It's all in the family...

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  1. MaxHeadRoom

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    Norman Lear died recently and no doubt he was talented, but he plagiarized several UK. TV shows, some with the exact same script, (I saw both versions).
    Anyway for those that enjoyed All In the Family, this is the origin, if you haven't seen it, many of the scripts could Never have played in the U.S. , especially in 1968.


    Other TV shows plagiarized by him and others.
    Sanford & Son (Steptoe & Son)
    Three's company (Man about the House)
    A couple I cannot remember!
    Max.
     
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  2. Papabravo

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    Who made me the genius I am today,
    The mathematician that others all quote,
    Who's the professor that made me that way?
    The greatest that ever got chalk on his coat.

    One man deserves the credit,
    One man deserves the blame,
    And Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky is his name.
    Hi!
    Nicolai Ivanovich Lobach-

    I am never forget the day I first meet the great Lobachevsky.
    In one word he told me secret of success in mathematics:
    Plagiarize!

    Plagiarize,
    Let no one else's work evade your eyes,
    Remember why the good Lord made your eyes,
    So don't shade your eyes,
    But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize -
    Only be sure always to call it please 'research'.

    And ever since I meet this man
    My life is not the same,
    And Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky is his name.
    Hi!
    Nicolai Ivanovich Lobach-

    I am never forget the day I am given first original paper
    to write. It was on analytic and algebraic topology of
    locally Euclidean parameterization of infinitely differentiable
    Riemannian manifolds.
    Bozhe moi!
    This I know from nothing.
    What-i'm going-to do.
    But I think of great Lobachevsky and get idea - ahah!

    I have a friend in Minsk,
    Who has a friend in Pinsk,
    Whose friend in Omsk
    Has friend in Tomsk
    With friend in Akmolinsk.
    His friend in Alexandrovsk
    Has friend in Petropavlovsk,
    Whose friend somehow
    Is solving now
    The problem in Dnepropetrovsk.

    And when his work is done -
    Ha ha! - begins the fun.
    From Dnepropetrovsk
    To Petropavlovsk,
    By way of Iliysk,
    And Novorossiysk,
    To Alexandrovsk to Akmolinsk
    To Tomsk to Omsk
    To Pinsk to Minsk
    To me the news will run,
    Yes, to me the news will run!

    And then I write
    By morning, night,
    And afternoon,
    And pretty soon
    My name in Dnepropetrovsk is cursed,
    When he finds out I publish first!

    And who made me a big success
    And brought me wealth and fame?
    Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky is his name.
    Hi!
    Nicolai Ivanovich Lobach -

    I am never forget the day my first book is published.
    Every chapter I stole from somewhere else.
    Index I copy from old Vladivostok telephone directory.
    This book was sensational!
    Pravda - well, Pravda - Pravda said: "Zhil-bil korol kogda-to, pree nyom blokha zhila"[1] It stinks.
    But Izvestia! Izvestia said: "Ya idoo kuda sam czar idyot peshkom!"[2]
    It stinks.
    Metro-Goldwyn-Moskva buys movie rights for six million rubles,
    Changing title to 'The Eternal Triangle',
    With Ingrid Bergman playing part of hypotenuse.

    And who deserves the credit?
    And who deserves the blame?
    Nicolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky is his name.
    Hi!

    -- Tom Lehrer

    [1] "a king lived once upon a time, a flea lived with him", a line from Goethe's "Faust" (as translated by A. Strugovschik)

    [2] "I am going where even the king has to go on foot" (as opposed to riding, etc.), meaning "to the bathroom"

     
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