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"I ,______, Ranger Third Class..." - On episode "TV or Not TV" on the sitcom THE HONEYMOONERS/CBS/1955-56 sewer worker Ed Norton (Art Carney) belonged to the Captain Video Space Rangers fan club.

Art Carney as Ed Norton and Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden - THE HONEYMOONERS

While watching the TV show Ed wore a clear-bubbled space helmet, carried a disintegrator gun and recited the following pledge:

"I, (fill in name), Ranger third class in the Captain Video Space Academy, do solemnly pledge to obey my mommy and daddy, be kind to dumb animals and old ladies in and out of space, not to tease my little brothers and sisters, and to brush my teeth twice a day and drink milk after every meal."

When Ed's friend Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) first saw Norton in his space getup, he said, "Whaaaat is that?" Ed replied, "This is my official Captain Video helmet, I'm off to outer space!" Ralph mocked Ed saying, "You're off, all right. I'll tell you that much."

Defending himself, Ed counters with "Careful what you say, earthling. I may be forced to disintegrate you. [Looking up and down at Ralph] "It'll be the biggest pile of ashes the world has ever known!" See also "Video Rangers"


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