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Polish Prince, The - Nickname given to popular Polish-American singer Bobby Vinton who had a number of hits in the 1960s including "Roses Are Red, My Dear," "Blue on Blue" and "Mr. Lonely." He hosted the Toronto produced musical variety series THE BOBBY VINTON SHOW/SYN/1975-78. His song "My Melody of Love" was adopted by his Polish fans as their official anthem. See also - WORDS OF WISDOM: "There's an old Polish proverb..."

Pony Boy  See - "Soda Pop"

Pookie Poo - Childhood nickname of Florida Evans (Esther Rolle), a struggling black mother of three who lived in Apartment 17-C in Chicago's Cabrini Housing Project on the sitcom GOOD TIMES/CBS/1974-79.

Poopsie - Pet name of Dobie Gillis, a girl-crazy teenager on the sitcom THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS/CBS/1959-63. Poopsie was the name given to Dobie by his female friend, Zelda Gilroy (Sheila James), a plain-looking egghead who was determined to marry Dobie in the future. Her unwanted attention often made Dobie cry "Now, cut that out!" Their roles were revived in 1977 pilot episode What Ever Happened To Dobie Gillis? and in the 1988 made-for-TV movie Bring Me The Head of Dobie Gillis.

Porky - Childhood nickname of Sylvester "Porky" Brockway (Donald Keeler), a plump youngster living in the farm community of Calverton, near Capital City on the family drama JEFF'S COLLIE/CBS/1954-57. Porky shared a friendship with youngster Jeff Miller (Tommy Rettig) who owned a dog named Lassie. Porky was also the college nickname of lawyer Alonzo Sparks (James Avery) on the sitcom SPARKS/UPN/1996-97. When Alonzo attended law school, he had difficulty standing up in class and talking to his intimidating law professor. He earned the nickname of Porky (after Porky Pig) because he stuttered and stammered.

Portia - What portly, aging barrister Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) calls colleague Phillida Trent Erskine-Brown (Patricia Hodge) on episodes of the British legal drama THE RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY/THA/1977-1992. Portia is a female character in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," who dresses in legal garments and masquerades as a male Doctor of Law named Balthazar and pleads for clemency for Antonio, the "Merchant of Venice." In the play another character, Shylock was suing for a pound of Antonio's flesh, which was collateral for a loan. In defense of her client Portia's speaks the now famous quotation "The quality of mercy is not strained..."

Postcard Girl, The - Marilyn Toomey and later Rita Hayes were the beautiful assistants on the quiz show WIN WITH A WINNER/NBC/1958 hosted by Sandy Becker/Win Elliot. Known as "The Postcard Girls" their job included pulling postcards from a large drum. Each week at the end of the show, the names of next weeks contestants were disclosed to the audience. Viewers (hoping to split the winnings) were urged to send their predictions on postcard as to whom they thought would be the "Big Money" winner.

Potato Man, The - Frank William Tucker (David Proval) was a homeless Vietnam veteran known as Frank the Potato Man, who wandered around the town of Rome, Wisconsin carrying a five-pound bag of Idaho potatoes on the drama PICKET FENCES/CBS/1992-95. Originally vagrancy laws, which prohibited sleeping on public property, forced the Potato Man out of town but on a later episode he returned in the cold of winter to seek shelter. He didn't like the noise of the nearby cities of Madison or Green Bay and preferred the quiet of the small town of Rome. Unfortunately, the town did not have accommodations for the homeless and Mayor Rachel Harris (Leigh Taylor-Young) refused to build one for such a "micro-minority." Fortunately, a compassionate police officer Deputy Maxine Stewart (Lauren Holly) and the local lawyer Douglas Wambaugh (Fyvush Finkel) pleaded his case to Judge Henry Bone (Ray Walston) who ruled that the town must build a shelter for him. Unfortunately, the good news arrived too late for the Potato Man who was found frozen to death in a cave on the outskirts of town. The medical examiner placed his time of death at 11:04 from probable hypothermia. The Potato Man's heart was defrosted and donated to a needy patient with a back ticker. The town of Rome had other eccentrics including K. C. McDonald (Jessica Tuck) a.k.a. "The Snake Lady" who collected snakes and carried a boa snake around with her; a bizarre town criminal called "The Serial Bather" who broke into people's home and took a bath while the property owners were gone; Louise Talbot (Natalija Nogulich), the town's transsexual schoolteacher (formerly known as Walter Souder); The Frogman (Michael Jeters) a man named Peter LeBeck who dressed in a frog costume to protest killing of frogs in biology class (singing the "Be a Frog" song); and a town clergyman with a fetish for women's shoes. See also - "The Log Lady"

