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UPDATESFor years, yea, decades, I have searched for the evil wrongdoer known as Reggie R. Marplot the 3rd. If you ever lived in Chicago in the early or mid-60s, the name may intrigue you. But even as an 'outside' spectator, the search might prove interesting...
|Reggie R. Marplot III Discovered...maybe!|
For the past several years I have been on a mission. As a child in Chicago, I watched a TV show (probably Ch. 9) that had a host who maybe once, maybe often, featured a character dressed as a pirate. The character would proclaim: (in a pirate voice) "I be Reggie R. Marplot the 3rd!" Personally, I remember a show I think was called "The Wacky World of Mr. B."
Now, that's a while ago, but I put the question out, and several people responded:
01/07/01 From "Toots" Carberry: (see 'Bugle' page for a Tale of Toots!) "Did you have to use our names in that 'Cow's-Head' story? By the way, in your "personal stuff" (Info and Gossip--Scoop) you asked about the guy who said: 'I be Reggie R. Marplot the III." (My son) Dennis aka "Troublemaker" says the guy's name was Robert Newton, altho he doesn't remember the name of the show. He says the the guy used to play Long John Silver on a TV show, and played a pirate on many shows. He was an old British actor."
Scoop Responds: I don't know about that, Toots. Maybe I only saw that particular show, and it just stuck in my mind. So far, Dennis is in the lead, because he at least answered the question. I still want to know the show. I keep thinking it was Soupy Sales.
12/27/00 from Ron Szarley: "Why don't you tell your loyal readers about the time the campground bear bit you in the ass while you were trying to feed it?"
Scoop Responds: Ron, you are my long-time friend, but I think your mind is becoming addled. Yes, the pet bear did chase me around the cage a few times, but it was Terry O'Connell who got clawed, not bit, on the butt. A suggestion: Take plenty of Vitamin E and some memory pills.
1/17/01 from Ron Szarley: "Your faithful reader is right about Long John Silver. I think it was a 15" show on the Mickey Mouse Club, like the Hardy Boys were. Yes, no?"
Scoop Responds: Har-Har-Har! By the woodpecker holes in me leg, ye not be addled a'tall. I'll have a drink to that, and hope ye be right, or ye be walkin' the plank tonight!
(Taken from Chicago Tribune of 4/8/01)
Maybe, maybe not, but let's keep trying, OK? It's bugging me! Who was the host of that show?! Email me with any ideas!
If you must go, fine...take your pick. But more photos await below!
...But wait! Another e-mail has just arrived, from Pat B.:
6/28/02: "Reggie Marplot was a character from the old Dick Tracy TV show. It was a voice that would call Ray Rayner on the phone in the Crimestopper Cruiser. I have no clue why; maybe he was loaded and lonely."
7/7/02 Pat B. fills in some details: "Around 1961 WGN created a show around a group of chintzy Dick Tracy cartoons. Ray Rayner hosted the 'Dick Tracy' show as Sgt. Pettibone, along with his puppet dog Tracer."
To save some time here, let me just mention some of the stuff Pat remembers in the TV series: "The 'Dick Tracy' cartoons were 5" long, and paired criminals from the comic strip, like Stooge Villa and Mumbles, or Prune Face and Itchy. The cops were Hemlock Holmes and the Retouchables Squad, Heap-O' Calory, Joe Jitsu, Go-Go Gomez, etc. The show also featured Q. T. Hush cartoons with Shamus. Around the cartoons, Sgt. Pettibone would have subplots in the Crimestopper Cruiser featuring Reggie Marplot and Dashley Ashley Montague. He would deal with them like Soupy Sales at the door. At the end of the show, Rayner would go to the magic board on the wall that would send out cryptic messages that you could decipher if you had sent away for a secret decoder. The messages were things like 'brush your teeth', 'wipe your ass', etc."
Pat, thank you very much. You may have cracked the puzzle...maybe. Your answer led me on an Internet search. One good site I found is www.tvparty.com. It's a great site, and it all came back to me. But I could not find a single darn thing about Reggie Marplot, search as I might. I even sent an e-mail to Billy, who created the site. He admits he is stumped.
And so the mystery lingers...
Don't give up!
As satisfying as this was, there would still always be the empty hole, the burning question: Why can't you prove it, Scoop? Or, as a Famous Lawyer might say:
"Scoop, show us the truth
No way do we wanna' be duped
You talk 'bout Reggie the Third
But if you don't produce some evidence
You gonna' sound absurd."
