Containing Multitudes Since 2004
Hey, my childhood was spent in Canada's leading cowtown, Calgary, Alberta. Hee Haw was a weekly tradition. I got to interview Roy Clark last year, and we talked at length about the show. Sure it was cornpone, but Roy and Buck Owens are still two of the coolest people in country music (Roy recorded with Wanda Jackson...end of story) and their guest list was nothing but prime.Plus, the show was created by Canadians, go figure.
I too knew, even as a young-un, that the humor on "Hee-Haw" could be mega stupid (not that that's a bad thing, of course, but I still watched it. Even without the avowed affection for Country Music I have today, I found the whole enterprise fascinating (and Misty Rowe was indeed a, um, seminal influence)."Where, O where are you tonight?Why did you leave me here all alone?"(I would swear on a stack of bibles the size of your choosing that I saw Sen. Robert Byrd . . . former Klansman . . . do a guest shot on "Hee Haw" once and sing that very song)
I don't doubt that Byrd appeared...they had all manner of strange guests. Speaking of Misty Rowe, I have a copy of her weird exploitation film The Hitchhiker, where she winds up in the clutches of a cult. Haven't watched it mind you, waiting until the mood is right, but I anticipate an interesting experience. I mean, it can't be worse than Goodbye Norma Jean, can it?
I remember staying up till 3 in the morning once as a youngster to see ol' Misty in "Goodbye, Norma Jean" on Cable; figuring I was gonna see her do absolutely EVERYTHING . . . NEKKID!!Never in my life had I known such a pang of disappointment.
Aren't there two different cuts of Goodbye Norma Jean? I thought the one that aired on TV was horribly butchered. But maybe I'm wrong (I've never had the temerity to actually check out the videotape).
Ahhhh. Now, that I didn't know. I'm certain I saw the butchered version then, because there was no anatomy, or vigorous workout thereof, to be had in the film I saw.
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