Once again, greetings and salutations. Would you believe, the first full week of fall? And it's a ball. Seasons come, seasons go, but the Geator still goes on with the show. And this weekend it's our annual Baby Boomers Rock & Roll Revival at La Costa in Sea Isle City -- see you there. Now, let's ask the Geator.
This week we've got two questions about the Steel Pier -- but first I've got a trivia question for you. Tom Terrific and his sidekick, Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, were characters on what kids' TV show from the '50s?
a) The Howdy Doody Show
b) The Shari Lewis Show
c) Circus Boy
d) Rootie Kazootie
e) Captain Kangaroo
How's that for a baby boomer memory? Answer at the end of the column.
Summertime on the Pier host Ed Hurst had co-hosts in the mid-'60s: Do you remember Eddie Nixon and Bobby? I was the sound engineer for Eddie at the main ballroom during his dance shows. Those were "danceaholic days"! -- Chez Vous Bobby
When you talk about the Nixon brothers, they originally were dancers who followed the Geator. Before I developed my own TV show, I was the original co-host with Ed Hurst on Summertime at the Pier and also when he did his show from Aquarama. Interesting enough, when I was signed by WCAU-TV, I suggested to Ed that he fill the void by having Eddie and Bobby do guest segments on his show. So I certainly remember Bobby and Eddie and was glad that I was able to give them a shot on TV.
In my youth I had a picture taken at the Steel Pier with a guy named Charlie Applewhite. Do you know of him and whatever happened to him?
-- Betty Kane
Wow! Now there's a name. Charlie Applewhite was a baritone singer who had several hits in the early '50s ("Cabbages and Kings," "This Is You," "No One but You"). You might remember him as a frequent guest on Milton Berle's TV show, where he once appeared with Sammy Davis Jr. back when Sammy was still with the Will Mastin Trio. Both he and Sammy recorded for the Decca label. Sadly, Charlie, who was living in a Texas nursing home, passed away in 2001 at age 68 after suffering a stroke.
A long time ago you played a song that I have never forgotten. The lyrics were about a man smoking a cigarette and dreaming about a little cottage where he could live happily with his loved one. I remember the line, "We could watch the smoke rings curl." Can you identify this song for me?
-- Joanne Glickman