I began my brief acting career in 1968 by appearing in a production of the musical “Oliver!” I auditioned for the starring role of Oliver Twist, but the director said, as kindly as he could, that I didn’t look undernourished enough.

Still, as a chubbier kid, at least I could sing the show’s opening song with real conviction. The title was “Food, Glorious Food.”

I’m afraid to say I’ve been singing that number ever since. My doctor says it’s really not the best theme song for a middle-aged man piling on the pounds in a pandemic.

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