Yes, I was on the horns of a dilemma. But then...
REGGIE R. MARPLOT DISCOVERED!
It was a voice that haunted me from my past...
In my early childhood, watching WGN (Channel 9, in Chicago), we had a lot of local kid shows, as I'm sure you did in your favorite city. Besides Bozo, we had some really goofy shows for kids at 7am or so, a lot of them hosted by Ray Rayner, who was also on the Bozo show--a busy guy. There were also afternoon shows, like The 3 Stooges shorts hosted by a local emcee (I remember 'Andy Clyde' (could have been Ray Rayner in disguise!) interviewing Moe Howard, who warned us not to poke our fingers into other people's eyes--he showed us how to fake it), and maybe one or two national shows. Anyway, one show had a character who said (to the best of my fuzzy recollection): "I be Reggie R. Marplot the 3rd" in a pirate voice.
A few years back I began a search for this voice through my 'Scoop' site. I thought it might be a show I remember as 'The Wacky World of Mr. B', or even Soupy Sales. You can read the various replies I received above. Most people were sure they were right, yet I was not convinced. I had also listed some old friends I was looking for, in my 'Secret Spot', a personal part of the page. That was more than 2 years ago.
Last month I received a 'Scoop' e-mail that went as follows: "Who the hell are you? If you work for the government, or I owe you money, !#!# off. Otherwise, call me." It was signed by one of the old friends I was searching for, Pat Bukiri.
Pat and I had had some good times together--he was pretty cool. We got in touch, and in the conversation he mentioned that he had noticed I was investigating Reggie. "He was a voice on the old Ray Rayner "Dick Tracy" show," he told me. (The show played now-politically-incorrect cartoons like 'Go-Go Gomez', a lazy Mexican mouse, and "Joe Jujitsu', a Charlie Chan-like detective, all of whom helped Dick Tracy when he called Ray Rayner--Sgt. Pettibone--at Ray's Crimestopper Cruiser). I sort of believed Pat, because he used to be super-knowledgeable on old horror movies and other stuff. Maybe he was right.
I checked out a Ray Rayner web page, and sent an e-mail to the author, Billy. Billy wrote back: "You stumped me...I don't know (about Reggie)." So the mystery lingered.
It was a short time later that Pat informed me a package was coming my way. I awaited eagerly. When it arrived, I forced Mrs. Scoop to watch it with me. About 2/3 of the way through the cheaply-made show, the Crimestopper telephone rang, and a voice from the past said, "I be Reggie R. Marplot, and I'm here to tell you..."
The voice never called himself "the 3rd", but it was him, an offstage player, probably a cameraman. Pat was right, and the mystery is solved!
So I want to thank all of you who suggested shows with Reggie, and I certainly want to thank Pat, who solved the mystery and sent me the tape to prove it, and I want to thank Maurice Terenzio, a friend of Pat's who dug deep to get the video for the tape and is a smarter man than all of us.
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Isn't the Internet great! Not only did the mystery get solved, but I later met up with Pat, whom I hadn't seen for over 30 years. And then, as a bonus, I received the following emails just a few days ago, almost a year after I wrote the scenario above...
I've been reading a lot about Ray Rayner since he passed away on Wednesday, which is also how I stumbled on your website.
A guy named Ron McAdam, who did the voice of Sgt. Pettibone's sidekick, the dog puppet named Tracer, also did other voices on the show. He was a comedian/impressionist.
"Tracer was brought to live by Ron MacAdam, an impressionist who was also known for his well-produced and entertaining nightclub routines. MacAdam handled all the voices on the series which by the end of the show's run totaled more than 58 characters. Among the many were Gregory, the old mailman; Scoop Wilson, star reporter for The Exaggerated Press. Scoop sounded like James Cagney; and the nemesis of both Pettibone and Tracer, Reginald 'Reggie' R. Marplot. MacAdam would refer to Rayner as "Super Klutz" and loved to play pranks while Rayner was on camera. Since Tracer sat in a basket on the desk in front of Ray, MacAdam would be underneath the desk working the puppet. More than once Ray would get up only to find his shoelaces had been tied together! Then to add to the prank, MacAdam would have Dick Tracy appear on the Crime Stopper Cruiser video screen and order Sgt. Pettibone to march around the room! MacAdam would be the voice of Dick Tracy for all the local segments. Even producer Hal Stein would join in the fun ready to toss a bucket of water at Ray from off stage! On the show's final first-run episode, Pettibone and Tracer, disguised as villains, are off to Eviltania in pursuit of the evil Marplot. Fans would never learn what happened. "
I got that paragraph from:
I wish I knew more about it. My dad wrote the show! But I was very young at the time, and my father passed on in 2002.
WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago
This email followed shortly after...
In fact, now that I think of it, my dad as writer might have INVENTED marplot! But I'll never know for sure. My dad's name was Herman Fell, if you care to mention it on your site.
David, I'll bet your Dad did invent Reggie, because Herman Fell sounds like an imaginative guy who had a lot of fun at work. I don't know what he looked like, but I can easily picture him laughing out loud as he wrote the show! Thank you for sharing this with me--I never imagined I would get all this information about something I'll always remember fondly.
A while later, I received another pertinent email...
I used to watch THE DICK TRACY SHOW every day and I don't think that I ever missed watching it during the entire time it was on the air. One of the most remembered villains of the show was Reggie Marplot. I believe that this character was the first villain that Sgt. Pettibone and Tracer has to combat during the very early days of the show. He returned several times during the show's run. Once he tried to steal all of the world's calendars so that the world's commerce would be disrupted. How he stole all of them God knows. I know that Ron McAdam, who did many of the voices for the show, probably is the source of the voice for Reggie Marplot. In fact, this talented man is probably a major reason for the show's tremendous success, for his voices brought a world of people into the show for Sgt. Pettibone to work with. The phone gave the show an added dimension and it was TV going one better on itself- you not only enjoyed the on-screen people, but you also enjoyed the people NOT seen, but only HEARD via the phone conversations. This added dimension gave the viewing public a chance to use their imagination, much the same way that they used it during the golden days of radio. It gives me hope that people's imaginations are not de-sensitized by the stifling aspects of TV. While it is true that TV of this type could not possibly exist today, it is nonetheless interesting that people remember this show with such fondness, and the reason is obvious. We were part of the show!! We hooked in and participated with our imaginations. I thank you for this opportunity to say a few things about this show. I truly miss it, and as Reggie would say "I are be seeing you soon!" Tom Duggan
Tom, thanks for the input! Now we have a writer and a voice...
And with that, I end the 'Reggie' story, except for a few last emails I received after I forwarded copies of David Fell's mail to the notorious 'Vulture' and the evil 'Gornoman', conspirators in my "Trivia Scandal", which came about as a result of my search for Marplot...
dip me in butter and lick me all over. The "Mystery" of Reggie
Marplot has been solved. Isn't the internet usefull?
|From The Vulture
okay, I give up. What's the "HA" for? Never questioned Ray Raynor, Reggie Marplot or Sgt. Pettibone. My "bone" if you will had to do with Bob Bell as Andy Star (Not Andy Clyde) and Mrs. Finstermocker. I am really happy you have closed another mystery in the looooooonng chapter of your life. Can't wait for the season to begin.
See you soon!
These culprits never quit...
Read about Ray Rayner just below...
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From The Chicago Tribune website...
Star Of "Ray Rayner and his Friends," on WGN-TV In The 1960s
And ‘70s, Dies
Ray Rayner, the actor who played Oliver O. Oliver on "Bozo's Circus" for a decade and who hosted his own kids' show 'Ray Rayner and His Friends" for 19 years on WGN-TV, passed away on January 21 following complications from pneumonia. He was 84 years old.
Mr. Rayner retired from WGN-TV in December 1980. Fans can visit wgntv.com to share their favorite Ray Rayner memories. The message board will be up until next Friday, January 30, 2004.
"Ray Rayner was most definitely one of Chicago's Very Own. Ray's work was enjoyed by everyone who grew up in Chicago," commented John Vitanovec, VP/General Manager of WGN-TV. "His tenure here at WGN is still a time recalled fondly by our viewers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed."
WGN-TV hired Ray Rayner to portray Sergeant Henry Pettibone as host of the "Dick Tracy" show in 1961. He joined "Bozo's Circus" as Oliver O. Oliver that same year and continued in that role until 1971. In 1962, Ray replaced Dick Coughlan as host of "Breakfast with Bugs Bunny." In 1964, the show was renamed "Ray Rayner and His Friends," and quickly became a staple to thousands of Chicagoland grade school children. "Ray Rayner and His Friends" ran until January, 1981. In 1966, the "Dick Tracy" show ended a five-year run and Ray hosted "Rocket to Adventure" for two-seasons.
