An “Attaboy” from Phyllis Diller

Nice tribute to Phyllis Diller on this anniversary of her death, as is Robin’s book, “Beyond the Spotlight: On the Road with Phyllis Diller,” a delightful tribute to her life and doors she opened for other women to enter the then male-dominated world of stand-up comedy.

Phyllis Diller and wine

As I was thinking about Phyllis Diller — today is the one year anniversary of her death — something funny occurred to me. No, not one of her jokes, I mean something odd about working for her.

I learned about it one day shortly after soon after I went to work for her. I did something unexpected and Karen — Phyllis’s wardrobe mistress — said, “that’s worth an attaboy.” “Huh?” “An attaboy.” “What are you talking about?” I asked with just a hint of exasperation.                                                                                                                        

“When you do something good, you get an ‘attaboy.’ When you do something bad, you get a ‘dumb shit.’ ”

“That sounds weird. Who keeps track of these?” I asked as I watched her continuing to sort through Phyllis’s array of wigs.

“Nobody actually keeps track of them. It’s just something we do. But let me tell you,” she said turning a wig inside out and checking…

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Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- -- --
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