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Old Alan Young died at the spry age of 96.

Young starred in the 60’s sitcom “Mr. Ed” where he had a somewhat inappropriate relationship with a horse.

His character, Wilbur Post, kept this relationship a secret from everyone, including his wife.  Well… obviously from his wife.

George Burns financed “Mister Ed” and told his co-owner they should cast Young because “he looks like the kind of guy a horse would talk to.”  Now there’s a compliment.

Born Angus Young, he decided that name was just a little too rock and roll for him, so he opted to change it to Alan.

His father was a mine worker and a tap dancer.  I’m not on intimate terms with the mining

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Fun fact: Mr Ed liked to snuggle after.

community, but I will guess that mining requires very little Fosse choreography.

For a while, Young served in the Royal Canadian Navy… which I assumed was another sit-com.  I mean, a Canadian Navy?  That’s comedy gold.  I mean how silly is that concept?  But it turns out that there actually is a Canadian Navy.  Boats and all.

Alan may have won an Emmy for his role in “Mr. Ed.”  But that performance will forever be eclipsed by his voice work as Keyop in “Battle of the Planets.”  It was from that roll that countless birds got their name.

This hit goes to: Nathaniel!  Nathaniel gets on the board in a big way with 10 points!  So, if you wish that you had more points this year, just think:  at least I’m not Nathaniel.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 170 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20, Rob Ford – 60, Erik Bauersfeld – 10)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 100 – (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10, Nancy Fucking Reagan! – 10!, George Martin – 10)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

Joanne: 90 (Joey Feek – 60, Joe Garagiola – 10, Julius La Rosa – 20)

Team Sushi: 80 (Chyna, aka Joanie Laurer – 60, Morley Safer – 20)

The Girl on Fire: 80 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10, James Noble – 10, Doris Roberts – 10)

Age of Aquarius: 60 (William Guest – 30, Merle Haggard – 30)

Harmony: 60 (Harper Lee – 20, George Kennedy – 10, Frank Sinatra, Jr. – 30)

Mortician’s Daughter: 50 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30, Bud Collins)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Marvin Minsky – 20)

Gianna: 20 (Robert Stigwood – 20)

Nathaniel: 10 (Alan Young – 10)

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James Noble, known for playing Governor Eugene Xavier Gatling on the TV show “Benson,” died nobly at the spry age of 94.

Noble’s noble demeanor was tapped to play the noble governor of the noble state of California in a Nobel Prize nominated performance.  [They have that, right?]

Noble’s career really took off after “Benson.”  He went on to do great works in shows like  “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The ABC Afterschool Specials,” “Perfect Strangers,” and, of course, his role that altered the history of mankind on “Father Dowling Mysteries.”  

But let’s talk about his seminal work: The NBC TV movie, “Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again.”  

The year was 1990.  Edward Scissorhands was cutting up shrubs, the world’s first web

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Nobel with the cast of “Benson.”  (He’s the black one.)

server went online, people were being dazzled by the eeriness of “Twin Peaks,” Kevin Costner gave his wooden performance in “Dances With Wolves,” and Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” was melting Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby.”

The stage was set to turn Archie comics into a live action movie!  It was about time we made a movie to chronicale the antics of these wacky teeneagers… or, better yet, make a movie about them all grown up instead!  (really?)

Apparently, the Archie gang became yuppies.  I’m trying to picture Jughead commuting in that stupid crown-lookin’ hat he wears.  

Jughead raps the song “Sugar, Sugar.”  Does this even need a punchline?  Isn’t that a punchline in itself.

All I know is, I must see this movie.  Lucky for me, it’s available in it’s entirety on YouTube!

Since his time with the Archie Gang, Noble is been in nothing that I have ever heard of.  (“Scene One”?  “Peak Practice”?  “City Central”?  Anyone?…  Anyone?…   Bueller?…  Bueller?…

…Bueller?

This hit goes to: The Girl on Fire!  Mary moves up to 70 points, tied with Joanne!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 160 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20, Rob Ford – 60)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 100 – (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10, Nancy Fucking Reagan! – 10!, George Martin – 10)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 70 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10, James Noble – 10)

Joanne: 70 (Joey Feek – 60, Joe Garagiola – 10)

Harmony: 60 (Harper Lee – 20, George Kennedy – 10, Frank Sinatra, Jr. – 30)

Mortician’s Daughter: 50 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30, Bud Collins)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10)

Age of Aquarius: 30 (William Guest – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 (Marvin Minsky – 20)

Gianna: 20 (Robert Stigwood – 20)