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Mr. Blog Remembers Abe Vigoda

27 Jan

January 27, 2016

Today, the world mourns the loss of Abe Vigoda. It is our great honor, in this time of sadness, to induct him into Mr. Blog’s Hall of Fame. We will forever remember this icon.Vigoda plaque
Mr. Blog had actually met Mr. Vigoda, and in his honor, the Editors and Staff of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride present this Classic Repost from 2010. This was the penultimate round of Mr. BTR’s contest to determine the best role model of the 1970’s. In round one, Esther Rolle (Florida Evans from Good Times) beat Mabel King (Momma from What’s Happening?). In the second round, Jack Alberston (The Man from Chico and The Man) knocked out Robert Hegyes (Juan Epstein from Welcome Back Kotter). Round three came down to The Battle of The Lawmen. Please enjoy!

From January 8, 2010

Who is the best 1970’s television role model?

Round two was a hard-fought battle of the unlikely, with “The Man” coming out of retirement to win a Charo-fueled win over Sweat Hog Juan Epstein. What did it prove? Sadly, that “The Man” can still keep a Latino down. (Just ask anyone whose bank turned them down for a loan.)

Round Three
“Battle of the Lawmen”

BARNABY JONES VS. BARNEY MILLER’S FISH          

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Barnaby Jones was a Quinn Martin production. Quinn Martin was a prolific TV producer who had the idea to cast an old man in a detective show. Unfortunately, the actor was a bit too old, as evidenced by the picture above, where Barnaby is not quite sure which is the phone and which is the gun. In the picture below, a gun-wielding thug has almost talked Barnaby into buying into his time-share.

The casting of the lead role was controversial from the start. Quinn Martin wanted an established television star for the role. After a long and deliberate casting process, he settled on this man, currently starring in the autobiographical Beverly Hillbillies:

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It was never explained just how Barnaby made the jump from hillbilly to cop, but in a strange twist, both of this round’s contestants served together in an elite peace-keeping force:

 

Detective Phil Fish was born well over one hundred years ago, yet no matter how old he was, he never looked his age. He looked at least twice his age.

Early on it was noted that Detective Phillip “Abe Vigoda” Fish bore an eerie similarity to another television personality, Richard Simmons.

 

However, as he lost his hair, he became a dead ringer for Boris Karloff.

    

As you can tell from these rare photos, the resemblance was uncanny.

Fish went on to star in a series of films with Bela Lugosi, whose main claims to fame were that he played Dracula, became a drug addict, and he played Dracula.

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This particular still is taken from 1935’s Universal release, The Cramped Fingers of Evil, starring Detective Fish as Professor Barnabas Lennsing and Bela Lugosi as Dr.Vampire J. Hammitup.

The battle was very close, but the win has to go to Fish. Why? Check out this very rare comic book from 1979. Barnaby Jones never had a view-master reel, let alone his own comic book.

WINNER: FISH

Coming Soon:

FINAL THREE-WAY
WINNER-TAKE-ALL
BRAWL-FOR-IT -ALL:

Esther Rolle Vs. “The Man” Vs. The Fish

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Mr. Blog’s Tepid Search Engine 2011 (Classic Statistical Repost)

26 Sep

September 26, 2012

Last year I ran my probing eye over the analytics and statisitcs that make up the inner workings of Mr. Blog’s Tepid Ride and did an in-depth analysis of the inner workings of the blog. OK, what I really did was look at some search engine terms. Why am I reposting it? Because I’ve done it again. Coming tomorrow: Mr. Blog’s Tepid Search Engine 2012.

January 3, 2011

Why do I always rag on Wikipedia? Read this.


When Jeopardy! questions were fed into search engines, Google got the correct answer 69% of the time, Ask.com 68%, and Bing 63%

The average person came up with the correct answer 60% of the time, which is  a decent argument against technology and for the wisdom of the masses.

So how did Wikipedia stack up?
It was correct 23% of the time.

Take that, high school term paper writers.

However, search engines are good for something. They are good for finding my blog. Here are the top terms that led people to Mr. Blog.

fred flintstone 14,898 clicks
charo 5,141
chumlee 2,591
richard simmons 2,367
erin andrews 2,229
kate gosselin 1,323
queen elizabeth ii 1,007

Fred Flintstone is more popular than Kate Gosselin, thank God. On the other hand he seems to be more popular than Queen Elizabeth. Of course, if this were Google UK the results might be different. The Erin Andrews number doesn’t surprise me, I have a Hell of a good picture of her in one of my old blogs. But Richard Simmons? Who is searching for him? Maybe it is someone who likes his shorts. At number two and three, Charo and Chumlee make a nice couple. Someone should hook them up.

Fred Flintstone is far and away the most popular term leading people to Mr. Blog. In fact, if I were add up all the various searches related to Fred, the total shoots up to a lofty 22,390 clicks. For example, “Fred Flintstones” brought 597 people, “fred çakmaktaş'” which is Turkish (!) brought 536, and “Flintstones Fred” another 111. I even got 35 views from “fred flinstone immagini” and 7 views from “Fred the Fintstone.” Sadly, not one search for Rock Roll or the Twitch came my way. (For the record, click here for the most popular Flintstones picture on the site.)

Other popular interesting search terms were Marcia Strassman, Geri Jewell, and Whitman Mayo. If these people were ever in the same show the internet would blow up.

Hundreds of people came to me asking “who is Odie on American Chopper?”

I got views from “butt crack,” “finger in butt,” and “gaytoon.” “Burt Reynolds mustache” got me 14 views, and even a person I actually once knew, Christine Fajen, got 10 peeks.

Just today I got traffic from a new search term, “seniors with wet knickers.” I have no idea why.

So thank you internet! Without you I’d be typing this on my old word processor and not bothering to print it out.

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