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Friday, October 23, 2009

More sad news: Soupy Sales died

All of you boomers must remember Soupy Sales. We watched his show in the 60's which was really meant for kids but drew more adults to his irreverent program. A survey in 1962 showed that more than a third of his viewers were adults. It became a status symbol to get hit in the face with a pie on Soupy's show and many big names requested that honor including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Bob Hope. His show was suspended several times due to "off-color" dialogue and routines, but was always reinstated by popular demand. Those shows of the 50's and 60's had no props to speak of, no special effects (Soupy's buddies White Fang, Black Tooth and Pookie were just hairy arms that appeared at the edge of the screen), and like Kukla, Fran and Ollie and Captain Kangaroo, they will be remembered and cherished long after today's animated kids' shows are gone. "Soupy was unrepentant and inspired our generation to anarchy."

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