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(Part Two)

The page is just as the title implies!† More Smartian reading for all!

TV Weddings. Marissa Keller and Mike Mashon, 1999, TV Books. $14.95. ISBN: 1-57500-068-7.
This book came out in March of 1999. It features TV weddings and has a page or two focusing on Max and 99ís nuptials. It also has a quote that was printed in the script of "Love and Twitches" but was never said on the actual episode.

Cult TV: The Comedies. John E. Lewis and Penny Stempel, 1998, Bay Books. $19.95. ISBN: 0912333-65-0.
This book should still be available as it came out in the fall of 1998. Donít confuse this with John Javnaís book (personally I like Javnaís better, but that is neither here nor there). The book has a paragraph or so on Get Smart and Max and Fang even got to grace the front cover.  There is also some information on Brit. comedies.

Total Television. Alex McNeil, 1997, Penguin. $29.95. ISBN: 0-14-026737-9.

Total Television has gone through several revisions (thank goodness) and the present edition features a CD ROM with it. Iím not sure, though, what this edition had to say about Get Smart. Frankly, Iím not a fan of this work. One of the very first editions claimed that 99ís name was Susan Hilton, but that information is false because 99 never had a name. The later edition that I have (I think mine is from 1994) has that statement corrected.

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present 6th ed. By Tim Brooks (1995) ISBN: 0-345-39736-3.
This is another, and far better, alternative to Total Television. As an added bonus Mr. Brooks' book is better written and neatly organized. Unlike Total Television, this book only features the primetime TV shows.

The Complete Directory to Prime Time TV Stars 1946-Present By Tim Brooks.

This would be the TV encyclopedia of TV stars. This is one of my personal favorites, but I am not sure if it is still in print. The book features a gross majority of the TV actors and notable figures that had some television involvement. The more notable actors each have a pretty good sized biography while the small time actors have just a filmography.

The Best of 60ís TV. Michael McCall, 1992, Mallard Press. ISBN: 0-7924-5831-1.
A nice coffee table book, The Best of 60ís TV is an overview of the more noteworthy TV shows of the 1960s. The book has a brief description of Get Smart as well as a picture of Max and 99. Presently, this book is out of print.

 

Tvactions. Fran Wenograd Golden, 1996, Pocket Books. $12.00. ISBN: 0-671-89024-7.

This volume would be the travel guide to TV locations:†fictional and actual. The book includes a summary of† Get Smart as well as tips on what to do when visiting†the District of Columbia.

 

Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Televisionís 500 Biggest Hits, Misses, & Events. David Bianculli, 1997, Syracuse UP. $22.95. ISBN: 0-8156-0505-6.

Get Smart is ranked somewhere in this bookís hits, misses, and events. As well as covering notable TV events throughout televisionís history, there is also has a brief section on Get Smart and a picture of Don Adams. Whether this book is really accurate or not is up for debate. The book states that Don Adams made a guest appearance in The Man From Uncle. Although Barbara Feldon did appear on Uncle in her pre-Get Smart years, Adamsí appearance has not been verified by expert Don Adams watchers. So... Did he or didnít he?

The Encyclopedia of Espionage (previously published as: Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage) Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen, 1997, Gramercy. $12.99 (previously $30.00) ISBN: 0-517-20269-7.

  A hefty, although incomplete, overview of the history of spydom. The book traces espionage and its foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders from the biblical story of Joseph all the way up to Aldrich Ames. Also included in the book is a substantial section on James Bond and a brief section on Maxwell Smart. The book was originally published as Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage and that version is still available in paperback for $18.00. The difference between the two is probably just paper and binding materials.

Drawing and Cartooning 1,001 Faces Dick Gautier, 1993, Perigee. $10.95. ISBN: 0-399-51767-7.

Mr. Gautierís series of drawing books are not exactly TV tie-ins, but they do feature one-of-a-kind art by Hymie himself. One of the great highlights of Gautierís books is his drawings and caricatures of celebrities, starlets, and media muckety-mucks. Will Gautierís book teach stick figure fanatics how to draw? Well, uh, er- I found that this book contains many useful tips, but, being the bull-headed, cocky artist-type jerk I am, I have to conclude that a Michelangelo will not be produced from this book. Michelangeloes have a natural habit of producing themselves. Other books in Gautierís series are:

-The Career Cartoonist 0-399-51434-1 $10.95
-The Creative Cartoonist 0-399-51732-4 $10.95
-The Art of Caricature
-Actors as Artists*

*This is not associated with Gautierís how-to series. The book was produced by Gautier and partner Jim McMullan and is of the coffee table size and variety. I know nothing of how and where it can be found.

