Tuesday, October 04, 2005

TV's Poet Laureate, Gone

Nipsey Russel has died:
Often called "the poet laureate of comedy," Mr. Russell may be best known today as one of the polyester-wearing guests on TV quiz show reruns, cracking wise and rhyming couplets in the company of such B-list celebrities as Paul Lynde, Fanny Flagg and Charles Nelson Reilly. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he was a frequent guest on "To Tell the Truth," "Match Game 73," "Masquerade Party," "What's My Line?" and "Hollywood Squares." He hosted a daytime game show called "Your Number's Up."
You know you are getting old, when most people reading this blog don't even know who Paul Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly and Fanny Flagg are. Of course, Missing from the list are notables Charlie Weaver and the always loveable, Wally Cox! Reilly and Flagg are still with us, the rest are gone.


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