“I suppose that I never completely gave up my childhood idea of being a minister. Only the medium and the message changed. I have still endeavored to touch people's souls, to raise their spirits and put smiles on their faces."—Dick Van Dyke, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir (2012)
This post is dedicated to my friend Elizabeth, an enthusiastic admirer of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Because of her, I bought the DVD of its first season, and was reminded again of the extraordinary, loose-limbed physical grace of Dick Van Dyke.
Here Dick is with his wondrous co-star, Mary Tyler Moore. (Identifying her seems almost as big a folly as not to mention her at all.)