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Mel Brooks: I'm a rap pioneer

At 86 and with almost every conceivable accomplishment under his belt (Mel Brooks is one of 11 people in history to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards), the comedian continues to show an unusual vigor.

As a child of Eastern European immigrants coming of age during the Great Depression, Mel Brooks had few show business ambitions. Any world outside a working class one, he says, seemed foreign. "I thought for sure I was born to push a rack from the garment center to the post office, and if I was lucky I'd get to be a salesman, maybe a lace salesman. And maybe one day, like all Jews, I dreamed I'd be a partner. Rosenthal and Slotnick? I'd be Slotnick."

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