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- Television at the time was still a very conservative medium, and there weren't that many shows at the time addressing racial issues.

- Guess what famous and important personality I carried as a pass in my cab today - Oh tell us - Oh no you ain't gonna get it outta me that easy.

Come on you gotta guess for this one.

- Alright, let's try I'll go first.

Living or dead?

(audience laughing) - Sammy was a great fan of the show and he hounded me.

He just had to do the show.

He loved the show.

And I said to him we don't do guest stars or there are no guest stars.

- Mr. Bunker.

(audience clapping) - [Norman] Once we had a good reason why he would be in the show, I was comfortable with it.

- Come on in Mr. Davis.

Come on - Mr. Davis it's an honor - I should tell you that a lot of what occurred was a result of Sammy.

- You're being colored, well I know you had no choice in that.

(audience laughing) But whatever made you turn jew?

- He was as much a writer as he was a performer.

And the kiss was his idea.

- One, two, three (audience laughing) - Goodbye Mrs. Bunker.

Peace and love.

- Well to the extent that that kiss is an iconic television moment.

A black man was putting his lips on a white cheek.

Now, as silly as that sounds that that should be a national incident, it was then because nobody had ever seen that before.


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