Rob, Laura, Buddy, Sally, and Vince

Did you know that Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore once shot a cigarette commercial as Rob and Laura Petrie–and after the first time it aired, Dick asked that it never be shown again?

Did you know that Morey Amsterdam once did a guest appearance on “The Danny Thomas Show” as Buddy Sorrell?

And that Rose Marie has been working in show business since she was three years old?

If these are facts that interest you, have I got a book for you.

My pal Vince Waldron has just re-issued a brand new version of his Official Dick Van Dyke Show Book, the Deluxe Expanded Archive Edition for the Kindle, and boy, is this thorough.


Any list of the top TV Sitcoms of All Time that is worth its salt includes The Dick Van Dyke Show, and this book has stuff that even creator Carl Reiner didn’t know. Open it up to just about any page and there’s a fascinating bit of information that you’d never heard  before.

What’s new about this new Kindle Edition, and why should you invest in it if you’ve already read a previous edition? Well, for starters, the most recent print version has 140 images, but this new e-book has 750 photos and pieces of artwork, some in color and many published for the first time. I didn’t think his previous version could be any more definitive, but looks like I was wrong. Throw in the story of the show, and a complete episode guide, and you’ll be a very happy Dick Van Dyke Show fan. And I’m not just saying that because Vince is a pal. Take a look here and see for yourself.