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Dick Cavett: You have me at a bit of a bad time. I have just turned 70, and it takes a real man to admit that. I didn't think this could happen. It's inconceivable! Seventy!                    
I've turned against the young. I found that they rarely know much about anything that happened before their birth to an alarming degree.    
                
The most alarming example I can think of happened about a month ago, and I was talking to some people I took to be young adults and I said something about, "That sounds like something Groucho might say." And one of the men said "I'm not sure who you mean."    
                
This went right through me. Come to think of it, the aforementioned Julius Marx, known to you now as Groucho, liked 2 lines about time and aging and death. George Bernard Shaw's "Youth is a marvelous thing. It's a shame to waste it on the young."    
                
And his very favorite was Woody Allen's line, "I don't mind dying. I just don't wanna be there when it happens." By the way, Groucho Marx was a rather well-known comedian in our time.    But don't be embarrassed about not knowing about him if you're young. It's no worse than not having ever heard of the Statute of Liberty.