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April 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Comedian Soupy Sales will get an honorary doctorate instead of a pie in the face when he visits his alma mater, Marshall University. "This doctor will be making house calls," Sales said after learning he will be honored at the school's commencement ceremonies on May 12. "I'm thrilled to death about the honor. I have a warm spot in my heart for Marshall." Sales grew up in Huntington as Milton Supman and graduated from Marshall with a journalism degree in 1949.
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August 14, 2012 | Christie D'Zurilla
That "Ooh! Ooh ooh!" That Horshack laugh. When Ron Palillo died Tuesday morning at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., another little nugget of '70s pop culture died with him. Palillo, best known for playing Arnold Horshak in "Welcome Back, Kotter," which ran from 1975 to 1979, died suddenly around 4:30 a.m. EDT, according to theĀ  Palm Beach Post, which said he had not been ill. The actor had been teaching acting for film and camera for three...
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May 22, 1985 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
A funny thing happened to me on the way to pick up a Pulitzer Prize. I met Soupy Sales. "Hey, Howard, how are ya?" he said in that familiar hoarse voice as he entered the lobby of WNBC radio, where he has had a weekday show since late April. He extended his hand. He seemed open and uncomplicated. I'd never met Soupy, who will live in history as the mugging, slap-shticky comic who took thousands of cream pies in the face on a slew of kid and adult TV shows going back almost 35 years.
OPINION
December 27, 2009
This year saw the last acts of showbiz notables Army Archerd, Bea Arthur, David Carradine, Dom DeLuise, Farrah Fawcett, John Hughes, Michael Jackson, Ricardo Montalban, Brittany Murphy, Soupy Sales, Patrick Swayze, Ed McMahon, Koko Taylor, Mary Travers and many others. Journalism wrote obits for Paul Harvey, Don Hewitt, Irving Kristol, Robert Novak and William Safire. Politics lost Corazon C. Aquino, Jack Kemp, Edward M. Kennedy, Robert S. McNamara, Claiborne Pell and Cornelia Wallace.
NEWS
April 23, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, Dennis McLellan is a Times staff writer who covers comedy regularly for O.C. Live!
"It's cold and raining," Soupy Sales was saying by phone from his home in Manhattan. He paused, then added: "Oh good, I just saw a Dalmatian with thermal spots. . . . I drove past the zoo this morning and the polar bear was wearing a grizzly." For those who plan to catch his show at the Coach House on Sunday night, be assured: He's still Soupy after all these years. During the peak of his popularity in the 1960s, Soupy Sales boasted a nationwide television audience in the millions.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1992 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Performing in San Diego County is a homecoming of sorts for Soupy Sales. Several years ago he performed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, and, during his Navy stint in World War II, he did time at Camp Elliot, the old Marine artillery range in Tierrasanta. "I also have property down there," Sales said in a phone interview from his Los Angeles hotel. "The Holiday Inn is holding two of my suitcases." Ouch.
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soupy Sales is glad to be here, folks. "I just spent three weeks in the Riviera," he says, "and now I need to get new tires on the Riviera." No, old age has not muted this slinger of puns, this hurler of pies. His hair has grayed but it remains floppy and his smile is still toothy. You can take the man off television, but you can't make him stop. "I'm going to be 66 for the next 14 years," he says. "What I tell everybody is that I take good care of myself and I have the body of a 20-year-old . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature, has died. He was 83. Sales had numerous ailments and died Thursday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, said Kathy O'Connell, a longtime friend. As the star of "The Soupy Sales Show," he performed live on television for 13 years in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York before the program went into syndication in the United States and abroad.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Soupy Sales is getting canned in New York City. WNBC-Radio will drop his four-hour midday comedy-talk show next month after a two-year run because of what is known as "creative differences." The NBC Radio Network also is chopping Sales's year-old weekend series, "The Moldy Oldies Show," as of March 28 because Soupy's sales were down with advertisers.
OPINION
October 28, 2009
Re "Soupy Sales, 1926-2009: Comedian was a '60s TV star," Obituary, Oct. 23 Like many others in the Detroit area, I grew up with his wonderful brand of humor. Soupy used to post his menu so we could have lunch with him every day. I know it drove my mom crazy, but as kids it was important to have whatever he was having. I wanted my name to show up one day on Willie the Worm's birthday greetings, but it never happened. Clips from his old shows on YouTube are a treasure and a great reminder of what a terrific entertainer he was. Jeff Blyth Glendale :: Here's a timely quote from Soupy Sales, delivered as he approached the camera, his head tilted for the last few words, "If you can't make both ends meet, make one a vegetable."
