First Lady of Television, The - The nickname of Faye Emerson in the 1950's.
Emerson was a beautiful, smart woman with wholesome, natural charm who hosted a
variety of programs in the golden age of television such as PARIS CAVALCADE OF
FASHION/NBC/1948, THE FAYE EMERSON SHOW/CBS/1950-51), FAYE EMERSON'S WONDERFUL
TOWN/CBS/1951-52, AUTHOR MEETS THE CRITICS/DUM/1952, FAYE AND SKITCH/NBC/1953-54,
and OF ALL THINGS/CBS/1956. She also appeared as a panelist on WHAT'S IN A
WORD/CBS/1954, I'VE GOT A SECRET/CBS/1952-58, MASQUERADE PARTY/NBC/CBS/1952-1960
and as a guest panelist on TO TELL THE TRUTH/CBS/1961."
Beside being able to hold her own in conversation on many topics, the 5' 4"
Emerson wore stylish gowns designed by Ceil Chapman which revealed varying
degrees of cleavage. Cartoons of the time joked at just how much Emerson was
showing with characters arguing 'It's too high (men) and "it's too low" (women).
Emerson was called both a "Blonde Bombshell and "The Smartest in Television."
New York Herald Tribune columnist John Crosby once wrote, "Miss Emerson, I'd be
the first to admit, fills a ten-inch screen very
adequately, Very adequately." He continued to say, That THE FAYE EMERSON SHOW, I
assume, is aimed primarily at women, but I know men, including this one, who are
helplessly fascinated by it for reasons which never occurred to CBS." Emerson's
pioneered TV for women and lead the way for other female celebrities as Dinah
Shore and Arlene Dahl.
When Emerson appeared on the quiz chow circuits such as WHAT'S MY LINE,
reporters commented on her beauty and smarts with headlines like "New Kind of
Glamour Girl Classed as TV Show
Brain" and "It isn't everyday that you see a high IQ in a low-cut
Unfortunately, the bias of the time against an intelligent women reared its ugly
head when a letter to Faye's comments on The Korean Conflict inspired one viewer
to write "Better stick to the plunging necklines Faye, Politics is not for
Emerson shared her personal views on a five minute segment called "The Women's
Touch" which aired as part of TV program NEWSBEAT featuring Mike Wallace. Over
time, however, Emerson's shining star began to dim as the 1960s approached due
in part to her unfettered opinions on politics, feminism and sex education.
Thoughts which were just too liberal for the times.
The other reason for her lose of popularity was her image. As TV STAR wrote in
1956, "Someone should call a meeting about her figure --the lady is really
getting to be a plump dumpling." Such remarks also helped "put her in her place"
and consequently dismissed her political rhetoric.
Emerson, the former wife (1944-1950) of Elliot Roosevelt, the son of president
Franklin D. Roosevelt, eventually left America.
Faye Emerson died in Devya, Spain of stomach cancer on March 9, 1983. She was
born July 8, 1917 in Elizabeth, Louisiana. According to many published reports.
Faye Emerson was the inspiration for the name of the "Emmy" Awards.
Fishface See -
Fishlips See -
Five Fingers - Code name of American agent Victor Sebastian (David Hedison) who
posed as a Communist agent in the European theater for US Counterintelligence on
the espionage drama FIVE FINGERS/NBC/1959-60. His cover assignment was a
theatrical booking agent. The only person to know the real identity of "Five
Fingers" was his American contact, Robertson (Paul Burke). The series was based
on the movie Five Fingers (1952) which starred James Mason and Danielle Darrieux.
Five O'clock Charlie - Bumbling North Korean pilot who frequently tried to bomb
the ammo dump near the 4077th and strafe or drop leaflets on the medical
personnel of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital everyday at 5’O’Clock on
the military comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83. Luckily, he never seriously wounded
anyone. Commenting on Charlie's aerobatic inability's Doctor Benjamin "Hawkeye"
Pierce (Alan Alda) said "He couldn't hit the side of a war!" Later in the series
a visiting General Crandell Clayton gave the 4077th an anti-aircraft gun to
shoot down 5 O’Clock Charlie. Five O'Clock Charlie appeared on episode No. 26
"Five O'Clock Charlie" broadcast 9/22/1973. See also - "Washing
Flash, The - The sci-fi adventure THE FLASH/CBS/1990-91 starred John Wesley
Shipp as Barry Allen, a police chemist living in Central City who was in reality
the Flash, the fastest man in the world. The Flash character was born when a
lightning bolt from a freak electrical storm zapped his police lab. The
resulting explosion and exposure to a combination of exotic chemicals enabled
Barry Allen to run at the speed of sound (620 mph). With the assistance of
scientist Tina McGee (Amanda Pays) who helped design the red pressure suit worn
by the Flash, Barry Allen fought the sinister forces that roamed the streets of
his hometown. His costume consisted of a red body suit, cowl with small wings on
either side, yellow boots, lightning streaks on his wrists and waist and white
circle with yellow streak on his chest. The Flash originally debuted in the
October 1956 Showcase No. 4 DC comic book. A few years earlier, police scientist
Jay Garrick of Keystone City was also known as the Flash. His character appeared
in the 1940 comic book Flash Comics No. 1 also published by DC Comics.
