A Tale of Two Steves
©2011 by LeeZard
Author's note: I haven't posted for quite some time and for that I apologize. Over the past several months LeeZard has been launching a new business which has sucked up most of his time and energy. This piece, however, has been knocking around in my mind ever since mid-summer when I saw Steve Martin in concert with his Bluegrass band, The Steep Canyon Rangers.
It doesn't seem odd to LeeZard that two of his most favorite entertainers are named Steve. Nor is it surprising that their careers - and their talents - were/are both extensive and parallel.
Steve Allen and Steve Martin were born in different generations and at almost opposite ends of the country. Allen was born December 26, 1921 in New York City and Martin August 14, 1945 in Waco, TX. Neither finished college and both found early show biz success in Los Angeles.
After more than 40-years Steve Martin is still going strong and, likewise, is an entertainment renaissance man.
It is the span of their careers along with the depth and breadth of their talents that make them LeeZard's all time faves.
The Steves began their careers doing something that would later be only a piece (or, in Allen's case, pieces) of their repertoire; Allen as an