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Long-time talk show host and man credited with creating the modern late night talk show, Joe Franklin, died at the spry age of 88.

Franklin started his talk show in 1950.  He was a fixture on late-night radio and TV in New York, working at WJZ and WOR, and recently at the Bloomberg Radio Network.  Wait… recently?  He was still working?!?

I used to hold Franklin over every year… until I realized that I was in a room full of people who did not know who Joe Franklin was, nor did they care.  So, I started drafting him around round 15 or 20.

No longer will fellow draftees have to hear the story about me shaking his cold-dead hand.

Franklin shown in his office on a special episode of "Hoarders" that aired 15 years after Franklin's actual death.

Franklin shown in his office on a special episode of “Hoarders” that aired 15 years after Franklin’s actual death.

That being said: I met Joe Franklin at a Senior Citizen trade show in Atlantic City in 2000.  He was being lead around by a handler because the man was a shuffling corpse.  I shook his hand and it, literally, was a weak, cold, dead hand that I touched.  I swore that the man was decomposing there on the spot.  I half expected flesh to come sliding off as I took my hand away.

“The last two weeks were the first time he ever missed a broadcast in over 60 years” friend and former producer Steve Garrin said in a statement.  The last two weeks?  How is this physically possible?!?

Franklin is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Longest Running Continuous On-Air TV Talk Show Host, more than a decade longer than Johnny Carson’s legendary run.  Everyone around New York knew who this guy was.  They even did a SNL skit in him (which was great).  He was a New York legend.

“Joe went unexpectedly and passed away Saturday night,” Garrin said.  “Unexpectedly?”  Are you fucking kidding me??!?!  Joe Franklin died in the 90s and you are just realizing it now!

If you said” Joe passed away Saturday night.  He was unexpectedly 88,” THAT I can believe!

I can’t believe that he was only 88 years old!  That’s fucking crazy!  As a teenager Franklin followed Al Jolson around.  Al-fucking-JOLSON!  Come on!  And he was only 88?  Now that shit is what one might call unexpected.

According to his website, he interviewed over 300,000 people.  But even more impressive was his cameo in “Ghostbusters.”  God, that movie is great.

This hit brings me up to 30 points!  Still far from Jami’s 70, but within striking distance of Bean!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 70 – (Diem Brown)

Nikki: 60 – (Stuart Scott – 60)

Tailgating with Jesus: 40 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Anne: 30 – (Joe Cocker – 30)

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

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

The Girl on Fire: 20 – (Mario Cuomo – 20)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 20 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10)

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

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Winston Cup Driver (who never one a Winston Cup race), Dick Trickle Died of an apparent suicide.

In an emotional interview, his wife Darlene wept openly, tears dripping down, saying, “If he just went by ‘Richard,’ he’d still be alive today…”

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This card not only proves that there was someone by the name of Dick Trickle, but the autograph shows that he actually accepted that name.

NH Congressman, Dick Swett, released a statement today that read, simply, “I feel his pain.”

Dick Trickle was a fan favorite despite his losing ways.  But who wouldn’t root for a guy named Dick Trickle?  Or Dick Dribble, Dick Leak, Dick Stream, Dick Ooze… OK, no one would root for Dick Ooze.

When he was Eight-years-old, Dick Trickle was playing tag with his cousin Verlon (there’s a hayseed name if I ever heard one) on the rafters in a house under construction when he fell two floors to the basement and broke his hip.  Ever since then, he could only pee in little drops.

Dick Trickle was also known for his partying.  On the night before a race, he would party all night and sleep for only one hour.  Take that Bode Miller.  Although, this does explain his lack of wins.

“When you were with Dick Trickle, you were always gonna laugh!” stated some slack-jawed NASCAR garage grunt.  “Yup, Dick Trickle would always make you laugh ‘till you peed.”  He added through three rotted teeth, “Just a little bit.”

Dick Trickle was also a huge Halloween fan.  “Every year, I would do my house up all fancy-like and have the kids go through the haunted house,” Dick Trickle said in an interview in… oh, we’ll say… 1992.  “I would always be crouched behind a table, dressed as a zombie.  And just as the kids got their candy, I would jump up and scream at ‘em!  Ha ha, I just loved scarin’ the piss outta those little tykes.”

When asked what kind of underwear Trickle preferred, boxers or briefs, he thoughtfully replied, “that depends.”

“I remember when I first met Dick Trickle,” said an adoring fan on his blog, entitled Johnson Drivel, “I was so nervous, I jus’ ’bout peed my pants.”

OK, that’s all I got… wait, wait:

ImageHe appeared on a Sesame Street episode that was brought to you by P!

This hit goes to: ME!  Yes, your illustrious Ghoul Pool Administrator has been picking Dick Trickle for years now!  Thank God the New Dick in Town didn’t steal him!

I gotta say, when I found out about this hit, I was so excited… I peed a little.

Yes, I now have 40 points!  Which is about 30 more points than I expected this year… despite having Nancy Reagan, Abe Vigoda, Joe Franklin, Chick Yeager, Sid Caesar and Peter O’Toole on my list.  (Seriously, are they X-Men or something?)

I pull ahead of former Ghoul Pool juggernaut, “Imaginary” Steve (I-Steve, what happened?) and into… well something place.  I don’t fell like counting that high right now.

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)

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)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 40 – (Patty Andrews – 10, Dick Trickle – 30)

“Imaginary” Steve – 20 (Al Neuharth – 20)

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

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