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Mark F. Fenske, 1971

Mark Fenske (1971)He played baseball for four years at Taft, but if you asked Mark what he really wanted to do, it was to be in show business. In the 1970 talent show he proved his ability by mimicking Jerry Lewis’s “Nutty Professor.” He was in the Taft casts of “Guys and Dolls” and “Mame” and became Drama Club President. Running on a write-in ballot, he was elected senior class president. 

From the late 1970s until the mid-1990s, Mark appeared on television, from episodes of the “The Gong Show” and “Happy Days” to “The Buffalo Bill Show.” He realized a dream when he appeared in the last season of “Mork and Mindy” with Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. 

A “comedian by choice,” Mark has worked in comedy clubs across the United States and Canada, and has appeared in plays and musicals for three decades. In 1996-97 he was the opening act for “The Pack is Back” tribute to the original Rat Pack. Now a sales representative for Empire Cooler Service, he still performs stand-up comedy. Mark is the father of twin sons.