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1970’s Role Models Round Two

4 Jan

January 4, 2010

Who is the best 1970’s television role model?

In round one, overweight single mother Esther Rolle beat overweight single mother Mabel King to advance to the next round. What powered Esther to the win? Her picture was funnier.

Round Two

“THE MAN”                                                VS.                              JUAN EPSTEIN


CHICO AND THE MAN                                            WELCOME BACK KOTTER

Chico and The Man was the heartwarming story of a grumpy old racist who took in Freddie Prinze Jr.’s father. He was drunk most of the time, due to the fact that he kept a bottle of whiskey hidden in his hat. Many years before, The Man traveled through time in a time machine he invented in his garage.


However, heavy drinking had left him a shell of his former self. To survive, he became a part time mechanic, part time gigolo.


1970’s icon Charo often paid for his services. What was Charo famous for? I don’t know.

“Cuchi cuchi!”

Juan Epstein was a Sweat Hog. What does that mean? You don’t want to know. Welcome Back Kotter was best known for igniting the career of Marcia Strassman.


Ms. Strassman went on to guest star in an episode of Murder, She Wrote and later had an uncredited role in 1994’s Honey, I Shrunk the Audience. (I know it sounds like I made that up, but sadly, I did not.)

Epstein was one of the many twenty-something’s that television has tried to pass off as high school kids over the years. His teacher was this man, Gabe Kaplan, professional poker player.


Look at that mustache. Would you trust that man with your kids? At any rate, Juan Epstein was a good for nothing, but he always had a note from his mother. No homework? He had a note. No book report? He had a note. No alibi for the night the Sweat Hogs knocked over the liquor store? Don’t worry; he had a note from his mom.


Why? So I have an excuse to run one more picture of Charo:


 Coming Soon: Round Three: Barnaby Jones Vs. Fish

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