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Re: Who was "Willie Whistle" ?
- Subject: Re: Who was "Willie Whistle" ?
- From: TVHD <TVHD@aol.com>
- Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 10:01:49 EST
On Mon, 16 Mar 1998, Bump Martin wrote:
>> Reliable sources (who will stay nameless) told me
>>that it was a man named Dick Beach. He has since
>>retired and enjoying the sun in F-L-A. Word has it
>>that he, in addition to his "Willie" duties, had a
>>high position at WSBK for many years.
I can confirm that. I can add that he was Production
Manager. I met him several years ago on one of his rare
visits to Boston. A very nice man. I think he now lives
>Funny, I remember in the 80's during an 'Ask the
>Manager' program. (Yes, I actually watched it a few
>times...!!!) Someone wrote to ask who it was.....and
>the GM and Dana responded that it was a highly guarded
>secret! I wasn't sure why...If he was an executive
>with WSBK, I could imagine the distraction that it
>might have played while dealing with clients, the
>public and others while performing his 'executive'
If it was Dan Berkery & Dana, they'd typically say stuff
like that on a whim. I can't speak personally re: job
distraction, although I've heard that Dick and Willie
were two, distinctly separate personalities...like a
Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy thing.
>>BTW: Willie Whistle debuted on the days of WIHS-TV
>>(now WSBK) in 1966.
>I wonder if he was "Willie" first, then came the
>executive...or the other way around!
Don't know this, but there are people I can ask, if
you've the need to know...
>> I drew a picture of Willie at age 6 and was excited
>>to see it on the air !! What memories.
>What you'd give for a videotape of it now, huh? :-)
Bump, this scares me a little. But I can probably get
you a VHS dub of the "snake snippet" if you're really
that keen on it.
- - Henry Dane