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June 30, 2011


KEYE planning to start the day with spunk

(Thanks to Gregg in Austin)


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"I hate spunk."

--Lou Grant

Jeff, when I read that I heard it in Ed Asner's voice.

"My mother had spunk."
- obscure Don Knotts movie reference.

My thoughts exactly, Jeff. I hate spunky people. Especially in the mornings before I've had my third cup of coffee.

Jeff stole my line. Well, to be precise, he stole Lou Grant's line.
Will anyone who saw that show ever be able to see or hear that word without replaying that show?
BTW, why do "You have spunk" and "you're spunky" have two completely different connotations?

For some reason my mind went to a completely different defintion of the word.

Whenever I think of Lou Grant, I can't help but recall "The Death of Chuckles the Clown".

He was dressed as a giant peanut for a circus parade, and was shucked to death by a rogue elephant:

"Chuckles the Clown brought pleasure to millions. The characters he created will be remembered by children and adults alike: Peter Peanut, Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo, Billy Banana, and my particular favorite, Aunt Yoo Hoo. And not just for the laughter they provided—there was always some deeper meaning to whatever Chuckles did. Do you remember Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo's little catch phrase? Remember how, when his arch rival Señor Kaboom hit him with a giant cucumber and knocked him down, Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo would always pick himself up, dust himself off, and say, 'I hurt my foo-foo'? Life's a lot like that. From time to time we all fall down and hurt our foo-foos. If only we could deal with it as simply and bravely and honestly as Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo. And what did Chuckles ask in return? Not much. In his own words, 'A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.'"

Keye-ping Austin weird wired.

Ah, Pirate, thanks for the mind-nostalgia... And I lost my spunk at Men-o-Pause...

That's one of my favorite MTM episodes, PirateBoy.

BTW, we just watched Thoroughly Modern Millie. Mary Tyler Moore used to be hot. Who knew?

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