Flip Wilson - The showbiz name of black comedian Flip Wilson who starred in his
own comedy variety show THE FLIP WILSON SHOW/NBC/1970-74. When Flip Wilson was a
guest on the NBC's THE TONIGHT SHOW guest hosted by Jan Leno (10/3/89) he told
the origin of why he's called "Flip." It seems he was dubbed "Flip" by his
barracks mates during a four year hitch in the US Air Force (1950-54) when
someone said "He has flippeth his lid." Born in New Jersey on December 8, 1933,
Flip's real name is Clerow Wilson. In 1985, Flip Wilson starred in the situation
comedy CHARLIE AND COMPANY/CBS/1985-86. He died of liver cancer on November, 25 1998.
Floyd R. Turbo - Opinionated super-patriot first seen in 1977 during skits on
the late night talk variety show THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY
CARSON/NBC/1962-92. Floyd R. Turbo (played by Johnny Carson) was an "everyman"
type who taped editorial messages for television, (a la Gilda Radner's befuddled
Emily Litella character). Billed as "Mr. Silent Majority," Floyd R. Turbo
dressed in a plaid hunting jacket and hat, and stood nervously in front of a TV
camera as he delivered his opinions on gun control, war, women's lib, and
hunting ("If God didn't want us to hunt, He wouldn't have given up plaid shirts;
I only kill in self defense-what would you do if a rabbit pulled a knife on
you?"). Johnny Carson told Rolling Stone reporter Timothy White "He's (Turbo)
the epitome of the redneck ignoramus. I find the things (characteristics) each
week when I go out to do...his gestures at the wrong time, his not knowing where
he's supposed to be, his feeble attempts at humor, his talks about things he
doesn't quite understand." Here's an example of Turbo's wisdom on nuclear
reactors. "And what's all this fuss about plutonium: How can something named
after a Disney character be dangerous? So what if an atomic plant blows up? The
people who say that, they are afraid to die. I'm not afraid to die because all
my life I have lived by the Good Book, the American Legion magazine...They say
atomic radiation can hurt your reproductive organs. My answer is, so can a
hockey stick, but we don't stop building them....Sure, nuclear leaks will affect
the forest animals. So what if a deer grows up with two rear ends? They're
easier to shoot...So in my simple way, I' m asking that you support nuclear
energy. Remember being an American means being powerful, proud and pushy, and in
conclusion let me finish by ending...Thank You." And on the draft Turbo offered
this opinion "This station wants no draft. They want to deprive a boy of the
Army. The Army is educational. The Army teaches you how to do dental work-with
the butt of a rifle....how to tell what time it is by making a sundial out of a
dead person...how to make beer out of bird droppings and also how to make a
rubber girl out of an inner tube...In conclusion, I say we should not end the
draft. We should increase it. We have a moral obligation to give Bob Hope
soldiers to entertain. Fellow Americans, it is a honor to be drafted and to
serve your country. Thank you, bye-bye, and buy bonds."
Fly Girls, The See -
DANCE & DANCING
Flying Fisherman, The - Known to millions of his fans as "The Flying Fisherman,"
Roscoe Vernon "Gadabout" Gaddis was the star of OUTDOORS WITH LIBERTY MUTUAL, a
weekly half-hour syndicated fishing program that debuted nationwide in 1965.
Roscoe Gaddis finally made it big in the 1960s when Winston Mergot, an executive
of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company (a fishing buff himself) saw one of Gaddis'
adventure films and immediately decided to sponsor him in over 108 television
stations across the country. Gaddis caught his first fish (catfish) at the age
of 7 on the Okaw River and was literally "hooked for life." He got his nicknames
in the following manner: "Gadabout" from his boss who could never find him (he
worked as a traveling salesman for a fishing tackle company); and "The Flying
Fisherman" because he flew on every assignment in his own Piper Cherokee (he had
won his Army Air Corp wings at Kelly Field during WWI). Some of his first
fishing trips which he filmed were broadcast in 1939 and later in 1944 when the
FCC authorized a General Electric experimental station (W2XAD) in Schenectady,
New York. His early adventures were sponsored by Hub Sporting Goods Store.
Roscoe Gaddis was born in Mattoon, Illinois and died at a nursing home in
Bingham, Maine on October 21, 1986 at the age of 90 years.
Flying Squad, The - Nickname of group of police detectives on the British
syndicated series THE SWEENEY/SYN/1974-78. Based at New Scotland Yard in London,
"The Flying Squad" was an elite team of trained police detectives consisting of
John Thaw as Inspector Jack Regan, Dennis Waterman as Sgt. George Carter and
Garfield Morgan as Chief Inspector Haskins. The term "Flying Squad" was Cockney
rhyming slang for the murderous Sweeney Todd, a notorious British serial killer.
Fonz, The - The nickname of Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) a former
gang member (The Falcons) turned mechanic on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84.
Fonz" or "Fonzie" wore a leather jacket and was so cool, he just needed to snap
his fingers and girls would come running. However, he did have his Achilles
heels. He couldn't say the phrase "I'm wrong" or "I'm sorry" without difficulty,
and he freaked-out at the sight of liver. The name of "Arthur Fonzarelli" was
suggested to producer Gary Marshall by writer Bob Brunner. In an article in TV
Guide. Marshall told how he fashioned the Fonzie character after "the only guy in
my old neighborhood who had a motorcycle. This guy was cool...he very rarely
spoke; he just kind of hovered. He'd nod a lot and he'd make guttural sounds-and
everybody would get out of his way." See also -
Frogman, The See -
Frugal Gourmet, The - See -
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