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Massachusetts Liberal

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Friday, October 23, 2009

So long Soupy

Farewell Milton Supman. You made me laugh.

Soupy Sales was a legend, a pie-throwing clown who did kids shows in the 1950s and '60s. With his expressive face and a host of characters like Black Tooth and White Fang, he was great laughs for a little kid.

But it was one pie toss I recall most vividly. In those days, the Mike Douglas Show (where Roger Ailes got his start) was broadcast in Cleveland and Sales was the guest host for the live show that aired right after the noon news.

A dignified local sportscaster was running through the scores when next thing you know, bam, a pie in the face, live.

Interestingly, the Globe-edited version of the obit failed to mention Sales' most memorable moment -- an encounter with an off-camera naked woman brought on the set by a crew out to one-up him.

Thanks for the laughs Soupy. RIP.

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