>> Thursday, October 18, 2007
The man Frank Sinatra liked to call "The Hub of the Wheel" is dead at 89. Although Frank, Dean, and Sammy were the best known and best loved of the Rat Pack, the act would have been nothing without Joey Bishop. He wrote most of the "ad libs" that the boys repeated night after night, and played ringmaster--directing traffic and keeping the show on track. The Sixties wouldn't have been nearly as swingin' without him.
Although Joey was not a drinker (he famously liked to joke that Frank spilled more than he drank), I don't think he'd mind if we hoisted a few in his honor. Rest in peace.
Here is a link to Joey's obituary on CNN.com: Comedian Joey Bishop Dies
Mouse In The Rat Pack: The Joey Bishop Story