Born George Robert Newhart, Bob was an accountant in
Chicago, performing comedy sketches on local radio as a hobby. His low-key,
almost deadpan style was instantly popular as he mirrored the average
guy who went to work expecting to get through the day without too much
trouble. His nervous stammer and baleful stare, though, were clues that
his life wasn't running very smoothly. In fact, most of Bob's classic
routines satirized the calm facade of daily modern life. In 1960, only
fifteen gold records were issued, and one of them went to an album called
The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. Newhart won a Grammy for "Best
New Artist," and the record sold over a million copies. In 1972,
he starred in his first sitcom, and for the next 20 years, he could be
found on TV. He had three successful TV shows, The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart,
Material excerpted from: The Button-Down Mind
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The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back! (2-1393); Copyright:
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and published by Bob Newhart Publishing Co.
Button Down Concert (BK63399); Copyright: Sony
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