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Velvet Fog, The - Early in his singing career, Mel Torme was given the nickname "The Velvet Fog." His smooth vocal delivery was heard on many television programs in TVs golden days including: PAUL WHITEMAN'S GOODYEAR REVUE/ABC/1949-52 (Guest); TV'S TOP TUNES/CBS/1951-55 (Regular); SUMMERTIME U.S.A./CBS/1953 (Regular); THE NAT "KING" COLE SHOW/NBC/1956-57 (Guest); and THE JUDY GARLAND SHOW/CBS/1963-64 (Musical Advisor). In 1971 he hosted a nostalgic documentary series IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR/ABC/1971 with news, fashion and songs from the years 1919-1964. Mel Torme was also a recurring character (and running gag) on the sitcom NIGHT COURT/NBC/1984-91 that featured a New York night court judge named Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) who idolized Mel's crooning style.

Venus Flytrap - The sitcom WKRP IN CINCINNATI/CBS/1978-82 featured the hip, black disc jockey, Gordon Sims (Tim Reid), a former school teacher who worked the night shift at radio station WKRP. His on-air alter-ego was "Venus Flytrap" who used gongs, incense and soft jazz as his signature. His nickname "Venus Flytrap" was indirectly derived from the fact that Gordon was a Libra and his ruling planet was Venus. Andy Travis (Gary Sandy), the station programming director suggested Venus Rising as his on-air nickname, but it was accidentally changed to Venus Flytrap. Before coming to Cincinnati, Gordon was a part-time disc jockey in the City of New Orleans. He called himself "The Duke of Funk." TRIVIA NOTE: Bill Maher on POLITICALLY INCORRECT/ABC/1997 discussed stories of wives who lure women to try to tempt their husbands to cheat and remarked "We call it a penis flytrap."

Video Rangers, TheSee POLICE: SCI-FI

Virginian, The - During the 1880s a mysterious man known only as the "Virginian" (James Drury) drifted into Shiloh Ranch near Medicine Bow, Wyoming and soon became the foreman of the ranch owned by Judge Henry Garth (Lee J. Cobb). THE VIRGINIAN/NBC/1961-72 was the first 90-minute western series produced for television. Years later during a cameo appearance on the stuntman adventure FALL GUY/ABC/1981-86, James Drury dressed again as the mysterious stranger was asked for his name. He responded "I'm the Virginian." The series was based on the 1902 western novel "The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains" written by Owen Wister about cowboys in Wyoming The novel was filled with bad men, poker games, pistol duels and introduced the classic phrase "When you say that, Smile." In the 1929 movie adaptation starring Gary Cooper, the Virginian said "Smile when you say that!"

Voice of Canada, The - Canadian born actor Lorne Greene possessed a rich distinctive voice that earned him the nickname of the Voice of Canada (and the "Voice of Doom" when he read bad news) while he was a radio commentator in Canada during World War II. He is perhaps best known for his role as the silvered-hair Ben Cartwright, the patriarch of a family of three sons who operated the sprawling Ponderosa Ranch on the western adventure BONANZA/NBC/1959-73. Lorne Greene died on September 11, 1987 at the age of seventy-two. TRIVIA NOTE: In December 1964 his western ballad "Ringo" reached number one on the pop charts.

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