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I don’t know how many young people are aware of the great W.C. Fields, but they ought to be. Two years ago, Zach Galifianakis wrote on his MySpace page, “Influences – my family, my friends and wc fields…” Contemporary comedy guru Judd Apatow has said, “W.C. Fields is the funniest guy of everybody, ever.” When Conan O’Brien was asked by James Lipton, “Who makes you laugh?” he replied, “W.C. Fields I think is maybe the funniest man that ever lived.” The great man’s grandchildren keep his flame alive around the world. Not long ago, Dr. Harriet Fields sent me this note: “I just returned from Rwanda,...

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