Tuesday, February 02, 2010


It is always interesting when a media darling falls from grace and exposes themselves as just a common human with faults like the rest of us. Every year you can count on at least one person falling every month. In recent months we had Tiger Woods, David Letterman, just about every politician in South Carolina. Think about the long list of others: Bill Clinton, Marv Albert, Elliot Spencer, Jimmy Swagert, David Copperfield, Gary Hart, Pee Wee Herman. I’m surprised we are even surprised by this sort of stuff anymore.

Back in the old days scandal was so much more innocent. Sure there were people like Fatty Arbuckle that had their careers ruined over big stuff, but the innocence I am talking about is events like what happened to Uncle Don.

Uncle Don was a radio host for a children’s radio show. Don was really popular and on the air six-days a week. One day after the show ended an engineer neglected to turn off his microphone and Uncle Don was heard to say, "There, I hope that'll hold the little bastards."

Some say this took place on WOR in New York in 1939. Though Snopes.com tries and tries to shoot holes in this event ever actually happening, my mother remembers it clearly, and I recall hearing a bloopers record with the event back in the 60’s when I was a kid.

It is so strange that things like that shocked the masses, and here I sit wondering why they still bleep John Stewart ever he uses the “F” word. I mean, everyone knows what he is saying, so what’s the BFD? If I may quote another historic shocker, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” about the words that are used as long as the grammar is correct.


Blogger darev2005 said...

It was on Kermit Shaeffers bloopers record. I still love bloopers and out takes. If we could really see all of the "stars" of any sort as they really are, they wouldn't be famous any more. I can't be "on" all the time like those people are. When i have a bad day, it rides on my sleeve like a merit badge. Like Popeye always said "I yam what I yam."

veri word: lochtso- A deep Scottish lake located in China.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Do you remember Soupy Sales telling all the kids to go into their dads pants pockets and send him the dollar bills to him? I remember seeing that skit.

Oh how I loved that program, even if I was too young to get most of the jokes.

9:47 AM  
Blogger g said...

We can't all be like PeeWee Herman...

6:40 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Darev, It certainly made them much more interesting.

Sue, I remember that well. I've written about Soupy here before. Bow being from New Jersey, did you ever see Uncle Floyd?

g, it is especially hard now the porno is available on the Internet.

5:49 AM  

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