Bob Newhart Would Rather Think Of It As ‘Becoming’ 90

Comedian, Bob Newhart, turns 90 today, but he told a reporter, “I’m not crazy about the term ‘turning… Sounds like the leaves are going to fall off. I’m becoming 90.”

“The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart,” released in 1960, was the first comedy record to hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop album chart and made him the only stand-up, to win a Grammy as best new artist. He scored TV hits with “The Bob Newhart Show” in the 1970s and “Newhart” in the ’80s, and made an Emmy-winning cameo as Professor Proton on “The Big Bang Theory.”

Offers keeps coming his way, including requests to mark his birthday on stage. But instead, he spent the day with his wife of 56 years, Ginnie, and their family.

In a conversation with The Associated Press on the eve of his 90th birthday, and he had this to say… I’ve said it before, but of all the weird things, comedians’ marriages seem to last the longest: George Burns and Jack Benny and Buddy Hackett and (Bob) Hope. I think there’s something between longevity and laughter. You’ll be having a fight, and you’ll say something stupid and then start to laugh, and then she’ll start to laugh, and then the fight’s over. I think laughter is vital. It’s as vital as breathing. It gets you through difficult areas. Laughter is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. It’s like music, of a kind.”

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