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Erin Moran, who played Joanie (who loved Chachi, but we’re not sure if that love was requited) from “Happy Days,” died at the spry age of 56.

Moran played the cute, spunky, pain-in-the-ass little sister on the classic sitcom “Happy Days,” from 1974 to 1984.

There was a brief, one season stint where she and Chachi moved on to their own musical sitcom, “Joanie Loves Chachi.”  

Musical sitcoms are a terrible idea.  A lesson that was well remembered until the advent of “Cop Rock.”

She complained that in later years, the producers of “Happy Days” told her that she needs to be more sexy.  To which she presumably replied: “Have you seen me?  I might be able to pull off cute, but sexy?”

In 1981, she starred in the movie “Twirl,” which also featured Lisa Whelchel (Blair from “The Facts of Life”), Missy Gold (Katie Gatling from “Benson”), Charles Haid (Andrew Renko from “Hill Street Blues”), Heather Locklear (the lead in many a boy’s wet dream), and multiple stars from “Falcon Crest.”

The cast list reads like a Who Used-To-Be Who list of 80’s TV.


After that failed “Flashdance” audition, it was all over for her.

After Happy Days went off the air, her life jumped the shark and she did not work much.  Sure, she had stints on “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Diagnosis: Murder,” like so many washed-up B-listers… and C-listers ..and– you get the point.

After 1984,Happy Days ended in more way than one.

She spiraled into depression between her lack of work and the mysterious disappearance of her brother, Chuck, which had haunted her for the past nine years.

Like any good episode of “Behind the Music,” Moran turned to drugs and alcohol.

In the 90s she was evicted from a trailer park, which is a pretty hard thing to do.  Trailer parks don’t exactly set a high bar.

According to the Daily Mail, her death was allegedly due to a heroin overdose.  But this is the Daily Mail… so, of course, It has been announced that she probably died of cancer.

They also said that Moran was “broke and homeless” after she was kicked out of her mother-in-law’s trailer, which is a pretty hard thing to do.  Because her mother-in-law doesn’t exactly set a high bar.

According to Paul Petersen, who runs the child-actor advocacy group A Minor Consideration, many former child stars had reached out to her in the past week or so.  (Obviously Ron Howard, with a job offer in hand, was not one of them).

Petersen said, “We did our best with the resources available to us, but it was a very dark room. Some don’t find the light switch in time.”

So, if you got a hold of her… it would have… cured stage four cancer?  Sheesh.  Someone sure thinks a lot of himself.

Scott Baio released the following statement: “Trump is great.  Trump is great.  Trump is great.”

What a dick.

This hit goes to: Wes!  One rookie just took the lead from another one!  Wes sits high upon Ghoul Pool Mountain (well, really more of a hill) with 140 points!

Happy pooling,


Current Standings:

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

Josh: 120 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10, Gordie Tapp – 10, Terry Edwards – 60, Chuck Barris – 20)

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

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)

M: 30 – (Sir John Hurt – 30)

Team Sushi: 30 – (Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka – 30)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

The Mumblers: 10 – (Don Rickles – 10)

Mary: 10 – (Chuck Berry – 10)

Joanne: 10 – (Judge Joseph Wapner – 10)


Al Molinaro, the stunning beefcake who played lovable cook Al Delvecchio in the classic sitcom “Joanie Loves Chachi,” dies at the spry age of 96.

I sit here, absolutely amazed that spellcheck recognizes “Chachi.”  Amazeballs.  Is “amazeballs” still a thing?  Spellcheck says it is.

The hunky Molinaro became financially independent with realty speculation in southern California.  Once he was rich, he decided to pursue acting.  So, he didn’t have to work in some shitty coffee shop while handing out headshots to pay the bills before he made it big.

After a few small roles on shows like “Bewitched,” and “Get Smart,” this dreamboat landed the role as Murray the cop in the sitcom “The Odd Couple.”  After that, he was a natural to replace Pat Morita (who left to teach some dumb kid karate) in

The Fonz got more chicks than this guy?  TV is bullshit.

The Fonz got more chicks than this guy? TV is bullshit.

“Happy Days.”

He played Al Delveccio, owner and cook of Arnold’s drive-in restaurant.  The show wasn’t much of a success.  It was only on for 11 seasons.  

