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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 3:12:17 PM
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@Stargzer: Is that Billy Bunter...

a.k.a. "The fat owl"

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
mhrackin   9/11/2014 3:12:15 PM
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Well, you better get that torch (and the cigar per Stargzer) under cover.  I was jsut checking out the ATL weather radar, and I see a nasty thunderstorm drawing a bead on Huntsville.... coming from the west-northwest.

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 3:11:22 PM
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@Stargzer: Is that Billy Bunter, or is there a more scatalogical meaning that we've missed on this side of the Pond?

I used to love reading the Billy Bunter books as a kid -- in fact they may still be a couple on the bookshelves in my office...

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 3:10:15 PM
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@mhrackin: However, you WILL have to grow a moustache.

Would my "travelling moustache on a stick" count?

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Stargzer   9/11/2014 2:54:07 PM
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@mhrackin: However, you WILL have to grow a moustache.  That would "cover" you for both Kovacs and Groucho Marx!

Don't forget the cigar, even if (or especsially since!) it's becoming Politically Incorrect. 

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Stargzer   9/11/2014 2:50:48 PM
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@Max: "He's the trickiest bunter in the business" ... you don't get to hear something like that very often :-)

Is that Billy Bunter, or is there a more scatalogical meaning that we've missed on this side of the Pond?

 

 

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
mhrackin   9/11/2014 2:43:18 PM
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However, you WILL have to grow a moustache.  That would "cover" you for both Kovacs and Groucho Marx!

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 2:38:29 PM
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@mhrackin: Kovacs' untimely death in 1962 deprived us all of one of the greatest comedic talents ever.

Fear not -- I'm still here to carry on the torch! :-)

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Re: Ancient TV
Max The Magnificent   9/11/2014 2:37:07 PM
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@betajet: You could get away with that sort of thing back then because TV was so unreliable that people didn't suspect it was deliberate.

I love hearing stories like this -- thanks for sharing.

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Re: Ernie Kovacs
mhrackin   9/11/2014 2:25:16 PM
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As one who remembers watching ALL his shows when they were "first run" (and on a 12-inch round-screen Zenith TV with rabbit ears at that, B&W of course), Kovacs was a true master at getting around the very strict TV censorship of the '50s.  Most of the time, they didn't even realize what he had done!  He was the primary force that eventually led to the overthrow of the "Hays Commission" that set up the censorship rules  Lenny Bruce and later George Carlin finished the job.  BTW, I think the beauty who had the "bunter" line was his wife, Edie Adams!  Kovacs' untimely death in 1962 deprived us all of one of the greatest comedic talents ever.

PS: a few years after we got that Zenith, it got to the point where (at age 10 or so) I couldn't keep it running with tube changes; I salvaged most of the parts (including a huge multi-voltage output power supply separate from the main chassis) and it served as the source of my first basement "junk box" parts inventory.  The PSU was used to power several different tube designs for audio, ham gear, etc.

 

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