Spin Magazine - September 1993
Joe Franklin's Last Show
On August 7, 1993, Joe Franklin aired his final television show.
Miss New York City 1968 made her grand entrance in a hot pick dress and matching
hat. Escorting her was the ragtime pianist, Mark Birnbaum, with fiery freckles
and shiny alligator shoes.
"This is so sad." Says the carrot-topped pianist, almost
dropping a tear off his red lashes. "I've been on Joe's show 500 times.
The other day I walked into a record store, and the man behind the counter
pointed at me and screamed, 'Hey, it's Joe Franklin!' He didn't know my name,
but he recognized me from the show. I hate sad days."