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
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
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
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
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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