Monday, January 9, 2012

Telegram from Mr. Benchley

David Trumbull has traced the well-known "Street full of water. Advise." telegram anecdote back to the Saturday Evening Post of July 19, 1958, where, on page 13, in an article titled "I'm Always Surprising Myself" by David Niven as told to Dean Jennings, this paragraph appears:
I have even been a travel agent, in an unprofessional sort of way, I recall helping Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. plan a European itinerary for the late humorist Bob Benchley, and making special arrangements for him to visit some friends of mine who were staying in Venice. The day Benchley got there he sent us a cable which read: STREETS FULL OF WATER. ADVISE.

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