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"He's been shot! Lee Oswald has been shot!" - Broadcast from Dallas City Jail at 12:20 PM on 11/24/63 NBC newsman Tom Pettit cried on the air "He's been shot..." as he witnessed the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner. This phrase has become popular culture catchphrase.

"Here I come to save the day" - Operatic proclamation of rodent superhero Mighty Mouse (voice of Tom Morrison) as he rushed to help those in distress on the animated cartoon THE MIGHTY MOUSE PLAYHOUSE/CBS/1955.

"Here comes da' judge!" - Hookline used by Sammy Davis, Jr. and Flip Wilson in the revival of the old Pigmeat Markham routine as seen on the comedy variety show ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73. During the sketch, Sammy Davis, Jr. who dressed in a baggy black robe and a powdered wig exclaimed "Here comes da' Judge." In the 1960s Pontiac Motor Division debuted an automobile called the "Da' Judge" and a pop song of the same name surfaced on the music charts. See also - AUTOMOBILES: "The Coyote"

"Heeere's...Johnny!" - Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson's second banana co-host, opened THE TONIGHT SHOW with "and now ladies and gentlemen, heeeeeeres...Johnny!" from October 2, 1962 to the final show in May of 1992. Ed McMahon's elongated nightly introduction originated from his days as a carnival pitchman where he'd call the races with "And Theeeeeere THEY GO! Trivia Note: The TONIGHT SHOW theme song was written by Paul Anka. The phrase "Heeere's...Johnny!" was raised to cult status when Jack Nicholson starred in the horror motion picture The Shining (1980). Possessed by an evil force, Jack Nicholson chased after his wife with a fireman's ax. When she locked herself in the bathroom, Jack chopped a hole in the door, stuck in his head and maniacally cried "Heeeeeeres...Johnny!" When Johnny Carson left the show his replacement Jay Leno opened each program by approaching the audience members in the front row and exchanging handshakes and high-fives. But soon after September 11, 2001, Jay's handshakes stopped for a time. As he told Parade Magazine "They were still digging bodies out of the World Trade Center and we didn't want to look like we were having too much fun...Some thought I stopped shaking hands for security reasons. No. The audience is searched when they enter. We were just trying to say, 'We'll be silly but also respectful'."

"Hi Bob!" - Frequently spoken greeting heard on the sitcom THE BOB NEWHART SHOW/1972-1978. One each episode of the show as Chicago psychiatrist Robert "Bob" Hartley (Bob Newhart) entered a scene someone casually greeted his character with "Hi Bob!" This short and simple greeting later inspired a beer drinking game. The rules to the game are simple. When anybody on the show says "Hi, Bob!", everybody calls out "HI BOB!" and takes a drink of their beer. The show's scripts have the characters on the program say "Hi, Bob!" so often, that anyone playing the game is sure to get a huge beer buzz. So TV Land and Nick and Night viewers be forewarned. If your still standing, and you need another Bob Newhart inspired catchphrase, check out the sitcom NEWHART/CBS/1982-1990 and listen for "Hi, Dick!" as in Dick Loudon, the writer of how-to-books who lives at the Stratford Inn in Vermont. For those fascinated with Bob Newhart's Bob Hartley character you can purchase a boxed set video collection of episodes from the show entitled "Bob Newhart Show - The Very Best of : Hi Bob!" (1972-78)" or the book Hi Bob!: A Self-Help Guide to the Bob Newhart Show by Joey Green (St. Martin's Press, 1996). TRIVIA NOTE: On May 17, 1997 Bob Newhart gave a speech at the 108th commencement of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He opened his speech saying "Thank you very much" for the applause he had just received. Suddenly, the audience in unison shouted "Hi Bob!" to which Bob Newhart replied "'Hi, Bob,' I know. I'm going to go down in history for that. With all I've accomplished and I'm going to go down in history for 'Hi, Bob.' "

"Hi-Yo Silver, Aw-a-a-a-a-y!" - Rousing command giving to Silver the white horse during each episode of the western adventure THE LONE RANGER/ABC/1949-57. When the Lone Ranger (Clayton Moore) finished helping settlers in the Old West, he mounted his horse and rode away but not before mouthing the classic signature signoff "Hi-Yo Silver Away!" According to the book Who Was That Masked Man? by David Rothel, the phrase "Hi-Yo, Silver Away!" went through a series of revision before its original debut on radio on January 30, 1933. Examples of earlier versions written by Fran Striker included "Hi-Yi, Yippy, Silver away," and "Come along, Silver! that's the boy...Hi-Yi (hearty laugh)...Now cut loose and awa-a-y." According to director Jim Jewell, the actor George Seaton who was playing the role of the Lone Ranger in the original episodes didn't make a convincing laugh as scripted. So, in an effort to help the actor out, the writer's experimented with other phrase like "Hi-Yi!" and "Yippee" among others. Finally according to Jewell he recommended the English saying "Heigh-Ho" and with a slight change "Hi-Yo, Silver Away!" was born. A whistle originally followed the "Hi-Yo, Silver Away" phrase but was later deleted from the script when Jim Jewell left radio station WXYZ (he was the whistle). Two songs entitled "Hi-Yo Silver" were produced for the Lone Ranger films. The first was produced for the 1938 Lone Ranger movie serial; and the second one (written by Les Baxter and Lenny Adelson) appeared during the opening credits of the feature film The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958) starring Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels. TRIVIA NOTE: According to historian Irving Settel, the phrase "Hi-Yo Silver" was used as a password by American troops entering Algiers during World War II.

