In this week's sober thread, TiBette Dcc001 posted a link to the theme from M*A*S*H, Suicide is Painless. It's sort of an unlikely hit, and a pretty melancholy song for a movie and a show that were at least half comedy. I very much like the song, though, especially that opening plaintive guitar riff. The music for the song was written by Johnny Mandel, but the lyrics were written by Mike Altman. Many of our younger TiBbers may be unaware that M*A*S*H was a feature film before it was a long-running TV series. Robert Altman directed that film, and Mike Altman is his son. He was 14 years old when he wrote the lyrics. You can kind of tell he was young - the lyrics are, in a way, a little bit corny. On the other hand, I don't know too many 14-year-olds that would have come up with "It brings on many changes, and I can take or leave it if I please." Robert Altman, his father, pulled down $75,000 for directing the movie. However, Mike Altman got royalties every time the song was played, and over time netted more than $1 million for writing the song lyrics. FOCUS: What have you been grossly underpaid for? What have you been grossly overpaid for? ALT FOCUS: What professions are grossly underpaid? What professions are grossly overpaid?