Thursday, June 09, 2005

"Calling Dr. Bombay, calling Dr. Bombay!

Emergency! Come right away!"

Actor Bernard Fox who played the doctor on ''Bewitched," will be among the three surviving cast members of the classic TV sitcom visiting Salem Wednesday for the unveiling of a 9-foot-tall bronze statue of Samantha Stephens, the twitchy-nosed witch portrayed by actess Elizabeth Montgomery, who died in 1995.

Erin Murphy, one of the twins who played baby witch Tabitha, will be on hand, along with Kasey Rogers, who played Louise Tate, wife of ad executive Larry Tate. The hit '60s and '70s sitcom shot several episodes in Salem in 1970. The statue will stand in Lappin Park in downtown Salem.

Culled from the "Celebrity News" section of the Boston Globe with various edits: They had Sam's chant for Dr. Bombay wrong. And he was not a witch doctor, but a doctor of witches. Big difference.

A little bird from Salem told me yesterday that the dedication time has been changed from 9 a.m. to noon, apparently to forestall a witchy influx. More tomorrow.

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