"Highly illogical" - Frequent response of Mr. Spock, (Leonard Nimoy) the Vulcan First Officer serving with the Federation Starship USS Enterprise on the sci-fi adventure STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69. Spock's race prized logic over emotion and Spock often commented that his human crew members were "highly Illogical" in their reasoning of situations. When something intrigued Spock he said "Fascinating!" or in Spock's words: "'Fascinating' is a word I use for the unexpected. 'Interesting' shall suffice here." Spock's father Sarek (Mark Lenard) was once asked why he married his earthling human wife, Amanda (Jane Wyatt). He responded "It was the logical thing to do." TRIVIA NOTE: Leonard Nimoy recorded an album of novelty songs in 1967 entitled "Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space" that reached No. 83 on the Billboard Charts. It featured such gems as "Twinkle Twinkle Little Earth," "Music to Watch Space Girls By," "A Visit to a Sad Planet" and the now classic "Highly Illogical." The lyrics follow:
 

HIGHLY ILLOGICAL
(Composed by Grean & Hertz, 1967)

From far beyond the galaxies I've journeyed to this place
To study the behavior patterns of the human race
And I find them highly illogical

Girl meets boy they fall in love
She says he's everything she's dreamed of
But when they get married before he's aware
She changes his habits the way he combs his hair
She changes him to someone he's never been
And then complains he's not like other men
Now really I find this most illogical
Take the case of your automobiles
Greatest invention since man discovered wheels
Hydromatic overdrive four-on-the-floor
Pushbutton windows pushbutton doors
Double barreled carburetors rush you anyplace
But you never can find a parking space
Highly illogical

Take the case of modern man
He works all his life gives it all he can
Saves all his money works overtime
Pinches every penny banks every dime
All he can think about is money but you know
That he can't take it with him where he's going to go
Now I find that fascinatingly illogical

Now is the time to journey home to tell of what I've learned
My people I believe have every right to be concerned
For in spite of computers and advanced psychology
Behavior patterns are still a mystery
I predict the future of this earthly human race
Is that having made a mess of Earth They'll move to outer space
Well there goes the neighborhood
Totally, completely, absolutely, irrevocably, highly illogical

"Holy Guacamole, Batman!" - One of the silly exclamations spoken by the Boy Wonder (Burt Ward), a Gotham City crimefighter on the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. The following is a list of a few more of his silly syllables: Holy Armadillos!, Holy Chutzpah!, Holy Contributing to the Delinquency of Minors!, Holy Dental Hygiene!, Holy Fate Worse Than Death!, Holy Guadalcanal!, Holy Hieroglyphics!, Holy Hole-In-A-Doughnut!, Holy Human Surfboards!, Holy Hydraulics!, Holy Hypnotism!, Holy Interplanetary Yardstick!, Holy Kilowatts!, Holy Luther Burbank!, Holy Mashed Potatoes!, Holy Molars!, Holy Priceless Collection of Etruscan Snoods!, Holy Purple Cannibals!, Holy Ravioli!, Holy Rising Hemlines!, Holy Trolls and Goblins!, and Holy Uncanny Photographic Mental Processes! Holy Moley!, aren't you glad that's over?

"Holy, mackerel!" - Favorite saying of George "Kingfish" Stevens (Tim Moore), the conniving head of the Mystic Knights of the Seas, a local fraternal lodge in Harlem, New York City on the first all-black sitcom AMOS AND ANDY/CBS/1951-53.

"Holy smokin' rockets, commander!" - Hardy exclamation of space cadet Happy (Lyn Osborn), assistant to Commander Buzz Corey (Ed Kemmer) on the sci-fi adventure SPACE PATROL/ABC/1951-52.

"Holy Toledo!" - Exclamation often used by Skipper (Martin Huston), the son of jungle adventurer Jungle Jim (Johnny Weismuller) on the action adventure JUNGLE JIM/SYN/1955.

"Homey don't play that" See - CLOWNS:"Homey the Clown"

"Horse Hockey!" - When the veteran military career officer Colonel Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) got angry at his troops on the military comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83 he shouted phrases like "Horse Hockey!" But the power of his putdowns came mostly from his "bark" rather than his bite. The following is a select list of some of his best blusters and bravado: Buffalo Bagels!, Buffalo Chips!, Beaver Biscuits!, Bull Cookies!, Cow Cookies!, Geeze Louise!, Great Ceasar's Ghost!, Great Horse Hockey!, Mother McCree!, Mule Fritters!, Pigeon Pellets!, Pony Pucks!, Road Apples!, Sufferin' Sheepdip!, Sweet Limburger!, and What in the Name of Sam Hill!

"How sweet it is!" - Sugary sentiment of rotund comedian Jackie Gleason exclaimed during the opening of his comedy variety program THE JACKIE GLEASON SHOW/CBS/1952-70 as he talked with his studio audience (at which time he drank a cup of coffee suspected to be of an alcoholic nature). When he played wealthy Reggie Van Gleason, he coined the phrase "Mmmmmboy, that's good booze!" See also - SIGNOFFS - CELEBRITIES: "And Aw-a-a-a-a-ay we go!"

 

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