The only stage direction Jackie ever gave him, George said was:
"If you want to stay in the picture, stay close to me."
The rest of the cast remembered a television director's adage. IT was
the command to Cameras One, Two, and Three. It was, "Follow the money."
And we know who "The Money" was, don't we?
George had some lively ideas about Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton and
their relationship to the audience.
Ralph Kramden was a loser. Ed Norton was runner-up, George
thought. More people identify with losers than with winners because there's a lot
more on the non-winning side. People laughed at Ralph and Ed, but when plot lines
turned emotional, sentimental, the audience responded to the mood. They weren't
impatient for the boys to turn into cartoons again. They awarded sympathy, gave
compassion. Because deep down they had found parts of themselves in the characters.
You said it George....