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  Mort Lives Up to His Name
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Posted by Jack Mingo on 2001/03/13 09:29:13 US/Eastern

Morton Downey, Jr. died of lung cancer it says in the paper here. He was the father of Trash TV talk shows...something I didn't know when I agreed to appear on his show. It turned out to be mostly a put-on--at one point he gave me a wink with his off-camera eye while he harangued me.However, a trip down the memory lane of the high points of my career was not what I meant to begin here. What surprised me was not to learn that he was the son of Irish tenor Morton Downey, but that MJ JR himself wrote several surf hits including "Pipeline" and the all-time 1960s garage band drummer's dream/nightmare--"Wipeout."


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