Cue the Bunny on the Rainbow, Tales from TVís Most Prolific Sitcom Director. Alan Rafkin,  Syracuse University Press; Syracuse, NY. 1998. ISBN: 0-8156-0542-0

Whether Rafkin is truly the most prolific sitcom director is yet to be debated -against perhaps Bruce Bilson.  What is not to be debated is the fact that he directed six episodes of Get Smart during the CBS years.† In his memoir, which is filled with other TV tales, he sums up his Get Smart experience into two pages.† He had lovely things to say about Barbara, nice things to say about Ed, and he had things to say about Don.† Devout fans of Mr. Adams: Beware. Thanks to Talia, this excerpt can be read by clicking here.† If you want to know what else Mr. Rafkin did, then go to† Barns and Noble's and buy his book.

Swingin' Chicks of the '60s:† A Tribute to 101 of the Decade's Defining Women. † Chris Strodder, Cedco Publishing, 2000. $19.99.† ISBN:† 0-7683-2232-4  

Girls, Girls, Girls -and our own Grande Dame of spydom, Barbara Feldon, is one of them! Barbara gets an entire page all to herself in this swingin' encyclopedia of gear 60s girls. Aside from having a groovy pic of Barbara, the book also features Bond girls and great 60s fashions!

Hollywood TV and Movie Cars.  William Krause.  MBI Publishing Co. 2001.  $21.95.  ISBN:  0-7603-0755-5 

Published in August of 2001, this book covers cars from Bond to the Dukes of Hazzard.  Get Smart is given an albeit brief mention on a couple pages.  While there are no pics, there is an error!  The book falsely states that Max's cars are "sans" Bondian gadgets.  The last time I checked my Latin, "sans" meant without.  The last time I checked out Max's car, it came with the Cigarette Lighter Grenade, an Ejector Seat, and an Exhaust Pipe Machine Gun -to name a few.

TV Themes.  Hal Leonard.  Hal Leonard Publishing Company.  December 2001.  $7.95.  ISBN:  0-634-02906-1

Now from the folks that brought band nerds across America their music, comes a whole book of TV Themes!  Actually, the reason I'm ranting and raving is because the theme to Get Smart can be found in this book!  It has music to the show plus the guitar chords. (I am assuming this is the more popular NBC theme rather than the CBS one.  I don't know... I didn't sight read it...)

Big Book of TV Theme Songs.  Hal Leonard.  Hal Leonard Publishing Company. July 1999.  $19.95. ISBN:  0-634-006142

This book is pretty much the same deal as the one above, only it's bigger, mightier and can be propped up on the average music stand. 

Living Alone and Loving It:  A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life.  Barbara Feldon.  Fireside.  December 2002. $10.00.  ISBN:  0-7432-3517-7

Would you believe 99 has entered the realm of self help? Don't expect Smartian trivia in this book -Barbara Feldon has a more important point to get across: It's okay to be single! Even if your happily attached, Feldon's inspirational advice is well worth a read.
Spy Television. Wesley Britton. Praeger. 2004. ISBN: 0-275-98163-0

Finally! A book all about spy shows! In addition to The Avengers, Wild Wild West and the X Files, Wes Britton gives us a great big look at Get Smart. Well researched, this is a must have for Smartians, spy nuts and anyone who likes to spend their spare time analyzing TV shows -and I'm not just saying that because Mr. Britton was nice enough to put me in his acknowledgements.

The Incredible World of Spy-Fi. Danny Biederman. Chronicle Books. 2004. ISBN: 0-8118-4224-X

Spy-Fi is indeed an incredible world -and Mr. Biederman has quite the incredible collection of spy props from TV and the movies. This book encompasses all of celluloid spydom from James Bond to Austin Powers. The Smartians out there can check out the canteen phone, the Kaos Board Game, the Stereophonic Gun, the Kaos Disinformation Machine, one of the actual factual Shoe Phones, and (my favorite) Hymie's Gear Box! Yes! Hymie's Gear Box! Among other prop treats, Biederman also has some interesting information on Get Smart. This book is a must have for anyone remotely interested in fictional spies. It's available at www.amazon.com or at your local book store.

Rickles' Book. Don Rickles. Simon & Schuster. 2007. ISBN: 0-7432-9305-3

Equal opportunity insulter Don Rickles has written his memoir --no it's not as mean as you thought it would be, but there is a small story about Rickles and his good buddy Don Adams.

Honorable Mentions

Do You Remember Technology?  Michael Gitter, Sylvie Anapol, and Erika Glazer.† Chronicle Books.† 2000† ISBN 0-8118-2772-0

Page 117 of this really weird book mentions the Cone of Silence.† I might also add that the "Mention" is on the page across from a picture of one of Three Mile Island's cooling towers.† I might also add that this book should get a silver medal and a blue ribbon for its weirdness.

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