Kookie-isms - Gerald Lloyd Kookson, III (Edd Byrnes) was the parking lot attendant for Dino's restaurant
who regularly appeared on the detective drama 77 SUNSET STRIP/ABC/1958-64.
Kookie, as his friends called him, was a handsome, young hipster who assisted
private investigators, Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) and Jeff Spencer
(Roger Smith) whose office was located next to Dino's Restaurant at 77 Sunset
Strip in Hollywood.
His colorful beatnik phrases were the highlight of the
program. Some examples included:
TRIVIA NOTE: Kookie was
hired as an investigator during the 1961-62 season. When he left the series,
Kookie was replaced by another "cool" character named J. R. Hale (Robert Logan) who
had his own gimmicky way of communicating. J.R. "talk" (initial-ese) consisted
of abbreviations and initials.
- Dreamboats - Pretty girls
- Stash the chariot - Park the car
- It's real nervous - Great/terrific
- Headache grapplers - Aspirin
- A Washington - One dollar bill
- Mushroom People - Night crowd
- The ginchiest - The greatest
- Piling up the Z's - Sleeping
- Keep the eyeballs rolling - Be on the lookout
- Play like a pigeon - Deliver a message
- A dark seven - Depressing week
- Antsville - Place crowded with people
- Smogland - Los Angeles
- Make with the King's Jive - Speak English
- Buzzed by Germsville - To be sick
- Smoggin' in the noggin'- To be confused
- Bon appetite in Pizzaville - To eat Italian food
- Endsville - Quitting time
For example, when J.R. wanted to say "Nothing to it" he said, "N.T.I."
Other examples: B&S. (Bailey and Spencer); U.A.M. (Unknown At Moment)...get the
MUSIC & MUSICIANS: "Kookie,
Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb"
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