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“Our Miss Brooks” Notes

September 4, 2022

Coincidences abounded all day yesterday starting with those cited in the Saturday post(no evening and actually completed in the morning) and a Michigan sticker on a vehicle before the phone yielded a Michigan rout of 31 point underdog, Colorado State.

In watching “Our Miss Brooks,” the movie, the notes indicated Eve Arden and Gale Gordon as cast members.

Gordon’s character is running for office. His opponent, surprised Gordon’s character would challenge him, is none other than Joseph Kearns.

Gordon and Kearns each played “Mr. Wilson” on “Dennis The Menace.”

Also, the young student in need of tutoring in “Brooks” (there is a baseball name, the great Brooks Robinson), played by Nick Adams, is “Gary Nolan”

Nolan was a fine pitcher on some great Cincinnati Reds teams. One such team, the 1970 version made the World Series, but lost in 5 games, as Brooks Robinson put on one of the great performances in W.S. history.

That incredible performance (Bobby Clemente, dead now nearly 50 years, put on another in the next World Series vs Brooks and the Orioles) included a home run vs Gary Nolan scoring the final run of the Orioles (4-3) game 1 win at Cincinnati, on a Yom Kippur Saturday.


Joseph Kearns, pictured above, played Mr. Wilson on Dennis The Menace. After his death, Gale Gordon played another Mr. Wilson, the character’s brother. 



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