Potsie - Childhood nickname of Warren Weber (Anson Williams), a Milwaukee teenager on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. Warren was dubbed "Potsie" when his mother noticed he liked to make things out of clay.

Power Rangers  See - "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"

Prairie Blossom  See - "Bunny"

Prince - Childhood nickname a.k.a. "Fresh Prince" given to actor Will Smith by his grade-school teachers because he acted so smooth and had the ability to charm his way out of trouble. Born Willard Christopher Smith, Jr. on September 25, 1968 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Will Smith starred on the sitcom THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR/NBC/1990-96. He played an inner-city black teenager also named Will Smith whose mother feared that he would fall into the wrong crowd, and so she decided to send her son from Philadelphia to live with his wealthy married aunt in Bel Air, California. Smith grew up in middle class section of West Philadelphia. Before his gig on TV, Will and his friend Jeff Townes began performing together as DJ. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and soon they became popular on the music charts as rap singers. Will Smith has also authored the 2001 children's book "Just the Two of Us" with pictures by Kadir Nelson. His film credits include such movies as Six Degrees of Separation (1995), Bad Boys (1995), Independence Day (1996), Men in Black (1997), Wild Wild West (1999), Ali (2001) the story of boxer Cassius Clay, a.k.a. Mohammad Al; Men in Black II (2002); Bad Boys II (2003); I, Robot (2004); Hitch (2005); Pursuit of Happiness (2006); I Am Legend (2007) and Hancock (2008).

Prince of Late Night Television, The - When comedian and game show host Johnny Carson took over the reigns of THE TONIGHT SHOW from Jack Paar on October 2, 1962, he remarked on the air "Jack Paar was the King of late-night television. Why don't you just consider me the "Prince"? Johnny relinquished his desk (to Jay Leno) on May 22, 1992 after thirty years at the throne. His last show was a national event and featured guest Bette Midler who intimately sang a comic love song to Johnny Carson as a final expression of her admiration, an admiration mirrored by millions of his faithful viewers. See also - "The King of the Late Night Television"

Prince of Menace, The - The sinister nickname given to actor Vincent Price for his roles in such horror film classics as the 3-D thriller House of Wax (1953), The Fly (1958) House on Haunted Hill (1958) and a number of Edgar Allen Poe inspired films The House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961); The Raven (1963), and The Masque of the Red Death (1964). In 1957, Vincent Price appeared on the quiz show $64,000 QUESTION where he showcased his considerable knowledge of art. Some of his memorable TV performances included the villainous Egghead on the fantasy BATMAN/ABC/1966-68; his regular role on the children's program THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN/SYN/1975; the mysterious Jason who escorted passengers through time on the fantasy series TIME EXPRESS/CBS/1979; and the sophisticated host of the PBS anthology MYSTERY! from 1982-89 that featured mystery stories (made mostly in England). Vincent Price died in 1993.

Prince of Pain, The - The showbiz sobriquet of Richard Lewis, the black clad comedian (fond of running his hands through his hair) whose standup routine focused on tales of his personal anxieties and neuroses. He also starred in the sitcom ANYTHING BUT LOVE/ABC/1989-92 as Marty Gold, a neurotic investigative magazine reporter.

