Dean later hosted his own musical variety show on ABC, where I first saw performances by Simon and Garfunkel (I can't remember now what they played, only that they looked pretty dour and alienated) -- and Jimmy's ol' hound-dog buddy, Rowlf.
In a commercial for his breakfast sausage, Dean once shared this philosophy:
Sausage is a great deal like life. You get out of it about what you put into it.
A good epitaph for any of us, whether written on a marble stand or not.