Mort Lachman, who wrote for Bob Hope for four decades (starting with the radio show “The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope,” through Hope’s television specials) has died at the age of 90. Lachman was a multiple Primetime Emmy nominee and a winner for Best Comedy Series for All in the Family, as well as a Daytime Emmy winner for the ABC Afternoon Playbreak program “The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose.”
Mort Lachman talked about his early years becoming a writer in network radio for Eddie Cantor and Bob Hope. He described in detail working as a writer, and later head writer/ director/ producer on the Bob Hope Television Specials. He vividly described Bob Hope’s topical humor and gift for ad libbing. He spoke about his work as a writer for several Ralph Edwards series. He also described his work as a producer and writer on All in the Family [for which he won an Emmy Award], Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day at a Time, Sanford, Gimme a Break, Kate & Allie, and Bagdad Café. The interview was conducted by Jeff Abraham on January 26, 2004.