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Tim Lones writes: Doing a search through the TVParty Blog I came across the Andy Griffith Clip from WJW-TV 8 in Cleveland that you featured in 2007. Several interesting things about this clip.

First, the slate at the very beginning says it was done February 17, 1967. Griffith was at Channel 8 to promote a Comedy Special - The Andy Griffith Uptown-Downtown Show with Don Knotts and Tennessee Ernie Ford. Tuesday, Feb. 21, Griffith mentions both Knotts and Ford during this skit and does a little of his "Football" comedy sketch.

Second, this skit was done just 2 months after Bob "Hoolihan" Wells and "Big Chuck" Schodowski took over Friday Night movie hosting from Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson as Anderson had just left to join his friend Tim Conway on the West Coast. Here is a blog post I made about this in March, 2008.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 11:25am
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Kevin Butler writes: I've just heard about Soupy and my heart is broken! I knew that he was ill but I didn't know that he had cancer. I spoke with him some time ago and he was in good spirits, he was always showing his positive side even when he was not up to snuff. He maintained that happy, optimistic spirit right up to the end! I've known him since the late 1980s and he had always been my best and dearest friend.

Thank God he left us all with the legacies of his TV and film work that will keep audiences of all ages laughing, singing, dancing and wondering about the true meaning of "The Words Of Wisdom" and "Pafalafaka" for many generations to come.

One thing about yesterday's news - I read the article on Soupy in the LA Times and they lifted a quote from the TVparty article on Mr. Sales without credit or a link, just a "comment on a web site" type attribution. Aren't these large newspapers now crying out in agony that web sites are using excerpts from their articles unfairly? It's a two way street, seems to me.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 7:30am
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SOUPY
Barry Mitchell shares this very funny song parody with us: Soupy’s entire career in song. I wrote it in 2008 for his birthday dinner at the NY Friars Club.

Friday, October 23, 2009 1:24pm
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ANOTHER SAD PASSING
Television legend Soupy Sales has passed away. It seems like so many TV pioneers have gone home in the last few years but Soupy holds a special place in most of our hearts - even if you didn't grow up watching his show (I didn't discover him until the 1970s). There will be no other Soupy Sales, just as there will be no other Sinatra or Dean Martin. I guess it's a cliche to say he was one of a kind but that he was.

You can read all about Soupy Sales' remarkable career here.

Friday, October 23, 2009 7:00am
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A Christmas TV Book
I'm reading a wonderful book right now - The Christmas TV Companion by Joanna Wilson. It's a collection of all the great, not-so-great, and weirdly oddball Christmas themed specials and series episodes we all grew up with (no matter what your age is) and it's a well-written and thoroughly researched delight.

I'm a sucker for the classic holiday TV episodes and I enjoy watching my favorites in the run up to the holidays - this book does a great job of bringing those shows to life.

There are loads of pictures and so many classic television faves to explore like the Dr. Who, Mork & Mindy, The Tick, Night Gallery and Pee Wee's Playhouse holiday forays.

The author even details more obscure Christmas moments on variety hours like The Frank Sinatra Show, Elvis' comeback special, and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. I really enjoyed reading about what looks like a hilarious 1965 musical special - The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood with Liza Minnelli, Vic Damone, and Eric Burdon & The Animals. Crazy!

The Christmas TV Companion is witty, breezy and fresh; it's written in an intimate style that is instantly likeable. I can't recommend this book highly enough but be warned - it will put you in the Christmas spirit!

Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:15am
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