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RIP Edd Kookie Byrnes

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Smallpotatoes, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

  2. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Personally, I'll remember him as the host of "National Bandstand" in "Grease." Fortunately, Marty caught him trying to slip something in her drink.
     
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Marty lol if anyone should've had a spin-off sitcom ...
     
  4. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    I was a very little kid when this happened, but for about eight months to a year, Kookie was the biggest thing in show biz this side of Elvis and EVERY popular TV show, including Perry Mason, found a way to stick some teenage heartthrob (they hoped) into the cast.
     
  5. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

  6. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    File under "How life might have been different":

    In 1980, when Merv Griffin was creating a new game show to be called Wheel of Fortune, he cast Byrnes as the host in the test pilot. The network asked for another host, and thus Pat Sajak's career began.
     
  7. Mr. Sluggo

    Mr. Sluggo Member

    The Wheel debuted in 1975 with Chuck Woolery the original host. He lasted through 1981.
     
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  8. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    You're the UTMOST!
     
  9. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Aha. You should request a correction in the OP's link!
     
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