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Comedian Bill Dana died at the spry age of 92.  

Made famous for his small stint in the 1983 film, “The Right Stuff,” Dana was known for doing a fairly racist impression of a Mexican in skits that always began with him saying “My name… Jose… Jimenez.”

I say fairly racist because 1) the impression would never have legs today and b) Dana was embraced by the Latino community.  He was honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and worked, largely behind the scenes, as an activist.

Dana did not think of his creation as racist.  He said that Jimenez “was a perfect example of a person that wanted to be assimilated into American culture, learn the language, always looked spiffy … not a bit of the racist stereotype about the unkempt Mexican.”

In “The Right Stuff,” Dana is seen on TV doing his character, much to the delight of Alan Shepherd.  

Shepherd loved doing this impression himself.  Much to the behest of hospital orderly Gonzalez, who, along with his friends, thought that his Jose Jimenez imitation is A-OK.

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Dana getting his first prostate exam.

But what he was doing with it is B-A-D.

Shephard got one hell of a barium enima out of the whole ordeal.

Dana did more than just appear on “The Right Stuff.”  He contrived the trademark “Would You Believe?” line of jokes that Don Adams employed in standup and on “Get Smart.”

He and penned one of the funniest episodes in “All in the Family” history where Sammy Davis Jr. plants a kiss on Archie Bunker.

Dana’s greatest writing credits are for “Chico and the Man,” Donny and Marie Osmond’s variety hour and “Matlock.”  That was some quality shit.

This hit goes to: Jodi & Husband!  They get their very 1st hit in the ghoul pool!  Congratulations!  I’m sure you’ll want to hold a party to celebrate.  I’ll have a free weekend in September!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Josh: 140 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10, Gordie Tapp – 10, Terry Edwards – 60, Chuck Barris – 20)

Wes: 140 – (Holly Dunn – 50, John Glenn – 10, Debbie Reynolds – 20, David Penrose Buckson – 10, Erin Moran – 50)

Jami: 100 – (Fidel Castro – 10, Bernard Frost – 20, Zsa Zsa Gabor – 10, George Michael – 50)

Team Sushi: 70 – (Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – 30, Roger Moore – 20, Manuel Noriega – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 70 – (Ralph Branca – 10, Craig Sager – 40, Sam Ard – 30)

Lee Kwang Soo!: – 60 (Alice Drummond – 20, Dr. Henry Heimlich – 10, Hashemi Rafsanjani – 20, Lola Albright – 10)

Morrigan’s Mirror: 60 – (William Christopher – 20, Mary Tyler Moore – 20, Moulton “Pete” Marston – 20)

Joanne: 30 – (Judge Joseph Wapner – 10, Helmut Kohl – 20)

M: 30 – (Sir John Hurt – 30)

Jodi & Husband: – 20 (Bill Dana – 20)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

The Mumblers: 10 – (Don Rickles – 10)

Nathaniel: 10 – (Peter Sallis – 10)

Mary: 10 – (Chuck Berry – 10)

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“All in the Family” actress, Jean Stapleton, died at the spry age of 90.

In a statement, her husband said, “Aww, geeze, wouldja stop with the dyin’ already and get me my beeya?”

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Stapleton’s reaction upon learning about her death

Stapleton will be fondly remembered as Edith Bunker, the innocently naive dingbat to counterbalance Archie’s ignorant racist.  The show was known for addressing hard-hitting issues that other TV shows of the time (and even today) were afraid to touch. 

We will never forget the funny yet poignant episode where Archie and Meathead went to the Soup Nazi.  Or the time when Gloria didn’t have a square to spare.  And, of course, the classic where Edith won the contest. 

In 1980, Stapleton asked to be written off of “Archie Bunker’s Place,” the sad, sad spin-off from a once great show. So Edith Bunker died of a stroke.  As a testament to her acting, it is because of this, most people thought that the actress herself was dead.

Besides being the dingbat wife in “All in the Family,” she will be remembered by friends as one who pined for the old days.  “She loved the way Glen Miller played songs that made the charts.”  Added a family friend, “She longed for a time when girls were women and boys were men.”

Her son, John, remembered how she “could clean the floor by using that Hoover again.”

She lived in the EmpireState. 

She never felt the need to loose her weight.

