The Desk of Henry Swann
Click on the play
buttons to hear the
hell that my life
has become lately
interactive audio from Swann's Last Song
Here's your chance to get a peek into the mind (and desk) of Henry Swann. Investigate the investigator by CLICKING on all the AUDIO ICONS to eavesdrop on Swann's voice messages, his personal voice recordings, even listen to an excerpt from his book, "Swann's Last Song."
if you CLICK the AUDIO ICON on the typewriter
you will help the mouse express himself or herself.
Or themself (?)
The Screening Room
Short Films Adapted from "Swann Dives In"
soupy & ME
As a kid growing up in New York City, The Soupy Sales Show was must-see TV. One day, an agent friend asked me if I’d like to work with Soupy on his memoir. I don’t know if I actually said, “are you kidding?!” but that’s certainly the way I felt. I’d get to hang out with a childhood idol!
I was hired without even meeting Soupy, but when I did I realized that although his mind was totally intact, and he was as sweet and kind a man as I hoped he would be, he had a lot of trouble speaking. He’d start off fine, but five or six minutes into the conversation his voice would begin to “droop,” and within a few minutes later, I could hardly hear him at all.
How could I possibly collaborate on someone’s memoir if he was unable to talk to me about his life? I had to come up with a plan.
It struck me that I could find people who knew Soupy, both privately and professionally, and interview them about Soupy and his show. That way, I could use whatever Soupy was able to tell me directly, whatever research I could find and also let the reader hear these old friends and coworkers talk about Soupy and his career.
Fortunately, most of them were still around, and so, when and if you read the book, you’ll see that I was able to give the reader an inside look at Soupy Sales without him opening his mouth.
Click to watch a one-hour interview I was fortunate to do with Soupy sponsored by the Archive of American Television. It was held at the famed Friars Club in New York, NY. during the time I was writing Soupy Sez! I think he was comfortable with me and I had found ways to keep him engaged.