Prince of Puckers, The - Richard Dawson, host of the quiz game show FAMILY FEUD/ABC/1976-85 was famous for his habit of kissing all of the lady contestants on the show, hence the nickname "The Prince of Puckers." Some people, who didn't feel it was very appropriate for him to be sucking face with the contestants, wrote letters of disapproval. In an attempt to resolve the problem Dawson asked for a write-in-vote to finally answer the question "to kiss" or "not to kiss" on the show. As he explained on-the-air "I'm a toucher. It's how we expressed affection in my own family, and it just comes naturally to me. My mother always said, you can't ever hate anyone your on kissing terms with." When the votes were tallied, the verdict was overwhelmingly in his favor: 14,600 to 704. Richard Dawson won an Emmy Award for Best Game Show Emcee in 1978. See also - "The Most Kissed Man in America"

Princess of Perpetual Blondeness, The  See - SEX, LOVE & NAUGHTY BITS: "Voluptua"

Psycho Dad - On the sitcom MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97 frustrated shoe salesman Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) had little to be happy about in life. His only solace were his nudie magazines, the local nudie bar and his favorite TV show "Psycho Dad" (played by Andrew Prine). He especially enjoyed the show's rousing themes song which began "Who's that riding into the sun/Who's the man with the itchy gun/Who's the man who kills for fun!/...Psycho Dad!" When Al's favorite show was scheduled for cancellation, he contacted a US Senator to intervene. During the investigation Senator Furman queried Al saying "Is it not true that the lyrics to the 'Psycho Dad' theme song read 'Killed his wife 'cause she weighed a ton'?" Frantic, Al cried "But in Psycho Dad's defense, when he married her, she wasn't fat, your bigness." Sadly, Psycho Dad was canceled. When Al's nemesis Marcy Darcy (Amanda Bearce) heard the news she chanted a parody of the show's theme song: "Who's the guy who's show is done?/Who's TV hero's on the run?/Who'll be watching VH1?/Loser Al, Loser Al, Loser Al." Dejected, poor Al Bundy retreated to the beautiful babes at the nudie bar and his fellow colleagues from NO MA'AM (National Organization of Men Against Amazonian Masterhood). For the feminine viewers there was the spin off series "Psycho Mom" whose theme songs lyrics read: "Who's the gal who needs no man?/Killed him dead with the frying pan./Did it 'cause he missed the can./Psycho Mom, Psycho Mom, she's Psy-cho Mom!" [From "Teacher's Pets" episode]

Puce Goose - CB handle/radio call sign adopted by Los Angeles police detective Dave Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) on the police drama STARSKY AND HUTCH/ABC/1975-79. His partner, Ken Hutchinson (David Soul) used the CB name "Blond Blintz." Their police mobile radio code was ZEBRA-3. They drove around in a red and white 1974 Ford Torino.

Puddin' Head - The nickname of Army Colonel Sherman Potter (Harry Morgan) on the military comedy M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83. He was dubbed "Puddin' Head" by his wife Mildred Potter who lived stateside while Sherman ran a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near the front lines of the Korean War.

Pumpkin - Through the years, the term "Pumpkin" has been a popular term of endearment used by many script writers when referring to TV characters, especially by a father towards his daughter. On the sitcom MARRIED WITH CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97 shoe salesmen Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) used this affectionate nickname for his teenager Kelly Bundy (Christina Applegate). Since Kelly was not the brightest girl around, this vegetable nickname suited her quite well. Once Kelly's frustrated dad said "Pumpkin, when Daddy goes to the chair, would you sit on my lap one last time?" Kelly responded "I'd be honored." Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) on the sitcom FRIENDS/NBC/1994-2004 was also called Pumpkin by her father. On the occult drama MEDIUM/NBC/2005+ Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette) can communicate with the dead. She affectionately calls her daughters Pumpkin. See also - "The Dumbest Girl in America"

Punky  See - CATCHPHRASES: "That's Punky Power!"

Puppy - The childhood nickname of actress Jennifer Garner, the star of the spy drama ALIAS/ABC/2001-2006.  On an installment of the NBC late night talk show THE TONIGHT SHOW with JAY LENO (aired 12/13/2002) Jennifer revealed her family nickname was "Puppy." When Jay asked why she was called Puppy, Jennifer replied because she was "kinda of a tail-waggin' kid." Joking, Leno asked "Did they keep you in a kennel." Amused, Garner replied "No, but they made me wear a collar"; that her "nose used to run a lot" and now that she is older she has a "lot more to wag." The entire conversation about "Puppy" began when Jennifer mentioned that at Christmas time while handing out presents, she wears a Santa hat that sports the name "Santa Pup."

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