Welcome Back, Kotter ... you've got mail!
People who say "hey, whatever happened to Gabe Kaplan?" obviously don't watch poker on television. He's been a player and commentator on the tour for quite some time now. He doesn't act, but he is getting back into stand-up comedy.
He's also a writer. He has a new book out, Kotter's Back: E-mails From A Faded Celebrity To A Bewildered World. It's a series of humorous e-mails to various people about supposedly great ideas that Kaplan has to get back into the public eye. Stuff like writing a memoir about his sex life or starting a gambling camp for kids.
The idea came about when Kaplan was asked to take part in Celebrity Boxing and other reality shows. He didn't take them seriously, but finally said (jokingly) that he'd only do it if he got to fight Conrad Bain, the father from Diff'rent Strokes.
This might be a funny book, I'll have to check it out this weekend.