Norman Lear read an article in Variety magazine about a cutting edge British Sit-Com, Till Death Us Do Part and it reminded him of his relationship with his father. (Episodes of Till Death Us Do Part can be found on YouTube.) His father once called him the laziest White man he has ever seen. I kind of get that feeling he never got over that insult.
Lear was not born in New York city but New Haven, Connecticut in 1922. His mother was born in the Ukraine, and his father was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. His father was a traveling sales man who got convicted of selling phony bonds when Norman was only 9, serving 3 years in prison. Needless to say it was quite embarrassing to him. He always referred to his father as a rascal.
According to family lore, his mother dropped him on his head when he was 3 months old, while bathing him in the kitchen sink. Frightened she fled to her neighbor while she left him there on the floor crying, over the years it seemed increasingly funny to her.
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