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Goodbye White Fang, Black Tooth & Soupy Sales


SOUPY SALES
January 8, 1926 - October 22,2009


Milton Supman (professional name Milton Hines) - more famously known as Soupy Sales - has passed away at the age of 83.

Soupy Sales was a regular visitor to my house when I was a kid. My siblings and I watched his show all the time and I remember first hand some of the stunts he pulled that later became legend (and a bit infamous.) I loved White Fang, which was basically just a big white furry paw - you never saw the rest of White Fang - who threw pies at Soupy. Black Tooth was the same only black and female and she gave Soupy big wet kisses.

His most famous stunt was the time he told the kids in his audience to sneak into their parents bedroom, rummage through their wallets or pants, take out a dollar (which he described as, "funny green pieces of paper with pictures of U.S. Presidents") and mail it to him. He then told the kids that they would get a postcard from him from Puerto Rico for it. The dollars started rolling in, Soupy tried to explain to the angry parents complaining that it was a joke and the money would be donated to charity, but he was suspended from the show for two weeks. When kids started picketing Channel 5-WNEW it just served to increase Soupy's popularity.

Of course, we've all heard about the "topless dancer behind the door" stunt his crew pulled on him. Remember he would open a door on the set to reveal a celebrity guest or just an arm he would joke with? Well, to Soupy's surprise, his crew once positioned a topless dancer behind the door during the live broadcast (out of range of the show camera but covered with a few strategic balloons).

I didn't find out he had a Twitter account until I read the news of his death - I certainly would have followed him. One of his last tweets was, "Did you kids catch me at the Oscar ceremony last Sunday? Neither did security! KAPOW!" Typical Soupy humor.

Goodbye Soupy, thanks for all the laughs.

Lunch with Soupy, 1959: THE TOPLESS DANCER INCIDENT:

Soupy, White Fang & Pookie:



Soupy talks about those "green pieces of paper":


Read more about Soupy Sales at Wikipedia

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6 comments:

  1. I remember he was always guest starring on variety shows back in the day. My Mom liked him. At least he lived a nice long life.

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  2. Elizabeth - yes, I remember those appearances unless they were on after my bedtime, lol.

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  3. I was not a huge fan of Soupy Sales but my younger brother certainly was. He watched him faithfully--must have been all those pies in the face.

    Still, I was sorry to learn of his passing and only did by reading your blog. He was a real icon of our generation growing up and his death will give pause to many a boomer fan. It's hard to think that so many of our earlier heros and heroines are no longer with us. That's the really sucky part of growing older.

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  4. i absolutely love Soupy Sales' personality, some of the best facial expressions ever

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  5. I loved the Oscar ceremony joke... typical Soupy, lol. Although it was taken down, You Tube had a clip from Soupy's show where he was preparing to graduate from correspondence school. He mentioned to White Fang that he sometimes skipped classes. When White Fang asked him how he skipped classes during correspondence school, Soupy said that he mailed in an empty envelope. Of course, he got a pie in the face for that one.

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  6. Malcolm - despite the pies and the silly trappings I think Soupy Sales humor had a great amount of subtlety and sophistication to it - truly, I thought the "little green pieces of paper" was near genius as well as hilarious. To this day, whenever I hear it mentioned I get a smile on my face.

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