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Gestures & Handshakes

The Raccoon Lodge Greeting - On the situation comedy THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56, loudmouth bus driver, Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) belonged to a fraternal organization called the Raccoons.

Raccoon members Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden - THE HONEYMOONERS
Raccoons Ed Norton and Ralph Kramden

Their official club greeting was a strange handshake which had them touch elbows (first right then left), followed by a "Wooooo" sounding cry as they wiggled the raccoon tail that dangled from the back of their lodge hat. They ended with the phrase "Brothers under the Pelt." See also FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS - "The Raccoons"


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