We dined last week with a
television star whose immediate personal concern seemed to be that he had gotten a "C" on
a recent report card. Of course, the pain of getting a "C" was diluted somewhat by an
"A" and several "B's" on the same report card.
This concern with his grades might seem natural to a fan of David Doremus, the 13-year-old
towhead who has the role of Hal Everett in the ABC Network show, "Nanny and the Professor."
His TV role often shows him with a particular interest in astronomy, science or some
other field which seems to put him a bit ahead of his elders in the show.
But to paint a picture of intellectual pursuit for this lad doesn't produce a very
accurate composite of what he is really like. He'll tell you that math and science are
among his favorite seventh grade subjects; but he would rather be playing baseball or
basketball. Or water skiing. Or hunting with his father.
Actually, casual conversation with this young man might make you think he's the
kid who lives two doors down the street. But then you glance across the dining table
and into the next room. There in glorious TV color you see that infectious grin, and
you know that the very same grin is sitting next to you.
Incidentally, that grin is not a put-on. Quite the contrary, it never comes off.
Although "Nanny" is David's first series involvement in television, he's been
appearing in TV commercials since he was seven years old. What does he do with his
money? He's saving it---with an eye toward attending the University of Southern
California School of Dentistry. David's ambition is to become a dentist---and an
We were dining in the very center of a rather busy restaurant, and a third member
of our dinner party caused something of a minor sensation among the women at nearby
Even before we became aware of the whispered comments around us, we realized that
David's father, Robert A. Doremus, looks a great deal like Gary Crosby.
Our dinner party also included another personality who seldom appears in public
without creating some comment---Saint Paul's Mayor Charles McCarty. Together with
his youngest son and a daughter, we found the mayor a delightful dinner companion.
Actually, there was a special reason for the mayor's presence: the following day
David Doremus appeared as a special guest at the Saint Paul Mayor's Annual Children's