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John O’Hurley

By BOB ANDELMAN
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Who IS John O’Hurley?

On Thanksgiving Day at noon, he’s the silver-haired host of The National Dog Show on NBC, a job he’s held for nine years. He’s also written a couple of dog tale-oriented books.

And he’s been the host of the daily “Family Feud” game show.

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Still can’t place him?

How about his amazing performance on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2005?

No?

Okay, okay, try this one on: John O’Hurley played Elaine’s boss, clothing catalog entrepreneur J Peterman, as a recurring character for several seasons on “Seinfeld.” The joke was that Peterman was based on a real person and a real company.

But what happened later was no joke: when the J Peterman Company bounced in and out of bankruptcy, it was the pretend Peterman – John O’Hurley – who stepped in as an angel investor to save the real Peterman.

True story, folks!

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http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=andelmancom&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000NJMMOK&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHear it now!JOHN O’HURLEY audio excerpt: “The head of NBC Sports gave me a call. I picked up the phone and he said, ‘Woof! Woof!’ And that’s how it started nine years ago.” 

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You can LISTEN to this interview with JOHN O’HURLEY, host of THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW, by clicking the audio player above!
 

Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including ‘The Profiler’ with Pat Brown, ‘Built From Scratch’ with the founders of The Home Depot, and ‘Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.’ • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.

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