Skeeter - Pet nickname of sexy Naomi Harper (Dorothy Lyman) used by her
husband Vinton (Ken Berry) on the sitcom MAMA'S FAMILY/NBC/SYN/1983-90. Skeeter
worked as a check-out clerk at Food Circus in Raytown, USA.
Skid See -
Skippy - The childhood nickname of Arthur Fonzarelli, a hip mechanic who
rode a motorcycle on the sitcom HAPPY DAYS/ABC/1974-84. The sitcom FAMILY
TIES/NBC/1982-89 featured actor Marc Price as the nerdy neighbor Irwin "Skippy"
Handleman, who had a crush on Mallory, the eldest daughter of the Keaton family.
See also - "The
Skitch Henderson - The showbusiness sobriquet of the bearded Lyle Russell
Cedric Henderson who was the bandleader for THE TONIGHT SHOW starring Steve
Allen from 1954-57 and THE TONIGHT SHOW starring Johnny Carson from 1962-66 on
the NBC network. Henderson claimed somewhere along the line he was dubbed "Skitch"
and it just stuck. Entertainment lore claims that Henderson earned his nickname
because of his ability to "sketch" out a score quickly. People soon began to
call him "the sketch kid," which singer Bing Crosby urged him to shorten to "Skitch."
Born in England, Skitch Henderson died peacefully at his home in America of
natural causes on October 31, 2005. He was 87. Henderson was the founder of the
New York Pops Orchestra.
Sky King - Kirby Grant starred as aviator Skylar King known as "Sky" who
owned a large spread called the Flying Crown Ranch on the adventure series SKY
KING/ABC/NBC/1951-54. Called "America's Favorite Flying Cowboy," he flew over
his property in an aircraft named the Songbird. The program began with the
narration "Out of the clear blue of the western sky comes...SKY KING!" TRIVIA
NOTE: Kirby Grant retired in 1970 settling in Winter Springs, Florida with his
wife and three children. Tragically, on 10/30/85, Kirby Grant drowned when his
car ran off the road while driving to Cape Canaveral to view the launch of the
space shuttle Challenger. He had been invited by the mission astronauts who were
fans of his 1950s show.
Sky Marshal of the Universe - The nickname of the outer space
crimefighter Jeff King a.k.a. "Commando Cody" (Judd Holdren) on the Saturday
morning live-action sci-fi adventure COMMANDO CODY/NBC/1955 (a twelve-episode
series). Assisted by Aline Towne as Joan Albright, and William Schallert as Ted
Richards, Commando Cody battled evil including Retik the Ruler (Gregory Gay), a
villain from the planet Saturn. Commando Cody wore a leather jacket, and flew
aided by a special helmet and a rocket pack strapped to his back which sailed
him through both atmosphere and outer space in search of the bad guys. The
half-hour episodes produced for TV imitated the Saturday matinee movie shorts
produced for the motion pictures in the 1930s and 40s. See also - "The King of
the B Movies"
Slider of Death See -
Slim - When actress Nancy Kulp appeared as Miss Jane Hathaway on the
sitcom THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71 she was nicknamed "Slim" by fellow
actor Raymond Bailey who played the Milburn Drysdale, the banker.
Smartest Dumbbell in the History of Show Business, The - The nickname
given to comedienne Gracie Allen for her scatterbrained housewife
characterizations performed as part of her stage act in vaudeville, radio and
television. She costarred with her husband George Burns on the sitcom THE GEORGE
BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SHOW/CBS/1950-58. While the audience laughed at her
apparent stupidity, Gracie actually believed she was extremely smart. Examples
of her brainpower:
Electric cords. I had them
shortened. This one's for
the iron, this one's for the floor lamp.
Why did you shorten them?
To save electricity.
What are you looking for
in the Sears catalog?
I'm looking for sweaters
Sweaters for cows?
Yes, you know they must be very scarce. Fred told
me that he had forty Holstein cows and only
twenty two jerseys.
In the 1940s she purchased some presents for her brother who was in the Army.
Knowing how lazy her brother could be, she bought him a yo-yo. That way when he
rode a camel its swaying motion would be able to move it up and down. When asked
by her husband, George what she would get in case he goes to the Pacific
Islands. She replied "A knife and hatchet." However they weren't to be used for
hacking through the jungle. "No!," she continued. "They grow bananas and
coconuts there, don't they? Well, he likes banana splits with chopped nuts."
Despite her acting stupid, Gracie was very sharp-witted. In 1939, she appeared
on NBC's quiz show INFORMATION PLEASE and amazed the audience by answering a
series of difficult questions along with her fellow panelists. TRIVIA NOTE:
George Burns nicknamed Gracie "Googie." During a 1988 interview on 60 MINUTES
the veteran comedian visited his wife's tomb at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los
Angeles where he remarked "Googie, this is Ed Bradley. We're going to be on 60
MINUTES. We're working together again!"
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