The series needed music from a bar jukebox. Kaufman was called up to write some. Today he laughs that from his creative mind — as a violinist from west Los Angeles — came such county western tunes as "My Love Gave You a Reason to Live; Your Love Gave Me a Reason to Die" and "I Love My Truck."
Kaufman even gave the stars some makeshift music lessons. Sometimes actors like Tom Hanks have to pretend to be musicians.
"Tom would come to my house every day for about three months to learn to look like a violinist for a movie called 'The Man with One Red Shoe,'" Kaufman said, adding that he also taught Jack Nicholson to look like a violinist and pianist for "The Witches of Eastwick."
His long tenure with the Costa Mesa-based Pacific Symphony started with a letter. After his work with the orchestra and pop singer Andy Williams, he wrote the symphony asking to be considered as the pops conductor. It worked.