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Soupy Sales

The legendary TV personality Soupy Sales passed away this past week at age 83 after a long illness. Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area in the 50s and 60s certainly remembers his zany television program Lunch with Soupy which began airing on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in 1953. White Fang and Black Tooth were two of the more memorable characters from that show. And don't forget about the pies! Sales himself once estimated that he took about 9,000 pies to the face during his long career. You can read about Soupy and other Detroit TV personalities in Tim Kiska's From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television, Dick Osgood's Wyxie Wonderland: an unauthorized 50-year diary of WXYZ Detroit, as well as in Soupy's autobiography Soupy Sez!: my zany life and times.