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A famous composer gave an Arizona man a special gift 46 years ago. Now, he will talk about it on TV

Sun City resident Greg Joseph, who has always liked acting, will finally make it to Turner Classic Movies this week.

Not as a star, alas, but the next best thing. Joseph, television critic for The Arizona Republic from 1990 to 1994, will introduce “Gigi,” the 1958 Oscar winner for best picture. The network, which airs classic films 24 hours a day, held a contest in which 25 fans could win a chance to dedicate, on-air, one of their favorite movies to their favorite people.

Joseph’s video, in which he dedicates the film to his wife, Mary, was chosen as one of the winners. And why not? It’s a great little story — Frederick Loewe, the film’s composer (Alan Jay Lerner was the lyricist), gave the couple their first wedding present.

When he was a young reporter working for a small paper in Hollywood, Joseph’s well-connected editor sent him to Loewe’s home for an interview. At the time, Loewe was  working on a stage adaptation of “Gigi.” The interview went well, as Joseph relates in the video, with Loewe playing various selections from the many shows he’d written — “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot,” and “Brigadoon” among his classics.

“For some reason, I guess he thought I was harmless,” Joseph says. “He started confiding things with me about the play.”

When the interview was over, Loewe asked Joseph his plans. He told him, and soon, an envelope

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