Every Saturday I had a show, recruiting all the kids in the block as either stagehands, actors and audience, or sometimes all three," he wrote in his 1980 autobiography. "I was the producer, always the producer."

After studying at San Mateo Junior College and the University of San Francisco, Griffin quit school to apply for a job as pianist at radio station KFRC in San Francisco. The station needed a vocalist instead. He auditioned and was hired.

Griffin was billed as "the young romantic voice of radio." He attracted the interest of RKO studio boss William Dozier, who was visiting San Francisco with his wife, Joan Fontaine.

"As soon as I walked in their hotel room, I could see their faces fall," the singer recalled. He weighed 235 pounds. Shortly afterward, singer Joan Edwards told him: "Your voice is terrific, but the blubber has got to go." Griffin slimmed down, and he would spend the rest of his life adding and taking off weight.

Griffin and Julann Elizabeth Wright were married in 1958, and a son, Anthony, was born the following year. The couple divorced in 1973 because of "irreconcilable differences."

"It was a pivotal time in my career, one of uncertainty and constant doubt," he wrote in the autobiography. "So much attention was being focused on me that my marriage felt the strain." He never remarried.

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http://www.etonline.com/celebrities/news/49364/index.html

ET breaks news that MERV GRIFFIN passed away early Sunday morning at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The legendary entertainer slipped away at 3 a.m. His son TONY was by his side. He was 82 years old.

It was reported earlier this week that Merv -- who was being treated for a second bout of prostate cancer -- wasn't looking good, but his reps wouldn't confirm or deny.

It was revealed in late July that the beloved TV icon was suffering from a recurrence of prostate cancer.

At that time Merv asked for his well-wishers, in lieu of sending him flowers, to donate to the Young Musicians Foundation, which he chairs.

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I saw him one time, with his companion, Eva Gabor, when I worked at a private resort in the Keys. RIP ..and God love you. Ya did good.


50 posted on 08/12/2007 9:50:50 AM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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