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Television is no place for a writer in his late seventies. At least you might think when you see much of what's offered on the tube these days.

One of the funniest men in any arena,  Larry Gelbart cut his teeth in show business. He was a writer for Sid Caesar, Jack Paar and Bob Hope, and he was a writer of the television series M*A*S*H. He's also written several of our favorite screenplays, including for the Oscar-nominated film, Tootsie.

 So what fueled Gelbart in a business that was not particularly kind to its elders? 

''I may have lost some of my hearing and vision, but I don't think I've lost much of my rage,'' Gelbart says.

Gelbart offers some trademark acerbic views of aging. But he's a soft touch, too. Time has given him playmates, he says: grandchildren.