09 September 2010

77 Sunset Strip

77 Sunset Strip was a TV show created by Roy Huggins (July 18, 1914 – April 3, 2002), an American novelist and writer/creator and producer of television series, including Maverick, The Fugitive, and The Rockford Files.
The series ran from 1958 to 1964 and was about two former spies turned private detectives. The title refers to their office address.
As with most of Huggins' shows, there was a comic-relief character in the main cast.  In this case it was Gerald Lloyd "Kookie" Kookson III (played by Edd Byrnes), the rock and roll-loving, wisecracking, hair-combing, hipster and aspiring P.I. who worked as a valet parking attendant.
Kookie was sort of a washed and polite beatnik who talked in some writer's idea of hip slang. He was meant to appeal to the "teenage girl demographic" although it's debatable as to how popular he actually was.
Is he the clown that started the "like," thing??

This issue of Dell's Four Color series, #1066, from January 1960 gives us some help with Kookie's hip talk.

Till next time, squares.

Oh, by the way Roy Huggins was a member of the American Communist Party in the 1930s. It didn't seem to hurt his career nearly as much as it did many other actors & directors ofthe era. Perhaps it's because he blew in 19 of his friends at th HUAC hearings in 1952?

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