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    Default RIP: Soupy Sales

    Hey, I scooped ideamark on this one.

    http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/tv-...-us_obit_sales

    Sales dies at 83
    By DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press Writer

    Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, has died. He was 83.

    Sales died Thursday night at Calvary Hospice in the Bronx, New York, said his former manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice last week, Usher said.

    At the peak of his fame in the 1950s and '60s, Sales was one of the best-known faces in the nation, Usher said.

    "If President Eisenhower would have walked down the street, no one would have recognized him as much as Soupy," Usher said.

    Also in the article, which I found particularly amusing:

    Sales was born Milton Supman on Jan. 8, 1926, in Franklinton, North Carolina, where his was the only Jewish family in town. His parents, owners of a dry-goods store, sold sheets to the Ku Klux Klan.
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    Spider - the obit in the LA Times went a bit further with that part of the story:

    "The family name was often mispronounced as "Soupman." To make matters worse, his parents, who had nicknamed his brothers "Hambone" and "Chickenbone," dubbed him "Soupbone." Eventually, Milton became just Soupy."

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    Really nice guy. I got to have dinner with him back stage back in mid 60's. My brother was a promoter back then and he booked Soupy to open for the Young Rascals and The Critters (he was the manager for The Critters and would book NJ dates for them for some extra cash). Soupy wanted something to eat before he went on so I was picked to run around the block and get him a ravioli dinner. When I brought it in, he asked me to stay and have some. He was a big Yankees fan so we talked about the good old days, 50's early 60's Yankees. His favorite Yankee - Whitey Ford. About a week after the show, he sent me 4 box seats - front row behind the Yankee dugout.

    By the way, Soup is WWII vet having fought in the Okinawa invasion.
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