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"Hidy-ho, neighbor!" - Familiar greeting spoken by Wilson Wilson (Earl Hindman) the wise next-door neighbor who offered sage advice to Cable TV fix-it show host Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) on the sitcom HOME IMPROVEMENT/ABC/1991-99.

Earl Hindman as Wilson - HOME IMPROVEMENT

Wilson's friendly greeting was derived from the translation of the dying last words of a Mara Masai Chieftain that Wilson met while on a trip to Africa. Roughly translated the chief's final words were "Hidy-ho, neighbor!" This translation was revealed when Wilson performed a one-man homage to his life and travels at a Detroit Performing Arts Festival Opens At Campus Cafe.

"Hidy-ho!" was also the shrill cry given by Patricia "Patty" Poole (Edie McClurg), when she visited the Hogans, her next-door neighbors on the sitcom THE HOGAN FAMILY/NBC/CBS/1986-91. See also FACELESS FAVORITES

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