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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint My Dad, having lost all function of his kidneys when I was a boy, would come home from work on Monday's Wednesday's and Friday's, ensconce himself in a reclining chair in front of our family television while my Mom connected him to a dialysis machine for a five hour treatment. So began my family's introduction to the late afternoon talk shows of Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas and their eclectic group of guests. The hosts were equally at home talking to John Lennon, as they were to comedian Totie Fields or one of my favorites, The Amazing Kreskin. Now the B list mentalist is the inspiration for a new movie "The Great Buck Howard". The film opens this Friday, starring John Malkovich and directed by Kreskin's former personal assistant Sean McGinty . A native New Jerseyan, Kreskin still makes his home in Essex county, not that he's home much, he's ...

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