The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Jesters of the Republic #28


Wally Cox

14 comments :

Vanwall said...

The one and only - never was another quite like Wally Cox.

Marshall P. Smith said...

Wally Cox was childhood friends with Marlon Brando. They hooked up years later in New York as roommates.

After Cox died, he appeared unannounced at Cox's wake when he died. Brando had his ashes for many years in his bedroom and conversed with them nightly.

swac said...

Sad to say, I've never seen an episode of Mr. Peepers.

Maureen said...

Odd, I was just reading about the infamous fellatio photo of Brando and Cox on Gawker. The image just doesn't look like Brando, the nose is so not right.

Brent McKee said...

Stephen, did you ever read Gordon Pinsent's autobiography? He devotes a chapter to his friendship with Wally Cox and Marlon Brando, who he met through Cox. From the description that Pinsent gave, particularly Cox's last appearance in the book where he laments the fact that Pinsent was off to do a play in Winnipeg and leaving him alone, Wally Cox seems at times to have been a rather lonely man.

DickGreenleaf said...

After Brando's death , his children mixed their ashes, so that they would always be together.

Tommy O'C said...

Regarding Maureen's comment, I did hear somewhere that they were supposed to have been lovers.

They would seem the unlikeliest of friends but obviously there was an uncannily deep bond there.

Tommy O'C said...

I've never seen an episode of Mr. Peeper's, either. Only a glimpse during one of those television retrospective documentaries.

So many shows from that era are on DVD or at least VHS, why isn't Mr. Peeper's? Is it because some of these shows from TV's "Golden Era" haven't aged very well?

Tom Sutpen said...

At present there are two 4-DVD sets of Mister Peepers episodes on the market, comprising the first two seasons of the series (52 episodes in all). I haven't seen either of them, but I did read that a goodly amount of restoration work was done on the original kinescopes by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

What I'm waiting for is DVDs of old Playhouse 90, U.S. Steel Hour, Kraft Television Theater (etc) episodes. No more than a handful of them things have ever made it out of the various museums and archives in which they're stored (I mean, this stuff doesn't even get bootlegged; which ought to tell you a lot about how securely they've been locked away).

DickGreenleaf said...

The episodes of Mr. Peepers are, for lack of a better word, sweet. They are not guffaw producing stories, but are more amusing. Regulars on Mr. Peepers included Marion Lorne(Samantha's aunt from Bewitched) and Tony Randall.

Tommy O'C said...

Netflix has Seasons One and Two of Mr. Peepers available.

Actually, there is what must be (since there has been no official release) a bootleg 7 box, 30 DVD collection of all four seasons of Playhouse 90 available on the 'Net.

Operator_99 said...

A warm and wonderful man who we never missed on Mr. Peepers. He is from a time when celebrity wasn't mistaken for talent.

DickGreenleaf said...

from Hollywood Squares--

Peter Marshall: Wally, what is the signature phrase of the cartoon character Underdog?
[Cox was voice of Underdog for the duration of the cartoon's airings]
Wally Cox: Where are my residuals?

swac said...

Oddly enough, I did flip through Pinsent's book, although I missed the stuff about Cox. Mostly I wanted to read about his appearance in Blacula, and also came across an anecdote about sharing a flight (but not the mile-high club) with Xaviera Hollander.