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Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen, 1921-2000.  American television and radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer.  Autographed Note Signed, Steve Allen, on the bottom of a letter, one page, 8" x 10½", no place [New York, New York], no date [March 1959].

Allen writes a note to Edward Weeks of The Atlantic Monthly to thank him for complimenting Allen's recent television performance, which Weeks said was "the best comedy I have seen on TV this year."  Allen replied, in full:  “Thanks so much!  I'm glad you enjoyed the show, and it was most kind of you to write.  Regards to Charles Morton et al."

Weeks wrote of the February 22, 1959, episode of The Steve Allen Show on NBC.  In hindsight, the show was classic:  The guests included The Three Stooges—Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe DeRita—as western stuntmen and Andy Griffith, who would go on to star in the timeless comedy series The Andy Griffith Show and later as the defense lawyer Matlock.  The cast also included band leader Les Brown; singers Diana Dors and Jimmy Horst; songwriter Otto Harbach; and announcer Gene Rayburn, later the famed host of The Match Game.

Allen has boldly penned and signed this note in black fountain pen.  The letter has two normal mailing folds, not affecting anything.  Allen's imprinted name and address from his mailing envelope are stapled to the letter in the upper left corner.  The letter is in fine condition, and the autograph is extra fine.







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