For those of you who were not born in the Pacific Northwest like I was, let me explain who he was. J.P. Patches was a locally produced children's show that was made for KIRO in Seattle(Now mind you this was back before Seattle became famous). The tile character of said show was Julius Pierpont Patches, a former circus clown who became the mayor of the city dump due to a con-job. The show had other characters such as J.P.'s girlfriend Gertrude, his arch-nemesis Boris T. Wart (The 2nd meanest man in the world), Ketchikan the Animal Man, Ggoorrsstt the Friendly Frpl, Miss Smith, and host of others almost all of which were played by Wedes's co-star Bob Newman. The show ran from 1958 to 1981 making it one of the longest running locally produced children's shows of the US. The show was immensely popular in the Puget Sound area and southwestern British Columbia, Canada, with children of course but also their parents who enjoyed J.P.'s frequent use of double entendres and sly subversiveness. Two generations of viewers grew up as "Patches Pals", sharing the joyful zany antics of J.P. with their kids. At the peak of its run, the Emmy-winning program had a viewership of over 100,000 in its local markets. The show also had it's fair share of guest stars such as Al Capp(creator of Lil' Abner), Burt Ward, Colonel Sanders (yes THAT Colonel Sanders!), Clayton Moore, Danny Thomas, Debbie Reynolds, Dixy Lee Ray(Washington's first female governor), The Harlem Globetrotters, Jack LaLanne, Jacques Cousteau, Jesse Owens, Slim Pickins, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, and Tiny Tim just to name a few.
So as you can see J.P. was and still is a big cultural icon our part of the country, you can more info on the web or just ask your parents or other relatives if they knew who he was.
P.S. I know for a fact that his name isfreezefreaze-frame gag in The Simpson's episode "Radio Bart" during the birthday list that Krusty does which wasn'differentfernet with what J.P. did with the ICU2TV.
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23 Jul 2012 04:59 CEST