Tomorrow, Animal Adventure Park, which is about 1/2 hour from here, is having an event at our local shopping mall (no April, obviously). It's an Easter oriented event which was scheduled before the webcam broadcasting April and her mate Oliver went viral, and I'm wondering if I should even go. I wonder how mobbed it will be.
Such a perfect memory, as I travel through time and space for "G" day in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Besides our local Giraffe, here's another thing to Get you Going.
Do you remember the original Gong Show, a show of the 1970's?
If you don't, I have no idea how to explain it to you. Its creator, Chuck Barris, died last month. Chuck Barris, in his own way, was a genius creator of many game shows, featuring newlyweds, people dating, and...well, you get the picture.
The Gong Show was one of the very first reality shows. It was supposedly a "talent" competition, but not too many of the contestants had talent. Three celebrity judges would watch the contestant perform and, if the contestant was too terrible even for the standards of the show, the judge would strike a gong.
It was so bad, it was good.
So, where does Gene come in?
A man by the name of Gene Patton was a stagehand at NBC Studios at Burbank, California. One day, Chuck Barris saw him dancing, if you could call his movements true dancing. Gene wasn't a dancer, but Chuck Barris saw something in him. He started bringing Gene, renamed "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine" out during really horrible acts, or "just because". The appearances were made to appear spontaneous, but they were actually scripted.
Gene would shuffle to the tune of a Count Basie song, "Jumpin' at the Woodside".
Everyone loved it.
Gene (or Gene Gene) died in 2015, a month short of his 83rd birthday. But I'll always remember him for the funniest "dancing" act of my young adulthood. But, one more thing:
Ironically, he lost both legs in 2001 due to diabetes.
Again, you just can't make this stuff up. Tomorrow, A to Z takes its Sunday break, while I blog about (if it returns) spring.