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“Did you see what Barry Manilow did to that poor woman?”

My wife saw this clip of Barry’s nationally televised July 4th concert.  She has not been a “Fanilow” since 1988, when we went to a Barry Manilow Coliseum concert.

Manilow’s management had offered a Magic 98 listener a chance to chat with Barry before the show. I brought along a tape recorder to capture the moment and maybe get a few comments from Barry for the next day’s Magic morning show.  While my wife located our seats for the concert, I went backstage with the Magic contest winner…only to realize I had left the tape recorder with my wife, who was spotted by security and taken away.  She explained she had no intention of bootlegging a Barry Manilow concert.

Meantime, backstage we were greeted by a snippy tour manager. Noticing our contest winner’s camera, he said “Please, DON’T ask Barry for a picture.  Chat with him, get his autograph, but no pictures.”

I realized later this was the “bad cop” act because, when Barry emerged from his dressing room, he instantly said “Oh, a camera! Would you like to take a picture?”

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Considering the large staff of producers, writers and anchors that all were asleep at the wheel in a large Bay area television newsroom, it's astounding that this blooper could have happened.

Considering the tiny, inexperienced staffs at small city TV stations, it's amazing this doesn't happen more often.

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