It wasn’t until mega-star Erin Moran spun off into her own show, “Joanie Loves Chachi,” that they set the nation on fire with a rock-n-roll sitcom that featured performances from the starring couple!

Lamentably, the public’s cries for “More Molinaro” fell on deaf ears and this classic, groundbreaking sit-com opus died after a mere two seasons.

Since then, Molinaro turned to booze, heroin and episodes of “My Little Pony,” for lack of such an outlet for his artistic expression.

This hot goes to: that bastard who can’t reschedule a simple rehearsal to make it to draft night!  Yes, Babysitter wastes a hit to get ahead of Nora the Explorer, who is too good for him anyway!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,


PS:Draft day is this Saturday!

Current Standings:

The Girl on Fire: 180 – (Mario Cuomo – 20, Richard Dysart – 20, Anne Meara – 20, Denise McCluggage – 20, Bobbi Christina Brown – 80, Frank Gifford – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 160 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 66, Lauren Hill – 90, Maureen O’Hara – 10)

Jami: 140 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50, Dick Van Patten – 20)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 130 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20, Roberto Tucci – 10, Giovanni Canestri – 10, Giacomo Biffi “the Vampire Slayer” – 20, William W. Baum – 20, László Paskai – 20, Cardinal Ján Chryzostom Korec – 10)

Tailgating with Jesus: 130 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10, Al Rosen – 10, Chuck Bednarik – 20, Louise Suggs – 10)

Gianna: 110 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70, Vincent Bugliosi – 10, Dean Jones – 20)

Team Sushi: 100 – (Marion Barry – 30, Omar Sharif – 20, Dave Benton – 50)

Nikki: 90 – (Stuart Scott – 60, BB King – 20, Yogi Berra – 10)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 70 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20, Alex Rocco – 30, Milton Delugg – 10)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Babysitter: 60 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20, Gary Gahl – 30, Al Delvecchio – 10)

Nora the Explorer: 50 – (James Best – 20, Ben E. King – 30)

Mostly Mike: 40 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10, Dickie Moore – 20)

Anne: 30 – (oops, I forgot who Anne had – 30)

Nathaniel: – 10 – (Christopher Lee – 10)

Erika: 10 – (Jayne Meadows – 10)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)

Self-proclaimed inventor of Media Psychology, Dr. Joyce Brothers died at the spry age of 85. 


Brothers was forced to tone down her theory on the benefits of interracial three-ways to make it more “TV Friendly.”

Brothers first became famous for a stint on “The $64,000 Question.”  The producers decided to ask her all questions about boxing.  Because girls don’t know jack-squat about pugilism.  Well, she won… $64,000.  That’ll learn ‘em.

She was then given her own show and a column in “Good Housekeeping.”  And ever since then we’ve had to listen to drivel from quacks ranging from Bob Hartley to Frasier Crane.   It wasn’t until a few years back when a therapist also became an analyst.  This made Tobias Fünke the world’s first Analrapist.  (Yes, I am very excited about new “Arrested Development” episodes.)

Born Joyce Diane Bauer, (she changed her name to hide her identity from the enemies of her terror fighting brother, Jack), Brothers also appeared on a dew other television shows, including: Saturday Night Live, CHiPs, Simon & Simon, Ellery Queen, Mama’s Family, Taxi, Happy Days, Police Squad!, Police Woman, Night Court, The Nanny, Frasier, The Andy Dick Show, One Life to Live, WKRP in Cincinnati, Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Mr. Belvedere, Married… with Children, Entourage, The Simpsons, All That, Kenan & Kel, The Steve Harvey Show, My Two Dads, Melrose Place, ALF, The Larry Sanders Show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Suddenly Susan and Moonlighting.    

I know, isn’t it amazing?  She got to meet Mr. Belvedere! 

She also used to go on The Match Game where vicious rumors came about of a torrid affair with Charles Nelson Reilly.  These rumors were put to rest when Charles Nelson Reilly… well… acted like Charles Nelson Reilly.

This hit goes to: Joanne!  Yes, Joanne said, “Oh yeah, New Dick in Town?  I see your twenty points and I…. match it…” 

This also puts Joanne in the At-Least-We-Have-More-Points-Than-Bean Club!

Happy pooling,


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)

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 – 20 (Al Neuharth – 20)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 10 – (Patty Andrews – 10)

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

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