OPINION
October 28, 2009
Re "Soupy Sales, 1926-2009: Comedian was a '60s TV star," Obituary, Oct. 23 Like many others in the Detroit area, I grew up with his wonderful brand of humor. Soupy used to post his menu so we could have lunch with him every day. I know it drove my mom crazy, but as kids it was important to have whatever he was having. I wanted my name to show up one day on Willie the Worm's birthday greetings, but it never happened. Clips from his old shows on YouTube are a treasure and a great reminder of what a terrific entertainer he was. Jeff Blyth Glendale :: Here's a timely quote from Soupy Sales, delivered as he approached the camera, his head tilted for the last few words, "If you can't make both ends meet, make one a vegetable."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2009 | ROBERT LLOYD, TELEVISION CRITIC
Even though the occasion is sad, there is something oddly bracing in setting out to write about a man who called himself "Soupy." We need more Soupys in this self-important, don't-you-dare-throw-that-pie world -- and now there is one less, Soupy Sales having died Thursday at the age of 83. Born Milton Supman to the only Jewish family in Franklinton, N.C., Sales first got into children's television in Detroit in 1953 -- he also had a grown-up nighttime...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2009 | Elaine Woo
Soupy Sales, a comic with a gift for slapstick who attained cult-like popularity in the 1960s with a pie-throwing routine that became his signature, has died. He was 83. Sales had numerous ailments and died Thursday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, said Kathy O'Connell, a longtime friend. As the star of "The Soupy Sales Show," he performed live on television for 13 years in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York before the program went into syndication in the United States and abroad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bill Carruthers, 72, who directed "The Soupy Sales Show," "The Dating Game" and "The Newlywed Game" and served as a White House television advisor to four administrations, died March 2 in Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank of complications from an earlier stroke. The Detroit-born Carruthers spent four years in the Air Force before entering television as a junior stage manager at the Detroit ABC affiliate.
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January 16, 1999 | RODNEY BOSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When does a book signing become Tidbits fodder? When it involves food, of course. In this case, soup. Local author Bob Carter will be on hand beginning at 2 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble in Ventura to discuss "Soup's On! Hot Recipes From Cool Chefs." Carter and coauthor Gail Hobbs feature about 125 soup recipes from more than 100 chefs in the book, which also includes travel tips from bed and breakfasts, historic hotels, restaurants and lush resorts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Soupy Keeps on Ticking: Don't ask Soupy Sales, 66, when he plans to retire from the comedy business. "There's no heavy lifting," he quipped about his profession. "You keep working, but you might not work as much because I find in our business there is age discrimination." Sales, interviewed in the Detroit area where he had several nightclub dates, says he tours about two weeks a month and also likes playing guest disc jockey across the country.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1985
I cannot Bellchambers' letter. She left out the worst offender of the bunch, Merv Griffin, the imbecile of the air waves. He spends so much time talking about his exploits as a big band singer that he has no time to ask his guests an intelligent question, even if he could. The rest of his time is spent name-dropping has-beens like himself. Soupy Sales, where are you when we need you? ED BROWN Yucaipa
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Soupy Keeps on Ticking: Don't ask Soupy Sales, 66, when he plans to retire from the comedy business. "There's no heavy lifting," he quipped about his profession. "You keep working, but you might not work as much because I find in our business there is age discrimination." Sales, interviewed in the Detroit area where he had several nightclub dates, says he tours about two weeks a month and also likes playing guest disc jockey across the country.
NEWS
November 6, 1992 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soupy Sales is glad to be here, folks. "I just spent three weeks in the Riviera," he says, "and now I need to get new tires on the Riviera." No, old age has not muted this slinger of puns, this hurler of pies. His hair has grayed but it remains floppy and his smile is still toothy. You can take the man off television, but you can't make him stop. "I'm going to be 66 for the next 14 years," he says. "What I tell everybody is that I take good care of myself and I have the body of a 20-year-old . .
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