"Ray Rayner and His Friends," which aired weekday mornings, featured cartoons, songs, pantomime antics, jokes, riddles, mock newscasts and daily weather forecasts geared to the younger set, as well as traffic, sports and news information for parents. Ray's canine puppet friend Cuddly Dudley visited the program twice a week, and one day a week was set aside for a "do-it-yourself project." Ray showed his young viewers how to make everything from pup pencil holders, to mushroom pincushions, to stocking mice. Once a week Dr. Lester Fisher, director of the Lincoln Park Zoo, and Ray took viewers behind-the-scenes at the zoo. Chelveston the duck was also a regular visitor to the show. Any off-camera staff or crew was referred to as "Chauncy."
Ray left Chicago television in 1981 and became a weather forecaster and fill-in news anchor for the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, New Mexico until 1989. In his "spare time," Rayner hosted the nationally syndicated "PM Magazine," and wrote three original plays. In 1984, he returned to Chicago to join the cast of "Guys and Dolls." He made several guest appearances as himself on "The Bozo Show" and in WGN-TV anniversary specials.
Born in New York City, Ray was a navigator on a B-17 in the United States Air Force and spent two years in a German military prison camp. He picked up a taste for acting during his POW days and pursued the profession during his college years following the war.
After the war, Rayner returned to a Long Island radio station, and he started to work his way west to Dayton, Ohio, then Grand Rapids, Michigan. He hosted music and quiz programs and wrote some news. In 1953 he found himself in Chicago, auditioning at WBBM-TV. There, Rayner worked for eight years on a variety of children's shows including "Rayner Shine," "The Little Show" with a duck named Havelock, and in "Popeye's Firehouse," as Chief Abernathy. He had an active career as a commercial announcer and as an MC on a teenage dance party program. He was also one of the first Ronald McDonalds to appear in network television commercials.
Throughout much of his career, Ray Rayner also acted on the serious side of theater, playing demanding roles in such productions as Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," "Assassination, 1865," "The Rainmaker,"and "The Caine Mutiny." He also appeared in lighter productions such as "The Odd Couple" and "Fiddler on the Roof." Reaching out to younger actors, Rayner directed students in Loyola Academy productions.
Rayner attended Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass, and then went on to Fordham University in New York where he graduated with a B.A. degree in literature and philosophy. He also received an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Ray was the recipient of many awards including local Emmy Awards, and most recently, in 2000, Rayner was inducted into the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle.
Mr. Rayner was most recently enjoying his retirement in Fort Meyers, Florida. He is survived by his second wife Marie Rayner, daughter Christina Miller, son Mark Rayner, and four grandchildren: Troy, Hilary, Sean and Patrick.
The family has asked that donations be made to the Make A Wish foundation.
Make A Wish Foundation
Thank you, everyone...
And now, we carry on...
I have only been edited by the Milton Courier twice. Both times, the Chief was right. The 1st was a headline that had nothing at all to do with the story. It read: "Sharon Stone and Jerry Mathers: Famous Beavers I Have Seen." Oh, I guess there was another time, maybe the same article, when I referred to Michael Jackson in an unkind way. The Chief agreed, but the paragraph had to go. The 2nd one was the caption that was printed as: "Jimmy Barnes At The Ballwasher". These few differences were never a problem--Hey, I knew they weren't gonna' happen! So thank you, Chief, for some guidelines. Who knows where I might have gone..?
Anyway, here's the original photo caption for the story "A Bad Day For Jimmy Barnes!" (see 'Archives'), the day after Jimmy had sat on a rusty hammer:
'Jimmy Barnes Washes His Balls'
|My good friend and #1 Packer Fan John Van Horn, deep-frying a turkey at the campground tailgate party. Recipe? Drink & Dine!|
|It's difficult to pick favorites, so I'll just say: Here's Jill & Greg, niece and nephew, at our tailgate party. (To the left is Bobby A., sausage chef extraordinaire.)|
|Scoop in Vegas New Year's Eve. (The red flame is not escaping brain cells--it's The Mirage's volcano in action...probably. Then again, it could be a paranormal experience after all...).|
|Police Evidence: Mrs. Scoop fails in her attempt to shove Scoop into the Grand Canyon.|
|The soggy curd box. Scoop Jr. is happy indeed.|
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