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Originally published in the Rutland Herald on Oct. 4, 2012. 

It’s been 22 years since Bob Newhart last performed in Vermont, but that changes Friday when the legendary comedian takes the stage at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m.

During his more than five decades in show business, Newhart has enjoyed success not only on stage but also on the big and small screens, including two critically acclaimed network sitcoms — “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.”

For Vermonters, “Newhart” holds a special place as being one of the state’s most notable forays into pop-culture relevance. On the show, which aired on CBS from 1982 to 1990, Newhart played Dick Loudon, owner of the fictional Stratford Inn located in a small Vermont town full of quirky locals and backwoods oddballs.

While the series was shot entirely in California, East Middlebury’s Waybury Inn served at the exterior for the Stratford, adding another point of Green Mountain pride to the show.

While Friday’s Paramount performance will not feature Larry, Darryl and Darryl, it promises to offer a glimpse into Newhart’s button-down mind.

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Steve Audsley, left, and George Nostrand perform at Last Call in Rutland last year.

Originally published in the Rutland County Express on Dec. 15, 2011.

Recently, Stereogum‘s “Area Codes” feature, which profiles smaller music scenes around the country, turned its attention to the 802. And once again, we’re reminded that for everyone but the phone company, 802 means Burlington. OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but it certainly feels like that sometimes — especially down here in our comparatively quiet corner of the state.

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Originally published in the Rutland County Express on Oct. 27, 2011.

Much has been made of Gov. Shumlin’s recent dropping of the “RutVegas” bomb. While some people have expressed displeasure — even verging on offense — I am unfazed. (OK, maybe I’m a little fazed, but not for the reasons that typical Rutland cranks are).

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