Friday, October 23, 2009

RIP Soupy Sales

The legendary comedian and one of the finest human beings to ever work in television in Detroit, Soupy Sales, passed away yesterday.  He was 83 years old.

Soupy Sales not only personified an era of television in Detroit, he consistently demonstrated the true power of television as a medium.  His show made everyone who watched it feel not only entertained, but a part of something much larger than themselves.

His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many Detroiters, even those who - like myself - weren't even born until long after Soupy Sales left the airwaves.  His jokes were funny enough that people were still retelling them and laughing at them decades later.

Luckily, thanks to the miracle of YouTube, Soupy Sales is still available to children young and old "in Living Black and White."

Soupy Sales will be missed. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to have a slice of pie in his honor.

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