Who wouldn't want to be Merv Griffin?
The media mogul, who died Sunday at 82
, not only created "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!"
(the latter, for me, enough for elevation into the TV pantheon), he was an accomplished singer, a splendid talk show host and a shrewd entrepreneur -- and
he had a blast doing it all.
"I refuse to be bored," he told Esquire in a "What I've Learned" interview
, and you could see that in his manner. He loved talking, loved showbiz, was enthusiastic about everything (Rick Moranis had a lot of fun with Merv's "Ooooooo").
Best of all, he was a great entertainer, in all senses of the word. "There are no bad guests," he said in the same interview.
Who wouldn't want to be Merv?