Tuesday, September 26, 2006

because breakfast at tiffany's is on and i'm tired of wondering why audrey hepburn never made a guest appearance on the a-team

But seriously. I mean, she was doing all that UNICEF work back in the eighties while the A-Team was traveling around the world fighting second rate drug lords or corrupt sheriffs and their assorted henchmen--who, as you may have noticed, invariably played the same drug lord or sheriff and henchmen with the same wardrobe but different names the following week on Magnum, P.I. or Simon and Simon or Hunter or the short-lived Riptide and then maybe MacGuyver. It would have been so easy to have these second rate drug lords or corrupt sheriffs in some way interfere with UNICEF doing whatever it is that UNICEF does. Both side would win, and I'm sure that it would have made George Peppard very happy.
A missed opportunity like that really sticks in my craw, and I am a man who cannot abide a cluttered craw.
Anyway, they're both gone now, and thinking about this can do no good.
However, my question from this particular viewing is this: What exactly is a "huckleberry friend"?


Blogger Kat Coble said...

Doc Holiday in Tombstone

10:36 AM  
Blogger Peggasus said...

You remember Riptide? I loved Riptide. That was a fun show, and the guys were hunky. I had a huge crush on the Perry King character, Cody. At a wedding back in the 80s, I met the brother-in-law of the bride, who was a writer for the show (no lie), and he had Perry King personally autograph a picture for me and sent it to me. It said: 'To Peggy, all my love, Perry.'

Of course I still have it. It hung on our wall for many years. Yes, my inner child is eternally 15.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I recall it, a 'Huckleberry Friend' is one that you can manipulate into whitewashing a fence or doing other chores for said friend.

read: I Lewis (Scooter/Huckleberry) Libby

tha b.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

after reading that last part, I realize that the Scooter Libby thing may not make much sense...

I'm referring to the situation where he did someone else's dirty work and is now on trial for outing a CIA agent...

Funny how in today's Bush speach, he went so far as to act appalled that someone would leak classified info for political gain... has he no shame or is he that oblivious to his whole existance?

sorry for the political rant... got to do it somewhere...

Vote Camino!

tha b.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

Val Kilmer annoyed the hell out of me with all the "huckleberry" business in that movie, Kat. I much prefered the Dennis Quaid portrayal in the other Wyatt Earp film from the same year. I mean, he actally lost weight for the role while Kilmer just put on some sickly make up and called everybody huckleberry. But anyway...

"Riptide" had both a boat and a robot. I don't see how that wasn't good for more than three seasons and a decent life in syndication, Peggasus. I guess television isn't always fair.

There, there, tha b. There, there.

8:42 AM  
Blogger newscoma said...

Is a Huckleberry Friend an acquaintance of Huckleberry Hound?
Tennessee Tuxedo, perhaps, but I'm not sure they were friends although I have read on Page 6 there used to be a lot of barfights when they were out with the ladies.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous Joseph William Perry said...

Rex, I got caught up by your question about a huckleberry friend. I started googling since I didn't know who the lyricist was. It was Johnny Mercer who was born in Georgia in 1909. (Same year Irving Berlin's, born in Russia, 1888, first hit song, Alexander's Ragtime Band, was published.)
I found this quote from Ralph McLean on the BBC/Northern Ireland web site:
"Mancini was certainly keen on working with Mercer and was very happy when he received the first draught of the lyrics. There has been much debate over that 'Huckleberry friend' line , what does it really mean? Personally I feel it has to be about the whole Mark Twain experience, Tom Sawyer and all that, it really evokes the American experience perfectly. It’s a great memorable slice of Americana that really captures the image of floating up and down a southern river in the heat of the midday sun."
Well, believe it or not, I couldn't remember what huckleberrys had to do with Tom Sawyer. I actually had to download the gutenberg version of the book to remember that it was Huckleberry Finn.
But I think that is a stretch. I think it must be a private reference for Mercer's childhood girlfriend who maybe went out picking huckleberrys with him.

10:51 AM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

Good work, Joe.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Joseph William Perry said...

My wife was helping me look and she found that Mrs. Mercer spoke of the huckleberries in the book she wrote about her husband's life:
"Johnny and his friends would enjoy spending time in the early summers picking wild huckleberries (Blueberries). They would place these in pails and bring them home to enjoy. They even turned up in ice-cream. This is where my huckleberry friend came from, just Johnny as a little boy, with his friends enjoying themselves in their private activities."
More information on johnnymercer.com:
Here for some info
here for a picture of the actual Moon River in Savannah, GA.

4:38 PM  

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