Wednesday weirdness

9 Responses to Wednesday weirdness

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Fond memories of Ernie’s show!

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  2. Funny memory!!!!! I remember that skit but I was very young at the time. Another one is the Red Rose Tea Chimps commercial…..another oldie is the Operatic Rice Crispies ad. Somehow with the vanillization of our society we have lost a lot of our sense of humor.

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  3. Grace says:

    Ernie Kovacs was brilliant – I remember the show well.

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  4. ibikenyc says:

    Devo, first incarnation.

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  5. After the video, among the YouTube suggestions, were more Kovacs, plus Spike Jones clips. I can easily see chasing down those great old vids and losing an afternoon – again.

    I think I have this story about 85% right:

    Kovacs was brilliant, experimental, and a little expensive. One day he lit his cigar and threw the still-lit match straight at the camera lens. I understand it was a great-looking special effect for the viewers. It also blew out the studio camera, which IIRC was about twenty-five to thirty thousand of those-days dollars! Whoopsie.

    Wikipedia: Ernie Kovacs – nice pic of him… leaning on just such a studio camera! : )

    The music for the Nairobi Trio skits was Robert Maxwell’s “Solfeggio”. So Wikipedia says. So, there y’go.

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    • ibikenyc says:

      Thank you so much for this 🙂

      I, too, love researching things, including the effects of inflation:

      According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, $25,000 in June, 1962, is the equivalent of $212,242.55 today.

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