“In here Peg, put on the coffee and take a letter.” From the TV Drama Series Mannix – Season 2 Episode title: Odds Against Donald Jordan.
Created by Bruce Geller , Richard Levinson, and William Link. Ran on CBS from 1967 through 1975. Described as a “Violent” TV series because of its fist fights, car chases, guns and shoot outs. Seems pretty tame for what we see now days. The main actor was Mike Connors who played Joe Mannix , a L.A. private detective. When I was a kid we had a TV -one of the first on the block and because I had eight brothers I have a distinct memory of watching this show. Three main actors with a lot of secondary actors in the outside stories attached to the main one. Joe Mannix, Albie, (he was the sifter and the seeker of information-he was always trying to get Joe to make him his partner. ) and Peg the secretary . Peg ( Gail Fisher) should be remembered as on the first African American actresses to have a regular series role. This is in 1967. She also won two Golden Globes and an Emmy. She also was the first Black female to make a national TV commercial, on camera, with lines for a detergent product called All in the 1960’s.
This is the letter Albie ( Joe Mantell) could of been dictating to Peg that morning before he got ruffed up by the two thugs that worked for the loan shark that Joe Mannix had just talked to:
Dear Charlie, The phone’s been ringing off the hook since we opened our doors. We sold out practically all our inventory before lunch. Samantha called she needs to reschedule your sales meeting . She’s going to be out of town scouting new coffee companies we’d like to work with. Can we order 58 – 5 pound bags of Haitian Organic Blue Mountain coffee? As well as 12 bags of Jamaican Blue Estate Coffee? Excellent! I’m looking forward to drinks at Kenny’s with you and your wife Caroline on the 14th of May. Sincerely Albie