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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Welcome To The Jingle, Patty Duke

Ever since I knew I' be interviewing actress Patty Duke, I've been humming the theme song to her 1960s TV sitcom I watched kid with my older sisters, Kathy and Karen.

It was apparent during Patty Duke's speech at the Aronoff Center tonight that plenty of women there also fondly recalled "The Patty Duke Show"(1963-66), in which she played identical teen-age cousins, Patty and Cathy. And we're not the only ones.

"I don't get on an airplane without first standing in an airport and hearing someone sing that theme," the 61-year-old actress told me during an interview before her Smart Talk Women's Lecture Series speech at the Aronoff Center.

So if you were there Tuesday night, and that tune has been playing in your head, here are the lyrics which explained the differences in the identical cousins. (See if you can sing the theme before looking at them!)

Meet Cathy, who's lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty's only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights
What a crazy pair!

But they're cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.

Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control
What a wild duet!

Still, they're cousins,
Identical cousins and you'll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike

You can lose your mind!
When cousins are two of a kind.


at 2/06/2008 1:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed....a hot dog makes her lose control.


at 2/06/2008 2:02 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some Patty Duke trivia for you, Kies- Cathy's boyfriend on the show was played by the late John Spencer(who played Leo on West Wing)...Patty's boyfriend was played by an actor named Richard Applegate,who as far as I know never did anything else.
From the neighborhood

at 2/06/2008 6:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

kiese sorry to be off topic, but major tv news. Ben Silverman Head of NBC Entainment. Says the series friday night lights will end this season. Michael Ausiello broke the news today. We need to fight back.

at 2/07/2008 11:11 AM Anonymous john in hebron said...

Now a days there would be talk about them possibly being genetically engineered identical cousins, separated at birth after a mix up at the hospital, followed by a giant lawsuit against the hospital and fertility lab and a spot on Springer.
I am bored
John in Hebron

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