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

Adventures in the Vast Wasteland #12


Today's Adventure: Laugh-In assembles its cast and guests for a photo shoot. Lots of easy ones to pick out of the group but is anyone here up to the task of naming them all?

32 comments :

Marilyn said...

Top row: Johnny Brown, Larry Hovis, Tiny Tim, Lily Tomlin, ?, Dave Madden, ?.

Second row: Joanne Worley, Goldie Hawn(?, doesn't really look like her), Ruth Buzzie, Gary Owen, Judy Carne, ?, Richard Dawson

Third row: Dan Rowan, John Wayne, Dick Martin

la peregrina said...

Let's see,
Top Row: Johnny Brown, Larry Hovis, Tiny Tim, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Sharma, Alan Sues
Middle Row: Jo Anne Worley, Ann Elder?, Ruth Buzzi, Garry Owens, Dennis Allen, (in front of Allen) Judy Carne, Chelsea Brown, (behind her) Richard Dawson
Front Row: Dan Rowan, Unknown Actor, Dick Martin

Pax Romano said...

Is that John Wayne, front and center? Martin on the left, Rowan on the right, Judy Carne behind Dick, Theresa (forgot her last name) next to Carne. Richard Dawson behind Theresa. Joanne Worley far left, don't know the blond. Ruth Buzzi next to the blond, The announcer (what was his name?) next to Buzzi. Don't know the guy to the right, nor do I know the woman above the announcer). That's Allan Seuse (sp?) next to the woman I don't know. Then we've got Lilly Tomlin, Tiny Tim, some guy and Johnny Brown at the top left...

D T said...

Back row, left to right: Johnny Brown, Larry Hovis, Tiny TIm, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Sharma, Alan Sues.

Middle row, left to right: Joanne Worley, blonde brought in to replace Goldie Hawn but who is it?, Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owen, Judy Carne, remember the face but that's all, Teresa Graves, Richard Dawson.

Front row, left to right: Dan Rowan, John Wayne, Dick Martin.

D T said...

Yes, NOT Teresa Graves, Chelsea Brown. Sorry, Chelsea.

Greg said...

D T, Pax and Marilyn - Superb work!

la peregrina - One. That's it. You missed one! Amazing! It's Theresa Graves, not Chelsea Brown.

And yes, that is Anne Elder, not Goldie Hawn. I thought this would be harder for most people. I once again underestimated the readership of this blog.

Greg said...

D T, see above. You had it right with Graves.

Johnny B said...

Everybody beat me to naming the cast (I would have missed Anne Elder, and I had forgotten Larry Hovis and Dennis Allen too), so just let me observe that Joanne Worley gots LEGS!

DickGreenleaf said...

Where was Artie Johnson that day??

Christopher said...

wheres Henry Gibson?..
..SpOcK It To mE!

Greg said...

Johnny B., I thought the same thing. Check out the gams on that lady!

Mr DeBakey said...

I was wondering if the mystery blonde was Angie Dickinson.

I don't remember Anne Elder at all.

Guhnight Dick

mndean said...

Must've been a later Laugh-In, say around 1972-73(?). Dan Rowan was the last guy I remember flaunting his smoke and glass of booze (in one hand!) on a primetime TV show.

Arthur2 said...

OMG. Joanne Worley had Legs! (I was a child then and had no idea).

Ogden Frost said...

And doesn't Lily Tomlin look beautiful!

Peter Yezukevich said...

I think I got it:
Top Row L-R: Keenan Thompson, Fred Astaire Jr, Tim Burton, Megan Fox, June Carter Cash (being hugged by) Will Patton as a sad clown
Middle Row L-R: Carol Channing Jr, a guy from Wilco, Tony Dungy, Tom Cruise wearing a Groucho mask, Roger Waters (behind a) Monchichi, The Bonnie Situation, Damon Albarn
Front Row L-R: David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash

FlynnD said...

Ok,

how many of them are dead?

FlynnD said...

If Sean Young married Goldie Hawn, divorced her and married Larry Hovis, divorced him and married Warren Moon she'd be Sean Hawn Hovis Moon.

la peregrina said...

Greg, as you see Ann Elder was just a guess but you are right, that is Theresa Graves and not Chelsea Brown. I misidentified Graves because she is looking so un-Christy Love like in this picture, Sugah.

densestarr said...

The blond is Joey Heatherton.

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Mike H. said...

How many are dead? Dick and Dan. The Duke.
Larry Hovis is dead. Tiny Tim is dead. Alan Sues? Not dead. (Just 83). Richard Dawson is not dead and I wish he were still working. The Running Man is such an under-appreciated movie. Ruth Buzzi is still on Sesame Street. Gary Owens does some AM radio around Los Angeles. Bookman is still alive. He still hasn't fixed Willona's leaky faucet. Hmmm....

Brent McKee said...

"how many of them are dead?"

Let's see, Rowan, Martin, Tiny Tim, Larry Hovis, Dennis Allen, and of course the guy with the hibernating muskrat on his head. The only one I had to look up was Dennis Allen who is listed on IMDB as having appeared on only one episode. Henry Gibson passed away recently but Arte Johnson is still above ground.

I remember when the brought some of the Laugh-In gang on for the Emmys. Maybe the saddest member of the group was Allan Sues who sounded as though he was more than a few steps behind the others.

mister muleboy said...

(1) That does not look like Joey Heatherton to me.

And since Joey fueled countless adolescent [and adult] fantasies, I'm going with my. . . . gut.

(2) I was damned sorry that I was away from the internet yesterday, as I would have proudly contended for the title: First to Peg Larry Hovis

Johnny B said...

Doesn't look like Heatherton to me, either.

In regards to the question of where Arte Johnson and Henry Gibson are, I'm thinking those gentlemen left the show before the last couple of seasons of Laugh-In, and this looks like a later pic. Although I watched it faithfully when it aired, I was like 7-9 years old so my memory is, to say the least, faulty and I haven't read an excessive amount of trivia, etc. about the show since.

Mike H. said...

I think this is from the 100th episode where John Wayne was the guest of honor. Looks like the lineup from 71-72 with some of the usuals rotated out by then (Henry, Goldie, etc.)

Fred said...

I may be late to this party, but I bet my bippie that I'm the first to say Sock it to Me!

Greg said...

Christopher said a variation on it but I believe you're the first to say it proper.

Mac said...

This thread stinks of Hai Karate and Depends.

Greg said...

See, I think it smells like Tang and Suzi Quatro 45s.

Fred said...

Well, Greg, I guess I just lost my bippie, but I may have won the Fickle Finger of Fate!

Bob DuCharme said...

If you just added Stockhausen, the whole thing would bear a remarkable resemblance to the cover of Sgt. Pepper.