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"Mister Ed & Me"
by Alan Young

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First Published: 1994

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    I love this TV series (it's one of my favorites) and this book is a delight!  Actor Alan Young, who played Wilbur Post, penned this autobiographical account of his early show business years, specifically "Mister Ed".  I found it interesting to learn his history:  childhood, early show business days, "The Alan Young Show" TV series, and such cult-classic movies as "The Time Machine" and "Tom Thumb".  But what fascinates me most is what he had to say about the "Mister Ed" series.  He talks about how it all started and how it became a success.  Young tells us many amusing stories of what went on behind the scenes of Mister Ed which you've just got to read for yourself to enjoy;  I don't want to spoil it for you.  He talks some about the cast and crew members, but most heavily on Allan "Rocky" Lane who voiced Mister Ed, Mister Ed the horse, and Mister Ed's owner/trainer Lester Hilton.  It's amazing to see just how much Young and Lester really loved that horse.  He was a very special animal.

    Young goes on to tell us what he has done in show business after the surprise cancellation of "Mister Ed".  When it was cancelled, it was still a top-rated show!   He still visited Lester and Ed, until their deaths (which were actually pretty close to each other).  Perhaps his biggest accomplishment since "Mister Ed" is being the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney's "Ducktales" TV cartoon series and all Scrooge McDuck appearances afterward.

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Mister Ed and Me"!  You will, too!  The only thing I wish he would've talked more about is the other cast members such as Larry Keating and Edna Skinner (the Addisons) and Connie Hines (Carol Post).  He hardly said anything at all about the second set of neighbors the Kirkwoods (Leon Ames and Florence MacMichael).  I would've really enjoyed hearing more about them.  Perhaps he plans to tell us more about them in a second "Mister Ed" book?  I'd buy it!

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