Conrad Janis, Star of Broadway, Film and Television whose passion alsoincludes his trusty Trombone, and a lifelong love of Dixieland Jazz,bids a sad farewell to long time friend and Hollywood Writer/Producerlegend Sheldon Keller, who passed away Sept. 1, 2008 announces his sonCasey Keller. Sheldon Keller was and to those who loved and admiredhim, still is, the quintessential Hollywood Maven. He made you laughwhen the world was gray, he was the only one with his famous meat loafwhen you needed comfort food, he could make a corpse laugh, as hesurely is doing right now, looking down at those who already miss himsorely. After a small stroke, Sheldon gradually needed more and moremedical assistance and was thrilled when, though he moved quite adistance away to be near his family, Conrad Janis and his Beverly HillsUnlisted Jazz band would gather the Gang and trotted out nearly everymonth to visit him and make him Sing and play his beloved Guitar. BandFollowers would drive fifty, a hundred miles just to be part of thesegatherings, and to listen to Sheldon joke with Conrad and sing'Radio...I Miss You So'---Now Conrad and the Band will be singing howmuch They Miss this irreplaceable 'Mench'.
Conrad spoke on the phone with Sheldon just a few weeks ago, promisinganother 'Jam Session' soon, as Janis, having just completed his filmproject, Bad Blood, Directing and Starring opposite Piper Laurie, washankering to blow some cobwebs out of his horn, and watch Sheldon lightup with his permanent smile the moment he could participate with theband.
So, in memory of Sheldon Keller a plan has begun to hatch to throw agiant tribute to this gentle and talented giant, and we hope many willwant to be there. Well, Sheldon...you finally 'Took a Cab', but we canstill hear you singing and playing 'Sister Kate', and always will.