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Bill Persky

Who Has 'The Best Dog In The World?'

Marlo Thomas | Posted 04.12.2014 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I've often said that I love good friends and I love sweet dogs -- which makes it doubly fun for me to present this piece to you, written by the legendary TV writer Bill Persky. Billy and I have been the best of pals since we worked together on "That Girl," and when he sent me this piece (which is perfectly timed for the annual Westmintser Kennel Club dog show), I remembered all over again why I adore him so.

What I Learned At The Dick Van Dyke School Of Sitcom Writing

Peggy Elliott | Posted 05.21.2013 | Fifty
Peggy Elliott

When I started writing situation comedies for television, 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' had just finished its run. It was too late to have a shot to write for the gold standard, but the right time to work with practically everyone who had been associated with the show.

Could There Have Been 'Girls' Without 'That Girl'?

Peggy Elliott | Posted 04.22.2013 | Fifty
Peggy Elliott

'That Girl' was a pioneering concept. Bill Persky and Sam Denoff were the creators and shepherds, but Marlo shaped the direction, determined to create a role that was not a conventional girlfriend or wife -- a leading role, not a second fiddle and straight-woman.

An Exciting New Career After 75

Bill Persky | Posted 02.11.2013 | Comedy
Bill Persky

Just when you thought you were ready to retire, you're actually entering a new line of work The Maintenance Business.

Shelley Emling

Creator Of 'That Girl' On Marlo Thomas, Snooki And Today's Best Sitcom

HuffingtonPost.com | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.16.2012 | Fifty

During the Depression, you always left before the rent was due. There was no sense of holding on to things. I don't even know where my five Emmys are.

Republicans, Heal Thyselves!

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Bruce Kluger

Maybe if the president and his enemies met at a well-stocked bookstore in D.C. and simply read titles to one another -- in the self-help aisle and from a few neighboring shelves -- they could finally find a way to dialogue.

Persky on Technology

Bruce Kluger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bruce Kluger

Permit me to share a wonderful piece by legendary writer-producer-director Bill Persky on modern technology. It appears in the today's edition of USA Today.