Soupy Sales has died.
Mark Evanier explained his appeal years ago
, adding a bit more today
. An entire live Soupy Sales Show from 1965 on YouTube: part 1
, part 2
, part 3
.In his honor, throw a pie or two (filled with shaving cream, of course, let's not waste food). [} [} [} [more inside]
(all caps, because that's the way he said everything), Los Angeles Television/Radio Legend, has died at the age of 94. A protege of Walter Winchell who came to L.A. in 1951 to restart a stalled career as a news anchor, he was famous for his dramatic style and extremely UNobjective reporting. Retrospective of his colorful career: Part One
, Part Two
. Best known on the Web as the "outstanding news reporter" who narrated the '50s alarmist documentary "Perversion for Profit"
, he was also acknowledged as the model for the Mary Tyler Moore show's bombastic newsman character Ted Baxter (seen here
sitting in on a real newscast). Not restricting his editorializing to his daily "One Reporter's Opinion" segment, he is credited/blamed for the election of Sam Yorty as mayor of Los Angeles. And when TV News outgrew him, he found a home for the next 30 years doing Talk Radio (where some of us believe Rush Limbaugh also modeled his style after him). And that’s the up-to-the-minute obitfilter; up to the minute, that’s all the obitfilter. [more inside]
ObitFilter: Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 69
To remember him by: "Monster Mash" video mashup
, his official site
(with spooky 1998 sound), "The Climate Mash"
(2005 eco-political rewrite with Pickett's vocal), and his lesser-known co-creation (with Peter Ferarra): "Star Drek"
What's down, Doc?
Animation genius Chuck Jones has died of conjestive heart failure.
Has any other creative-type-person brought more joy and laughter to the last three-or-four generations?
At least his website
had already started paying tribute to him while he could still see it (click on "Letters from the Heart", optional Flash).
R.I.P.: Comic Book Pioneer Carl Barks
Anybody can do superheroes... Carl made Disney cartoon characters into action comc stars.
I devoured these as a kid; bought foreign-language versions from the Disneyland Main Street bookstore; to this day, the only "jillionaire" I can trust is Scrooge McDuck.
Now, if only HE had done the "Backstreet Boys" comic instead of Stan Lee...