Milton Supman (Soupy Sales) died last night. He was 83. A lot of the younger crowd don't know who Soupy was. That's too bad. A lot of people my age don't realize just how much he influenced kiddie shows and comedy in general. He is probably remembered most for the pie in the face. He was an envelope pusher and pun maker that made his antics not just popular with kids but managed to get some laughs from adults too.
I really don't know just how to describe it. Another of my icons gone. Is this what it is like for every generation as it winds down? I am saddened by this not just because he's gone but for the youth and vitality that is so quickly going now.
As a kid, I spent a bit of time in the Chicago area so I watched all of those classic kid shows like Garfield Goose and Ray Rayner and Bozo. I saw Soupy there too. He was an import but it was so wild that I couldn't take my eyes off of it. So much is gone now that I don't even want to think about it.
His sons toured with Bowie in the Tin Machine. Pretty cool too. So long Soupy, maybe someday you'll get the respect you deserved