Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Double Feature! Hiram Holiday and My Secret Passion

FEATURE 1: A SPLENDID SEA CUCUMBER DISCOVERY!
So, thanks to Cake having a great sister named Roger (who has a great sister named Cake--very unusual names in this family, but perhaps it is the Canadian Way and my name is Sparkle, so I better not be a judger) and thanks to Roger for having an obsession with sea cucumbers instead of trout, I found myself looking for sea cucumber ephemera today. AND WOW WHAT A COOL THING I FOUND! You probably know all about this--because in the words of Fredo in The Godfather, you're smart, not like people say-ay. However, I did not know all about this.

HIRAM HOLIDAY (AKA WALLY COX AKA UNDERDOG)!!! HERE HE IS, HOLDING A SEA CUCUMBER! (Actually, it's just supposed to be a sea cucumber--I strongly suspect it's a stunt creature that the prop department put together...possibly a scallop stapled to a snail or something)
But but but! I never even heard of this old Hiram Holiday TV series!!! It looks quite delightful! Hiram is a mild-mannered (of course) fellow who wanders the globe looking for stuff like sea cucumbers and bumbling in and out of trouble (there's a bit of a Monsieur Hulot thing going on here, if you ask me--maybe not, maybe so).
I guess I know what I'm gonna be buying in my next Amazon order...Check out the clip in the sidebar!

FEATURE 2: MY SECRET PASSION
Yes, that's right. The Harlem Globe-Trouters are my secret passion. Well, okay. They're not a secret passion--that just looked better in the title box, y'know? This morning, I realized that I'd forgotten about them and how much I loved them when I was a kid (and now too, I'm sure, but I haven't seen 'em lately). I never missed their TV shows. I didn't realize they started so long ago--in 1926--and let's face it, life off the basketball court very likely sucked pretty big for them. In the vintage poster above, I must make an observation: I don't know what this House of David thing is all about, but the House of David is packing. This is definitely from the "short shorts" era of basketball sartorial resplendence...
The Harlem Globetrotters: To adopt the language of the movie Casino, I fuckin' love 'em.
HAPPY NEW COMIX DAY! HAVE A WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY.