Home - by BigFurHat - September 21, 2012 - 21:37 America/New_York - 13 Comments
Ironically, Gene Gene the Dancing Machine lost both of his legs in 2001. He is 80 years old and walks with prosthetics and a cane.
September 21st, 2012
So glad I voted for him. Now that I see him, I’m happy with my choice!
Wasn’t the gong show guy a CIA agent or something? Or am I delusional again?
I voted for “All of the Above,” but the irony is in context of my comment in the poll about Pat Paulsen, who just so happens to be on the panel in this segment of the Gong Show! Unbelievable.
Chuck Barris claimed to have been in the CIA in his autobiography “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind.” When asked to confirm, the CIA said, “Chuck who?”
Barris created THE DATING GAME, where we saw Jennifer Granholm make a skank of herself in 1978…and, more recently, a fool of herself at the DNC.
Barris married the niece of one of the Levy brothers, the founders of CBS.
Barris briefly worked backstage at AMERICAN BANDSTAND while it was here in Philly.
He graduated from Drexel in ’53 with a BS in lunacy. He’s in his 80′s now.
I saw Pat Paulsen in the middle for a fleeting second also. The guy was truly funny. Loved watching him on the Smothers Brothers in 68-69 when I was 15-16 yrs. old.
My Dad who is now 84 used to laugh himself silly watching Pat Paulsen along with my brothers and I. The only other programs he laughed as hard at were Get Smart and Green Acres and Hee Haw.
Likewise. That makes you about the same as age as me. The Hippies were fun, I hated all the Civil Rights crap, and NOBODY liked that war. Star Trek and Laugh-in equated to my happiness. I had a crush on Julie Christie of Dr. Zhivago fame. Memories.
“Gene, Gene the dancin’ machine” became one of those lines that sticks with you as a kid. We repeated it enough times after that aired that I still say it to this day on occasion, but I had forgotten that was where we got it. Fun to see it!
Yeah, my Dad loved Red Skelton but couldn’t stand him ending with “God Bless.” He felt it hypocritical because of some of the skits Red did. However, mention George Wallace to him, and he glowed. The past always looks better to every generation that’s ever lived. Did you know in the Bible someone is telling another, “Quit saying the your past was better when it wasn’t.” That’s how old the illusion is.
You had a crush on Julie Christie? Get in line.
DR. ZHIVAGO was too long, so I watched SHAMPOO until the VHS tape wore out, and then switched to HEAVEN CAN WAIT.
True Confessions on iOTW.
SHAMPOO: “I want to suck his cock!”
HEAVEN CAN WAIT: “Wait…you’re the Quarterback.”
I lay on the couch, love sick for three days over Julie. My Aunt J. (who took me to see Zhivago)came over and told me that I was love sick. It’s a real thing. Anyway, I eventually received a signed fan photo and got on with my life.
(Pssssss. Remember June Lockhart of Lost in Space? You got it. With her, I wanted to run away to California. What a nut I was. The first crush is the most lasting.) Here:
Loved the Unknown Comic, followed closely by Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.
September 22nd, 2012
Wasn’t it Yogi Berra who said the past isn’t what it used to be.
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