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Bob Carroll Jr.- Man, I Love This Guy’s Look

10 Aug

He was born Robert Gordon Carroll on August 12, 1918 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. During his childhood, his family moved to Florida, California and then back to Florida, where Carroll went to Petersburg Junior College. 1940, while recovering from a hip injury, Carroll heard about a radio sponsored script writing contest, and with nothing else to go, he gave it a shot and won!

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He moved to California and his brother-in-law helped him get a job at the front desk of CBS Radio where he worked his way up the ladder to the publicity department, and from there to writer. There he met and partnered with Madelyn Pugh. The team was writing on the Steve Allen radio show when they set their sights on the opportunity to write for the new Lucille Ball program. They paid Allen to write his own show that week and submitted a script for My Favorite Husband. They got hired on under Jess Oppenheimer and wrote there for 2 ½ years. When Ball took her show on the road to convince CBS to hire Desi, Carroll and Pugh helped develop that vaudeville act, and the duo would stay on with them when it came time to produce ILL.

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Carroll, along with his partner, wrote for many other Ball shows as well as other series such as The Paul Lynde Show, Alice and The Mothers-in-Law. Not much is documented about his private life. He was married and divorced twice and had 1 daughter, Christina.

Carroll died on January 27, 2007.

Miss Madelyn Pugh

8 Jun

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Madelyn Pugh was born on March 15, 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She started writing for her high school’s newspaper with classmate Kurt Vonnegut. She later graduated from Indiana University with a major in journalism.

She moved to California and started writing for NBC and then CBS where she met Bob Carroll Jr. where they began the start of their 50-year partnership. Pugh was often the only female writer on staff and credited the war effort for a lot of her opportunities as there were less male writers available. Pugh and Carroll submitted a spec script for My Favorite Husband and soon started writing it under Jess Oppenheimer. When MFH turned into I Love Lucy, Ball and Oppenheimer brought Pugh and Carroll on staff. The team continued their loyal friendship with Ball, going on to write The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy, and Life with Lucy.

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Pugh married Quinn Martin on December 24, 1955 and had 1 son, Michael. Martin and Pugh divorced on November 21, 1960. She later met Dr. Richard Davis and married on May 30th, 1964 until his death. Pugh would then be credited as Madelyn Davis.

Pugh died at the age of 90, on April 20, 2011.