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[on Nat Hiken
, for whom he worked on Car 54, Where Are You?
(1961)] Nat Hiken was one of the great writers of all time. I wish I had got to know him better. It was strictly a "Hello, how are you?" sort of thing. I think he ranked with Fred Allen
and Larry Gelbart
. He was right up there with the best of them.
His Hollywood Hills residence was located in Nichols Canyon. He would stand on his back deck and practice blowing his horns. Entertainer and tenor John Castello built a hill-top enclave at the top of Nichols Canyon on Solar Drive. Entertaining guests for dinner, the sounds of a sax and a trumpet would break the night silence of the hill-top wind! Guests would ask, "Who's playing the horn?" ...