Her long-time friend and mechanic pointed out how well her old LaSalle ran, “It ran great.”

For years, Jean has been a staple to us in the Ghoul Pool.  Picked by: ME!  and held over by: ME!  Yes, I may not win this year, but I have TWO new holdovers next year!

I’m on fire! (for me)  I am kickin’ ass!  (comparatively)  I am only 20 points behind Bean!  Woo-hoo!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 140 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10,Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10 – George Jones – 20)

Babysitter – 120 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60, Pat Summerall – 20)

The New Dick in Town – 120 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20, Jeanne Cooper – 20)

Joanne – 80 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10, Dr. Joyce Brothers – 20)

Gianna – 80 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40, E. L. Konigsburg – 20, Deanna Durbin – 10)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 50 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30, Jean Stapleton – 10)

Council of Geeks – 50 (Richard Griffiths – 40, Ray Harryhausen – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Team Sushi – 50 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30)

 “Imaginary” Steve – 40 (Al Neuharth – 20, Ken Venturi – 20)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)

Honky-hater, Dry-cleaning magnate and… Yes fan?  Sherman Hemsley died at the spry age of 74.

Hemsley was hired by Norman Lear to be the second man to play Archie Bunker’s neighbor, George Jefferson in “All in the Family.”  Jefferson was as bigoted as Bunker, illustrating what Ave. Q would tell us many years later: Bigotry has never been exclusively white.

He may be old, but he is workin’ that hat.

“The Jeffersons” was by far the most successful of the five “All in the Family” spin-offs.  It was on for 11 years.  That’s approximately 10 years longer than “Gloria” was on the air… give or take an episode.

Helmsley went on to play Rev. Frye in “Amen,” where he did battle with a cat.  Then he voiced a dinosaur on “Dinosaurs” for five years.  Wait. What?

Holy shit.  “Dinosaurs” was on the air for FIVE YEARS!?!  What the fuck is that all about?  Are we that culturally bankrupt as a nation?

Sherman was also a huge Yes fan.  As well as anyone should be.  It was to the point that he collaborated with their lead singer, Jon Anderson on an album entitled “Festival of Drams” which was never released.  Never released?  I wonder why.  I mean, I love Yes, but Jon Anderson writes the absolute worst lyrics (the man was seriously buoyed by a great band) and Sherman, well he comes up with this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7LOEl9xGOE

I wish I could make shit like that up.  Luckily, I don’t have to.

This hit goes to: Mary!  Yes, she now has 130 points!  And she is a member of the At-Least-We-Have-More-Points-Than-Bean Club!

Now, tis was Mary’s smallest hit.  Think about that: 30 points is her smallest.   She got to 130 with three hits!  Granted, Jerica got to 150 with three hits, but one of those hits was a frickin’ fetus.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Carol: 160 (Davy Jones – 40, Dick Clark – 20, George Lindsey – 20, Don Grady – 40, Andy Griffith – 20, Celeste Holm – 10, William Asher – 10)

The Walls of Jerica: 150 (Duggar #20 – 100, Kim Jong Il – 40, John Demjanjuk – 10)

Sister Mary Sheila:  140 (Christopher Hitchens – 40, Adam “MCA”Yauch – 60, Kathryn Joosten – 30,  Yitzhak Shamir – 10)

Mary: 130 (Dr. Mel Goldstein – 40, Whitney Houston – 60, Sherman Hemsley – 30)

Tailgating with that guy who’s still a Jackass: – 110 (Smokin’ Joe Frazier – 40, Joe Paterno – 20, Gary Carter – 50)

Pirate Jen “Occupy the Casket”:  90 (Anne McCaffrey – 20, Carroll Shelby – 20, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi – 40, Ray Bradbury – 10)

Gianna:  80 (Bill Keane – 20, Jonathan Frid – 20, Robin Gibb – 40)

“Imaginary” Steve: – 60 (Alan Sues – 20, Earl Scruggs – 20, Rauf Denktas – 20)

Jami “MORGAAAAAAAAAAAAN!” McFeeley: – 60 (Harry Morgan – 10, Etta James – 30, Maurice Sendak – 20)

Ann B. Davis: – 20 (Mike Wallace – 10, Ann Rutherford – 10)

Schelle’y: – 20 (Chuck Colson – 20)